June 2010 Posts

Remembering Ralph McGill: Lessons Learned From an Advertising Legend

Ralph Emerson McGill, Jr. was a legend for many reasons, but what I admired most was his ability to thrive professionally without working very hard.

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Finding Fulfillment in Small Victories (aka The Stanley Cup is awesome)

Last week one of my all time favorite things happened. The Stanley Cup was lifted and skated around the Wachovia Center by the Chicago Blackhawks. I can’t even describe the feeling I get watching each player take their turn hoisting […]

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Wanted: Kind Leaders

People talk a lot about leaders who are decisive or clear or brilliant, but kindness is rarely extolled as the virtue of a true leader. I think that’s for a few reasons. One is that management can still be very […]

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Look at Recruiting As a Sign of Engagement

You might want to check out your brand’s recruiting program to help you judge the engagement level at your office. I’ve had a number of brands talk with me in the last few months about how they’re either losing good […]

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Gen Z vs Boomers on Saving the World

When us Boomers were growing up, technology was the enemy of the environment. All that progress is exactly what we saw as the cause of pollution and other issues that threatened the planet’s health. As Joni Mitchell sang (on that […]

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Is Engagement Good, or Is That an Echo?

It’s always interesting to me when the leadership of a company says that engagement is high and all they really need to do is keep the momentum going. It’s interesting to me for two reasons: 1. That’s not really any […]

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Sometimes Work-Life Balance Requires Work-Work Balance

Sometimes what you need to maintain work-life balance is to make a trade-off between two different kinds of work. My posts here on this blog have slowed considerably since sometime before Christmas. I went from averaging three posts a week […]

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Employee Portals: Making Their Jobs Easier = Increased Productivity

A lot of companies we work with are using their intranets to leverage their corporate brand and communicate their culture. After a couple years of being numbers focused, leadership is recognizing that engagement plays a key role in future success. […]

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Gen Y College Grads Have What It Takes to Create their Own Jobs

Recent college grads looking for jobs right now certainly have their work cut out for them. The unemployment rate among people in their twenties is now nearly 20 percent. The other day a young jobseeker told me that even the good […]

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