Business Management

Three Sentences that Cost Your Business Time, Money, and Grief

January 30, 2017

“You can’t change horses in mid-stream.” “When the going gets tough, the tough get going.” “This time is different.” How many times have you heard these (or similar) sayings tossed out at the conference table when you’re making an important business decision? These sentences are short-hand for cautionary tales when it comes to decision-making.  Rather […]

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@Progressive Offers HR and Management Tips for Small Business Owners

August 23, 2016

What if Progressive Insurance’s Flo was your HR lady? Or your boss? This was fun to contemplate as I wrote a series of blog posts for Progressive’s newly revamped commercial insurance site. In addition to offering a variety of insurance programs for small businesses (who knew there was a specific type of dump truck insurance?) […]

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@Globoforce CEO on Creating a #WORKHUMAN Culture

April 11, 2016

“When most people think of the word ‘work’ they don’t tend to pair ‘human’ with it.” How sad is that? But it’s true, especially when you consider the modern office’s use of technology. Technology does everything from scheduling bathroom breaks in a call center to monitoring employee performance reviews. And when technology is used to […]

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A New Look for The People Equation

March 24, 2016

Exciting news! The People Equation is getting some “work done.” Over the next few months, the site will undergo a transformation – with the aim of providing you access to useful and timely information to help you “master the people equation.” First up, a new “look.” Here’s the new logo: Here’s what graphic designer Lauren Mary […]

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How to Make Exiting Employees Advocates for Your Company

December 23, 2014

Guest Post by Mark Feffer As the economy improves, more American workers are leaving their jobs to pursue new opportunities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 2.75 million people quit their positions in September, bringing the monthly “quits rate” to 2 percent, its highest level in more than six years. That’s a sure sign […]

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Approachable Leadership — Be a Beacon Not an Island

March 13, 2014

As a leader, how do you let your team know you are available to them? Sure, you’ve probably said (more times than you can count) “I’m here if you need me.”  That’s a good start, but is there a way you could visually send that message? Mr. People Equation sent me a New York Times […]

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Emerging Workforce Study Highlights Key Worker Mindsets

February 27, 2014

I’m a sponsored blog partner with Spherion (a staffing and recruiting organization) and am participating in the release of findings from Spherion’s upcoming Emerging Workforce Study.  All opinions are mine. Emerging workforce trends should be top-of-mind for both HR professionals and senior leadership in any organization. That’s why it’s so helpful when industry leaders in the […]

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How Do Leaders Create Continuous Improvement?

December 10, 2013

I’m writing an article for my HR Answers expert page on the ways that leaders can foster “continuous improvement” for themselves and for their teams. I’m looking for specific examples and am keeping the definition fairly broad: whatever you think “continuous improvement” means, I’d love to hear your idea. What are ways you personally strive […]

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How to Tend Your Company’s Cultural Garden

November 14, 2013

How much care is taken with your company’s values? Are they simply slogans on a banner in your lunchroom . . . or something deeply embedded in your organizational culture? And what happens when leaders make business decisions that fly in the face of those values? That’s what I write about in this month’s Smartblog […]

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Six Ways to be a Better Negotiator

September 23, 2013

Are you a good negotiator? The “art of the deal” is something nearly everyone aspires to improve, as evidenced by the 21,233 titles listed by Amazon on the topic of “negotiation”. I discovered an unlikely source for learning more about negotiating: reality TV. I’m hooked on The History Channel’s Pawn Stars, which takes place in […]

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