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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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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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How to Use Social Media Internally to Build Your Brand and Your Business

Gagen MacDonald and APCO Worldwide recently launched this fantastic infographic that does a great job of delineating an overlooked aspect of social media engagement – the benefits of internal social media to a company and its employees.

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3rd Annual Employee Engagement Research Study

APCO Worldwide and Gagen MacDonald jointly sponsored an online survey among U.S. adults who have been employed full-time at least one year at a company with at least 500 employees. The purpose of the study is to determine the state of the U.S. workplace as viewed by America’s workforce. This year’s study explored employment-related issues…

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