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Building Trust: Critical Currency in a Competitive Job Market

Article originally posted in Xpert HR Blog Linda Pophal.


Trust in major institutions is at an all-time low. The 2019 Edelman Trust Barometer revealed 9-point drop in trust among the general public—and a 23-point drop among the “informed public.” “The United States is enduring an unprecedented crisis of trust,” said Richard Edelman, the company’s president and CEO. That distrust trickles its way down into the workplace.

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Workplace Culture

Article originally posted in Hearth & Home Mark Brock.


Around Phifer’s manufacturing center in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, it’s not unusual to see the company CEO, Beverly Phifer, walking through the plant, greeting employees by name, and taking time to chat. It’s all part of a family-oriented culture that can be traced to the company’s founding in 1952 by her father, J. Reese Phifer, and being

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4 Employee Communication Mistakes — and What to Do Instead

Article originally posted in EmployeeChannel Sandy Wu.


Communication is often viewed as a simplistic, innate ability. Unfortunately, many leaders don’t have a natural ability to successfully communicate with employees. A study by Quantum Leadership Group found that ‘clearly communicating expectations’ (56 percent) and ‘communicating often and openly’ (42 percent) are two of the 10 top competencies expected of leadership. However, our own research found that 30

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Review of Lifting People Up by Foreward Clarion Reviews

Article originally posted in Foreward Clarion Reviews Anitra Budd.


Clarion Rating: 4 out of 5 Lifting People Up is a business book that combines powerful leadership development advice with sound, actionable tips. Lifting People Up collects practical ideas and tips for building people-centered organizations through praise and feedback. Husband-and-wife team Susan Smith Kuczmarski and Thomas D. Kuczmarski have written a warm, practical guide to

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A Sustainable Corporate Culture Embraces the Values of All Members

Article originally posted in Playbook - American Management Association Susan Kuczmarski, Ed.D., and Thomas Kuczmarski.


Corporate culture can be extremely hard to change. Not only is it difficult to define something so intangible, but it can be challenging to identify the appropriate steps to turn a desired culture into a reality. Culture has a direct effect on an individual’s productivity and motivation. However, many companies don’t take the time to

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Unconventional Management Strategies That Work

Article originally posted in Business.com Bennett Conlin.


Learn how to implement surprising management tips to boost team performance. When you look at successful businesses, you often see a strong team behind that success. From high-level executives to interns, businesses with cooperative and supportive team members tend to perform better than groups where team members are more focused on individual interests. Team cohesion

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How to Motivate and Engage Employees Through Praise and Rewards Programs

Article originally posted in Talent Economy Tom Kuczmarski.


Building employee engagement requires a strong company culture that focuses on rewards and praise. Employee engagement is a code that has consistently been difficult for companies of all industries to crack. Studies have shown that increases in engagement and retention yield significant growth in production as well as savings to the bottom line. Whether the

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New Leadership Guide Unearths the Benefits of ‘Peopleship’ in the Workplace

Article originally posted in Independent Publisher


BY CRAIG MANNING / AUGUST 2018 Unemployment in the United States is currently hovering around 4 percent. As tends to happen, this recent trend of low unemployment has created something of a job seeker’s market. In many fields, there are more jobs than there are qualified people to fill them. As a result, it’s fallen

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Tom Kuczmarski named one of StreetWise’s “20 Most Inspiring Chicagoans”

StreetWise, a nonprofit that empowers people and provides resources for the homeless and at-risk populations throughout Chicago, announces this year’s honorees for a new award created to recognize and honor the “20 Most Inspiring Chicagoans” who are making the city a better place to live and work. The honorees, selected by a committee of Streetwise

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