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Organizational Strategy

Does Your Organization have Staying Power?

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Every February, the truly devoted baseball fans make their way to Florida and Arizona to watch their favorite team in spring training. Spring training is when every team has hopes of winning the championship. Past flaws are forgotten and every young player thinks he’s the next Derek Jeter or Albert […]

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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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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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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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Why You Should Hire a B+ Candidate

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The five-year plan is dead. That’s right, dead. Irrelevant. Obsolete. The five-year plan is to business strategy what the dial-up modem is to Internet access. You can keep using it, but you’re going to get left behind. Now, before all you Type-A folks out there start hyperventilating, let me explain. […]

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8 Steps to Handling a Workaround

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I’ve come to believe every company does it. Even the really good companies. Sometimes intentionally and sometimes inadvertently. I am talking about the notorious “workaround.” In the name of progress, individuals and organizations engineer processes and systems that work around the employee, boss, founder, or team member who is too […]

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