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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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Finding a Balance Through Disciplined Freedom

The phrase “disciplined freedom” may at first appear to champion a set of two inconsistent ideals. When people think of discipline, they usually think of rigidity, both in rules and structure. Freedom elicits thoughts of bountiful choice and independence – almost the exact opposite. However, there is a middle ground that exists between the two.

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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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The Benefits of Deep Listening

In an increasingly digital world, the prevalence of face to face conversations and even phone conversations have decreased. As the norm changes, the need to be an active, deep listener has become more important than ever. While it is the role of the speaker to convey the message that they are trying to communicate, the

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Here are six signs that it’s time to quit your job

Article originally posted in Fast Company Stephanie Vozza.


Most of us are open to new job opportunities. In fact, a survey by the specialty recruitment firms Accounting Principals and Ajilon found that 80% of people are passively or actively looking. But how do you know it’s time to stop window shopping and pull the trigger and quit? “Quitting and finding new work can be terrifying,” says Jill Gugino Pante,

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