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03 Oct
The Best Strategy to Achieve True Innovation

By John Boudreau, Professor of Management and Organization at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business In your organization, does innovation mean finding new ways to exploit what you already do well or exploring arenas where you’re unfamiliar and will make mistakes? Or both? If...

29 Sep
Why Do We Drink Coffee at Work?

Coffee is everywhere in modern society, but it wasn't always this way. The United States was a country of tea drinkers until the decades following World War II. While the first batches of coffee were available stateside in the late 1700s, the drink was taken...

21 Sep
The Innovation We Can All Do

By Blake Stevens, Director of People & Culture We all have the opportunity and the privilege to innovate. Innovators always get the credit for all the great ideas that have come out. But innovation is not a position or a privilege given to a select few. Because...

20 Sep
How to Stop Being Complacent in Your Job

Complacency at work can lead to career stagnation. Turning up to work every day and performing your assigned duties, but nothing more, is unlikely to put you in line for a promotion or pay raise. To overcome this complacency, you need to change your mindset...

18 Sep
A big deal for a small town

In 2014 Peco Foods, Inc., one of the industry’s leading suppliers, announced it would build a 272,000-square-foot, state of the art poultry processing plant and hatchery that would employ more than 1,000 people in Pocahontas, Arkansas. With a population of 6,469 in 2010, the announcement was...

24 Aug
What Not to Do in Your First 30 Days on the Job

Starting a new job is exciting, but it can also be nerve-racking because you don't know what to expect from your new boss and coworkers. While new-hire training is essential and you should definitely take it seriously, it can't fully prepare you for the everyday...

17 Jul
Failure is an Opportunity

By Mike McKerns  “Failure is simply an opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” ~ Henry Ford We’ve all experienced failure at different times in our lives. As children we weren’t successful at convincing our parents to let us subsist solely on junk food, and during...

11 Jul
Trust Matters

By Richard Fagerlin Nobody comes to the discussion on trust empty handed. We all have strong feelings about it. We know how it feels when trust is misused, betrayed, or withheld. Our perspectives are real and have been informed by a lifetime of experiences, pain and...

16 Jun
Empower employees to serve your customers

By Sharlyn Lauby The two top drivers of employee engagement are recognition (for 72 percent of employees) and understanding how work contributes to the bottom-line (for 70 percent of employees), according to Harvard Business Review’s report “The Impact of Employee Engagement on Performance”. After analyzing these...

22 May
Ready to Work: Bridging the gap and preparing for the future

Although the classroom looks like any other computer lab, roll call is different for Central High School students of Tuscaloosa, Al. who are taking part in the Ready to Work (RTW) program. Simulating employees clocking into their jobs, students must punch into class by logging...

11 Apr
Attend College with the Endeavor Scholarship

If you think college is just for new high school graduates getting a bachelor’s degree, think again. Not only can folks of all ages attend college, classes can likewise be taken with a wide variety of personal development and career objectives in mind. Whether you want...