What Does Your Cannabis Brand Say About You? A Lesson In Marketing


From our Guest Writer Decater Collins, Founder and CEO of Hood Collective A cannabis brand is more than just a logo and a color palette. It's a reflection of what your company is all about: its values, vision, mission, and the reason why it does what it does. If you want your products to stand [...]

What Does Your Cannabis Brand Say About You? A Lesson In Marketing2022-04-22T00:05:32+00:00



If you’re a gamer, then you may already know Bobby Kotick. He’s the CEO of Activision Blizzard, the company that serves up wildly successful games like Candy Crush, World of Warcraft and Call of Duty, to name a few. Those games, and others in the company’s catalogue, have become almost cottage industries unto themselves. In [...]


Lessons in Performance Management From a Mass Layoff Gone Viral


In December 2021, Vishal Garg, the CEO of Better.com, a 7-year-old company in the online mortgage brokerage business,abruptly laid off 900 employees on a Zoom call. Since then, the story has mushroomed substantially, with multiple members of his leadership team resigning, and with Garg himself stepping away from the business at the request of Betters [...]

Lessons in Performance Management From a Mass Layoff Gone Viral2022-03-17T20:12:11+00:00

Riding the Resignation Tsunami


Had a great conversation with Lauren Francis and the team at Mulberry Partners here in Portland last week.  The news around the Resignation continues to accelerate, with updates coming almost daily now.  Time will tell how it continues to roll, but for the moment, it has a lot of people in the employment field running [...]

Riding the Resignation Tsunami2022-03-17T20:12:45+00:00

Surfing the “Turnover Tsunami”


In March, an article from the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) discussed the notion that there is a huge wave of potential turnover coming, once the perception that we are past the COVID crisis takes hold.  Various sources suggest that as many as half of all workers are currently looking for new opportunities.  Other sources indicate [...]

Surfing the “Turnover Tsunami”2021-08-17T20:14:20+00:00

Organizational Development and the “Diving Catch”


The “Diving Catch” is a common metaphor in business, a baseball reference to the stretch-out catch of the fly ball that stops the go-ahead run in the bottom of the 9th and saves the day for the home team.  In business, it describes that extraordinary effort on the part of an individual who, likely at the [...]

Organizational Development and the “Diving Catch”2021-08-17T20:10:53+00:00

Should We Promote Our Outstanding Individual Contributors?


Internal promotions are almost always considered to be positive characteristics of a healthy organization.  “Opportunities for advancement,” “potential for personal and professional growth,” are the catchphrases that articulate a company’s commitment to organic growth and leadership.  For those with such ambitions, companies that follow these ideals are potential employers of choice.  For companies looking to [...]

Should We Promote Our Outstanding Individual Contributors?2021-08-17T20:06:24+00:00

What Organizational Development Is Not


Recently, this blog published an article about the nature and definition of Organizational Development (OD).  Based on experience for the past two decades, it is clear that OD, like many processes and systems, is often misconstrued by even the best-intentioned leaders into something that it is not.  Taken on a grand scale, this has likely created some [...]

What Organizational Development Is Not2021-08-17T20:01:35+00:00

Communication and Responsiveness from an OD Lens


The first value that AJC holds is further defined as targeted information at the right time through the most appropriate channel to maximize the impact of our messages. There is a significant body of research on the effectiveness of internal communications in terms of staff engagement, productivity, and, ultimately, earnings. Although varied in scale [...]

Communication and Responsiveness from an OD Lens2021-08-17T01:46:39+00:00
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