What We're Reading Now

Entries tagged with: Culture


6 January 2011

Allison explored the Great Place to Work® website.

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18 February 2011

Allison read Silos, Politics and Turf Wars by Patrick Lencioni. We love it when clients give us reading assignments.

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Three Lessons for Leaders from the Kitchen

16 October 2011

Rachel added to her cookbook shelf with three recent releases. In between the recipes from Ferran Adria, Michael Ruhlman and Todd English, she noticed some trends from restaurant kitchens that go way beyond food. (I guess you can nourish mind and body at the same time after all.)

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Leadership Wisdom from the Baseball Diamond

8 November 2011

Allison read Built to Win: Inside Stories and Leadership Strategies from Baseball's Winningest GM and was happy to learn that the former General Manager of the Atlanta Braves, John Schuerholz, believes one of the secrets to his success was establishing clear, mutually understood expectations with every member of the organization. (It’s nice when one of your heroes affirms a closely held belief.)

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It’s All about Relationships and Managing Expectations

29 May 2012

Allison read The Art of Client Service because a local advertising, marketing and public relations client wanted to use the book as part of a team workshop. We really like it when people give us reading assignments (our blog is called What We’re Reading Now after all) and this time was no exception. Robert Solomon’s book is a quick and easy read geared primarily to his industry, but with useful messages for professionals providing service in all walks of life.

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Candor is One of Our Favorite Things

19 June 2012

Allison read Keith Ferrazzi’s one-page article on Candor, Criticism, and Teamwork from the January-February 2012 Harvard Business Review and was glad to learn three great tips for helping people have meaningful conversations in meetings and ultimately stronger relationships.

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Leverage the TKI Conflict-Handling Modes

9 October 2012

Allison read the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument and Introduction to Conflict Management booklets and celebrated this straightforward approach to transforming conflict.

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Let’s Listen to Each Other

6 November 2012

Allison read The executive’s guide to better listening from the February 2012 McKinsey Quarterly and found herself hoping that after today’s United States Election that we will all try to come together tomorrow and do a better job of listening to each other.

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A Year in Review

30 December 2012

Rachel surveyed the stack of books remaining in her 'must review now' pile and reflected on some of the big ideas that shaped her thinking in 2012.

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Design Thinking Really Is for Everyone

22 January 2013

Allison did her homework for a five-day Design Thinking train-the-trainer course and is enjoying getting to be a student this week.

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words (that) matter

26 November 2013

Rachel (and Allison) took time in these days before Thanksgiving to reflect on some things that matter. Among them, words. 

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House Rules

31 August 2014

Rachel visited Sydney, and between the koalas and the beach and the iconic opera house, she saw something that gives new meaning to "house rules."

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12 Ways to Improve Employee Engagement

31 October 2017

Allison read The Relationship Between Engagement at Work and Organizational Outcomes (2016 Q12® Meta-Analysis: Ninth Edition) and was grateful for Gallup's continued commitment to helping organizations thrive by improving employee satisfaction.

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The Case for Staying Home When You’re Sick

14 November 2017

Allison read If You’re Sick, Stay Away From Work. If You Can’t, Here Is What Doctors Advise. Perhaps this season more of us will follow this advice and reverse the culture of powering through when we’re sick.

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Lessons in Culture from Netflix

14 August 2018

Janie read To See the Future of Competition, Look at Netflix by Bill Taylor, and was surprised to learn that some aspects of the culture at Netflix are similar to our ways of working at Allison Partners.

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