Organization & Culture

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    Do Your Employees Need Passion?

    August 10, 2017 | By:

    If you’ve ever written a job description that calls for passionate, hard-working candidates, did you ever stop to think about what that means? Sure, having engaged and loyal employees is the ultimate goal of any company, but the word “passion” is loaded.

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    Are Legacy Approaches to Talent Inhibiting Your Innovation Efforts?

    August 8, 2017 | By:

    The legacy approach to talent selection involves matching education, length of experience and functional skills to the role. All of this makes sense as a baseline, and for well-established professions. But, we argue, selecting talent for innovation requires a whole new approach. Companies must recognize specific innovation skills that drive business outcomes. Yet today, most lack the tools to do so.

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    How Innovation Fuels a Sense of Purpose in the Workplace

    August 7, 2017 | By:

    Drawing a connection between innovation and workplace purpose often eludes companies looking to hire the best people for their teams. Let’s take a look at what needs to happen to make this possible.

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    You’re Stifling Innovation, And You Don’t Even Know It

    August 3, 2017 | By:

    It is a common belief that encouraging creativity will lead to higher levels of innovation. In actuality, most organizations already have the creative ideas they need. But they are missing or outright rejecting them, and they don’t even realize they’re doing it.

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    5 Strategies for More Effective Employee Onboarding

    July 28, 2017 | By:

    Over 69 percent of employees are still employed by a company three years after they start if they receive great onboarding. While training for job-specific skills should be part of an onboarding program, it is important that the program helps create connections between new employees and mentors, communicates the company’s mission and core values and allows managers to make wise use of their time when bringing a new employee onboard.

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    HR Improvements that Can Build a Better Company

    June 20, 2017 | By:

    The role of HR has evolved significantly over the years. In the past, HR was focused only on hiring and making sure paychecks were sent to the right employees. Today, HR plays a much broader role in the strategic goals of a company. These following improvements can help your HR department meet your company goals.

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    Optimizing Meetings to Maximize Individual Brainstorming Time

    May 30, 2017 | By:

    Are you overwhelmed by unnecessary meetings? We’ve all been there: one more meeting, and you feel like you’re going to scream. You’ve been trying to make some real progress on your creative project, but the constant meetings have really been cutting into your individual brainstorming time. If you feel like the number of meetings you’ve been attending is cutting into your productivity, you’re not imagining it.

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    Struggling with Company Culture? Here are 3 Ways to Improve Your Work Environment

    May 4, 2017 | By:

    Company culture is an extremely important component of a healthy business. Culture serves as the personality of the organization and has a huge impact on the company’s reputation with both internal employees and externally with customers and clients. In addition, workplace culture can influence an employee’s productivity and results. Companies who focus on building a positive culture will reap the benefits of a motivated and high-achieving workforce as employees will feel much more contented and connected at work.

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    Leaders Should Listen More and Talk Less

    April 25, 2017 | By:

    Want to improve your leadership skills? Well, you can start by talking less and listening more. While your oratory skills may impress some, your ability to listen will impress even more. Great leaders understand the importance of surrendering the floor. Unfortunately, most leaders choose to dominate the conversation with rhetoric and fail to engage in proper communication, which requires listening.

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    How Neuroscience is Supporting Innovative Corporations

    April 11, 2017 | By:

    Progressive business leaders are building innovative actions, climates and ultimately cultures that align with “brain-friendly” science. In this article we outline some steps that you can take to support this kind of innovative organization.

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    Learning to Communicate With Difficult Co-Workers

    April 4, 2017 | By:

    No matter where you work, there’s always some difficult co-workers you’re going to have to deal with. Instead of wishing the situation away, which never works, it’s time to learn how to perfect your skills for dealing with them.

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    5 Ways to Use Technology to Improve Employee Engagement, Collaboration and Retention

    March 23, 2017 | By:

    In today’s workplace, technological innovation is key to retaining your best talent. From telecommuting, to growth and career development, to improved communication and collaboration, and beyond, there are myriad ways you can keep your employees happy and productive.

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    Managing Fundraising Innovation: the Dangers of the ‘Echo-Chamber’

    March 23, 2017 | By:

    This case study explores the results of an innovation research process undertaken by Oxfam, which compared internal feedback vs. general public feedback to identical sets of ideas. In comparing responses between these two audiences, Oxfam discovered an immediate and obvious divide between their staff’s opinions about which fundraising ideas would perform the best, versus what the general public preferred – an important lesson about avoiding the bubble of the echo chamber.

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    Great Innovators as Great Mentors: Is This a Skill You’re Nurturing?

    March 13, 2017 | By:

    Companies that are looking to gain a competitive edge are also looking for the innovators among them. But what do innovators look like?

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    6 Pitfalls to Avoid in Innovation Development

    March 8, 2017 | By:

    Before investing in your company’s innovation development, it’s important to develop a strategy for collecting and evaluating ideas. Having guidelines in place to thoroughly vet ideas, value diverse opinions, prioritize scalable and sustainable results, and other areas of innovation management can set you up for success over the long term.

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