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Burnout, Wellness and the Future of Work

By Samantha Holland

Glassdoor along with Indeed recently put out a joint hiring report highlighting workforce trends to watch. Three significant elements from their list include: remote work is here to stay, happiness and wellbeing matter, and the changing workforce is pushing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) to the forefront. In many ways, all three topics are intertwined […]

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Why I’ll Never Give Up My Rock And Roll Dreams

By Jonathan Hefter

Picture the scene. I’m in the standing room area on the floor of Madison Square Garden along with 20,000 new friends. As Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up” hits its stride, the lights go out, and we send up a roar to welcome the night’s featured attraction – U2. 90 seconds later, as “City of Blinding Lights” […]

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Seven Steps to Powering Peer Learning in Circles

By Samantha Holland

Since 2016, studies have shown that when it comes to learning, rather than searching the internet or asking their boss, over half of employees rely on their peers. In 2019 Steve Galeski writing for HBR suggested activating peer learning in L&D efforts. “When you account for the fact that humans tend to learn as they […]

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Keep it Real: Why Authenticity Matters More Than Ever (and how to get it)

By Samantha Holland

The most brilliant being to make the headlines last year wasn’t a human–it was ChatGPT, an artificial intelligence so smart it blew our collective mind and intensified the blurred line between what’s real and what’s fake (I pinky swear it didn’t write this post). In today’s increasingly artificial world, authenticity matters–and this applies to the […]

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Top Ten 2022 Circles Outcomes

By Samantha Holland

As the year comes to a close, we’re celebrating all the ways circles have served our customers this year. From safety and inclusion to connection and growth, here are ten customer quotes highlighting some of the top words used to describe Circles in 2022. 1. Connection. Circles’ primary purpose is connecting people together. “The struggles […]

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Three Ways Circles Address Leadership Challenges

By Samantha Holland

Even while organizational leaders create belonging for their teams, many are looking for ways to stay connected with other leaders themselves. One thing humans all seem to have in common is a desire for community and connection. That’s why we started inviting Talent Development & Enablement professionals into connection circles, allowing them to share their […]

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The Importance of Facilitative Leadership

By Samantha Holland

As flat as our organizations may become, leadership happens in functional workplaces. The problem is that we’ve all experienced a mixed bag of leadership at work: for every great encounter, we’ve survived not-so-great moments with colleagues (and, if we look honestly in the mirror, each of us can probably identify times we ourselves didn’t lead […]

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The Secret to Compelling Company Culture: Prioritize People & Create Community

By Samantha Holland

In the wake of both the great resignation and massive layoffs–and with recession looming– organizational culture matters. When the stakes are high, what elements contribute to a compelling company culture? We asked learning and development leaders how they connect and grow their employees and enhance company culture, all while navigating a global workforce. They all […]

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Fighting for Females in Finance

By Samantha Holland

“I discovered that the people in my GenderSmart circle are just like me, in one way or another. We’re all trying to make the world fair and equitable, just in different ways.” Bibi Gertrude Annoh Quarshie, Director of Operations, African Women’s Development Fund Financial systems engage with and benefit men and women differently– particularly women […]

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What my Houseplant Taught me About Resilience

By Samantha Holland

There’s been a lot of buzz about resilience as an essential quality during setbacks. When the topic came up in a slack channel recently, one colleague shared that they recently stopped using the word altogether: in their experience, expecting resilience invalidates pain and lived experience by suggesting that people simply persevere. Indeed, the internet defines […]

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