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Farewell Letter from Claire

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By Claire Nichols My coworkers are like my family. If you work at a small business, I bet you’ve said that at least once. Often, small businesses feel that way and CultureSync is no exception. From the moment I began working here two and a half years ago, I’ve been embraced by every one of my coworkers as more than …

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Small Talk: Mind Numbing or Career Building?

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  “If I work really hard and put my nose to the grindstone, people will notice. I don’t have time for chitchat, I have to get my work done!” Does this sound like you? Someone you love? It’s time for an intervention. Carrie Kish and I had an interesting round-table about Women in Leadership with one of our clients. To …

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James Corden Takes Center Stage 4 with Carpool Karaoke

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By Ken Perlman Carpool Karaoke videos reliably go massively viral. The one with Adele has 107 MILLION views. The one (of many) with Justin Bieber has 70 million views. The new one with a quartet of Broadway royalty (Lin-Manuel Miranda, Audra McDonald, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jane Krakowski) has 208,000 views in 12 hours. There is magic in the bit. …

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Client Corner with Fender

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By Jeff Meneely Vice President, Global Logistics at Fender Musical Instruments Corporation Changing culture is the organizational equivalent of climbing Everest. It is a deliberate, difficult process that requires commitment, focus, and a willingness to strip away all but the critical behaviors that will enable success. One would not even think about climbing Everest without an entire team of experts …

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Jazz of Leadership Part Two: Staying Home To Mind The Chickens

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By Ken Perlman In my last blog, I introduced you to a room full of doctors experiencing a discussion conducted using a jazz band to guide them toward a better sense of leadership. To refresh yourself, click here. I also gave you a glimpse into the session by explaining how the jazz band related to the five stages of Tribal …

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Jazz of Leadership Part One: What Dr. Jazz Taught 30 Doctors

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By Ken Perlman Thirty doctors walk into a Jazz session. Although it sounds like the setup line to a bad joke, it’s actually what happened in one of the most remarkable discussions of leadership I’ve ever seen.  This evening’s leadership conversation was a joint effort between USC Thornton School of Music professor Ronald McCurdy, Ph.D. (we will occasionally call him “Dr. …

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Be Like Bowie

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The first time I saw David Bowie I was five-years-old. He was on television surrounded by puppets singing, “Dance Magic Dance.” I had no idea the magnitude of what I was witnessing or what had lead up to this cult classic. Everything David Bowie did was part of the masterpiece he called life. Most beautifully, he did things his own …

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10 Questions to Kick Start Your Year

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Happy New Year! Here’s a process for you to use to reflect on last year and get focused for the year ahead. This is an exercise that I run through at the beginning of each year and I thought I’d share it with you. Check out the list below: What did you accomplish this year? What were your biggest disappointments? …

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I’d Make a Terrible Drug Addict

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Thank you all for the love and support you have shown to me and the team since my accident. I am doing remarkably well and getting a lot of rest, which is what I still need most. My stitches are out and I have a tender, but well healed, five-inch scar on my spine. I am feeling generally introspective and …

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I’ve Fallen And I Can’t Get Up

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I never thought I’d be excited to have a walker, but I am. I had a freak accident on Friday, November 20th, when my horse spooked and threw me off. I fractured one of the vertebrae in my back and had surgery on Saturday, November 21st. I started walking again less than 24 hours later and came home just before …

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