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Unlocking the Secrets of Employee Engagement

More studies from sources like Gallup and Forbes have been finding that employee engagement is an almost sure-fire way to improve a business’ bottom line. However, it’s easy to say it’s great that engagement can improve profitability, loyalty and productivity while decreasing turnover. The hard part is figuring out how to engage employees. According to the study done by Gallup, only 13% of employees said they actuall
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Creating Events That Are Both Professionally and Personally Meaningful: Spark Camp

In order to break away from traditional event structures, Amanda Michel, Andy Pergam, Matt Thompson and Amy Webb decided to create an event of their own: Spark Camp. After putting together 5 sessions, the Spark Camp founders put together a list of 10 values they put into each of their events: 1) People are the key ingredients: Spark Camp goes for quality over quantity in their attendees and look to invite 70 people w
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Fostering a Mindful Workplace

In times where new information and technologies are constantly being created, it’s easy to become stressed and overwhelmed in both the workplace and on a personal level. Policies, procedures and routines can quickly become out-dated and inefficient. In order to keep pace with an ever-changing environment, researchers like Ellen Langer have helped to develop the simple technique of mindfulness in order to reduce these
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TAKING THE COMPLEXITY OUT OF GIVING AND GETTING FEEDBACK

15Five’s online software creates five-question weekly reports that “take 15 minutes to write and five minutes to read,” hence the name. It takes the complex challenge of gathering and organizing feedback and transforms into something that doesn’t take much effort or time. As a result feedback actually happens frequently and becomes a continuos flow of actionable information. Read more about it on Wired here
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Creating a Human Organization

Innovation can be a key attribute for helping a company stand out from the competition, especially in the fast-moving world of software development. At Menlo Innovations, CEO Richard Sheridan and his team don’t only create innovative programs, but their entire company culture is also based around the innovative concept of workplace joy. While a word like “joy” may seem unproductive and unprofitable to many businesses
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How to Lead Differently

With workplaces becoming increasingly diverse and dispersed, traditional top-down leadership is becoming a thing of the past. The organizational pyramid is getting flattened and more leaders are working to collaborate with their employees on the same level to co-create and co-design through service leadership. This type of leadership has proven to be highly effective as employees get to showcase more of their compete
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25 WAYS TO BE MORE CREATIVE

Everyone can be more original–it just takes practice. You might think of creativity as something clever marketers or copywriters whip out when they need to come up with a compelling ad, or a personal trait only certain people, such as successful serial entrepreneurs or brilliant improv actors, naturally possess. But according to Keith Sawyer, research psychologist and author of “Zig Zag: The Surprising Pa
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10 PARADOXICAL TRAITS OF CREATIVE PEOPLE

Smart yet naive, playful yet disciplined, extroverted yet introverted, humble and proud, rebellious and conservative, passionate yet objective. These are among the apparently self-contradictory commonly held traits of 91 eminently creative people whose character was studied in detail. The book detailing the results is discussed on Fast Company. Check out the article on Fast Company here
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THINKERS 50 SHARING THE BEST MANAGEMENT IDEAS IN THE WORLD

The Thinkers50 organization, is colloquially referred to as the “Oscars of management thinking,”. Its mission is to scan and share the best management ideas in the world. As a result its library of presentations and lectures are a terrific learning resource.  Check it out here 
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CREATIVITY IN THE CONVERGING WORLDS OF ADVERTISING, ENTERTAINMENT & TECHNOLOGY

FastToCreate is a fountain of news and ideas in the quickly  converging worlds of advertising, entertainment, and technology. Say something here about you personally relate to this site or some article that made you take note of it. What do you like about it? Why would you recommend I take a look? Check it out here
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