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Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace: Insights from an Expert

Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace: Insights from an Expert

Aug 31, 2020

Kenneth James is the Director of Inclusion for the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce. Because there's still a great deal of confusion around diversity and inclusion in the workplace -- what it means and why it matters -- I asked Ken if he would share...

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Accountability in the Workplace: Does Your Company Pass the Test?

Accountability in the Workplace: Does Your Company Pass the Test?

Jul 13, 2020

The first time I heard about accountability in the workplace was the summer I worked as an intern at Zondervan in Grand Rapids, MI. My job was to come up with a companywide training program around their shared values. One of those values was...

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Culture of Innovation: The First 10 Things Your Team Needs to Know

Culture of Innovation: The First 10 Things Your Team Needs to Know

Jun 22, 2020

Creating a culture of innovation takes companywide effort—yet your employees can't give full effort on something they don't fully grasp.  If your goal is to make creating a culture of innovation easier and more effective, here are 10 talking points...

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Why Company Culture Still Matters (and How to Make Yours Better)

Why Company Culture Still Matters (and How to Make Yours Better)

Apr 27, 2020

Company culture still matters because people matter. Morale and performance matter ― how do you excel at one without excelling at the other? Whether you're a CEO, small-business owner, manager, or individual contributor, here's how you can...

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How Smart Managers Deal With Office Gossip

How Smart Managers Deal With Office Gossip

Mar 16, 2020

If you want to grow your team, attract the best talent and improve office morale -- preferably by Friday -- you’re going to have to put an end to office gossip. Sound impossible? It isn’t. Here are five strategies and some practical tips to help you...

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What Every CEO Needs to Understand About Company Culture

What Every CEO Needs to Understand About Company Culture

Feb 10, 2020

You don't have to be a CEO to improve your company culture or enjoy this post—but if you are the CEO, here's a framework to help you maximize your impact.

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Necessary Endings, Exciting Beginnings

Necessary Endings, Exciting Beginnings

Feb 03, 2020

If you want to succeed at business or life, you've got to be willing to shake things up—to change course when necessary, no matter how hard it seems or how it looks to the outside world. In that spirit, I've decided to take Monday-Morning Pep...

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9 Signs Your Company Culture Is Too Nice

9 Signs Your Company Culture Is Too Nice

Jan 25, 2020

I never realized a company culture could be too nice—until several years ago when one of my peers said something about being "too blessed to be stressed." No you're not. And cut that out.  A happy workplace is wonderful—but a culture of nice spells...

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The Company Culture Trait Most Managers Miss

The Company Culture Trait Most Managers Miss

Jan 13, 2020

If you want to know how to change company culture, set aside the usual office morale boosters—yes, even the good ones—and start here instead. Hint: Unless you nail this trait, all your other workplace-culture efforts will fall flat. But if you pick...

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The 3 Must-Haves of a Happy Office

The 3 Must-Haves of a Happy Office

Sep 23, 2019

If everyone deserves a drama-free workplace, why are so many people suffering just the opposite? Today's post has a quick true story—along with three qualities every office needs to thrive and compete well. Notice how none of these have to do with...

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