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First impressions PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marvin Montgomery   
Monday, 14 April 2014 13:48

We can all learn a lot from Bill Rabe, a Wal-Mart greeter in Madison, Ohio. Rabe was recently featured on all the major TV stations. Why? Bill doesn’t use the typical repetitive stereotype greeting. He customizes it to each and every customer that enters the store.

Last Updated on Monday, 14 April 2014 13:51
 
Navigating unexpected C-suite departures: What is your succession plan? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christine Hayward   
Friday, 11 April 2014 13:02

In every executive’s professional life, there comes a time when an abrupt – and sometimes unexpected – career decision must be made for personal gain and career development. This practice will only become more common as the highly mobile future generations begin to succeed into senior executive roles.

The Global Succession Planning Study 2014, conducted by IIC Partners in late 2013, surveyed 1,270 senior executives across the globe and found that nearly 60 percent of corporations experienced an unforeseen departure of a senior-level executive within the past three years. Eighty percent of survey respondents said it would take at least 12 months to find a suitable replacement, and a surprising 35 percent said their company had no succession plan or strategy for the senior executive team at all.

Last Updated on Friday, 11 April 2014 13:07
 
Five tips for igniting creative thinking PDF Print E-mail
Written by Tracy McCutcheon   
Thursday, 10 April 2014 13:31

 

When I sat down to write this article, I asked myself, “Why would this audience have any interest in what an executive creative director at an ad agency has to say?” I racked my brain to come up with the perfect topic. And then I decided to speak from the heart about inspiring people to produce great work and igniting excellence within a team of talented people. So here are my top five tips for lighting the creative fire:

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 April 2014 13:35
 
Four ways to insert flexibility into the workplace PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sande Golgart   
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 13:25

 

A company can exist without being flexible, but it won’t thrive and reach its fullest potential. Why? Because the most talented employees are attracted to companies that offer package deals – beyond salary – things like flexibility that improve work/life balance and decrease stress. While there may be fundamental differences among the generations in today’s workplace, there is one thing baby boomers, Generation X, Y and millennials can agree on – flexibility. It’s liberating, empowering and an effective way to retain employees.

 

Data from Regus’ latest survey revealed that 79 percent of employees would choose one job offer over another if it offered flexible working. If your business is ready to make a move towards increasing work flexibility options for employees, here are some simple steps to take:

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 April 2014 13:38
 
The power of employee ideas PDF Print E-mail
Written by Dean M. Schroeder   
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 13:42

Every day, employees on the front lines see many problems and opportunities that managers do not. They have plenty of ideas to improve productivity, responsiveness and customer service, for new and better products and services, or to enhance their organizations in other ways. Yet organizations generally pay little attention to soliciting these ideas, believing there is not much value in them.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 April 2014 13:56
 
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