Culture

Reward and Recognition

In our work and research over the years, Key Associates has developed some best practices for designing and implementing reward and recognition (R&R) systems that work. Below are some ideas to help you be more effective and innovative in developing a R&R system: Organization-wide Reward & Recognition Be clear on the behaviors you are recognizing […]

Freedom of Speech at Work?

Despite what you may have read in the news lately in stories surrounding the election or NFL player protests, the First Amendment does not provide a private employee with the right to free speech or freedom of expression at work. Rather, the Constitution’s right to free speech only applies to the government’s attempts to restrict […]

Celebrate International Women’s Day

March 8 is International Women’s Day. The theme this year is #PressforProgress. Before we look at pressing forward, let’s look back to the past and celebrate our progress.  To paraphrase Winston Churchill who once said: the further back into the past you look, the more you can see  the future. It’s been almost 100 years […]

How to Attract and Retain Top Talent

The economy is doing better for business in general and entrepreneurs specifically. That’s the good news. The downside is the battle for talent has heated up again. In recent surveys by major consulting firms, CEOs continue to identify finding the right talent as one of their biggest challenges. Larger companies have an advantage over smaller […]

Leadership Qualities: What’s Changed and What You Need to Know

Recently, the CEO of a company shared, “I want to improve as a leader but there are so many theories and books out there on how to develop your leadership skills – it’s mind spinning.” Leadership is different today than in the past. Pinpointing how it’s different is the challenge. Leadership is made up of […]

Building the Right Culture – Going from Entrepreneur to CEO

As your company grows, the capabilities that got you to that growth may no longer serve you in the future.  The successful path from entrepreneur to CEO involves making changes in three key areas: Letting go of your role as Chief Sales Officer Disciplining yourself to Focus Building the Right Culture Last time we looked […]