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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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2009.06.29

Aahhh…coffee. Millions of rise and shiners sip a cup or two, or sometimes five cups of java each morning. The rich and bold roasted aromas characterized to that fresh drip, only identifiable to the café potion, are distinctive to coffee lovers and non-lovers alike. And, what is just as recognizable to millions of coffee lovers and non-lovers countrywide is the Mr. Coffee Maker brand. That home brew percolator of choice was the invention of Clevelander Vincent Marotta, a.k.a. the inventor of Mr. Coffee. In 1968 Marotta conceived this groundbreaking idea. Motivated to develop and enhance the at-home coffee making technique, he knew there was a better way to brew coffee…an improvement that would make the existing “old” form of percolation easier. Vincent recruited two Westinghouse engineers, Edward Able and Erwin Schulze, to man the technical facets of the developmental process. (Mr. Able initially held the patent. He signed over the rights ...
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2009.06.29

Oh, it’s huge. I mean really big. Gigantic. Enormous. Colossal. Large indeed. It’s one of the world’s most extensive indoor convention centers, period, and it’s located right here in Cleveland. Even the street it sits on is named after the jumbo-normous structure: I-X Center Drive. This road will steer you straight towards the International Exposition Center, the near one million square foot convention center plays host to over two million visitors a year, entertaining those attending shows, exhibitions, and amusements. This wasn’t always the case with the I-X Center. People didn’t enter through the gargantuan-sized doors to browse jewelry collections, walk in and out of life-size homes, or watch dogs’ parade around to see who’s best in show. Nor did they exit still spinning from riding the world’s biggest indoor Ferris wheel or playing around in the world flashiest and newest automobiles. Nope, the I-X Center filled a much more regimented ...
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2009.06.29

Holy Stokes! Great balls of revival! A place to truly inspire…we are talking about The Cleveland Public Library. The third largest library in the nation, the Cleveland Public Library is held in high regard, prestige and honor, all afforded to the good people of northeast Ohio. The good fortune of having such an incredible institution at our fingertips’ leisure is a wonderful feat…to say the least! Established in 1869, the first library was a single rented room on Superior and West 3rd. The Cleveland Public Library was the first library in the U.S.A. to offer citizens open bookshelves, which means that people had access to open stacks of books to browse at their convenience. They were allowed to directly choose their selection, instead of having to ask the librarian to retrieve a desired book, what was then the standard practice before Cleveland Public Library was on the scene. Today the library has ...
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2009.06.29

The largest gathering of twins worldwide, double-down in Twinsburg each August for the annual Twins Days Festival. Sometimes Twinsburg will even see triplets, quadruplets, quintuplets and so on and so forth at the festival. The history of Twinsburg and the gestation of the festival goes like this: In 1819, a set of identical twins from Connecticut came to what was then known as Millsville. They were Moses and Aaron Wilcox, better known as the Wilcox brothers. They arrived in Millsville to sell parcels of land and attract settlers to the area. Twofold, they proposed six acres for a town’s square and suggested twenty dollars for the first school, under the condition that the people of Millsville would agree to change the name of the settlement to Twinsburg. The residents agreed and they double dog did it! And so it was that since the first set of “reportedly” unidentifiable, hard-to-tell-apart Wilcox brothers paired ...
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2009.06.29

Bad breath happens to even the best of us. Yep, at one point or another the majority of us will exhale an unpleasant odor into the atmosphere. Not only could this create an immediate schedule change for anyone who may be spending time with you, but perhaps a game of dodge ball will immediately begin (you being the ball to dodge) with the anyone in general and no one in particular. Surely with a case of bad breath, anyone within a five-foot radius will strategize an action plan to avoid your odorous emissions. There is always the chance that someone may throw you a lifeline, a saver…that is a Life Saver candy! Maybe this individual has “been there” before. Maybe this person is your soul mate, or perhaps he or she is an environmentalist. Whoever the hero is, this gesture of courage and nobility would be impossible if it wasn’t ...
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2009.06.29

It’s unusual to run across a person that doesn’t know about PEZ. You know…the PEZ candy and dispensers. Most of us happily accept the rectangular orange, cherry, lemon or strawberry sugary sweetness when offered, all of which are PEZ’s original fruity flavors. Yep, the candy can give you that quick sugar fix but what really grabs interest and garners international attention within the PEZ community, is the dispensers. Oh yes, those cartoonish characters that relinquish the small rectangular hunks of confected bite-size treats are what all the noise is about. You may be accused of under-noticing these cute little characters to their fullest respect, but don’t feel guilty. Rest assured, that your slack is picked-up by the colossal posse of Pezheads. That’s right, Pezheads or PEZ collectors. Pezheads hold gatherings, conventions, and festivals all around the world. From Austria, (the country of PEZ origin) to Myrtle Beach, Los Angeles, and Minnesota, ...
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