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Onboarding: Make sure your new hires are ‘all aboard’

Remember those first-day of school jitters? You were nervous with anticipation and, as a result, probably slept very little wondering where your classes were and what your new teachers were

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Entrepreneurs, turn on your leadership signal

The 2008 economic crisis was terrifying times, to say the least. Millions of jobs were lost and many people faced difficulty trying to obtain a new line of work. As

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Hungry, hungry, HiPos – Feed your stars, or kiss them goodbye

Ahhh, I recall with sincere fondness the memory of playing certain childhood games.  Sorry, Monopoly, LIFE, and one of my personal favorites – Chutes and Ladders.  Now, each of these

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Setting Company Culture means Understanding Employee Motivation

People in the business community love their clichés. “There’s no ‘I’ in team,” “work smarter, not harder,” and my personal favorite, “think outside the box”. Ugh. When it comes to describing

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Leadership and management should be linked together, not separated.

Leaders are celebrated, while managers are often criticized, but a combination of the two could be just what the economy needs. There’s been an ongoing debate for the past five

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Grow Your Own Talent Pool

So let’s say there is a skills gap in your company. If budgets allow, your first inclination might be to hire someone from outside the company to close that gap.

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Apply some pressure, but don't push your luck.

At risk of sounding like a yoga teacher or a self-help guru, I think most people strive for balance. We

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Productivity tips from a night owl

The early bird catches the worm. I hate that phrase. I find it irritating because of the origin behind it,

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Lassie to the rescue? Dog-friendly workplaces may lower stress

I can’t help but notice the abundance of articles dedicated to workplace stress. Bottom line: Workplace stress is a very

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Summer Brain Drain: How to Keep your Staff Refreshed

We may have conflicting views on politics, movies, and choice of beer, but when it comes down to it, the

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What's your Achilles' heel when it comes to leadership?

At one time, Achilles was considered the strongest of all Greek warriors, except for his pesky heel problem. To give

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Healthy Work Boundaries are Not a Myth

By Derek Murphy Facebook made headlines once again, and it was not due to another layout change. Apparently, the company’s

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Build a Culture of Trust

By Derek Murphy If there is one thing movies about the workplace tells us is that Hollywood believes bosses come

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Perseverance is not just a cheesy motivational poster

    Perseverance is not just a cheesy motivational poster

When I hear the term perseverance, it’s hard not to think of those “motivational” posters proudly displayed in so many

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How to Play Referee Among the Feuding Superstars on Your Team

    How to Play Referee Among the Feuding Superstars on Your Team

There isn’t much news lately about the NBA, other than the whole lockout fiasco and I don’t feel like getting

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Leaders, Take A Slice of Humble Pie

    Leaders, Take A Slice of Humble Pie

In a perfect world, leaders take the blame, but share the credit. Too bad the world is far from perfect. Oftentimes leaders take more than their fair share of credit,

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