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To Drive Performance, Manage the Whole Employee
January 2014

The term “human resources management” is essential in business. But have you noticed that the majority of the literature about the topic focuses on the “resources” and the “management” aspects but barely addresses the “human” element?

By Marty Martin Psy.D.

Just Because You Couldn’t Doesn’t Mean You Can’t
December 2013

It is said we spend 70% of our time in our comfort zone, when we should really spend 80% of our time in our uncomfortable zone. Where do you spend your time?

Walt Grassl

The Value of a Whistleblower: How to Build a Culture of Ethics within Your Company
November 2013

Over 40% of ethical blunders reported to employers are reported by co-workers or those who witness the issue.

By Chuck Gallagher

Story Works. Why Don’t Business Leaders Use It?
October 2013

Fair or unfair, stories shape corporate futures.

By Robert McKee

Lower the Anxiety Associated With Change
September 2013

Recognizing the positives and eliminating the negatives will lower the anxiety associated with change.

By Tom Somodi

Work With Intention: The Three Components of Performance Time
August 2013

Everything you want to accomplish in life requires an investment of your time, so you must consider the fact that your supply of time is limited.

By Brian Moran

What Every Meeting Planner Must Know to Organize a Great Event
July 2013

Hire a speaker who is a fit for your meeting and you can change the lives, thinking, or behavior of your attendees.

By Joe Heaps & Dave Reed

4 Ways Engineers Can Avoid the “Dark” Side of Technology
May 2013

I have come to wonder, is there a “dark side” to the unbridled speed that technological solutions provide in our industry? Is it possible that these tools hinder the true understanding of a project? As wonderful as technology is, it creates new challenges in quality control of the final product.

By Greg Koontz, PE, LS

How to Keep a Positive Attitude in Challenging Times
April 2013

Learning to position yourself at an advantageous angle can make the difference of whether you experience the best or the worst of your current circumstances.

By Andres Lara

Customer Connect with CLOUT for Improved Results
March 2013

When people don’t feel that there is a connection, they don’t feel valued and that important foundation of trust becomes shattered.

By Chuck Inman

Memorable Presentations Require You To T.H.I.N.K.
February 2013

Presenting technical, complicated material need not be a chore when you T.H.I.N.K.!

By Kevin E. O’Connor, CSP

The Top 5 Pitfalls that Derail Corporate Decision Making
January 2013

Despite the wealth of information available to us these days, many of today’s best and brightest business leaders still make poor decisions. This is unfortunate, because sound decision making is at the heart of every company’s success.

By Michael Menard

You Know You’re Smart, But What About Your Emotional Intelligence?
December 2012

The commercials on television today talk endlessly about treatments for low this and low that, but unfortunately, we don’t hear much about low Emotional Intelligence (EQ).

By Lee Ellis

Cleaning Up Our Act
November 2012

Despite somewhat more common perceptions that petroleum, because of growing energy needs, or rare earth metals, because they support growing electronic technology applications, would command top spot in a list of most valuable resources, in truth, water…

by Dougie Coburn

Solving Bullying in the Boardroom
October 2012

Imagine a CEO taking Imodium right before each board meeting and Tylenol after each meeting to soothe the frightening feeling of being terrorized by power-abusing board members routinely reminding the CEO, “You work at the pleasure of the board.”

By Dr. Marty Martin

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