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Forces that Alter Destiny

Laura Novakowski  -  Sep 28, 2016  -   -  Comments Off on Forces that Alter Destiny

Strategy and planning are a big part of business.  Defining and declaring a clear vision for a company is a big step, but not the only big step in business success.  Management retreats are a common venue for great minds to gather together to think and strategize about their company’s future. At the end of […]

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Keeping Employees Focused on True North

Laura Novakowski  -  Sep 21, 2016  -   -  Comments Off on Keeping Employees Focused on True North

How many small team meetings have you attended where leadership has allowed the conversation to go off topic and then off agenda in a heartbeat? One thought leads to another and then another, and before you know it left field is a distant memory. Expand this happening across an entire company on a daily, weekly and […]

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What Do Employees Say Outside of Work?

Laura Novakowski  -  Sep 14, 2016  -   -  Comments Off on What Do Employees Say Outside of Work?

Your employees seem happy. You haven’t really noticed any major discontent. But what are they saying to their family? Their friends? When was the last time you paid attention to the values you espouse and how they are being enacted in the workplace? Do you really know your current culture and how your employees feel […]

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Were They Stressed When You Hired Them?

Laura Novakowski  -  Sep 07, 2016  -  ,  -  Comments Off on Were They Stressed When You Hired Them?

Employees that interview well and ultimately get hired show enthusiasm, confidence and engagement. They are not a bundle of stress and anxieties. Who wants to hire and deal with that?  Yet a glance inside most companies finds a high percentage of employees who are stressed out and lacking engagement.  What happened? They didn’t come this […]

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When Times Get Tough, Will Culture Make or Break the Company?

Laura Novakowski  -  Aug 31, 2016  -   -  Comments Off on When Times Get Tough, Will Culture Make or Break the Company?

Those that join the military learn quickly about unit discipline.  All of the toughness and craziness of basic training is designed to get soldiers to respond to certain situations that the drill instructors know they will face, and to respond in a disciplined, planned manner. In business, employees do not get that sort of training. […]

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Too Much Bluster – Too Little Breadth

Laura Novakowski  -  Aug 24, 2016  -   -  Comments Off on Too Much Bluster – Too Little Breadth

Every company wants to put its best foot forward, be it in the public eye, or in individual sales situations.  Talk is around the strengths, the unique features, all of the things that make the company great.  As we know, there is a fine line between extolling existing virtues and puffery. Puffery sometimes isn’t bad. […]

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Too Much Bluster – Too Little Breadth

Laura Novakowski  -  Aug 24, 2016  -   -  Comments Off on Too Much Bluster – Too Little Breadth

Every company wants to put its best foot forward, be it in the public eye, or in individual sales situations.  Talk is around the strengths, the unique features, all of the things that make the company great.  As we know, there is a fine line between extolling existing virtues and puffery. Puffery sometimes isn’t bad. […]

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When It Comes to Culture, Who is the Tail and Who is the Dog?

Laura Novakowski  -  Aug 17, 2016  -   -  Comments Off on When It Comes to Culture, Who is the Tail and Who is the Dog?

Organizational culture is a hot topic- finally. Numerous books, scholarly papers and blogs and articles are being written about it regularly.  Down in the trenches of businesses large and small, it is addressed much less often.  So it is interesting to observe and see how and where the culture really “sits” in an organization.   […]

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Don’t Rely on Fixes – Rely on Champions

Laura Novakowski  -  Aug 10, 2016  -   -  Comments Off on Don’t Rely on Fixes – Rely on Champions

As everyone knows, the economy has not been great, especially for middle market and small business. Leaders are constantly looking for ways to fix what they perceive as broken in order to get over the next hurdle.  Rather than doing that, it will serve organizations much more if everyone takes a step back, pauses, and reflects on […]

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Build a Culture of Employees Who Work For The Love of It

Laura Novakowski  -  Aug 03, 2016  -   -  Comments Off on Build a Culture of Employees Who Work For The Love of It

Founders and leaders of companies may find it easy to work for the love of it.  Their time spent creating an idea that becomes a company is full of passion and love. They have a strong sense of pride and investment in the organization. It is like they have given birth to something that they […]

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