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Bring Your Self to Work: How Embracing Individuality Builds Trust & Drives Results

“Coming to work here was like being able to breathe for the first time,” said one New Belgium employee. The company embraces individuality and encourages employees to be themselves; the result is a financially successful workplace with a culture that abounds in trust and diversity. How to use this video:  Watch this video with your […] → Continue Reading Bring Your Self to Work: How Embracing Individuality Builds Trust & Drives Results

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SOLD: How New Belgium Brewing Sold the Company to the Employees – and Became More Successful in the Process

For privately-owned companies, knowing when to sell, and to whom, is a stressful decisions. Kim Jordan, founder of New Belgium Brewing, wanted to make sure her company passed into the hands of someone who shared her values and hopes for the company. Ultimately, her decision on a buyer had significant financial implications for the company and […] → Continue Reading SOLD: How New Belgium Brewing Sold the Company to the Employees – and Became More Successful in the Process

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

How to Empower Your People & Save Yourself from Burnout: Coach, Don’t Tell

Prevent burnout and build a team of expert problem solvers by coaching employees rather than giving answers. […] → Continue Reading How to Empower Your People & Save Yourself from Burnout: Coach, Don’t Tell

Want Great Leaders? Challenge them to do Great Things

In 2001, Blue Plate Catering launched a $10 million dollar project to build a high-profile Chicago restaurant. The project alone would double what the company was worth – if they could succeed. Without money in the bank or investors, it was a big risk. So why did CEO Jim Horan proceed? He moved forward in […] → Continue Reading Want Great Leaders? Challenge them to do Great Things

How to Develop Top Talent

CEO C. Richard Panico, of the consulting group Integrated Project Management (IPM), says his team has a “hell of a lot of fun” pursuing excellence. But building an award-winning team doesn’t happen by chance: it takes a concentrated effort to hire, train and develop exceptional talent. In this short video, part of the Return on […] → Continue Reading How to Develop Top Talent

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)

Stronger, Better, Faster: How to Build a Resilient Company

“It’s like getting shot out of a cannon every day.” That’s how Amanda Currie, senior vice president with global internet marketing solutions company Amobee (formerly Adconion Direct), describes the challenge of working in the internet industry. The constantly changing nature of the online space requires the persistence and discipline of a professional athlete. And as […] → Continue Reading Stronger, Better, Faster: How to Build a Resilient Company