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When I joined my father’s practice, Clarke EyeCare Center, in 1995, it took a few years for me to define my vision as a leader. We were hiring and firing and trying to build the perfect team, until I realized that there’s no such thing as the perfect team. 

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Topics: Leadership, Company Culture, Employee Development



"There is no more effective way to empower people than to see each person in terms of his or her strengths."
- Don Clifton

When Lester Thornhill, CEO of Life’s Abundance, was introduced to the CliftonStrengths Assessment ten years ago, it immediately took him back to one of his defining childhood struggles.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Company Culture, Employee Development, Culture


In the past decade, I’ve had the opportunity to talk with many business leaders and one of the most common challenges that they face is in how to create a culture that promotes fun and gets great results.

I often read about the newest fad in fun workplace cultures; ping-pong tables, drinks, unlimited vacation time, putting for dollars, and other fun perks.  And while those perks can certainly contribute to a fun culture, they are not the answer for an engaged workforce.

Many question when it’s time to turn off the fun and turn on the results. But having fun and getting great results are not mutually exclusive practices.  In my experience, both are indispensable to organizational health, and one without the other does not create a healthy culture.  Having fun without getting results is just goofing off; and getting results without having fun is… well, not fun!

Here are 4 ways that we have fun and get great results at SEI.

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Topics: Employee Engagement, Company Culture, Employee Development, Profit, Finance

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, two youngsters decided it was high time they founded a company, despite being in the midst of the dark ages of entrepreneurship in Romania. What comes next is our story, a story of how we embarked on an entrepreneurial adventure that would show us what choosing to grow with purpose brings.

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Topics: Leadership, Company Culture, Employee Development, growth, learning, start-up, learning management

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