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10 February 2011

Allison referenced her go-to article about diversity, "Rethinking Political Correctness," by Robin J. Ely, Debra E. Meyerson and Martin N. Davidson from the September 2006 issue of the Harvard Business Review

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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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11 March 2011

Allison read It's Okay to Be the Boss: The Step-by-Step Guide to Becoming the Manager Your Employees Need by Bruce Tulgan for a second time and she's ready to make a bold proclamation . . . this is the best boss book on the market.

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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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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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Mindfulness and Meditation Made Manageable

17 July 2012

Allison read Mark Kirby’s article Mind Over Stairmaster from the May 2012 GQ and was glad to see another effort to make mindfulness and meditation a little more manageable.

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Make Your Dreams Come True

24 July 2012

Allison read Martha Beck’s column from the January 2011 O, The Oprah Magazine and learned a way to approach goal setting with a better chance of getting what you really want.

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Stop Ruining Your Vacations

31 July 2012

Allison read Matt Richtel’s Vacation Sabotage: Don’t Let It Happen to You! from the 29 June 2012 New York Times and was relieved to learn some practical tips for helping her clients actually enjoy vacation so they can return to work rested and restored.

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You Might Be a Bad Boss

4 September 2012

Allison read Are You Sure You’re Not a Bad Boss? by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkmann on the HBR Blog Network and was glad to see a well-researched and new way to think about bad boss behavior that may not be as obvious as screaming.

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Business Empowerment Through Connections

11 September 2012

Allison read the Chamber Minority Business Council Conference Web Site and paused to celebrate that Allison Partners is sponsoring this important event in our community on 18 September 2012. The theme is Business Empowerment Through Connections and our team would like to invite you to be our guest.

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You Need to Put Your Oxygen Mask on First

2 October 2012

Allison read the Safety Information Card on her latest flight and was reminded of an important balance lesson that makes so much sense but sure is easy to forget.

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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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A Taste of Darden Wisdom

30 October 2012

Allison read Professor Ming-Jer Chen’s Case in Point: Using the power of ‘one’ as a business practice from The Washington Post and appreciated an opportunity to return to a University of Virginia Darden School of Business classroom by reading just 488 words.

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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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Mentors Make All the Difference

13 November 2012

Allison read In the Spirit by Susan Taylor and Demystifying Mentoring by Amy Gallo and paused to celebrate the healing power of the passage of time and the difference mentors can make in our lives.

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Be Intrepid

11 December 2012

Allison read Intrepid, The University of Virginia Library 2012 Annual Report, and enjoyed a celebration of words, a feast for the senses and a bit of inspiration for 2013.

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Find the Quiet

18 December 2012

Allison read Tim Kreider’s The Quiet Ones from the 18 November 2012 issue of The New York Times and paused to honor the Amtrak Quiet Car and the importance of embracing silence.

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Waiting for What You Want

25 December 2012

Allison read Olivia Helps with Christmas to her niece and nephews and commiserated about how hard it is to wait for what you want.

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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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