Work Less and Be More Productive – Myth or Reality?

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It seems counterintuitive to suggest that working less will allow you to be more productive. These two ideas feel like they are in direct opposition to each other.  It’s like suggesting that two wheels can turn in opposite directions and still move you forward.  That is just not possible, is it?  The startling but emphatic […]

7 Extremely Helpful Books to Read During Career Transition

Leaders are readers...Use the extra time to read up!

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There are several things that are great about career transition–#1 being you have more time, the most precious commodity of all.  There are some great books out there about the career transition process.  Here are a few you may want to peruse. 7 Extremely Helpful Books to Read During Career Transition Changing Direction: 10 Choices […]

How to Have a Successful Start in an Organization with an Anemic Onboarding Program

The best tip for onboarding yourself

In an ideal world, every organization would have a thorough and well-executed onboarding process in place.  Every new employee would feel enthusiastically welcomed into their new team. Every new hire would receive plenty of training and knowledge to set them up for success from day one.  If we lived and worked in an ideal world, […]

The Fido Factor: What Dogs Can Teach You about Great Leadership

Insights from guest blogger Krissi Barr

Krissi Barr, executive coach, corporate strategist, author and friend of Centennial, has helped businesses of all sizes make the most of their resources.  We are honored to share some of her leadership insights with you today. Dogs have a natural genius for leadership. We arrived at this conclusion after many years of painstaking research, which […]

First Step To Onboarding

4 out of 10 promoted leaders fail in the first 18 months!

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Brent Carter, Sr. Consultant and Executive Coach with Leadership Excelleration Inc., shares some surprising facts and helpful onboarding strategies for achieving success in a new role. You’ve finally landed that new position!  Now, you’re ready to assume your role.  It’s exciting to think about the possibilities that lay ahead and to begin plotting out the […]

Curriculum Vitae, a Resume, and Other Job Seeking Documents

Appropriate documents for your next job search

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When you’re launching a job search, it is key to get your documents updated and organized so that you can act quickly when you learn of a high potential position.  The question is, “What documents do you need?”  Let’s take a look at the best documents to have ready and available when you’re applying for […]

Managing Your Work During Personal Crisis

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Death. Divorce. Illness of a parent or a partner or a loved one. These are life’s most stressful situations.  If you are going through one of these trying times, or have already experienced it, you understand that there is more to these situations than “crisis.”  The world continues to spin. The sun still rises. And […]

It All Comes Back to the Customer

Are you busy doing the right things?

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It’s Monday! I am sure your week is chock-full of busyness.  However, are the “right” things on your to-do list? A great way to answer this question is to evaluate each task on your list against this question:  How will this [task/meeting/lunch/phone call] benefit our customer? In other words, if your customers reviewed your list, […]

Questions to Ask When Seeking “Fresh Eyes”

Guest Blogger Kristie Sheanshang

Seek Fresh Eyes. Are you feeling stuck creatively or simply desire change from “this is how we always do it around here”? Read on for five refreshing questions to ask mentors, sponsors and   trusted friends for a fresh perspective on work and life. Looking for fresh conversation starters for networking? Read “Dreading Small Talk”. Can […]

Talent Shortage and What You Can Do About It

Interview with Mike Sipple Jr.

Centennial’s President, Mike Sipple Jr., was recently interviewed by Jamie Smith from the Cincinnati Courier to discuss a common cause of frustration and concern for businesses – the shortage of talent.  Hiring and retaining top talent is widely recognized as a pivotal aspect of business success.  Consequently, a shortage is a significant issue for businesses […]