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Steve Kelly, senior vice president with Arvest Bank, started a real estate brokerage during the 2007 recession. His business closed and Kelly returned to banking. He says the experience helps him …

Gary Gibson, general manager of City Utilities, says the themes of individualism and doing right for the right reason from Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead have stayed with him over the years. Gibson …

Elizabeth Wente, partner with Spencer Fane, LLP, says most companies promote good employees to management positions. She says that’s why it’s critical for managers to know the basics of …

Tim Potthoff, project manager with Nabholz, says it’s important to be active in groups and charities. He says you should give back to the community that has given to you. Potthoff is a 2020 …

Kirk Baumann, team member experience manager with O’Reilly Hospitality Management, says community outreach is critical to organizational culture. He says doing the right thing builds engagement …

Mark McNay, senior vice president and general manager of SMC Packaging Group, remembers lessons he and friends learned on a bicycle trip to Alaska more than 40 years ago. He says learning to listen and …

Gary Gibson, general manager of City Utilities, says solar, wind and other renewable energy sources will be vitally important as we go forward. He says they’ve prioritized renewables because …

Elizabeth Hurst, business development manager with HR Advantage, says performance based culture helps build an environment which fosters employee strengths, identifies talent gaps and creates …

Patrick Nett, owner of Thai Express, says keeping a good work atmosphere helps him and his employees keep their minds off the pandemic. He says his family and customers’ appreciation make it easier …

Todd Nielsen, chief strategy officer with JMark, says leaders who are new to managing remote employees may worry about productivity. Nielsen says playing watchdog can be counterproductive. Be …

Elizabeth Wente, Partner with Spencer Fane, LLP, says “The Remix,” by Lindsey Pollak is a great tool for managers. She says the book provides perspectives for younger generations and the more …

City Utilities’ Gary Gibson says he sees the promotion from associate general manager to general manager as both a challenge and an opportunity. Gibson says it’s the GM’s responsibility to set …

“I think it puts managers in a very complicated position,” says Ashley Fletcher, licensed clinical social worker. “It’s difficult to say you’re not allowed to share your views on those …

As creative manager for Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Jennifer Johnmeyer says when she and her team brainstorm about promoting their films, it’s about creating a sense of community. “You really do …

How open is the communication in your workplace? Nicole Piper, Director of The One Stop for Early Childhood, says one of the most important things is to make your employees feel they are safe, secure …

“The challenging thing that I found with a team is ensuring engagement. That is really difficult,” says Angela Frantz with Ultimate Software. Frantz says we use visual cues to communicate and …

“I want to be here on the open side with the client and educating and answering questions and giving them the experience I envisioned with this location,” says Kim Gardner, owner of Breathe Salt …

“I’ve had a lot of employees that have given their two weeks notice and it was over things that I didn’t even know about, ” says Lauren Brown, Co-owner of Neighbor’s …

Sherry Coker, Executive Director at the OTC Center for Workforce Development, says your business is like a baseball team — every team needs a coach and the best teams have specialized coaches to …

“It’s just taking the time to be a good person and understand people, and if we do that, I think we’ll be very successful there,” says Jason Gage, City Manager for the City of Springfield. …

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