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Viewing Posts from January, 2012

 

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Inspired by Justin Wheating’s last post, I’m focusing this month on something we can control.

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Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I spoke to a group of business school students at the University of Vermont on the topic of company culture and employee relations.  In preparing for this presentation, it got me thinking more deeply about how company culture evolves and who defines it within an organization.

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We enter 2012 in a flood of uncertainty:

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Jobs, Jobs, Jobs — though not exactly the kind that the US economy is so desperately seeking. I just finished reading Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs, which raises some very challenging questions about business and business leadership.

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Talk about cafeteria benefit plans! Since 2007, NRG Systems has contracted with Wild Leek Kitchen to provide free, catered lunch for every employee four days a week, with an emphasis on fresh, local, low-calorie food cooked from scratch.

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People lucky enough to be on the roads at 7am in Burlington, Vermont might catch sight of NRG Systems mechanical engineer Paul Smith on his way to work:

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