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Work/Life Balance: Practice Won’t Make Perfect – But Keep Trying!

At the end of life, few people regret spending too much time with family and friends. On the other hand, workaholics lament missed opportunities to enjoy time with loved ones. Bill Gates recently revealed his own difficulties in making time for life outside of work during an interview with the BBC, reported in the Leadership section of Forbes. Gates admitted to his own early, self-professed ‘fanaticism’ about work, noting that he never took vacations, often worked throughout nights, and stayed at the office on most weekends. After meeting his wife, Gates slowed down considerably; yet by that time, his company had tripled in growth and was already generating unprecedented revenues and record productivity. Continue reading

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Millennials: Exaggerated Mythology

What do millennials really want from work? How do we engage them?

We have all heard the stereotypes of millennials: the horror stories from the workplace, the self-entitled attitudes that breed laziness and poor work ethic. A survey by CareerBuilder.com found that more than 85% of hiring managers and human-resource executives feel that millennials have a stronger sense of entitlement than older workers. Continue reading

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Getting REAL Feedback as an Executive Director or CEO

If you are the Executive Director or CEO of an organization, the following may sound familiar: It’s “evaluation time” and the Board President meets with you for a perfunctory, check-off-the-box meeting that lasts maybe 10 minutes, in which the he/she tells you that everything is going well, that the Board members are pleased, and that a new compensation figure has been approved. The end. Continue reading

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Money, Money, Money, Money!!

Traditional research showed that money is not the prime motivator for employee engagement or loyalty. However, since the economic downturn and slow recovery, money has inched back to the top of the list of key factors for attracting and retaining a high quality, motivated workforce. What are the best and brightest organizations doing to use their human capital dollars creatively? Read on to find out! Continue reading

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The Tangible Value of Gratitude at Work

There is much research to prove that recognition and rewards have quite an impact on employee engagement, which, in turn, has a substantial impact on everything that’s meaningful to organizations: productivity, profitability, customer satisfaction, the list goes on.

If you’d like to see the numbers, here’s an article by Forbes contributor Kevin Kruse, citing statistics from 28 studies. Continue reading

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Women in Negotiations: You’ll Never Know Until you Ask, but How You Ask is Very Important

It is fairly common knowledge that women are more hesitant to negotiate salary than men. Recent trends have encouraged women to be more confident in negotiations, built on the knowledge that you won’t know what you can get unless you ask. Many women in the workplace have been pleasantly surprised by the outcome of such discussions, either at the time of hire or after some time on the job. Continue reading

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Future of Libraries Summit: Reflections from Behind the Marker (Part Two)

In early May The Singer Group provided me with a great opportunity to act as a table facilitator at the American Library Association’s Future of Libraries Summit held at the Library of Congress. Last month we provided the first of the top 10 reflections on the Summit. Here are the remaining 5! Continue reading

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Future of Libraries Summit: Reflections from Behind the Marker (Part One)

By Katy Berube

In early May The Singer Group provided me with a great opportunity to act as a table facilitator at the American Library Association’s Future of Libraries Summit held at the Library of Congress.  As a table facilitator my experience of the summit was slightly different than that of a participant. Paula Singer, CEO of The Singer Group and lead facilitator, worked with myself and my seven other colleagues to ensure the deftly designed two day meeting process worked in the room with the participants enabling engaging participation while ensuring summit objectives remained on target. Continue reading

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Re-Cap of the Future of Libraries Summit: Cliff Notes for Quick Access!

In early May The Singer Group enjoyed leading and engaging a team of facilitators in support of the American Library Association’s Future of Libraries Summit held at the Library of Congress. Continue reading

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Creating a Winning Team!

There is a lot of research about how to create effective and successful teams. A critical first step is something we already believe in strongly for successful organizations as a whole: make sure every team member understands their role and how it fits in with and aligns to the bigger picture of what you are trying to achieve. For a team, this might be a project or discrete set of outcomes. For the organization, this means alignment with a strategic plan that everyone not only knows exists but understands and is committed to. Continue reading

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