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LocalValues_28May2015

Being rooted in your community isn’t simply about giving back, it’s being part of the fabric of that community. Something that Bo Burlingham refers to as: “a sort of spiritual terroir” - a French word that has to do with how the soil and climate in a region contribute to the flavor of the food and wine.

Last year when I joined forces with fellow Small Giant Vlad Bodi, we decided to base our core team in Iasi, Romania. A small East European university town, which on the surface seems rather quirky and scrappy.

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Topics: Values, Employee Engagement, Company Culture

greenfairSo your company wants to begin building a bridge to your community… it’s not something that you’ve been doing, but you’ve decided now is the time. Where do you start?

The answer is simple: with your people.

Ask your team, “Where are you volunteering?” The answers you get might surprise you. In our small company, nearly every single employee was already volunteering somewhere. Several were serving on committees and boards of local nonprofits.

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Topics: Community

Military_19Dec2014

When most people think about military leaders, their minds go straight to ridiculously strict, regimented, and intimidating TV and movie characters. Couple that with the fact that most people don’t have close ties to someone in the military, and it’s not surprising that many assume that life in the military is one big “Basic Training” shouting fest.

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Topics: Leadership, Values, Company Culture

MicroMega_13Nov2014

BerylHealth, a healthcare call center, had its start with three employees and the phone line in a backroom. Between 1985 and 2012, founder and CEO Paul Spiegelman grew the company to 300 employees. The company earned multiple Inc. 500 and Best Places to Work awards for its impressive growth trajectory and strong, positive culture that was built first on truly caring for employees.

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Topics: Leadership, Values, Company Culture

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