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Echo Global Logistics, Inc., a leading provider of technology-enabled transportation and supply chain management services, announced today the appointment of Cheryl Johnson to the post of Senior Vice President of Talent. Ms. Johnson holds more than 16 years of progressive HR industry experience, which includes several executive-level appointments.

Ms. Johnson previously led talent management for retail chain Ulta Cosmetics. Prior to her time with Ulta, Ms. Johnson served as Divisional Vice President of Strategic Talent Management for Sears Holding Company and also spent time as Vice President of Human Resources for Fossil Inc.

 

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Tuesday
Jan272015

The Two MOST Important Questions In Leadership

By Bruce Fong, Finance Love Life contributor

Yep it is true, there are two questions, just two little words that can radically transform your team, and you as a leader. Just two little words that can further develop your team, making them effective, efficient, and ready to take ownership.

Let me explain. Years ago I worked for a boss that had a huge and very positive impact on my career and my life. Like most people who impact you at this level, he was simultaneously the most inspiring person I have ever worked for and the most frustrating one too; which turned out to be a great combination. In fact, exactly what you ought to look for in a leader, if you want to grow as an individual and grow in your career; and grow and develop as I did.

Jeff was (and I am sure still is) amazing at a lot of things, but his real gift was in developing people. His inspiration and encouragement allowed you to take risks and try new things; his confidence and belief made it safe to fail and make mistakes. In the time I worked with him, I learned quite a bit from Jeff, but the most important lesson I learned from him was the power of a question.

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Monday
Jan262015

Building Relationships with Remote Employees

By Andrea Gappmayer, RECOGNIZE THIS! Contributor

Recognize This! – All employees, regardless of location, benefit from having a best friend at work.

Let’s talk about your remote employees for a minute. Are they engaged? Do they have friends at work? Are they sitting at home, their car, or Starbucks feeling isolated and lonely?

Do you care? You should care.

To make a stronger point of it: you had BETTER care. Here’s why: in Globoforce’s Fall 2014 Workforce Mood Tracker survey, some “common knowledge”, “common sense” information was confirmed to us through hard data: people who have friends at work are more engaged, more loyal, and more likely to stick around.

I’m a remote employee, and fortunately, I have a very dear friend at the corporate office in Boston who calls me almost daily. Sometimes we talk about work, and sometimes we don’t. But I have a friend at work, which makes me feel included and valued.

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Wednesday
Jan212015

5 Things That Scream You're Not Getting Paid Enough

Article courtesy of The Tim Sackett Project

I was reading an article recently, it was one of those “Best Places To Work” type of articles.  Since I run a company, I’m always looking out for good ideas on how to take care of your employees without spending a dime – unfortunately – “Best Places” companies that make these lists usually don’t give you these type 0f ideas!   What you get from “Best Places” articles are all the over the top crap – gourmet cat food for your in cube pet-mate, free liposuction for your spouse and discounted tattoo eyeliner coupons.  I would love for my company to be on the top of every single “Best Places” to work article – but we probably won’t.  I care too much about my employees to make that happen.

What?!?

Yes, you read that right – My greatest weakness is I care too much!

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Tuesday
Jan202015

The 3 Risks You Face When Employees Are Traveling For You

By Mike Kelly, TLNT Contributor

Business leaders have long recognized that their greatest assets are their people.

However, attracting top talent is only one dimension of a people-driven business — employees must be fully engaged and motivated to be top performers. Corporate culture and commitment to your employees’ health, safety, and well-being is not only your duty, but is crucial for sustained employee engagement.

Here’s how HR and risk managers can take a proactive approach to safeguarding traveling employees while avoiding the following types of risks: 

1. People risk

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Monday
Jan192015

Good Password = Good Idea

Courtesy of VerticalResponse Blog

This time of year, with all the online shopping, shipping, and marketing to be done, you might find yourself signing up for several web-based products or services (like VerticalResponse). While it’s tempting to rush through these sign up processes to place your order faster or start using the product more quickly, you want to use a strong password (or passwords) to keep your information and data secure.

With seemingly monthly data breaches of big companies like Home Depot and Target, data security is top of mind for more people. Aside from having a good password, we suggest setting up two-factor authentication (2FA), whenever possible. 

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Friday
Jan162015

The No. 1 Reason You Want Happy Workers?

By Taro Fukuyama, TLNT Contributor

We all know that happy employees are much more productive and creative at their jobs than their unhappy counterparts. Yet, according to Gallup, unhappy employees outnumber happy ones by nearly 2-1 odds in the U.S.

With workplace productivity, employee satisfaction and overall office culture on the line, many companies are paying more attention to the importance of delighting their employees.

Why focus on employee happiness? 

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Wednesday
Jan142015

Heading for zero

By Peter Bradley, DC Velocity author

Ace Hardware worked with its waste and recycling contractor to get one DC to the point where it ships nothing to a landfill. A second DC is close behind. And that’s only a part of the hardware cooperative’s sustainability efforts.

Ace Hardware, the big nationwide hardware cooperative, introduced sustainable practices to its distribution centers long before the term took on its current cachet. “We’ve always been doing recycling,” says Dirk DeYoung, the company’s facilities engineering manager.

In recent years, Ace has sharpened its focus on sustainable practices, formally adopting a sustainability program about five years ago. The company has achieved marked success in several areas—reducing waste from its distribution centers, cutting its overall energy use in those buildings, shifting to cleaner fuels for its lift truck fleet, and reducing the carbon footprint of both its private fleet and its for-hire truckers.

 

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Wednesday
Jan142015

Develop Good Chemistry With Your Boss

By Natasha Burton, DailyWorth Contributor

Build a Relationship

Your boss’s opinion of you matters. And while your performance should make up the bulk of that opinion, whether he or she likes you as a person certainly plays a part.

Of course we’d never suggest batting your eyes at a higher-up, but you can win over your boss through nonverbal cues and body language — subtle signals that show you’re enthusiastic and interested at work. We consulted the pros to find out how best to build a strong relationship with your boss. Find out how.

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Tuesday
Jan132015

Part 1 of an interview by Bob Morris

By Bob Morris, Blogging on Business Author

Karl Ronn is the managing director of Innovation Portfolio Partners. Based in Palo Alto, he helps Fortune 500 companies create new businesses or helps entrepreneurs start category creating new companies. He is a co-founder of VC-backed Butterfly Health that sells Butterfly body liners nationally. He is also developing a software company building diagnostic competency for physicians using virtual human simulations of top medical school cases.

Previously, he was vice president of Research and Development and general manager of New Business for Procter & Gamble, where he was one of the key innovators behind Febreze, Swiffer, and Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. In addition to these brands he was responsible for the Global R&D for Pharmaceuticals and Over-the-Counter Health Care including Actonel, Vicks, Prilosec, and In-home Diagnostic Tests. He has also managed Beauty Care businesses and started Diaper and Maxipad businesses across Latin America.

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Monday
Jan122015

Why We Need Fewer Leaders

By Steve Tobak, FOXBusiness Consultant

I’ll never forget what it was like landing my first VP job. Becoming a corporate officer at a public company was pretty heady stuff.

There were just seven of us on the leadership team and 300 employees in the whole company, but we somehow managed to develop some of the most complex computer chips in history and compete with industry giant Intel’s hordes of executives and engineers.

That was nearly 20 years ago. Things are a little different now. Now we have c-level officers for every imaginable function. We have chief accounting officers, chief administrative officers and chief analytics officers. And those are just the chief officers starting with the letter “a.”

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