Best Business Research from 2016

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As 2016 comes to a close, we consider some interesting business research from publications and firms around the world. Business research allows the industry to better understand human and employee behavior, develop programming that increases productivity and performance, and improve workplace culture. Here’s the business research highlights we found: The positive impact of a “fun” workplace. A new… Read more »

A to C Blog Series: Making Changes Last

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In our “Adapting to Change” blog series, we’ve discussed all the important steps to bringing fundamental shifts to your organization. We’ve highlighted the importance of recognizing when there is a need for change, communicating the need for change and inspiring employees, maintaining momentum, and setting attainable benchmarks to induce progress. To close out our series, it’s time to… Read more »

Four Bad Email Habits That Backfire

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Email ranks high on lists of top stressors at the office. Designed to make businesses operative more effectively and productively, email now creates hours spent trying to sort and archive (or find) old messages and find the elusive “inbox zero.” Using email correctly is an important part of professional etiquette. Habits that you might use in… Read more »

Mindfulness: It’s Not Just for Yogis!

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Mindfulness has become a buzzword in corporate vocabulary over the past few years, and for good reason. From parents to entrepreneurs to high-powered executives, many people have recognized the benefits of paying attention to their emotions, intentions, and strengths and limitations. More and more research indicates that mindfulness is a practice just as helpful in the… Read more »

Instead of Developing Leaders, Foster a Leadership Culture

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It takes an extremely “talented” leader to drive an already successful business into the ground. Think of all the times a Fortune 500 business names a new CEO; it happens more often than you’d think. Just in the past week or two, Time Inc., Weight Watchers, Etrade, and several other large corporations announced either the… Read more »

Workplace Professionalism in the Age of Social Media

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When we hear leaders lament the decline of professionalism in the modern workplace, many times their complaints fall under the category of millennials and technology. Employees spend too much time on their cell phones or spend work hours on social media or chat. Yet in the age of tech, when successful businesses often have a… Read more »

As Our Workplaces Become More Casual, Is Our Behavior Following Suit?

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In many workplaces today, “Casual Friday” has become “Casual Everyday.” Some companies have even begun a “Formal Friday” to target dressing professionally. Professional presence is vital to a company’s ability to get and keep clients. Poise, self-confidence and self-control make up professional presence. Here are tips from our “Professional Presence in a Casual World” program: Be Positive. A positive… Read more »

6 Quick Tips to Improve Your Professional Presence

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In today’s busy lifestyle, whether at the office, at your favorite social function, or even at the grocery store, it is very important for you to exude professional presence in public. A professional presence will help you to achieve many of your goals, e.g., getting that budget approved, being calm and poised during meetings, and… Read more »

The First Step to Exemplary Leadership: Challenging Neuroscience

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The Problem with Neuroscience Our research suggests that neuroscience in business certainly adds a new viewpoint to the organizational content but cannot stand on its own. We have to conclude that neuro-scientific research takes away too much real-life organizational context in order for it to become a dominant tool for organizations. Ethical considerations (like viewing employees… Read more »