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Why Should Business Leaders Invest in their Communities?

Building a Culture of Civic Entrepreneurship Many leaders think in terms of products and profits. Fewer focus on their employees. And even fewer may think about the communities in which they operate and their impact on these communities. Lacking a focus on local communities can actually impair business success.   However, practicing good corporate citizenship can […] → Continue Reading Why Should Business Leaders Invest in their Communities?

Why Having a Passionate Workforce Matters

Create Harmonious Passion First Fresno Bank has five core values: loyalty, service, flexibility, local focus, and passion. When their key employees are asked if one of the core values is most important, almost everyone says passion. They maintain that passion is the driver for the other core values and for success of the business. Researchers […] → Continue Reading Why Having a Passionate Workforce Matters

Put People First…and Results Will Follow

In our previous series, we focused on how the exceptional companies we study as part of the Return on Values research project hire and retain top talent. In this series, we want to address what they do with people once they’re in the door. Universally, the companies in our study have a “people first” approach […] → Continue Reading Put People First…and Results Will Follow

Return on Values Feature: Why Love is the First Leadership Skill You Should Develop

Research shows that love for your employees positively influences perceptions of leadership. […] → Continue Reading Return on Values Feature: Why Love is the First Leadership Skill You Should Develop

We’re Speaking the Same Language, but We Still Need a Translator: Three Ways to Get Clear about Values

In business, it is easy to speak the same language and still need a translator. The problem isn’t that the words aren’t understood; it’s that the underlying meaning is missed. My colleague Dr. Richard Boyatzis, from Case Western Reserve University, shares a perfect illustration of this. He tells the story of being in a classroom […] → Continue Reading We’re Speaking the Same Language, but We Still Need a Translator: Three Ways to Get Clear about Values

How to Grow a Great Company: 4 Tips on Hiring

For more on how to hire differently, see “How to Marry Up: Hiring & Retaining Top Talent that’s Out of Your League” – part 1 and part 2. Special thanks to our friends at Red Caffeine Marketing, for the design of this infographic. 

How to ‘Marry Up’: Hiring and Retaining Talent that’s Out of Your League (Part 2)

How to Build & Retain Top Talent In our previous blog post in this series, we covered how to buy top talent. For small and mid-size businesses, getting rockstar executives – the kind of leader who can confidently guide you to the next level – comes at a price tag. When big budget salaries aren’t […] → Continue Reading How to ‘Marry Up’: Hiring and Retaining Talent that’s Out of Your League (Part 2)

How to ‘Marry Up’: Hiring and Retaining Talent that’s Out of Your League (Part 1)

How to Buy Top Talent “Boy, he really married up.” It’s a refrain we’ve all heard, or uttered, sometimes in jest – as a jabbing compliment to a lucky young man – or sometimes in befuddlement –spoken in wonder at an unlikely partnership. In either case, the message is clear: you’re looking at someone who […] → Continue Reading How to ‘Marry Up’: Hiring and Retaining Talent that’s Out of Your League (Part 1)

Getting Clear about Culture: Four Lessons from Remarkable Companies

A few years ago, our Center conducted a small study to identify the values publicly held by companies on the Fortune 500 list. We found a wide range, and yet also a significant amount of overlap. Frequently cited values included: That’s a great list. It’s an inspiring list. It’s also a long list. It would […] → Continue Reading Getting Clear about Culture: Four Lessons from Remarkable Companies

The Integrity Effect: Why Who You Are Matters for CEOs

The most important thing you can do for your business is a strategy that can’t be measured with any metric. It can’t be reflected on a dashboard, reviewed in a quarterly report, or balanced on a spreadsheet. The most important thing you can do for your company is to focus on your personal integrity. Researcher […] → Continue Reading The Integrity Effect: Why Who You Are Matters for CEOs