Blog: Culture


The Value of an MBA to Millennials
The Value of an MBA to Millennials
An MBA used to set you apart in the workforce but is that still true today? Articles from Forbes1, Business Insider2, and The Economist3 state that an MBA is not worth the time or money, yet there are still plenty of individuals who choose to dedicate their free time toward earning one. With millennials coming into leadership roles in the workforce, it’s important to take into consideration their...
The Power of Questions and Answers in Business
The Power of Questions and Answers in Business
Simple fact: children ask tons of questions. You may recall, when you were a child, frequently asking grownups about things you didn’t understand or found intriguing. Or, you may have asked simply because you wanted interpersonal engagement. But do you recall how adults around you responded? Did you feel they listened? If you are a parent now, how do you respond to your child’s questions?...
Getting – and Staying – Organized at the Office
Getting – and Staying – Organized at the Office
Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to think about the year ahead. It’s time to de-clutter, both at home and at the office. When your work life is organized, you're able to be more productive and bring less stress home. But for many of us, getting organized at work is a commitment and one usually put by the wayside because of long to-do lists and even longer meetings. Here are some...
Best of 2017 Test
Best of 2017 Test
Building a Successful Team – the Importance of Getting it Right
Building a Successful Team – the Importance of Getting it Right
It sounds simple. To maximize productivity, a business needs to capitalize on our most precious resource, our people. Yet, I find that we are often so focused on results, numbers and outputs that our people get lost in the shuffle.  How do we get it right? For me, it is a simple formula…. Right Talent + Right Skill Set + Right Place = Successful Team Let’s break it down. The...
Leading in Business as a Millennial
Leading in Business as a Millennial
What is a millennial? A millennial is defined as a person reaching young adulthood in the early 21st century, born between 1980 and 2000.1 For years, scholars have tried to neatly define millennials based on specifics habits, personality traits, and work styles and few generations have sparked more debate around identity. However, some trends among this age group have recently been validated. A 2017...
Reinvent the Wheel to Simplify Your Organizational Structure
Reinvent the Wheel to Simplify Your Organizational Structure
When considering an optimal organizational structure, there are pros and cons to the traditional models – functional; divisional; matrix – the benefits of each depend upon your company’s goals, product mix, size and geographic dispersion. With a standard organizational chart, by going a level deeper into structure, an observer generates perceptions (both good and bad) about a company...
The Importance of Giving and Receiving Feedback
The Importance of Giving and Receiving Feedback
Feedback is a gift –one that most prefer came with a gift receipt and could be returned or exchanged for something more desirable. As business leaders continue to strive for higher levels of productivity and innovation at lower costs, many are finding that the latest and greatest management solutions alone cannot deliver long-term sustainable results. In this climate, leaders may see better results...
Driving Philanthropy in Business
Driving Philanthropy in Business
Most businesses strive to be on the cutting edge and to gain positive external exposure. One great way for them to achieve this as well as give back to the communities in which they do business is through philanthropic work. Fundraising/charitable giving, local community outreach, and support of larger, national campaigns can and should be a focus for all companies. Corporate philanthropic groups promote...
Corporate Community Involvement Opportunities are Right in Your Own Backyard
Corporate Community Involvement Opportunities are Right in Your Own Backyard
Corporate community involvement is on the rise.  For some, this is a key determinant in choosing to work for, or stay with, an employer. Not only is there business value in supporting a societal cause, but also a positive impact on employee attitudes. According to a University of Bath study, employees of companies with community outreach initiatives are more proud of and committed to their employers....
Savings Behavior of Powerful Multicultural Consumers
Savings Behavior of Powerful Multicultural Consumers
Collectively, African-American, Asian and Hispanic consumers will wield a buying power of $4.2 trillion by 2020, according to the Multicultural Economy Report from the Selig Center for Economic Growth.Findings from the 2016 RedPlum® Purse String Survey* further support the buying power and shopping habits of these powerful audience segments. In fact: Multicultural consumers are more likely than...
Be a Slacker
Be a Slacker
I love Slack. If you’re not familiar with Slack, think texting meets Facebook, meets Pinterest. It’s a great way for distributed teams to communicate -- plus, it’s fun. My friend Marti introduced me to Slack. She works at a software company with colleagues throughout the United States and Europe. She told me Slack changed how they worked together as a team, and how they almost never...
Boomers Should Not Be Ignored
Boomers Should Not Be Ignored
Reading through industry headlines on any given day, it seems reasonable to conclude that millennials receive a lot of attention. While this is certainly an important group to target and engage, they are one of many consumer segments worthy of attention and concerted effort from marketers. One such group that may not be receiving the attention they deserve is the boomer generation. Did you know that...
How to Find a Good Mentor
How to Find a Good Mentor
Mentors make a difference. Actually, let’s clarify – good mentors make a difference. But how do you find a good mentor? Do you know anyone that credits a good mentor as leading to their personal success? Think back over your life experience. What people positively influenced you? Maybe a teacher or coach? Perhaps a person with a few years of experience under their...
Is it Still a Man’s World?
Is it Still a Man’s World?
Many times, I ponder the thought.  Well, business statistics would suggest it as well... Where Do Women In Business Currently Stand? Today, according to Pew Research, 26 women are serving as CEOs of Fortune 500 companies (5.2 percent). The number serving as CEOs of Fortune 1000 companies is virtually the same (5.4 percent). Oh, and if I did not give you enough, here are some more stats also from...