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How Corporate Purpose Leads to Innovation.
11/30/2023

How Corporate Purpose Leads to Innovation.

Too often, companies’ innovation efforts overfocus on one or two stakeholder groups and ignore the others. The result is failure. The best innovations create mutual value for all key constituents: the customers, employees, suppliers, communities, and investors that together have a material “stak...

Are You the Pessimist on Your Team?
11/27/2023

Are You the Pessimist on Your Team?

Raining on people’s parade is rarely welcome. How can you moderate your pessimism so that you can be effective — and have healthy relationships with your colleagues? In this article, the author outlines practical, research-backed strategies to try. You may not be able to change your outlook — ...

10 Ways to Prove You're a Strategic Thinker.
11/24/2023

10 Ways to Prove You're a Strategic Thinker.

To get ahead in the business world, it’s not enough to think strategically. You also have to effectively communicate those ideas. There are several ways to do this, including elevating the conversation to focus on the big picture and broader context, being forward-looking in your comments, anticip...

Happy Thanksgiving on behalf of the team at TML Communications. Enjoy this time with your family and friends.
11/23/2023

Happy Thanksgiving on behalf of the team at TML Communications. Enjoy this time with your family and friends.

The "Piggyback" Approach to Innovation.
11/22/2023

The "Piggyback" Approach to Innovation.

In business and in life, we tend to address problems in the manner we’ve been taught, failing to see adjacent opportunities and unconventional pairings. Consider how we have “the way” we do things: the way we make pasta, the way we use a hammer, the way we deal with our day-to-day problems. On...

10 Beliefs That Get in the Way of Organizational Change.
11/20/2023

10 Beliefs That Get in the Way of Organizational Change.

In their new book, Move Fast and Fix Things, Frances Frei and Anne Morriss outline five strategies to help leaders tackle their hardest problems and quickly make change. Their final strategy is to execute your plan with a sense of urgency. They argue that most big organizational problems deserve a m...

How to Create Company Values That Actually Resonate.
11/17/2023

How to Create Company Values That Actually Resonate.

Too many statements of corporate values are generic business cliches. Is it any wonder few employees can actually remember them? To fix that, companies should write core values that stand apart, using literary techniques (such as alliteration or rhyme), short and simple phrases, or unusual words tha...

"Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen." - Wayne Huizenga
11/16/2023

"Some people dream of success, while other people get up every morning and make it happen." - Wayne Huizenga

Where Companies Want Employees to Work - and Where People Actually Want to Work.
11/16/2023

Where Companies Want Employees to Work - and Where People Actually Want to Work.

Companies are trying various strategies to adjust to a “new normal” in work modalities, ranging from fully in-office to fully remote to a mix of both. A comprehensive study covering interviews and ethnographic research within three major organizations, each employing a distinct work strategy, ha...

How Project Managers Can Say No - While Preserving Relationships.
11/15/2023

How Project Managers Can Say No - While Preserving Relationships.

Handling scope creep is one of the most challenging – and important — aspects of a project manager’s role. This often means saying “no” when stakeholders request additional features or changes. In this article, the author outlines practical strategies for how to push back on more work in a...

4 Phrases That Build a Culture of Curiosity.
11/14/2023

4 Phrases That Build a Culture of Curiosity.

Curiosity is a powerful practice to infuse into a company’s culture. But managers often limit their definition of curiosity to simply a way to get information. Curiosity, though, can be a more expansive practice — it is a force for connection. We need to move away from “shallow curiosity” an...

Project Managers Should Think Like Startup Founders.
11/13/2023

Project Managers Should Think Like Startup Founders.

Most project managers focus on planning and ex*****on. But large projects rarely go in a straight line, and often that planning doesn’t take into account key assumptions, and the ex*****on goes far in the wrong direction before the need for changes are recognized. Agile approaches don’t go far e...

Building Consensus Around Difficult Strategic Decisions.
11/10/2023

Building Consensus Around Difficult Strategic Decisions.

Making future-focused decisions in an uncertain world presents fundamental challenges for leaders. When we’re talking about the future, data is by definition incomplete, so we’re often relying on assumptions and personal beliefs. People often come into discussions with preconceived notions, and ...

Project Managers, Focus on Outcomes - Not Deliverables.
11/09/2023

Project Managers, Focus on Outcomes - Not Deliverables.

If you’ve ever developed a product, you’ve almost certainly been derailed by scope creep. Features multiply, priorities blur, and schedules and budgets suffer. As a leader, how can you recognize scope creep and realign your team? Shift the focus from “what” you’re building (the deliverable...

Narrow the Gap Between Company and Employee Purpose.
11/08/2023

Narrow the Gap Between Company and Employee Purpose.

Achieving “purpose congruence,” the alignment of corporate and individual employee purposes, is essential for organizational success. Rather than imposing a uniform corporate mission, businesses should foster environments where both personal and organizational purposes harmoniously coexist. To a...

Sustainability is About Your Workforce, Too.
10/30/2023

Sustainability is About Your Workforce, Too.

In recent years, many companies hired chief sustainability officers and established a set of high-priority programs to reduce carbon emissions and the risk of global climate change. As the EU moves forward with a number of regulations designed to protect the workforce, it’s time to extend the conc...

The Challenges of Networking as an Executive.
10/27/2023

The Challenges of Networking as an Executive.

Networking is critical for senior executives who are making job and career transitions, but it’s hard to find advice on how best to manage the process. In this article, the authors — who have decades of experience working with executives during periods of transition — identify six networking h...

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe i...
10/26/2023

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.

