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What Really Defines a “Best Place to Work”?

What Really Defines a “Best Place to Work”?

I was recently perusing several business magazines’ “Best Places to Work” lists. Not surprising, of course, Google is #1. Why? Controversial statement alert! It’s not the massages, organic fresh-made juices or comfy couches that keep their employees happy and...

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A New View of HR’s Role

A New View of HR’s Role

After a brief search of HR related-job postings recently, I was pleased to see that more and more of them are titled HR Business Partner. Yes, that is correct, Human Resources is a business profession. Really!   HR—What it's Not What is it not? It’s not a purely...

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How To Get A Real ROI From Training

How To Get A Real ROI From Training

A few weeks ago I attended the Annual Vistage Summit. There were amazing presentations with concepts and ideas, not to mention, actionable information. I was on some kind of adrenaline information high, thinking of all the new tools we could bring to our clients and...

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Five Signs You Have a Great Boss

Five Signs You Have a Great Boss

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about five reasons your employees might hate you. Now, I’m not normally a negative person, so while I did receive some feedback from readers on how fun it was to read and chuckle, I felt compelled to be more positive in this week’s...

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Five Reasons Your Employees Might Hate You

Five Reasons Your Employees Might Hate You

So, you are pretty sure your employees love you. I mean, you’re not like other bosses. You talk to them about their personal lives. You’re the office confidante. You consider their input carefully over time. You’re awesome! Right? Hmm, well…I’m sorry, but there’s a...

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It Can Be Lonely At the Top

It Can Be Lonely At the Top

It doesn’t take long as a business owner or manager to figure out why they say it’s lonely at the top. The downside of all that autonomy and the fancy office and the big bucks (proverbially speaking) is that you have to think a lot harder about how you interact with...

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SXSW 2017

SXSW 2017

Welcome to Austin’s SXSW 2017. So much to do, so many people to meet, so much to learn! The first weekend is over but still so many business events, networking and parties to go.  Yes, it is a marathon, not a sprint. Whether this is your first SXSW or if you’ve been...

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Is It Time to Ditch the Annual Performance Review?

Is It Time to Ditch the Annual Performance Review?

Be honest, you dread the annual performance review routine.  Scrolling through a year of notes and emails. (Or perhaps searching high and low for documentation you thought you saved?) Digging out the job description and last year’s paperwork. Setting big goals....

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Managing Five Generations in the Workplace

Managing Five Generations in the Workplace

Last month I hit a major milestone in my life. You see, my AARP membership invitation arrived in the mail.   That’s right, I celebrated my 50th birthday. Yesterday, I was in my twenties with so many ideas and career choices, and now I’m charting my five-year plan...

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Breaking Up is Hard. Recruiting Therapy to the Rescue.

Breaking Up is Hard. Recruiting Therapy to the Rescue.

It’s my namesake holiday today, and while Valentine’s Day may not be a big event at your office, we do like to celebrate here. Pass those chocolates, please! I also like to take some time each Valentine’s Day to share a few thoughts with managers about how they can...

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2017 Demands a Plan to Handle Change

2017 Demands a Plan to Handle Change

Ahhhh, happy 2017. New year. New opportunities. New workouts and fitness plans for many.   How is your business fitness plan looking for 2017?   You started a yoga class in the conference room?  Good for you! But let’s take a step back and look at a...

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