You Can’t Fight Progress in the Age of Continuous Learning

Posted by Manish Patel on Sep 21, 2015 8:00:00 AM

I constantly find myself telling my team that we are knowledge workers. What does this mean? It means that we aren’t merely selling a product or even a service; we’re selling what’s between our ears. We’re walking, talking information hubs, and the more information we have, the more we can provide for our co-workers, our customers and even those people in our personal lives. Keeping the information in our minds sharp requires us to constantly feed them. There is research that connects continuous learning with a longer life expectancy because we enjoy becoming more educated. Truthfully, continuous learning is an improvement on ourselves.

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The Millennial Mindset and the New American Dream

Posted by Manish Patel on Sep 4, 2015 8:36:00 AM

I remember when I finished college and started looking for a job. I was waiting in a room for an interview for my first job and thinking about how exciting it was to have this opportunity. I wasn’t just ready to get my feet wet—I was ready to jump right in! What was my focus? Steadily and consistently building my career and—seeing as I had just finished school—money. Sure, I worked with a bunch of different companies growing up, but my career focus was the same. My father’s generation was even more stable. He built out his career at a single company. He was proud of his dedication to his organization. Sticking with your career and building yourself up the ladder showed loyalty back then; it was living the dream.

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Your Secret Weapon to Innovation: Vacation

Posted by Manish Patel on Sep 3, 2015 8:39:00 AM

You know the feeling that creeps up when you’ve been sitting in your office for an hour too long and the objects on your desk start blending in with each other? You might show up in the morning ready for a productive day, then once you sit down it’s like you never left. I feel as though I’m told, “You need a vacation,” too frequently, but I’ve come to believe there’s some real truth to that statement.

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Can You Truly Be a Compassionate CEO? What Does it Take to Get There?

Posted by Manish Patel on Aug 21, 2015 1:03:00 PM

The straightforward answer is yes, you can. Now, that isn’t to say that it’s easy. Being compassionate in a world that requires you to be aggressively determined to succeed can be challenging, but it’s worth it. Being a leader who is concerned about the well-being of your customers and employees is free and yields real value for your business. Here is why you should adopt a compassionate leadership approach and how to get there.

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Why Today’s Employers Must Value the Mindsets of their Employees as Well as Their Skill Sets

Posted by Manish Patel on Jul 30, 2015 12:58:00 PM

Employers, you’re looking for a variety of skills when reviewing a resume or strategically positioning your team members. You already know that solid communication skills, the ability to research, and the flexibility to move between different roles are some of the most desired employee attributes, and that this list continues to grow year after year. However, research shows that it isn’t just about the words listed on a resume. In fact, 98 percent of surveyed employers said they look for mindset over skill set when searching for top talent. So, how can an employer possibly asses or screen something as instinctive as a positive mindset? Better yet, employers, how can you assist in actively cultivating the right mindset within your staff of skilled workers? Let’s dive in!

What the employee can do:

It’s true that the right mindset isn’t something that is easily developed, nor can it be taught. A mindset is the result of the worldview of an individual, and no two are exactly the same. As employees, you should be asking, “How can my skill set positively influence my mindset and vice versa?” You’ve spent years educating yourselves on how to complete tasks. The skills you’ve learned will help you accomplish your daily objectives, but now is your chance to push beyond meeting expectations, and instead, I encourage you to strive to exceed them.

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Risk taking: 3 Questions To Ask Before Transforming Your Organization

Posted by Manish Patel on Jun 30, 2015 9:43:00 AM

“Be curious - not judgmental” - Walt Whitman

Having been in business for the past 18 years, I always get asked, “Will you tell us your story? We’d love to hear what risks you took.” I dutifully proceed to answer the question without wondering why they ask this in the first place.

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Company Culture: Not An End, but A Journey

Posted by Manish Patel on Jan 21, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Last Friday, for the n’th time we held our yearly company meeting and the night before got me thinking about the journey of this magical world we call Where2GetIt.

There have been many times during my leadership of Where2GetIt, that I have sat in my office and thought… how do I change, influence or improve our company culture?

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