Insights, Ideas, and Inspiration from the minds of The Clearing’s passionate experts.

4 Tips to Run a Meeting that Generates Awesome Ideas

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By Chris Jackson

“None of us is as smart as all of us.” – Ken Blanchard When is the last time you were in a meeting and asked to come up with as many ideas as possible – to share any and all ideas since there was no such thing as a bad idea? My guess for most of […]

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Transforming to a Shared Services Model – The Hershey Company’s Journey

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By John Potts, Jeff Kemmerer, and Tim Rund

Organizations can now streamline processes, stay connected regardless of location, and through technology, can maximize resources on a global scale. Technology’s rapid innovation and adoption cycles  has a direct impact on how organizations manage lines of business and ultimately, transform the way we define shared services.   One such example was the transformation of The […]

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How Organizations are Using Technology to Solve Business Problems

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Successful companies have begun to recognize that a strong investment in technology can lead to better business outcomes. According to a study by Investment News, financially successful firms allocate 11.3% of their resources to technology, compared to 9.4% for all other firms. Specifically, technology is most commonly being leveraged to solve complex business problems related […]

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Three Tips for Employing Effective Visuals in Your Organization

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Visuals are some of the most powerful communication tools we possess in our organizations, and they’re only becoming more important and impactful in today’s digital age. Because design is so ubiquitous, many leaders make the mistake of assuming that it’s also easy. Good visuals that clearly communicate a complex topic in a concise way take […]

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Put an End to Ineffective Meetings Today – Introducing MeetingPRIMES.com

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By Chris Jackson

You’re going to waste nearly 30 hours this month in unproductive meetings. Take a moment and look at your calendar from last month. Count all the meetings you had. I clocked in at around 56 meetings. You likely had a similar number, if not higher. In fact, the average employee attends 62 meetings a month. […]

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Creating an Organizational Culture that Engages Millennial Employees

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Employee engagement is a critical concern for most organizations, with Gallup polls showing that disengaged employees cost $319 billion in lost productivity every year. And after the Pew Research Center found that millennials have surpassed Generation Xers as the largest generation in the United States labor force (with significant growth projected in the coming years), […]

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5 Obvious (and Not-So-Obvious) Tactics Federal Employees Can Use to Maintain Momentum During the Presidential Transition

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By Sean Follin

On January 21st, a new chapter of the American story will begin. The transition will be a pivotal period for the new administration to set the stage for its path forward. As part of the transition, more than 4,100 individuals selected by the President-elect will parachute into federal agencies across the country to enact the […]

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There’s No Such Thing as a One-Size-Fits-All Office: Tips for Creating a Workspace that Suits Your Organizational Culture

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Open office floor plans are all the rage, but not all leaders should be so quick to embrace the trend for their organizations. The Clearing’s work on organizational culture and workspace design has led to some interesting insight into what really works for modern offices. Here are five tips for creating a functional workspace that works […]

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