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This is a blog of ideas. And it's a blog of ideas about ideas. Step inside for a glimpse of what's new and what's next. We'll hold the door open for you.

Find A Better Way

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Henry Wadsworth Longfellow once wrote “The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.” One of Stone Ward’s guiding principles is to “find a better way.” The goal is not perfectionism, but rather improvement. And I think we’d… Read more >>

Resolving To Evolve Resolutions

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The New Year of 2015 is full of possibilities, opportunities and, most likely, some challenges. Planning for what lies ahead can be purposeful and productive…reading articles by experts about resolutions, reviewing magazines and checking Pinterest posts for “organizing” tips, tidying up home and office (And, for those of you who’ve seen the office stacks, you… Read more >>

You Are Invited

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Stone Ward turned 30 years old this year! We see this as a reason to celebrate and you are invited. On December 11, 2014 we are throwing our own anniversary party. We are looking for former employees, current and former clients and our community friends to join us for a fun evening of reuniting and… Read more >>

Crazy Colorways

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  If you’ve been to the gym lately (or anywhere, really) you will have noticed a trend in the past few years towards brighter and brighter colors in athletic shoes and apparel. Neon yellow, bright pink, even pairings of many colors previously thought “un-complimentary.” The movement isn’t necessarily about color, either, it’s about standing out… Read more >>

The Social Election

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Our political elections are increasingly moving online where candidates are connecting to voters through social media. We saw it in 2008, 2010, 2012 and overwhelmingly in 2014. The proportion of American voters who follow political figures on social media has nearly tripled since 2010 – up to 16 percent of registered voters from only 6… Read more >>

The Hippest of Dips

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How often do you get chip-faced? If you live in Arkansas, the answer probably sounds a little like this: “a lot….like a whole lot.” Did you know that cheese dip originated in Arkansas? This explains why it is somewhat of an obsession around here. It was invented at Mexico Chiquito in 1935 (thank the Lord)…. Read more >>

Get the Best Customer Service on Social Media

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There has been a dramatic shift in the way consumers are communicating customer service needs in the last three years. Traditionally, customer service has been conduct via phone and email. Now, consumers are using social media channels to shout their problems from the rooftops and demand quick solutions. These social channels have become very noisy… Read more >>

You Done Good, Kid.

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Don’t worry, my eye twitched just as much when I wrote the title as yours when you read it. Before I’m sacrificed to the grammar gods, let me explain a little further. At Stone Ward, our leadership is all about encouraging hard work. Going the extra mile is a common thing around here, and people… Read more >>

The Value of Intrapreneurship

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Apply the lean startup model, think like a business owner, move fast and break things — these are directives that entrepreneurs are hearing and embracing as they start their new businesses. But they are also principles that are being applied by established businesses as technology rapidly changes and every person in a company has the… Read more >>

Decision-Making From the Inside Out

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Decisions. Decisions. Decisions. How do you think the best executives make decisions? Well, forget what you think you know. Recent studies from the world of neuroimaging are revealing what is really going on inside the brain when people are working, being creative and making decisions. These discoveries can help us learn how to best motivate… Read more >>

One Step Back; Two Steps Forward

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During the summer months around our place, it’s common to see at least one or two empty chairs each week. From tropical locations to european dream vacations, the Stone Ward family is exploring and enjoying every corner of the earth…and making everyone jealous with their Facebook updates. It was during a recent “staycation” that I… Read more >>

Camp Reality, Week 1

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When I told my parents that I accepted a position as an intern in Stone Ward’s Camp Reality program this summer, to say that they were less than thrilled would be an understatement. While my parents support me in everything I do, they had the typical parental concerns. Especially considering I had just graduated from… Read more >>