Top talent is crucial to your company’s success. Without it, you’re not in business. That’s why no task on a CEO’s agenda is more important than recruiting and retaining top talent.

In today’s employment market, that takes work. A recent survey from the society for Human Resource Management found that 59 percent of HR executives list recruiting and rewarding the best employees as the biggest challenge their organization faces over the next decade.

Last Saturday was “Small Business Saturday.”  It’s a celebration of small business that was launched in 2010 by American Express and over the years it has caught on in neighborhoods and business districts around the country. This year the results were encouraging. News outlets reported that spending reached 16.3 billion which is a 14% increase from 2014.  To read news about the day just follow this link.

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Douglas Obey, Author, Money and the Human Condition

           I can't help but draw the comparison between a heroin addict and today's worldwide economies. The world's economies have become as completely dependent on monetary stimulus (Central Banks printing money and driving interest rates to near zero) as a junkie is on heroin.

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Christie Caldwell, Director of Consulting (Asia-Pacific), Aperian Global

The HR VP for a major US corporation leans across a broad desk on the 33rd floor of a glossy office building in Shanghai’s Lujiazui financial district.

“We basically have a leadership crisis here in APAC when we start to hit the director level. From this level up, it gets pale and male.”

With Thanksgiving around the corner, we will soon find ourselves outside of the office as leaders and members of a different type of team. Apart from serving as CEOs of our organizations, we are also children, parents and siblings. We are cousins, aunts and uncles, and friends to others.

As you take time to reflect on the importance of and the successes you’ve experienced with your teams ask yourself how you can become a stronger leader and team member, both in and out of the office with the following questions:


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