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How to remove distractors from your workday

Distractions are your enemy. Here's a guide to understanding those distractions and forming a plan against them.

How to do CSR right and build stakeholder trust

How can an effective corporate social responsibility program build trust?

What is the Georgia Defense Exchange?
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The Georgia Defense Exchange offers a suite of tools to identify contract opportunities from federal and State of Georgia agencies, research previously awarded contracts, analyze Defense spending data and trends and access training resources.

This is not a forever virtual business world

Work won't remain virtual forever, and there are good reasons for that. Here's a look at what to expect next.

To cope with labor shortages, raise emotional compensation

Compensation is top of mind as organizations try to retain employees. Along with pay and benefits, emotional compensation will mean the difference between retention and turnover.

The ABCs of responding to the Great (or not so great) Resignation

Resignations recently hit an all-time high. You can't prevent every employee departure, but proactive leadership can retain more people and make for smoother offboarding.

Leadership is a bumpy journey, but that's the job

Leadership can be a series of starts and stops, but that's how it is. Great leaders understand that and focus on "ensuring all your key players arrive."

Why limiting mental shifts helps you at work

Multitasking isn't the solution many people think it is. Here's a better way to prioritize and actually get done what needs to get done.

Common workplace conflicts and their solutions

Mismanagement of conflict is often the bigger problem than the conflict itself. Here are some common examples and how to address them.

Trends to expect when transitioning back to the in-person workforce
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What are companies doing to return to pre-pandemic normalcy? And what operational items have changed for good?

To thrive, "return to work" can't be a return to strategic status quo

Returning to offices isn't about one way or the other but about accepting uncertainty and learning to be dynamic. It requires strategic thinking instead of tactical thinking.

Organize for understanding: How to fight information overload

Good presentations need to be organized or else you risk confusing or overwhelming your audience.

Why leadership trust is critical for innovation

Organizations need the right amount of psychological safety, trust and communication to be diverse and innovative.

Manager, want a high-performance group? Focus on the working environment

The day-to-day working environment affects everything about work, but it's often an area managers overlook or aren't equipped to develop. Read on for advice on how to change that.

Why leadership is 5 times harder than you think

Leadership isn't one thing but the culmination of numerous tactics and contexts. Learn more about the five key contexts.