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The Institutional Role in Personal Development

14 February 2024

What sets exceptional companies apart? A shared understanding that developing their workforce is the ultimate competitive advantage.

Leaders with a transactional mindset think, "What happens if we train and invest in our employees and they leave?" Leaders with a transformative mindset think, "What if you don't and they stay?" The transformative leader understands that developing the workforce gives a competitive advantage in the long run.

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Are You Ripening or Rotting?

31 January 2024

Today, let's talk about personal development. I want to confront the notion that we're perfect just the way we are. This belief that we are perfect just the way we are might sound comforting, but is it truly empowering? I challenge you to consider this: If we aren't actively working towards becoming better every day, are we inadvertently allowing ourselves to rot?

Embracing imperfection doesn't mean settling for mediocrity. It means acknowledging that growth is a perpetual journey, not a final destination.

What happens when we don't use our muscles? Muscle atrophy sets in and the muscles simply waste away. Take that idea and apply it to your mind, your emotions, your intellectual skills. If you aren't working to consistently improve and develop these skills, you're allowing them to simply waste away.

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Mastering Engagement in Hybrid Teams

06 December 2023

Does this sound familiar?

You call a team meeting. Your hybrid team of 15 employees consists of 10 in-person employees with 5 working remotely. The 10 in-person employees trickle into the conference room, exchanging greetings and having side conversations. Then, you start the Zoom call, bringing in the remote workers.

The in-person employees bring in one laptop, perhaps with a large TV broadcasting the remote employees, with one camera. There's a whiteboard setup for in-person employees to brainstorm ideas on. You also have one laptop microphone broadcasting the sound to remote workers.

But are your remote employees truly having the same experience as their in-person counterparts?

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The Hunt for Cohesion

22 November 2023

The 2023 ONE SHRM Georgia State Conference and Expo was an experience like no other. Over 380 attendees pursued the three elements of a Cohesion Culture™: Belonging, Value, and Mutual Commitment.

Attendees received a crash course on Infusing Cohesion to Attract and Retain Top Talent by Cohesion Culture™ Crew: Troy Hall, Ph.D. I-CUDE, Retention Expert, Karmen Zabron, HR Gamification Strategist, and myself, Ben-Jamin Toy , Team Builder.

The participants utilized interactive directives facilitated through gaming tablets to complete tasks. They took part in lighthearted activities, encountering what some considered their inaugural "Un-Scavenger Hunt".

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All Leaders Are Readers

08 November 2023

All leaders are readers but all readers are not leaders. That is a key distinct difference that was shared with me early in my professional career.

I was a student who prided myself on not reading the assigned books in high school. I read the SparkNotes, listened to group discussions, and knew enough to get by. The knowledge, themes, and lessons from these stories didn't permeate my mind.

Early in my career a business mentor gave me books that changed my life. Now 500+ reads later, books have played a pivotal role in shaping my leadership journey.

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Don't Hinder Collaboration, Do This Instead

25 October 2023

"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together."

It's unclear who coined those words first. Lots of different proverbs say something similar. But to go far and go together requires collaboration.

86% of employees and executives cite lack of collaboration or ineffective communication for workplace failures. (Fierce Inc, 2011)

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Planning an Impactful Offsite

11 October 2023

Who plans company events? In our experience, while HR, People Managers, and small business owners certainly plan their fair share of events, the assistant is often the first employee contact. About 10% of our sales calls begin with executive or regular assistants.

When it comes to organizing company events, assistants often find themselves at the forefront of planning, and many times they have no experience in this field of work. While virtual team building and company happy hours have become commonplace, orchestrating a successful company or team offsite is a different ballgame.

In this week's blog, discover the key elements to maximize the value of offsites.

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Yellow Camo Crew: Introducing Karmen Zabron

13 September 2023

Gamification expert and change maker, Karmen Zabron, is an excellent member of our #YellowCamoCrew team!

Simply put, Karmen Zabron has a "Big L" Love for people, workplace cultures, and all things nerdy and fun. She has over 20 years of experience in the people business, having served in HR, Leadership, Sales, and Coaching & Development roles during her career, and has been instrumental in developing and implementing strategies to create positive, productive (and fun!) work environments over several different industries. She's not just passionate about People & Culture, she's an absolute geek about it (who can still be fun at parties). She's a non-traditional HR Thought Leader with experience working in a variety of HR disciplines, including talent acquisition and development, performance management, engagement, retention, and global employee relations.