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Wage War on Change Fatigue in the New Year

With a new year often comes new changes. All well and good, until you take into consideration that, like New Year's resolutions, many of these initiatives are left by the wayside in a matter of weeks, leaving employees exasperated and leadership disheartened. But your new programs don't have to go the way of the Dodo. With ...

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Boardroom Black Holes and Taboos

Is your Board side-steppng the hard questions? Sure, some subjects are uncomfortable to talk about, but avoiding them isn't a great solution. In some instances, turning a blind eye to a taboo topic could be putting your organization's fiscal health at risk. Is that a gamble you're willing to make? Follow these tips to pinpoint, ...

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Snakes in the C-Suite

Nobody hires a snake intentionally. Executives with reptilian tendencies either develop them over time or reveal themselves little by little. Either way, once a snake-like leader shows his true nature, something's got to be done. Yes, he might be generating amazing results, but at what cost? Consider the long-term ramifications of keeping a snake on ...

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Avenues for Reporting Employee Concerns

Do you - or does your company - tend to make things harder than they need to be? Compliance is one of those areas that must be effective, but not overly complicated. Sometimes simpler is better. Take reporting employee concerns, for example. Some firms use multiple avenues for reporting staff concerns, but for most, with ...

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How to Make Your Code of Conduct More Engaging

If walking employees through the code of conduct involves sitting them down in front of a 50-page document, armed with a fresh pot of coffee, then you're doing it wrong. How much of that massive missive do you think they're likely to remember? Assuming retention is the aim here, may we suggest some alternate strategies? Make ...

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Culture Drives Reputation

Culture, ethics and compliance are inextricably linked. Where employees have faith in leadership to do the right thing, and where they see it being done from day to day, compliance is likely not to be an issue. Where there's a clear lack of communication and poor decision making at the top, morale plummets and reputation will undoubtedly ...

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Replace Seat-of-the-Pants Flying With a More Systematic Approach

Taking to the skies or trying to land without first running through a flight checklist may mean you don't get where you're going at all, but instead wind up somewhere between your departure and arrival destinations, surrounded by plane wreckage. As with piloting an aircraft, leading a company is a complex business and one that requires a methodical, ...

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Poverty Mentality Leads to Poor Decisions

Is your organization "talent poor," or just afraid to let its people take risks and spearhead change? Does the company lack in influence or in confidence? High self esteem carries individuals and businesses far, but a poverty mentality takes them nowhere good. Decisions made out of fear may keep operations afloat -- for a time -- ...

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Internal Investigations and the Importance of Witness Interviews

The costs can really add up when internal investigations get underway, but cutting corners is generally a bad idea. Particularly during the interview process. If you're serious about uncovering the truth, the important interviews should be handled by experienced attorneys, not by counsel a bit greener around the edges who will be less likely to pick up ...

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