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Permit me a couple of personal observations: Educated people are more optimistic; and good things take time and require patience. I believe educated people (both formally and informally) are more optimistic because they see the relationships of things; the details that go into anything happening or existing in the first place. They understand the cause… Read more »

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Certain people always have great jobs. They always seem to land the promotion. And they always seem to be successful with everything they touch. Is this just luck or a coincidence? Nope! These people don’t wait for things to happen, they make their own luck. So what can you do to ensure you’re successful? You… Read more »

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In an ideal world, every resume that comes across your desk will perfectly describe someone you want to hire for a position your company currently needs to fill. In the real world, however, resumes aren’t this reliable. They can be an effective screening tool, but they can also raise concerns. Why did the candidate stay… Read more »

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Trust is essential when building a healthy and productive work environment. Whether you’re leading an entire department or work hand-in-hand with a just a few coworkers, it’s important to build trusting relationships. Here are several tips to help build trust with both your coworkers and your superiors: Be honest and share information completely. Be straightforward and… Read more »

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Staying in touch with trends in the job market and the preferences of workers of all types are key imperatives for HR and hiring managers trying to find, attract and retain talent. Equally important in terms of productivity and retention, once talent is engaged, is determining work environments to inspire the best results. Tapping into… Read more »

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From a wide range of commentaries and readings lately on business, leadership, HR and future trends, a few nuggets kept recurring that are worthy of thinking about again. Change is happening so quickly, not only is it nearly impossible to keep up, even imagining the future is becoming more difficult. When it comes to business,… Read more »

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It is an absolute fact that when you step back far enough, the simple wisdom needed to successfully run your business – interact with and support your people, make customer-centric decisions, do business planning, solve problems and get the best outcomes – can be found in many places, history for one. An Art Markman article… Read more »

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And it is as simple as that. It is easy to espouse quick solutions to problems but as with sound bytes and bumper stickers there is always much more complexity involved than you are led to believe. Even so, people continue to look for simple answers because, let’s face it – complicated is hard. Simple… Read more »

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It feels like heresy writing to HR people and saying, “don’t just focus on the people.” Haven’t HR professionals struggled enough over the years trying to get managers, leaders and companies to do just that! Focus on their employees? Think of all of the functional names, titles and programs we’ve grown up with that have… Read more »

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As HR professionals, aware of the complex set of factors that can create or predict human success, it should come as no surprise the importance that applied internships at both the high school and college levels play in the success graduates have landing jobs and then engaging more quickly in their new work once hired…. Read more »