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CrewConnection | PayReel Makes Controversial Announcement 605 328 PayReel

CrewConnection | PayReel Makes Controversial Announcement

News Release: April 1, 2013 – CrewConnection | PayReel Acquires Hostess Brands “It’s all about extending our reach and, of course, the Twinkies!” commented CC|PR’s top executive. “We could no longer bear the thought of weekly staff meetings without those wonderful little attitude adjusters.” CC|PR shares rose 1,200% on the news. In a rare consensus,…

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Keep the change

Some people thrive on it, most avoid it, some dread it, but change in the workplace is inevitable. It represents a giant opportunity to strengthen teams and make business run more effectively, but this opportunity is seldom realized because managing through change is uncertain, exhausting work. A trip to the Business section at your local…

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The power of pride 762 1066 PayReel

The power of pride

The top executives of several major breweries had just finished a panel discussion at an industry conference. They decided to head over to the hotel lounge for some refreshments. The top executive from Corona sits down at the bar and says to the bartender, “I would like a tall glass of the world’s best beer,…

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My Big Rock Confession 900 600 PayReel

My Big Rock Confession

Swamped? Buried? Overwhelmed? Have any of these descriptions applied to you within the past three weeks? Since we all have the same number of hours available to us each day, how is it that some people seem to get so much more accomplished? If you’re familiar with the work of the late Stephen (“7 Habits”)…

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2013: Time to stop treading water and make it rain 620 454 PayReel

2013: Time to stop treading water and make it rain

The U.S. Congress certainly kept things interesting during the holiday season. They wiggled our toes over the fiscal cliff then pulled us back to terra firma just as our New Year’s Eve champagne bottles ran dry. Cautiously optimistic, we now pass through the portal of a new year. 2013: The year we come to terms…

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3 Independent Contractors Walk Into a Bar … 3872 2592 PayReel

3 Independent Contractors Walk Into a Bar …

But in the eyes of the Department of Labor, one of them probably isn’t really an independent contractor (what, you were expecting a joke?). Sure, all three freelancers are free to work wherever they choose and they have the flexibility to pick and choose this project or that. But, unless they can check all the…

Lucky or just good? 150 150 PayReel

Lucky or just good?

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Las Vegas? That’s right, gambling. Most visitors come to Vegas to get lucky at the tables or slots. Casinos bank on players’ willingness to take on bad risk – that’s what keeps the acres of marble floors polished and maintains the opulence that…

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The Idea Factory

In my last post I mentioned the challenge of building a high performing team from the raw material of a multi-generational workforce. One of the hallmarks of a high performance organization is the ability to innovate and adapt. Said another way, they possess the willingness to fail quickly en route to success. These are groups…

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Embracing Our next diversity 3504 2336 PayReel

Embracing Our next diversity

I don’t feel old. Though I admit there are aspects of our popular culture that I find bewildering (e.g. $5 lattés with frilly foam designs, that thing with the pants hanging off the butts, and every texting abbreviation besides “LOL” … not sure why, but that one always makes me laugh). I also don’t feel…

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Super-star Wars: holding on to your heroes 620 412 PayReel

Super-star Wars: holding on to your heroes

The Great Recession has certainly pushed the battle for workforce talent off the front pages … at least temporarily. But surely we haven’t forgotten that the population of the U.S. is still aging. Fortune 500 companies expect to lose 50% of their senior management within the coming decade. And the pipeline of college graduates with…