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Are You Better Than Don Draper?

The TV show Mad Men ended its epic run last Sunday. No series marked the shifting culture and prevailing attitudes of the 1960s better. More than nostalgic, it was an authentic, entertaining and sometimes scary portrayal of the way Americans lived and worked not too long ago. So how far have we come since then?…
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Reverse Your Views On Mentoring

The mentor model is built on the assumption that the more seasoned and successful among us will show the younger ones the ropes. While younger employees still learn from mentors, companies that want to appeal to them might need to rethink the paradigm. Younger employees want to be guided, of course, and they appreciate the…
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Horizontal Leadership In A Digital Age

The workspace is changing. In fact it’s less a “space” than it is a collection of resources connected in mind and spirit through digital technologies. All of that is changing the way work gets done and how people perform and relate to one another. How so? The digital economy is giving greater prominence to the…
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Keeping Reps Focused

Focus. It’s a word you hear over and over again when it comes to sales performers. The good ones have it, but most are either not focused enough or focused on the wrong things. To get every sales rep to perform better here are a few things you can implement within your sales incentive contest…
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Social Recognition Builds Relationships

Want to build the perfect workplace? Focus on relationships and do everything you can for your company to build them. That’s the topic of a recent article posted on LinkedIn. Author Geoff Colvin offers up a variety of creative ways that organizations have used to help encourage relationship building within their buildings; like offering free…
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Keep Your Program From Striking Out

Baseball started its season last week to great enthusiasm. So what can we learn from the excitement fans feel this time of year? On opening day everybody feels like they have a chance. Fans, coaches and players all believe that their goal of winning a championship is doable and that feeling of optimism is a…
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As business results become more talent-dependent, “leadership” as an executive function must also become more employee-centric. Creating the means to attract and retain top people has become the number one imperative for business leaders. So why aren’t they more visible in the initiatives that do just that? Why aren’t they the face of their recognition…
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SPOILER ALERT: Where “Whiplash” Went Wrong

J.K. Simmons won an Oscar for his portrayal of a negative band conductor in the movie Whiplash. I saw the flick last weekend and have no complaints there. His performance was first rate. I did, however, have a problem with one of the final scenes; the one where he says that the two most harmful…
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Millennials Want To Be A Part Of Something

Almost half of all Millennials plan to actively look for a new job in 2015. At least that’s what a report from Aon Hewitt says. Why? Many younger workers feel socially disconnected in the workplace. While most employers focus on organizational-oriented themes like teamwork, profits and customer satisfaction, Millennials say relationship-oriented outcomes, including better connections…
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So What Color Was That Dress Anyway?

Gold and white? Blue and black? More importantly, what did it teach us? We all see the same things, but interpret them differently. In the case of the multi-colored dress it was the physiological variations within our eye structures that changed our individual sensations to light and thus our perception of color. But can emotions…
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