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For years, I laughed in the face of “woo-woo” stuff that the gurus of self-improvement have touted. Like many leaders, I tend to be a practical soul, driven by the external world and drawn to taking action. “Work hard and you get ahead,” the mantra of my upbringing, my Midwest location, and my soul has served me well.[…] Continue Reading »

The most important quality to look for in new hires is passion, says Dana Stocks, the chief human resources officer at Philips. SmartBrief recently asked Stocks questions about how Philips recruits passionate workers and keeps them engaged. An edited version of his responses follows.

How does Philips encourage employees to become passionate about their work?

First, we hire passionate people because we believe our passion for improving lives is what sets us apart from the rest.[…] Continue Reading »

The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council, an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. The YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and e-mail lessons. Read previous SmartBlogs posts by YEC.[…] Continue Reading »

For a couple of weeks recently, all journalists seemingly stopped writing about anything that wasn’t related to Marissa Mayer, Yahoo or telecommuting. The media’s largely moved on to other concerns, but the issue of telecommuting — and how to make it work at your business — remains.

We’ve already called in the experts on the importance of policies, communication and culture in setting a work-from-home standard.[…] Continue Reading »

Yahoo and CEO Marissa Mayer have made up their minds on telecommuting, but your company may be debating whether to allow it. Or, perhaps, your company does allow work from home but would like to improve the process.

What should you be assessing? What are the perils and benefits? What role does your company culture play in success or failure?[…] Continue Reading »