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The Secret Behind Living Your Brand

The secret behind living your brand ~ April, 2010 By Kathleen Quinn Votaw The statistics on why companies lose customers haven’t changed for years. Is anyone listening? A full 68 percent of customers who leave are turned away, not by dissatisfaction with the product, but by the indifferent attitude of

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The Triple Bottom Line and Talent Management

The triple bottom line and talent management ~ March, 2010 By Kathleen Quinn Votaw Leading authors are writing about it; conferences are featuring it; and many are calling on corporations to report on it. The triple bottom line—people, profits and planet—has unofficially become a leading indicator. Rather than being measured

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Culture With a Little C: Don’t let it undermine your business

Culture with a little C: Don’t let it undermine your business – February 2010 By Kathleen Quinn Votaw Probably the most common definition of an organization’s culture is “the way we do things around here.” If you’re an executive describing your culture, you’re most likely referring to your mission, vision

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What Smart Leaders Know About Talent Management and Strategy

What smart leaders know about talent management and strategy – January 2010 By Kathleen Quinn Votaw Smart leaders know that strategic hiring and deployment of their top talent are essential to managing risk, achieving business outcomes and ensuring future sustainability. It’s the strength of your people that drives the rise

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Giving Back: A strategic business investment

Giving back: a strategic business investment ~ December, 2009 In 2009, TOMS will give away 300,000 pairs of shoes to needy children in eight countries. Every year, employees at Home Depot volunteer seven million hours of service and the company donates millions of dollars in four target areas. The American

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The Number One Thing That Engages Employees

The number one thing that engages employees ~ November, 2009 Can you succeed in “the great recession” without engaged employees? Maybe, but only if your competitors’ employees aren’t engaged either. Engaged employees’ willingness to give their all is what unlocks the greatest potential for competitive advantage. It’s their attitudes and

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Talent Management Merits Your Board’s Full Attention

Talent Management Merits Your Board’s Full Attention ~ October, 2009 Most boards focus on annual budgets and financial outcomes, often limiting their involvement in talent management to recruiting and hiring a CEO and managing his or her performance. Successful organizations know that’s not enough. Talent is typically the largest single

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Six Bottom-Line Best Practices in Recruiting

Six Bottom-line Best Practices in Recruiting ~ September, 2009 Recruiting strategies may flex and change with economic conditions and in reaction to competitors in the market. But there are certain best practices that are a constant benefit to every organization that adheres to them, whether the economy is up or

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Right, Wrong and the Torment of a Bad Choice

Right, Wrong and the Torment of a Bad Choice ~ August , 2009 A recruiter’s client was so excited about two candidates that they had a difficult time making a choice. They finally decided that they wanted to hire both candidates. The problem was that this company couldn’t afford to

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