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The Opportunity Economy

 

2020 seems like an ominous number......

I'm sure there are movies of lore that have characterized the year forthcoming with jet packs and laser beams. Much has changed through technology and there are trends emerging that will have an impact on the way we work in 2020.

People's personal mantras are more important than ever. Whether you are passionate about fitness, mental health or the environment; your personal passions come with you to work. With the evolution of the home office and the gig economy, the line between work and life is becoming ever-blurred. Companies...

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Please Welcome our New Leader, Rudolph

According to most sources, Rudolph the Red-nosed reindeer was written in 1938 by a copywriter for Montgomery Ward. His name was Bob May and he wrote it for his 4-year-old daughter during the time of his wife’s struggle with cancer. There are multiple versions of the story that have differing timelines, but what’s important is Bob May’s focus on a characteristic that would (literally) out-shine all others – and how that had an impact on everyone involved.

We’ve all been in situations where out of the blue, we get an email announcement...

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Reskilling Talent through the Centuries

 

 

Somewhere between the 2nd and 3rd century BCE, the Egyptians lost their leadership in the world of papyrus. Cai Lun (Ts’ai Lun) is credited as the inventor of paper – mixing hemp, tree bark, fishing nets and old rags. At the time, in 105 A.D., papyrus was widely used - in addition, bamboo and silk – even turtle shells - to record events. Bamboo was heavy and silk was expensive, and turtle shells were, well, cumbersome - so paper became a...

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Scars to Your Beautiful

 


 

Back in the day, we used to have one-screen movie theaters. As a kid, I remember going with my Dad or Mom to the Colonial Theatre to watch whatever was playing. In 1983, my Aunt would drove me over the river into New Jersey to watch War Games. It’s a classic. It’s was the Next-Gen AI flick. Matthew Broderick (David) was the player for “Joshua” (the computer). If you’ve not seen it, I can’t ruin it. But as David plays the game, things start to feel too authentic. David asks...

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Be a Trailblazer !!

 

I’ve been very fortunate to have worked at the same company for the past 13 years. I don’t take it for granted. What you may not know is that having this length of tenure is still considered “new” to many whom I work with. It’s true. I get to regularly celebrate anniversaries with our Team Members, and it’s not uncommon to have people reach their 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th and even 40+ year milestone.

Having a company where people can grow, thrive and contribute for what most would consider a “career” has its advantages and disadvantages. The advantages are...

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The Map and Retaining Top Talent

 


 

Some of the earliest known maps are believed to be cave paintings in Lascaux as early as 14,500 BC, perhaps illustrating the sky, or a route to a good hunting spot. In 1963, a wall painting was discovered in Turkey, dating back to 6200 BC, which appears to be a map of the town. Maps continued to evolve through ancient Egypt, Babylonia, the Roman Empire, China, Polynesia, Ancient Greeks to Medieval Europe all the way to today’s mobile mapping technologies. The history of cartography is long, global, and expansive, with great contributions over several thousand years from many different regions of...

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Can a Company Require New Employees Not to Bash it on Glassdoor?

 

 

Let’s find out.

Last week, the National Labor Relations Board’s Office of General Counsel released this Advice Memorandum. It involves a Missouri law firm that required all newly-hired support staff and attorneys to sign an employment agreement containing the following non-disparagement provision:

“[D]uring and after Employee’s employment or association with Law Firm ends, for any reason, Employee will not in any way criticize, ridicule, disparage, libel, or slander Law Firm, its owners, its partners, or any Law Firm employees, either orally or in writing. However, nothing in this Section 3.2 shall be deemed to

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