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Opportunity awaits the innovators

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Willingly or kicking and screaming, companies have turned to innovation to succeed in the face of massive global changes. If Tom Hammond has any say in the matter, human resources will take advantage of the...
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Corporate survival hinges on their culture

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Wrenching change and gut checks rule the day as companies lurch from one unforeseen challenge to another. Besides the massive human toll, corporate cultures are shaken at their foundations. With businesses stressed and their workforces...
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The ultimate way to keep your distance

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Leaders and managers face challenges to engage and support their remote teams. What was once commonplace for international corporations now weighs on businesses of all sizes.  Those who pioneered work from afar have gotten a...
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Why KPQs Are the New KPIs

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Business leaders have largely focused on key performance indicators (KPIs) over the last several years when making decisions to shape their companies. KPIs are certainly not going away or losing importance, but there is an...
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Ready or not equals success or failure

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As if business owners did not have enough to worry about, hit them and the rest of the world with a pandemic. This is the unexpected on a grand scale. “The thing about unplanned events...
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Get Yourself Together: A Story of Mind Mapping

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What if there was a way to get yourself together, to make sense to your business/personal life and move forward with serenity. The short answer is yes there is a way and it’s called...
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The competitive healthcare landscape in the face of veering technological upswings

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The demand for an agile business measure The business landscape is continuing to change. Millennials' attitude is evolving into a more consumeristic one. Technological advances are perpetual, and so is the market behavior and public...
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How to Get People to Really Listen to You

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There’s no magic 5 step formula. That might not be what you want to hear right now but trust me in the long run it’s easier to accept that life is nuanced and has...
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Employee engagement: Who do you trust?

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Compiling data on employees is a matter of trust. That is easily breached when confidential information turns out not to be so confidential.  The result is a big hit on employers who want their people...
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Party Round? When Startups Should And Shouldn’t Take It

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Party rounds, or mass syndication, is when a startup raises from multiple investors, none of which individually has a large enough stake, instead of having the traditional notion of a lead and follow investors....
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Engagement is a four-letter word

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Engagement is one of the big buzzwords in social and professional circles. It promises greatness but often rings hollow. Mark Babbitt’s frustration is palpable. “We've spent three decades and billions of dollars on so-called ‘employee...
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4 Brutally Honest Lessons Every Recruiter Needs to Learn

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With the unemployment rate hovering around a low 3.5%, the job market is a “seller’s market.” Meanwhile, the attitude toward job search and employment has evolved significantly over the past few years. Tactics that...
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Employing LinkedIn is Job 1

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LinkedIn inspires love-hate relationships. Users swear by it or swear at it. Those in the middle simply don’t use it. Jeff Sheehan is a user -- a power user. That’s part of his job. He...
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Leader or Follower? Both!

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One doesn’t have to look far to see the perceived division between leaders and followers. Motivational posters, overly-hyped and overpaid event speakers, social media memes, and even our own expressions force us to decide if...
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In Search Of the Vanishing Human in HR

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Human resources is almost a misnomer. People still have the ultimate say, but increased deferment to technology and processes strips away the human element. For more than two decades, Laurie Ruettimann has fought the good...
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Cut Through the Clutter and Say Thanks

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A spirit resonates among leaders who look after their workers. Theodora Manjo sums it up this way: "Real leaders are in the trenches with their employees when times get tough. They celebrate small victories and...
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How to build an Agile Team for your Successful Projects

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WHAT IS AGILE? Movement. Change. Adaptation. It’s the model enabling developers to respond to change or sudden problems without much disruption.  Agile Software Development embraces the best practices based on the principles of ‘Agile Manifesto’ - promotion...
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How to Avoid Losing

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It’s your lucky day! You meet a kind stranger who offers you your choice of a great deal, something for nothing. No tricks, really: you’re getting a free lunch.  She gives you $45. Then, she...
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Solving the Skills Shortage Part 1: Retention.

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The IT sector has a skills shortage. In 2018 70% of tech employers said they expect a talent shortage. Cybersecurity is the hardest hit. So what can we as an industry do about this?...
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What Do VCs Do All Day? 5 Visible Activities And The 1 Mostly Invisible...

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Remember the widely circulated series of memes “What people think I do” a few years back? Well, one of the VC versions is posted above and humorously captures the mismatch of perceptions. The truth...