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Cultural Chemistry

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Head-to-head battles on the football field are expected, as is the verbal exchanges that go along with them. The recently publicized events between Miami Dolphins teammates Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin is a battle less would approve of. Martin is on leave from the team and the league and receiving medical treatment, some have said… Read more >>

Coping With Workplace Common Areas

Our Stone Ward Skybox kitchen/meeting space.

Common areas are an important part of every business and company, whether a front entrance, reception area, kitchen/lunchroom, etc. Frequented and used by many, their basic upkeep can either be assigned to an individual or handled through a collective effort of business etiquette and common courtesy; creating the perfect place to hang a sign, “Your… Read more >>

A Good Agency/Client Relationship Has Three Legs

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This summer I was pleased to attend the Advertising Marketing International Network Management Conference in Montreux, Switzerland.  These are smart agency owners from around the globe who come together once a year non-competitively and share knowledge and experiences—the good, the bad and the ugly. Beppe URSO, EVP, Global Director Client Compensation and Strategic Sourcing, Leo… Read more >>

A High Five, a Thumbs Down and a PR Star to Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer Over Decision To End Employee “Telecommuting”

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Perhaps you’ve seen the news about Yahoo! CEO Marissa Myer requiring employees of the Internet giant to work IN their offices beginning this June and not somewhere else, i.e. no more telecommuting. Since much of what we PR practitioner’s do is work that can actually be done offsite, my immediate response was to search for… Read more >>

Pruning for Productivity

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Last week we were privileged to have Todd Henry, author of “The Accidental Creative” come and speak to our year-end retreat.  This retreat is a time for our agency to stop all the things we are doing for the clients we love, and take a day and half to re-energize ourselves, sort our priorities, reflect… Read more >>

Respect the Checklist

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On today’s podcast, Lindsey Ingram and I talk about the book The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande. As a project manager at Stone Ward, Lindsey knows the value of a good checklist and she shares her learnings with us today.  Listen to our discussion below, or subscribe to our podcast in iTunes.

The Only Constant is Change

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Change within an organization is a fact of business life.  Organizations can go through two types of change, positive and negative due to many factors such as new technology, economics and business initiatives.  If communicated correctly, both positive and negative changes can be handled successfully if as leaders we have the right mindset.  It is… Read more >>

Team USA. Team Work.

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by Lindsey Ingram Like many others, I’m already wondering what will fill my days and nights after Friday, August 10th. The Summer Olympics are an inspiration in more ways than one. But, there are two athletes that stand out and not just because they dominate everyone they compete against. Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor… Read more >>