• Celebrate!

    January 11, 2017
    What motivates you? Is it a good song? A treat when obtaining a goal? How about when your boss acknowledges an achievement? Different things work for different people, but one thing I’ve noticed is that everyone enjoys being acknowledged for their work in and outside of the office.
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  • Serve

    January 4, 2017
    We far too easily allow our time and effort to spin around the immediate and forget that our chief charge as a leader is not to manage day-to-day affairs but to lead the way from today to tomorrow. This means nurturing innovation, not forced obedience, which can often foster inefficiency and sap the energy from our team. True, the daily operational tempo of our group is important; but procedures, methods, and best practices are a mere foundation of what a leader should and must seek to build. The one child a leader must never let go hungry is innovation. A snap of the rein to provide direction or caution is always better than the crack of the whip or the requirement to spur on our charges; we simply cannot steer a ship while it stands still or drifts backwards.
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  • ReVive Chicago

    December 21, 2016
    ReVive Chicago
    Our teammates are always willing to lend a helping hand, especially during the holiday season. Just ask Jason Rosenblatt, Design Director, and the Chicago team that recently participated in the Holiday Gift Basket drive for the ReVive: Center for Housing and Healing’s, a one-hundred-year-old Chicago organization that provides support for homeless and low-income families. The annual event allows individuals and organizations to sponsor a family to provide holidays gifts and food.
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  • How this sweater weather will affect the workplace

    December 20, 2016
    How this sweater weather will affect the workplace
    I don’t know about the rest of the NELSON offices, but here in Philadelphia winter is definitely upon us! The winter season rings in a myriad of special traditions. We get to haul out those cozy cable knit sweaters, enjoy a cup of hot cocoa (perhaps spiked with Kahlúa!), indulge in cookies, and of course, enjoy the holiday season with friends and family. But with all the activities and joys of winter comes colder weather, which directly affects our mood and productivity. Chicago’s Andrea Brandt, Principal, copes with the cold with layers. “I look like a bank robber walking down LaSalle Ave with my wind shell covering my face,” she says. “Everyone shows up at meetings like we are at the ski lodge, ice fishing hut, or snowmobiling. Also, we don’t really care what your foot wear looks like; we go for the warmth factor with big old boots!” Boston’s Michael Bourque, Design Director, can attest to proper footwear in the winter. “It’s all about soles! I like rubber soles on my shoes to keep the cold from radiating up from the ground. Once the toes are cold, you are a goner,” he explains.
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