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In Charge of Your Time: Employee Freedom off the Clock

“Be where you need to be.” I first came across this concept when I started working for Gagen MacDonald a few months ago. Be at your client, in the office, at home, in the park – wherever you are needed, wherever you are most productive. What’s necessary to make this work? Responsibility, accountability, self-discipline. But…

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Why I am attending APEX

I am so looking forward to attending APEX, The Colorado Technology Association’sannual conference on September 10th and 11th in Denver. Each day will be jammed packed with learning, conversation and collaboration. If you haven’t made your reservation yet, I suggest you do today. It’s a must attend event for technology professionals in Colorado. Here are the top 5 reasons…

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Unproductive Fear

What keeps an employee productive? A new survey suggests that for HR leaders, workplace productivity is something to be protected from the creeping time suck of Facebook and Twitter.. Jointly conducted by Holos Research and MySammy–a “productivity measurement” firm with a clear interest in closely monitoring employee behavior–the survey of 158 HR professionals was designed to explore how HR feels about social media…

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How Do You Say Thank You?

Thank you. Thanks. Gracias. Much obliged. Danke. There are a million ways to say thank you. How do you say it to your employees and coworkers? Kathleen Kim at Inc.com recently posted some pretty basic guidelines for office recognition, and they’re worth a look. Her general gist: be personal, consider your delivery and foster a…

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The power of Process and the shortfalls of Xs and Os

A recent Sports Illustrated article really grabbed my attention as being relevant to the dynamics that I see playing out in corporate environments every day. The article, entitled “The Sabanization of College Football,” looks at the influence of the University of Alabama’s Head Coach Nick Saban on the rest of the field. Essentially, it boils down to one conclusion:…

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A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Have you ever heard the expression, “A picture is worth a thousand words?” If so, it should be no surprise that 83 percent of people claim to learn best visually. As communicators, it is becoming increasingly important to present our material with more images and less words, particularly since audiences today retain 84 percent of the images…

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Onboarding?

As a new consultant at Gagen MacDonald, I understand the importance of transitioning to a new workspace. It is a process that takes time and energy on the part of the employee and the company, but when executed properly it can lay the foundation for a lasting, mutually beneficial relationship. If new employees are not…

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Good Leadership Requires Good Data

Palmer Morrel-Samuels is a guest blogger and a partnering consultant for Gagen MacDonald. He can be found online at  http://expertwitnesspsychology.com. Most successful leaders can do a fine job of mastering “hard” data on financials, production, and the variance between goals and actual performance. But many leaders do a less commendable job analyzing the “soft” data that measure…

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Marissa Mayer’s Techno-Cultural Challenge

One news story that is of particular interest to me right now is Marissa Mayer’s new tenure as CEO of Yahoo.  What I find so interesting about her challenge is that for an executive who has made her name so clearly on the strength of her engineering and design capabilities, and for a company so desperate to…

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“Turning the Page” – Lessons In Misreporting

Amy Davidson posted a very insightful piece on the recent misreporting of the ACA decision by both Fox News and CNN. Her analysis of what led to the reporting errors on both those networks got me thinking about frequent moments in my own work.

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