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August 7, 2019

Curating Company Culture is Like Making a Really Good Mixtape

Kids these days have it easy (I’ve always wanted to say that), but they are definitely missing out. They don’t create mixtapes anymore, they create playlists—it takes 10 minutes and the only skill that’s required is a solid drag and drop. A good mixtape took planning, effort, and time to get right.  And you were willing to spend so much time…
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August 6, 2019

Telling Your Story: Video 101

In today’s high-tech business world, video is a hot commodity. From YouTube tutorials to TED talks every company has a story to tell, and video is the preferred media in which to tell it. Why? Because it puts a personality to a product or company, and it can be far more entertaining than simply listening to another lecture or attending…
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July 3, 2019

5 Change Management Don’ts

Change is often necessary for growth and at the same time it has the potential to be scary and confusing to employees. For leaders, leading the change management process for your initiatives or navigating your team through organizational initiatives, typically falls under other duties as assigned. We’ve all been there and we are often too close to the work or…
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You Better Recognize
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July 2, 2019

You Better Recognize!

In today’s environment of constant organization change and increased competition for talent, it’s imperative that Operations and HR leaders focus on efforts to inspire and engage their employee population and counterbalance the stress of everyday organizational life.   One tried and true way to accomplish this is through employee recognition.  Even if your organization doesn’t have a formal recognition program, the…
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June 20, 2019

3 Things to Remember When Building a Brand

“Brand,” is one of the hottest words in business today, but does anyone really know what it means? The common misconception is that a brand is a logo or a style guide, but while those things are certainly brand components, they are not the brand. A brand speaks to an overall feeling. It’s what people think or feel about a…
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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 Company Culture

One of your most important roles as a business owner is defining and curating your company culture. A good company 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 companies get the most…
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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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