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June 13, 2019

Just Ten More Seconds – Shannon’s Fitness Challenge

“A person can stand just about anything for ten seconds, then you just start on a new ten seconds. All you’ve got to do is take it ten seconds at a time.” – Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt “One, two, three, four, five…” I continue on, “…six, seven, eight, nine, ten.” That’s what goes through my head as I push the sled.…
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June 10, 2019

How to Teach Company Culture During Executive Onboarding

Your culture is something other companies can try to replicate, but will always be uniquely yours. It was formed over time and has hopefully grown into a strategic advantage. When you bring on a new leader, it’s important they understand not only where you’re headed, but also how your culture will help you get there. In his book, Organizational Culture…
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June 5, 2019

Startup Your Culture

One of your most important roles as a business owner is defining and curating the culture of your organization. A good culture ensures a strong connection between your product, purpose, people and work environment to support your long-term strategy. When we started Cardigan, we talked up our company to our friends and told them how we help cultivate brands that…
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May 3, 2019

6 Steps to Create a Culture of Health

An organization is only as strong as its people, so in order to operate at its best, employees need to be at their best. From a numbers perspective, the cost of health care to both employers and employees is on the rise, while at the same time we are seeing a decline in overall health with specific rises in obesity,…
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April 29, 2019

5 Ways to Effectively Communicate to Non-Desk Employees

Hello? Is This Thing On? Do you ever feel like you are communicating important information to your employees, but no one’s paying attention? You aren’t alone. Many employers find it difficult to disseminate information in a way that is effective, particularly in large organizations where the message has to trickle from the top all the way down. While e-mails and…
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April 4, 2019

Get Up, Trinity – Getting Unstuck

We all get stuck... and for someone who is a fan of progress, it’s really frustrating. I usually get stuck when I don’t know where to start with a project or when tackling a problem, when it’s not clear what good looks like, and the one we can all relate to… when the amount of work you have to do…
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March 6, 2019

What Does Whitney Houston Have to Do with Change Management?

Managing change isn't easy, but discovering the conditions needed to make your change possible isn't hard.  You just have to 'Ask Good Questions.'  Two questions inspired by Whitney Houston (this is around the 7:30 mark). Cardigan Managing Director, Harold Hardaway, shares his thoughts on the role of communication in the change management process on the latest ChangeNerd webcast with Brian…
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February 20, 2019

4 Ways to Make Your Company Culture Shine Online

More than a paycheck or job title, job seekers are looking for organizations with values that match their own. When people come to work, they want to be appreciated and challenged — and they want to do what they do best every day. Anyone who has worked for more than one organization knows how company culture can significantly impact all these factors…
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Fulfilling Your Personal Brand Promise
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January 9, 2019

Fulfilling Your Personal Brand Promise

In my last post, I talked about the qualities that make up your professional presence. I mentioned that it’s not one of those innate qualities we are all born with, but rather something that is worked on, constantly improving and evolving. As a refresher, professional presence is your personal, professional value proposition. Your very own brand promise, if you will.…
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Professional Presence is More Than You Think
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December 9, 2018

Professional Presence is More Than You Think

A fellow “gymnastics mom” and I were talking the other day while our girls were at practice. She had hired a recent college graduate for a sales position; bright, eager, and hardworking… There was only one thing she noticed since hiring them. While they were incredibly professional, and had presence and personality - they needed to work on their professional…
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