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ALPS…Play Improv

ALPS…Play Improv

Agree and Add on “Yes, and…is the guiding principle behind all improv,” says Jennine Profeta, Second City performer and theatre educator.  I’ve always thought of it as agree and add on.  Today it seems that finding fault, correcting others, being obstinate,...

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Keep your Values, Change your Practices

Keep your Values, Change your Practices

Fanny That. Ever since the Chicago Marathon 2007 I have carried a fanny pack with a bottle of fluids no matter how long I will run.  Three miles, five miles or more, the fanny pack with the fluids is always there, I have multiple packs.  This marathon...

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Words of Encouragement for these times

Words of Encouragement for these times

We are here with you and want to offer words of encouragement.  Three words come to mind:  resolute, unwavering and resilient.  Those who master resilience accept what comes at them with flexibility, rather than rigidity.  We will get through...

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How do you turn a group of people into a team?

How do you turn a group of people into a team?

Extract from "How do you turn a group of people into a team?" by Leanne Schaeffer, Boileau Communications. It’s not uncommon for companies to require different skill sets for different positions. That’s very true for our company. What makes a great copywriter is...

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Stress: One of Four Key Leadership Issues of the Decade

Stress: One of Four Key Leadership Issues of the Decade

Reducing work-related stress could very well top the list of priorities for leaders and managers in the coming year. Work-related stress distracts, rather than adds to mission fulfillment. Too much stress robs organizations of their ability to innovate, think...

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Management Type

At the core of who we are is what we do and what we like to do. Or as Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project says, “you can choose what you do, you cannot choose what you like to do. I don’t like having to try to make myself like things. I want to spend more...

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Your Environment Has EVERYTHING to Do With Your results!

Your Environment Has EVERYTHING to Do With Your results!

Are you someone who sits at your desk, or work space and wants to shout—I can’t get any work done here! You’re not alone. Only one in every two average U.S employees believes that their current workspace design encourages innovation and creativity. In addition, these...

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The Performance Conundrum

Getting the Right People On the Bus through Performance Forecasting For those who attended the plenary session at ICMA's 2006 annual conference in San Antonio, Texas, these words from conference keynoter and author Jim Collins provided solemn comfort in an era of...

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Put Kolbe in Your Toolbox Today

Put Kolbe in Your Toolbox Today

Original research, initiated by Kathy Kolbe over two decades ago, is now converging in a powerful way with the Gallup Organization’s message. Glory Hallelujah! We have stopped trying to change people. Well, maybe. The verdict is still out, but Marcus Buckingham and...

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