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Taking a Therapeutic Approach to Collaboration

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By Samuel Greengard  Acorda Therapeutics turned to specialized file-sharing software to boost internal collaboration and connectedness, while ratcheting up security and IT controls. Sharing data and information across an enterprise and various digital channels is a growing challenge for businesses. At Acorda Therapeutics, which develops pharmaceutical drugs used to treat…

Five Fiendish Flashes

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Written by  Peter de Jager Are you creative? More to the point, are you creative when you need creativity? Or like lightning in a summer storm, are your flashes of inspiration random and capricious? Ideally, our creativity should be something we can draw on whenever we need it. Most people…

Leaders Don’t Stop at the Decision

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By Kevin Dee As a leader, whether you run a business, a division within a business or a very small group, you try to improve your situation. It might be trying to improve productivity, increase sales, improve quality, and improve working conditions or any number of things. The process you…

Let Your Hand Do the Talking: Transform Your Handshake into a Personal Statement

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by: Joshua Bjerke Handshakes are a longstanding and accepted tradition in the business world, and numerous studies have shown that handshake etiquette plays a role in making a good first impression. In fact, favorable first impressions are tightly linked with the features of a “quality” handshake: strength, vigor, duration, eye contact, and…

An Easy Way to Make Your Employees Happier

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by: Liz Wiseman Employee satisfaction is down in corporations of all sizes.  SHRM reports that while 86% of Americans were happy with their jobs in 2009, that percentage has been in slow but steady decline ever since.  Gallup’s State of the Global Workplace finds that only 13% of people around the world feel…

Delivering on the Social Promise

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by: Samuel Greengard As a growing number of CIOs have discovered—sometimes the hard way—communication and collaboration don’t just happen, even with the best tools and technologies. Today’s social tools provide an opportunity to take a business where no enterprise has gone before. But, as a growing number of CIOs have discovered—sometimes…