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Best Practices

Ready, set, goal!

“If I set a New Year’s resolution, I always achieve it.” - said no one ever. There are a million reasons why New Year’s resolutions fail, but change is at the heart of them all: changing priorities, changing circumstances, changing commitment levels and changing accountability. We all know it’s the right thing to do – to give yourself lofty goals and work...

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Your Intranet Sucks

Your Intranet Probably Sucks – Here’s How to Fix It

Have you ever loved your company’s intranet? I’ve yet to hear an employee rave about their internal portal and the ways it’s a time and sanity-saver in one. Seriously, Google the words “intranet” and “sucks” and you’ll come up with 97,600 hits. So is a functioning intranet the stuff of legend? Could an internal site be useful, concise, and delightful – all...

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All Hands In

Does the thought of an all-hands meeting make you cringe? If you said “yes”, you’re certainly not alone. Last week, we held a brainstorming session to revisit all-hands meetings. Since I personally enjoy our weekly team meetings, I’ve wondered why my friends who work at other companies lean the other way. We started by considering these three items: 1) what...

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Only You Can Stop Word Crimes

Grammar nerds rejoiced last week when Weird Al Yankovic released with parody of the 2013 smash summer hit Blurred Lines, with his linguistically delightful song and video about Word Crimes. His opening verse states: If you can't write in the proper way If you don't know how to conjugate ...

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Exit Interview

Exit Interview Questions You Should Ask An Employee Who’s Leaving

A version of this post regarding exit interview questions was originally published on TheMuse.com, and can be found here: http://muse.cm/1WYiz3p   A few months ago, one of my employees decided to leave the company. Her exit wasn’t a total surprise—we’d hired her originally as an intern, and we all knew her heart and her passion resided in the nonprofit realm. I tried to...

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