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By Eric Michrowski The COVID-19 pandemic is rapidly becoming a topic of urgent executive dialogue in the US and Canada as the rate of infections is rapidly growing and spreading within the community. As the landscape is swiftly evolving, several large gatherings and sporting events have been cancelled and the markets have responded wildly. Many businesses have responded swiftly and proactively while others with global footprints had to immediately respond in January with the first signs of an outbreak in China. Others are working through their strategies at this moment. There is little doubt that the impact will be profoundly felt economically

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By Kyoung Hee Choi I believe creativity is something that you can learn and not something that you were simply born with. Creative people tend to be more curious, innovative and intuitive; values that are essential to the success in any career or business. Creativity is not a choice but rather an essential skill that will help advance your career and business. Almost everything can be digitized; but not creativity. Creativity and Innovation are some of the most important differentiators in a rapidly changing and evolving world where disruption has become a fact of life. So how can we train ourselves to

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By KyoungHee Choi Most leaders want to train their employees to become better and more productive at work. Yet, most training programs offered to team members are quite limited and primarily focused on work performance (i.e. sales, leadership, marketing or customer service). There is no doubt that these skills are critical to businesses and team members. But as leaders try to bring teams on the same page and dealing with remote team members with fewer opportunities to connect as a team, it’s time to also consider focusing on the inner mind of employees. What is it and how can I invest in

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By Stephanie Monge-Sherman A company vision can be incredibly abstract and hard to put into perspective, but it’s also key for a company’s success. After all, if you don’t know where you want to go, it’s pretty tough to get there. Once you’ve accomplished the (not insignificant) task of setting out your company vision and identifying the steps to get there, it’s time to get your team on board. Leadership alone can’t produce results; cohesive teamwork at all levels is absolutely necessary, no matter the objective or the size of the company. It’s no easy feat to get your team to adopt

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By Stephanie Monge-Sherman There’s pivotal interplay between company culture and the overall success of a company. From owners of small businesses to CEOs of large corporations, this fact is recognized, embraced and leveraged to strengthen a company’s infrastructure. In fact, many people consider company culture to be the factor that determines whether a company falters or thrives. But you don’t have to believe that company culture is solely critical to a company’s success to acknowledge that employee engagement, support, and happiness are incredibly important. The idea that culture can actually lead change management is a hot topic among both company culture and

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By Kelly Hamilton, Madison Hanscom, & Josh Williams One of the most important jobs of any leader is to build and live the vision for employees. Building and living the vision means painting a picture for employees of desired performance and living and managing organizational values in everyday interactions. Providing employees with a sense of the organization’s vision and mission should inspire them to align their goals with those of the organization. Research indicates that when leaders encourage employees to strive for something beyond their individual goals, this has a positive impact on safety climate, safety compliance, and safety participation. Leaders who

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