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Innovation: Lessons From a Year of Disruption

Article originally posted in Crain's | Chicago Business Tom Kuczmarski.

If a business could move so quickly to adapt when the pandemic hit, how can it keep that spirit of innovation alive to drive success in the future? Businesses that survived the pandemic have been through a crash course in survival. When business as usual was not an option, survival called for innovation at lightning

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Are You Ready to Lead?

Article originally posted in ACRP Michael Causey.

While many clinical trial professionals struggle with the lack of clear career paths in the industry, there are tools, tactics, and best practices to help spot and leverage new opportunities. In this occasional series, we’ll hear from leading experts both in and outside the clinical trial industry as they offer insights on how to thrive

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Why Human Resource Management Is Necessary for Business Success

Article originally posted in CO--by U.S. Chamber of Commerce Erik J. Martin.

  For a business to effectively recruit, retain and manage its employees, it must take a contemporary approach on human resource management, or HRM. HumanResourcesEDU defines HRM as a concept that involves “overseeing all things related to managing an organization’s human capital” and “developing and administering programs that are designed to increase the effectiveness of an organization

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How to Innovate Your Innovation

Article originally posted in Inc. Howard Tullman.

Looks to me like the curtain on the innovation theater is about to come down. At 1871, the Chicago incubator I ran, we called the constant parade of well-intentioned but largely clueless visitors and the accompanying startup charade the “entrepreneurial petting zoo”. The visitors’ vain hopes were that, in the course of viewing such a

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Kuczmarski Innovation and Illinois Tech’s Kaplan Institute to Launch New Executive Education Course: Managing and Activating Innovation

Article originally posted in Yahoo! Finance

– Program to Be Announced February 27 at Chicago Innovation Event, Innovator’s Guide to Chicago at the Kaplan Institute – Unique Program Design Includes Development of Innovation Project CHICAGO, Feb. 25, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The Chicago-based innovation consulting firm Kuczmarski Innovation, in partnership with Illinois Tech University’s Ed Kaplan Institute for Innovation and Technological Entrepreneurship are launching Managing and

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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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