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A Thankful Reminder

A Thankful Reminder

Every year around this time, I try to take a few moments to reflect on being thankful. Most of us do, of course—but my focus is on giving thanks and expressing gratitude in the business world, because….well, that’s what I do! For me, this is an...

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Relighting the Fire

Relighting the Fire

In our last couple of installments, we’ve been talking about one of the most underrated threats to organizational productivity in American business today: employee burnout. We’ve discussed its causes, how to recognize the signs, and how to take...

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When the Flame Flickers

When the Flame Flickers

Last time, we took a few minutes to talk about burnout, and the significant impact it’s having on our corporate culture. As we discussed, the prevalence of new tools and technology in our current work environment has proven to be a double-edged...

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Keep The Fire Burning

Keep The Fire Burning

This past summer, we took a couple of occasions to address the need for business professionals to take an occasional break—a vacation from work, even a brief one—and gave you tips on how to cope with the mountain of must-do’s waiting...

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Back to School Again

Back to School Again

It happens every year around this time. The days get just a little bit shorter, the breezes just a little bit cooler, and the leaves on the trees start showing just a faint trace of….orange.  (See what I did there?) Yes, it’s September, and that...

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Welcome Back!

Welcome Back!

A couple of weeks ago, we posted a few words about the importance of summer vacation, but left out one of the main reasons that managers sometimes avoid taking one: coming back to a monstrous pile of work that makes you regret ever leaving. Okay...

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Make Training a Treat

Make Training a Treat

Root canal. Tax audit. Lost wallet. Those all rank among the most dreaded two-word phrases in the English language. But to that list I’ll add a fourth: Mandatory training. (Be honest—you grimaced, right?) Well, while there’s pretty much no...

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One Life Left

One Life Left

Well, it’s July, which means it’s time for the one memo I send each year that I hope you’re NOT reading in the office—because that’s our topic: not being in the office. Or more specifically, the importance of time off. It’s no secret that...

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Above and Beyond!

Above and Beyond!

Today, let’s start out with a riddle: what are two words in business that can mean the exact opposite of what they mean? Answer: good enough. Because we all know that good enough isn’t always good enough….if it can be better. We’ve all seen this...

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