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Steve Graves

A Quick Guide for First Time Managers

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“You’ve really done well here. We’d like to offer you the position of manager.” Or co-manager. It’s an exciting day! Your successes have been recognized and rewarded with extra responsibility (and usually some extra income). You actually get to test the dreams you had about how you’d do things if […]

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The 6 Keys to Successful Internships

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Intern. Let the stereotypes begin.   The stereotypes wouldn’t be there, though, if there won’t so many companies using interns. According to one study, 97% of large employers hired interns. The list reads like a “Who’s Who” of Fortune 500 companies–Google, Facebook, ESPN, Disney, PriceWaterhouse, JP Morgan. Dean Witter—the brokerage […]

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Have Faith But Don’t Neglect Common Sense

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“Trust in God but tie up your camel” reads the ancient Arabian proverb. In other words, have faith, but don’t neglect common sense. Too often we split these concepts and treat them as if they were mutually exclusive propositions. We drive a wedge between bold faith and simple common sense. […]

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Blood on the Table

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I was talking with a friend recently about a dissolving business relationship. I’d hired a contractor for a job, and it hadn’t worked out, so I’d decided it was time to move on. My friend said, “That sounds like a tough conversation. How do you pull that off?” Answering somewhat […]

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Is Ambition Bad?

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Ambition. It’s a concept loaded with meaning and starving for clarity. It’s been abused, neglected, misunderstood, and misappropriated. While baby boomers embraced ambition without hesitation, making it the necessary companion of hard work and elevating it to a near religious status, the attitudes of their millennial children are less clear. […]

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The 2 Things Every Organization Does

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Every organization is doing two things—building its brand and driving transactions. It doesn’t matter the industry, the size, the for-profit vs. non-profit status. Every entity is building a brand and driving transactions, or some variation of those two universal tasks. The consumer has to know why we’re here and what […]

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I Can’t Wait to Meet Grandma Lois

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One of my favorite people in the Bible is Grandma Lois. When I get to heaven, she’s one of the first people I want to talk with. Sure, Grandma Lois isn’t as well known as her grandson Timothy, and she’s particularly less famous than her grandson’s mentor, Paul. But she […]

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6 Traits of an Excellent Worker

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I’m not a soldier. No, Colonel Jessup, I’ve never picked up a weapon and stood a post. I’ve never fought in a great battle, never landed in hostile territory, and have never really worn a military uniform of any kind. I’m also not an especially gifted athlete. I crank out a few miles every week […]

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