To Invest in Your Biggest Asset, Elevate HR

Your people are your competitive advantage


If you surveyed a group of CEOs and asked them what they consider their organization’s biggest asset, I’m certain their instant reply would be, “our people.”  Ask that same group of CEOs about their top concern for the organization and the answer might vary. What should their top concern be? Logic says that if the […]

America’s Low Unemployment Rate and Your Talent

8 tips for being an attractive organization inside and out

America’s incredibly low unemployment rate sounds phenomenal as a stand-alone metric.  However, if you back up and look at its ripple effect, you’ll see many challenges that come from the economy being at, or near, full employment. The natural repercussions of such a low unemployment rate, such as wage inflation and shrinking talent pools, affect […]

Diversity and Inclusion – where to start

Have you taken the #CEOAction pledge?

As a nation, we’ve made great strides in racial equality since Martin Luther King Jr. stated his dream to live in a nation where his children would not be judged by the color of their skin.  However, that said, we still have a lot of work to reach true inclusion.   The topics of diversity […]

Attracting and Retaining Your Best Talent Requires More Than the Basics

satisfied employees

If you want to attract and retain the right kind of talent, you must offer the right kind of benefits.  The benefits I’m referring to encompass everything from healthcare to advancement opportunities.  What motivators do you offer? Do these motivators distinguish your organization from others that may want to woo away your best talent? Becoming […]

On Business Suits & Family Business

Special Care Required for Both

Just like many business men and women, a suit is a regular part of my wardrobe. There’s a lot I get accomplished while wearing a suit. However, there’s also a lot I know I shouldn’t attempt while wearing a suit, such as mowing the yard. It’s no secret that you need to exercise caution while […]

Corporate Culture: Centennial Walks the Talk

What a recent culture audit revealed about Centennial

Centennial received the extraordinary honor of earning a 4.41 out of 5 on a recent Culture Audit – a record breaking score for the auditing organization, Perfect 10 Corporate Cultures. Corporate Culture Directly Impacts Your Ability to Attract and Retain Your Best People Centennial’s leadership, Mike Sipple Sr. and Mike Sipple Jr.,  place great importance […]

The World Wants to Know More About You

Develop and share your organizational brand for greater success

Culture Is Brand

Entice the world with the greatness of you.  That may sound a bit extreme and self-aggrandizing, but hear me out, there’s a lot of business sense in that statement. Your organization is more than a product or service. Behind the ‘what’, there is a ‘who’ and a ‘why’ that makes your organization unique.  People are […]

Leadership Styles Can Cripple Culture

Insights from Guest Blogger Dustin DiChiara

Many books have been written connecting culture and excellent service, including from the world famous DeJulius Group, Mercedes, Nordstrom, and Starbucks.  But, there is an undeniable connection between what happens “behind the counter” and what happens in front of the counter. So, what’s the secret to great culture and outstanding customer experience? The most important […]

It’s Valentine’s Day. Do Your Employees Know You Love Them?

3 ways you could be failing at corporate culture


Valentine’s Day is a great time to recognize those you love.  It always feels good to know someone is a happier person because you are in their life.  Your employees included. Of course, if you live wretchedly the other 364 days a year, one special Valentine treat will not make up for it.  It’s the […]

“Retreat” to Be a Better Leader

Last week, our Centennial team took a “time out” for a corporate retreat. Getting 16 super energized colleagues to slow down was no easy feat. Calendars had to align. A retreat site had to be determined. Flights to and from NYC had to be coordinated for those traveling from our Manhattan office. An agenda had […]