Culture First with Damon Klotz

I can’t say that I’m mentored by a lot of people because I’m a difficult individual. But if there’s one person that I learn from, that I grow from, that I actually pay attention to, and try to figure out which way the wind blows, it’s Damon Klotz. I have known Damon for over 11…

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It’s Time to Defund HR

HR oversees a system with rules that they don’t control and might not even agree with but can’t change, and they rarely see people at their best. For the past 40 years, we’ve been pumping money into human resources and we are not getting the ROI we deserve. For all the time, money, and attention…

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Improving The Employee Experience

From an HR perspective, we often look at employee experience through the lens of the organization. However, we must begin to understand the employee experience from their perspective.  The employee experience is made up of thousands of micro-experiences that we all experience from day to day. The primary role of leaders, then, is to influence…

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The Future of Business Conferences

Many of us have questions about how speakers are doing and what the future of live events will look like. We are so unsure about what it means to have a conference in an age when you can’t stand within six feet of someone. Lauren Davis was a marketer, community organizer, and record store owner.…

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Creating a Culture of Trust

Being a leader during uncertain times takes unique skill and perseverance. We can’t continue doing things the same way we’ve always done them when circumstances change around us. Leadership is a skill that must be constantly developed and improved. JeVon “JT” McCormick knows this well. He is the CEO of Scribe Media, a publishing company…

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No one is immune

COVID-19 has changed each of our lives. Some of us have lost jobs, while others of us are working in a whole new way. Many of us have battled sickness or been through the trenches with a sick family member or friend. There has been so much heartbreak, uncertainty, confusion, fear, and despair. No one…

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The Future of Work After COVID-19

Work is going to change post-COVID. So many things will look different than ever before. The role of flexibility, authenticity, and personalization will rise. Well-being will be emphasized more than it has been in the past. Social issues will need to be addressed in organizations that have avoided the topic for years.  Karina Schultheis knows…

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An Opportunity for Change

There’s so much happening in the world right now. And it is easy to lose faith in humanity, in God, or in your religious beliefs. I once had someone suggest to me that my lack of faith is a form of unreconciled grief.  So, when I found Reverend Wendy Hamilton on social media, her perspective…

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A Lesson About Resiliency in Hard Times

When we talk about the restaurant, retail, and hospitality, there are corporations, then there are small business owners, and then there are workers. And right now, they all have individual challenges due to COVID-19 and civil unrest in many cities.  The hospitality industry service workers have taken a hit in our economy. Some workers and…

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