Category Archives: Culture

The “Silver Tsunami” and How to Make the Most of Your Older Employees

January 18, 2016   

The Strengths of Older Employees In the business world, and more specifically within talent management, it seems to be all about the Millennials. Recruiters, human resource experts, and industry insiders are all focused on how to attract, manage and retain workers in their 20s and 30s. This is undoubtedly a crucial segment of the workforce […]

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The Culture Focus at Airbnb

December 28, 2015   

If you’re unsure of what Airbnb does, it provides a website that lets people find and list lodging throughout the world, but not the kind of accommodations you’ll find on Expedia. Rather, it’s a peer-to-peer concept where you can temporarily rent private residences from people almost anywhere in the world.

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Innovation in the Workplace, Part 1: Getting to Know You

December 9, 2015   

There’s an author in Chicago I work with who often says how innovation is much like the weather: It is often talked about but rarely understood. Innovation has too long been thought about as some kind of mysterious process that only highly creative people experience on rare occasions. But what if innovation is like any […]

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What It’s Like to Work at McKinsey & Company

December 7, 2015   

One of the many elements of creating a great talent management strategy is looking at how the best are doing things. According to Entrepreneur.com, McKinsey & Company is one of those leaders, as they made the list of the Top 10 Companies to Work for in 2015.

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How to Keep Your Employees Happy, Productive and Engaged During the Holidays

November 25, 2015   

As we approach Thanksgiving in the U.S., that means that Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s and the other winter holidays aren’t far behind. For most people, this means a time of celebration and gathering with friends and family, but for employers it can mean a time when employees lose focus, take substantial amounts of time […]

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Exploring the Culture of Collaboration at Upworthy

November 16, 2015   

Upworthy is a viral content sharing site that prides itself on bringing large-scale attention to the “things that matter.”

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Cultural Integration for M&As

November 16, 2015   

Whenever two companies come together through the merger and acquisition (M&A) process, something many forget to consider are the difficulties that arise when two different company cultures come together. Oddly enough, even though it is this difference of cultures that often leads to M&A failure in delivering expected outcomes, surprisingly little attention is paid to […]

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Recognizing and Managing Overachievers

November 5, 2015   

The term overachiever can draw sharp and distinctive reactions from people, particularly in the workplace. On one side are people who view overachievers as the dream employees, while there are some who feel the term is one that’s not necessarily positive. While “overachiever” isn’t a new term, it’s become more prevalent in talent management, particularly […]

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Workplace Emotional Traps, Part IV: Managing Down and The Decision

August 13, 2015   

In this fourth and final installment in the series about emotional traps in the workplace and what you can do about them, I take a look at what authors Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster have to say in Working with You is Killing Me about managing down as well as asking the ultimate question: Should […]

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Workplace Emotional Traps, Part III: Managing Up and Extreme Bosses

August 13, 2015   

In this third installment about workplace emotional traps based on the book Working with You is Killing Me, I’m taking a look at what authors Katherine Crowley and Kathi Elster recommend in terms of dealing with your higher-ups in the form of supervisors, managers, and bosses. The most important thing to understand about inept higher-ups […]

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