Book Review: Pay Attention to ‘A Friend of a Friend’ by David Burkus

friend of a friend david burkusI have always believed attention is about connection.


Networking is connecting.


David has shared powerful advice in a more meaningful and intentional way and I love how he backs up his social science with practical, implementable strategies to leverage our networks.


His differences between weak, dormant and

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SHRM Annual Conference Paycom Break Room Podcast

SHRM Annual ConferenceEvery year, the Society of Human Resource Management SHRM annual conference is held so that HR professionals from around the world can gather and learn from industry experts, and share their experiences. Paycom attended the 2017 SHRM annual conference in New Orleans to meet with industry thought leaders, SHRM volunteers …

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The Perfect Introduction in 6 Words or Less: Give Attention to Get Attention

clay hebert the perfect introductionI am constantly looking for people or brands that are truly paying attention to what matters, whether it is the brand they’ve built, the community that they serve, or maybe it’s a product they’ve created. Meet one of the smartest guys I know, Clay Hebert.

Clay has trained senior …

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Pay Attention to Opportunities to Recommend Your Peers: It’s Good Business – and Good Fun!

SHRM How to Refer and RecommendRecently I had the privilege of speaking at the SHRM Volunteer Leadership Summit in Washington, DC with four of my speaker friends that I frequently recommend to others. We are part of a group called The Keynoters and clients often hire us together to speak at their events. We had …

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5 Ways to Create Advocates

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Who are your advocates?


Advocates could be people inside your organization, or outside your business that advocate for you. These people who can recommend you to others in their network, share resources, products and services with others. Advocates are vital to anyone in corporate or entrepreneurial business.


If …

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Conference Tips for First Timers: National Speakers Association

Thom Singer photoIf you’re joining us at the National Speakers Association annual conference, being held this year in Washington, D.C., you’ll want to read the following post: Conference Tips for First Timers by guest blogger, Thom Singer. Strap on your seatbelts and get ready for a fun ride! 

The first time you …

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Be Ah-Mazing: Systemize Thoughtfulness

You don’t have time to do everything, only time to do what matters.Thank you card


Leaders of influence know people matter. To continue to reach out and connect with people around you and remind them they matter, we believe you can systemize thoughtfulness.


Here are a few strategies we use:…

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Get Productive: Being Friendly is Being Generous inspired by Thom Singer

This morning I read Seth Godin’s blog (as I do most mornings, his is one of the first I read and some days I love it and other days I think …Ok) – today’s resonated with me.  The premise of the blog was connection.  This is something that is …

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Get Productive: Listen Intently to those around you

Bruce White - Leader at JKJ Spotlight Bruce White from Johnson Kendall Johnson

One of our favorite clients is Johnson Kendall Johnson (JKJ). We were really impressed with one of the partners of this firm, Bruce White.

This award winning full-service insurance brokerage and risk management firm has managed corporate and personal needs since …

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Get Productive: Be Equipped for a massively productive year!

Today while reflecting on what 2013 would hold for us it struck me we need to be equipped. Equipped with the right tools to get it done, the right team to support the process and the time to make it all happen!

We can’t let the smaller things distract us …

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