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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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What Soft Skills Do Employers Want?

Article originally posted in TalentCulture

Most jobs have specific requirements. But beyond technical skills, employees also need more general soft skills to get the job done. According to the Job Outlook 2018 Survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, problem-solving skills and the ability to work in a team are the top two soft skills that employers seek in job

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Activating an Innovation Culture

What does it mean to have an “Innovation Culture?” For some, it can mean open floor plans and shared desk spaces, beer in the fridge and casual dress. For others, a culture of innovation is found in workplaces where people are constantly building the next cutting-edge technology or software to disrupt their markets. In my

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Helping Others Find Their Voice

Fostering growth in your employees and encouraging them to speak up and find their voice is key to cultivating a community of problem solvers. Helping your employees to find their voice is one of the most powerful leadership techniques you can employ. Once everyone in your organization feels able and encouraged to speak up, your

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Peopleship: The New Culture Model

The problem with the word “leadership” is that it focuses on the top. It paints a picture of the top brass pulling strings and making things happen in the organization. He or she is constantly in meetings and on the phone, delegating tasks and demanding results. Having a competent leader is important, but it is

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Why Chicago doesn’t need to emulate Silicon Valley

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

I’ve been involved in efforts to help build Chicago’s innovation ecosystem for more than two decades, but I always welcome an outside perspective that suggests how we could do better. It was with that in mind that I read Thomas Day’s commentary published here on March 15, titled “The day after the day Chicago doesn’t

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