5 Ways to Plan a Successful Company Picnic

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Every year, Standing Partnership plans an employee picnic where we can bring our families together to meet and have some fun. The last couple of years we have selected Des Peres Park for a fun-filled day of eating, drinking, and of course, play! This was my first Standing picnic and I learned a few things that can make planning your next company event a success! > read post

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Five Tips to Engage and Motivate During Change

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Did you know that 70 percent of organizational change fails as a result of employee attitudes and management behavior (according to McKinsey & Company’s “The Inconvenient Truth About Change Management”)? Unfortunately, the ever popular quote from Office Space, “it’s not that I’m lazy, it’s just that I don’t care,” is something that companies have to deal with on a daily basis. While funny in the movie, it can be very frustrating for employers, colleagues, partners, and let’s face it, loved ones who have to work with those unengaged employees who just don’t care.

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SEO Isn’t Dead, Just Evolving

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Since the dawn of Google, website strategists have been working to determine the best way to optimize content for search. This is known as Search Engine Optimization (or SEO) and, in the past few years, people have been saying it is dead. In a world dominated by the digital space, this is far from true.

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Like a Potluck, Good Strategic Planning Brings Everyone to the Table

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I recently read an article in the Saint Louis University alumni magazine about its new president, and was struck that one of his first agenda items is to develop a strategic roadmap for the university. What’s more, he is convening leaders from across the university to contribute. With that small, but important addition, President Pestello has won my trust as the right choice to lead my alma mater.

Why? Because one of the most important lessons I’ve learned while at Standing Partnership is that good strategic planning involves having different points of view at the proverbial (and literal) table. > read post

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