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The Great Workplace 2.0
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2012.09.25

The purpose of The Great Workplace 2.0™ is simple: while it is happening, show core changes in great workplaces, so that start-ups, small and mid-size companies, can extract the principles that other companies are discovering. By example, grow in a healthy and sustainable fashion; return to our economy great dividends of revenue, value and innovation.

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2010.03.08

This segment is built around a real company, real people, real hiring being done. First, the organization has a great growth track record. They are recognized for it, have trophies and plaques, articles and accolades. (As do MANY companies including my own). They are in a semi high-tech field (not software). They have a unique business model and few competitors. The main competition are also "Partners" with the organization. They are BOTH a SALES driven and service-driven organization. Sales volume in the $25 area. Goal: $100, in a few years. Any one who has been there KNOWS that they are now in the difficult part of the curve where everything the organization does will feel like a uphill climb, except sales. Sales will grow, but lurking under those wonderful figures will be balsa-wood structures and hiring foundations. The "Brand" will be stuck in last year's mirror. The top Sales Manager knows the ...
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2010.03.08

By Kendall Embrescia Ice Skating. Boots. Jackets. Bustier. Pockets. Boat covers. Tents. Prom. School supplies. Car covers. Fashion. Running. Slacks. Punk. Laundry bags. Purses. Horse tack. Baby clothes. Mail carriers. Camera cases. Hip sacks. Halloween. Seduction. Travel. Wallets. Skiing. Matrimony. Jumpsuits. A routinely used mechanism connects all of the above objects, occasions, and activities… one that links each word together in one way or another, as it equally splits them apart. And when this often overlooked device fails us or has a major malfunction, we can get caught up (literally!) in that moment, usually unable to forge ahead. Extreme force, a lot of wiggle, and even gritting teeth are techniques we use to resolve these issues. Sometimes aggressively, yes emotionally, and ultimately scaled with great passion by most measures. On the flip, when this little agent works properly, it simplifies our life and brings an abundance of leisure and convenience into ...
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2010.03.08

“America, we have a problem.” The American educational system and in turn the workplace is becoming a place where it is more important to compete for sexual attention then valedictorian or employee of the month. Walk into any high school or college in America today and you will see hundreds of girls and sometimes even boys with their belly buttons decked out in “bling” and their breasts only half covered up. Walk into any workplace that does not strictly monitor their employees attire or require them to wear uniforms and you will see the same behavior. At what point did modesty, decency, and self-respect become an option? It is now unfortunately the exception rather then the rule. Why is this a problem for employees and employers? The workplace is a place to apply and enhance your skills, training, education, and talents while earning money for your efforts. It is a place to develop both temporary ...
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2010.03.05

They are a Weatherhead 100 company (like mine), but they have yet to understand how to treat a vendor. (Can't be a Great Workplace 2.0) First, they think that they know hiring. Their HR person came from a BIG company, where the air was rarefied and the idea of hiring had no real link to reality. The HR person acts like a CPA, not a customer service person. Stand-offish and structured. Their Business Development guy makes his Linkedin profile look like he is a graduate of the top 2 universities in the USA. (He didn't go to either University. He attended seminars.) He even makes it look like he belongs to the Alum groups of these universities. He graduated from local universities. Good ones. Why try to make it look like it is something else? Oh, it probably has to do with his physical stature. Yes, you guessed it. When the EVP ...
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2010.03.05

Yeeeyyyy!!! I had been offered my first “big girl job.” It was super exciting…I mean how fun was it going to be? I was now going to wear the business casual clothes that I so admired in the Victoria’s Secret, Anthropology, and J. Jill catalogues. My intention to purchase an expensive suit was justified, because I was going to be in a business casual environment that desired such threads. I had a purpose for going to the expensive department stores and spending lots of money to buy designer shoes, suits, belts, jewelry, handbags, etc. After all, I was now a professional, and it wasn’t all about my Sunday’s best anymore…it was my Mondays best, Tuesdays best, Wednesdays best-you get the picture. I was a recent grad from university—many companies and organizations weren’t down with Birkenstocks, holey jeans, or tank tops. After all, I did grasp the concept of work attire ...
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2010.03.04

“Getting hired is an exchange of perceived values”. It is definitely not about your wants and needs.

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