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Challenge Yourself with a Self-Assessment

There is tremendous power in self-reflection. I’ve found that implementing the practice as part of an annual performance review can be incredibly insightful and productive. Our assessment challenges individuals to not only take stock of their personal performance and best practices, but also to look at their performance through the lens of their customers and…

Compass-Blog

It’s time to realign your 2019 business goals.

Even though I’m in the practice of regularly reviewing and refreshing my goals, I use this annual half-way mark as a prompt to realign and re-motivate myself. Instead of looking at my yet-to-be-accomplished goals as failures, I see the next six months as my opportunity to get better. If you’re ready to do the same,…

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Break out of your creative slump. Here’s how.

It happens to the best of us: We stare at the blinking cursor on the screen and the words just don’t come. We struggle with inspiration for illustrating a product or brand. The creative slump is real—but there are ways to overcome it. Content Marketing Institute’s Ann Gynn compiled a brainstorm of ideas for breaking…

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Declutter your business using Marie Kondo’s organization system

If you’ve ever cleaned out your closet and felt the satisfaction that comes with purging and reorganizing, then you understand why organizing guru Marie Kondo’s system has become so wildly popular. She helps people eliminate the unnecessary to create a more streamlined, stress-free, and productive living environment. According to Feng shui philosophy, decluttering can increase…

Change your daily habits: The ultimate deep cleanse for your business

We’re already past the mid-point in January: So, how are you doing with those New Year’s resolutions? I’m still hearing people talk about reorganizing, streamlining, detoxing. But just how do you get there—how do you make those self-promises (or goals) stick? I contend that this year, I’m “making healthy a habit.” And that goes beyond…

5 Steps To Selecting Executive Gifts

It’s the thought that counts: That’s the gift-giving mantra that many of us embrace—and one that rings true when considering executive gifts: Putting thought and effort into the discovery process first is what helps us arrive at the right gift, for the right occasion, and at the right price.  The “Gold Watch” gift is rare…

Incentivize Your Workforce!

We all want to feel valued and appreciated by our employers. Studies show that employees who are recognized for a job well done are more motivated and satisfied at work than those who don’t receive affirmation. The proof: Employers with an incentive program in place for at least 12 months see an average 44% increase…

We’re Committed to Something Bigger—and Better.

A few months ago I blogged about Shamrock’s new Commit to Big program—our corporate navigator of sorts, through which our team has committed to working toward “Big Ideas, Big Achievements and Big Results.” The first step in the program was our executive team’s charge to formulate and post its commitments on our wall. We’ve done…

It’s better to give… The benefits of nurturing a philanthropic corporate culture

When we were kids, my mom made us finish all of the food on our plates—and as many of you can probably relate, she’d remind us that there were kids in the world who didn’t have anything to eat. Even so, we weren’t feeling so lucky to have broccoli sitting in front of us. Fast…

Retirement Reflection – Bob takes a look back at his accomplished career, including his 32 years at Shamrock.

Where do you see yourself in 20 years? For most of us, our career paths are unpredictable. And I mean that in a positive way. Looking back, I realize that my journey took a number of twists and turns that enabled me to learn and grow; and to build a successful company with a unique…