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Gratitude starts with the leader.

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Culture Tip 5: Gratitude in the Workplace Trickles Down

There has been a lot of research about the benefits of gratitude: Improved sleep, reduced depression, better physical health and better relationships. Research shows that just saying “Thank you” increases the recipient’s desire to make a further connection with you. I’m thinking about this, of course, because it’s Thanksgiving week and for some people Thanksgiving […]

The only skills that matter are the ones that are actually on the job description.

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How to Know if the Candidate Has the Right Skills

Last week I wrote a blog about the perils of leaning too heavily on personality profiles for hiring, which bothered some people who are in the industry. Lest I be misunderstood, I don’t think we should ditch personality profiles. They’re a really useful tool as a part of the process, BUT they are not the […]


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