– Steve Jobs, Co-founder, Apple

What Makes a Great Corporate Purpose Statement.
10/25/2023

What Makes a Great Corporate Purpose Statement.

Having a well-crafted purpose statement really matters. Not only does it represent the organization’s aspirations, it also sends signals to employees about what the company stands for. It is the vital first step on the road to actually embedding and activating an authentic purpose. Yet leaders oft...

How to Get Honest and Substantive Feedback from Your Customers.
10/23/2023

How to Get Honest and Substantive Feedback from Your Customers.

Businesses can’t improve operations without honest and substantive feedback. Customers can be reluctant to provide it, for several reasons. Companies can try to overcome this by focusing feedback requests on improvement (not employee assessment), focusing on customer actions instead of words, and ...

What Makes an Authentic Leader?
10/20/2023

What Makes an Authentic Leader?

If you associate authenticity with what feels comfortable, you may be holding yourself back.

Is Organizational Hierarchy Getting in the Way of Innovation?
10/18/2023

Is Organizational Hierarchy Getting in the Way of Innovation?

Technological advances and increasingly sophisticated ways of gathering and analyzing data are changing both the kinds of products and services companies can offer and are increasing competitive pressures. To meet the moment, this article argues that organizations may need to change the way they ope...

How Do I Communicate With More Tact?
10/16/2023

How Do I Communicate With More Tact?

A leader must build interpersonal communication skills to reach the next level in his career.

Tag your favorite boss to make their day!
10/16/2023

Tag your favorite boss to make their day!

(Transition Day) Our Intern Alumni, Josiah from Community Integrated Services joined our firm to learn about the mechani...
10/16/2023

(Transition Day) Our Intern Alumni, Josiah from Community Integrated Services joined our firm to learn about the mechanics or photography, 3-point lighting, editing software use and much more!

Josiah’s instructor for the program, Michael Gray is our Sr. Visual Media Specialist who did an exceptional job teaching and training. Because we at TML Communications believe in continued advancement, we gifted Josiah with his very own DSLR camera to continue his learning at his new job.

Thank you CIS for the introduction!

The impact continues…

Strategy Doesn't Have to Be Complicated.
10/13/2023

Strategy Doesn't Have to Be Complicated.

What’s your company’s value proposition?

When it Comes to Compensation, More Equity Isn't Always Better.
10/11/2023

When it Comes to Compensation, More Equity Isn't Always Better.

The authors research found that people often overestimate the value of stock options when assessing a startup job offers. They incorrectly believe that a higher number of shares translates into superior compensation even when it doesn’t. Five steps can help you avoid this mistake.

It's Time for a New Model for Operations Management.
10/09/2023

It's Time for a New Model for Operations Management.

Covid-19 was the death knell for traditional hierarchical command-and-control operations management. In its place a new model has emerged that’s far better equipped to deal with today’s disruptive, volatile, and unpredictable environment. In this model, decision-making responsibility is broadly ...

Smaller Companies Must Embrace Risk Management.
10/06/2023

Smaller Companies Must Embrace Risk Management.

SMEs do not have the same regulatory pressures that can lead larger companies to measure and mitigate their risks, but they also have fewer buffer resources to resist unexpected shocks. They are one large potential incident away from bankruptcy. That’s why SMEs can benefit from taking three action...

How to Compete with a Fast-Growing Disruptor.
10/04/2023

How to Compete with a Fast-Growing Disruptor.

Is it possible to grow while still responding to the markets you serve?

How Companies Can Recommit to Their DEI Goals.
10/02/2023

How Companies Can Recommit to Their DEI Goals.

A conversation with Darden’s Laura Morgan Roberts on why giving workers agency matters to your organization.

How to Reinvent a Consumer Brand.
09/29/2023

How to Reinvent a Consumer Brand.

Insights from the marketer who helped make Crocs and Stanley Cups cool.

Watch Episode 2 of The Business Corner now with Host, Teresa Lundy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSqNUynD028
09/27/2023

Watch Episode 2 of The Business Corner now with Host, Teresa Lundy:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSqNUynD028

Teresa M. Lundy hosts the Business Corner. On this show, we discuss leadership, economic development, finance, and business topics.Episode Two: Scott Mirkin,...

Building a Culture Where Employees Feel Free to Speak Up.
09/27/2023

Building a Culture Where Employees Feel Free to Speak Up.

When employees at every level speak up, they circulate local knowledge, expand the universe of useful ideas, and prevent collective tunnel vision. And not infrequently, minority views turn into novel solutions. But you can’t speak a speak-up culture into existence — doing so in the absence of tr...

10 Questions to Ask Before Entering a Business Partnership.
09/25/2023

10 Questions to Ask Before Entering a Business Partnership.

For many, a successful business partnership is among their most positive and significant relationships. Good partners can have a lot of fun together, become intertwined in one another’s success, and be great friends through life’s ups and downs. Overall, it’s worth taking the risk. It’s also...

How to Speak Confidently to Your Team During Chaotic Times.
09/22/2023

How to Speak Confidently to Your Team During Chaotic Times.

These days, many employees feel like they’re constantly receiving a stream of bad or confusing news that affects their work in unpredictable ways. When they only hear simple summaries from their leaders about issues they know aren’t so simple, teams can feel frustrated and even angry. Next time ...

Arrange Your Meeting Schedule to Boost Your Energy.
09/20/2023

Arrange Your Meeting Schedule to Boost Your Energy.

Most meeting advice focuses on how to make meetings more effective or how to cut down on the number of meetings you have altogether. But what about how to schedule your meetings alongside other work tasks to best manage your productivity? New research explores this question and finds that many peopl...

09/19/2023

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