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Tips for Training and Teaching from a Distance

By on Thursday, April 2, 2020

As an educator and coach with MRG, I’ve been facilitating online trainings for more than 10 years. We’re a global company with coaches in more than 50 countries around the world, so online delivery has long been the most practical way for us to teach people how to use our tools. While video can be […]

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Webinar Wrap-Up: What Sets Entrepreneurs Apart

By on Thursday, March 26, 2020

Entrepreneurs have garnered a lot of attention in recent years. The tech boom has given rise to the entrepreneur-as-celebrity, where persona has come to be nearly as important as the business fundamentals. Entrepreneurial flair may be trendy, but setting aside the stereoptypes, what are the behaviors that entrepreneurs apply that are different from other presidents […]

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Cultivating Connection: What I’ve Learned about Coaching at a Distance

By on Thursday, March 19, 2020

We are all making our way through an extremely tumultuous time. For most of us, our personal and professional worlds have been completely disrupted (and in some cases, blended, as we find ourselves working in close quarters with all members of our household). While disruption clearly comes with challenges, it also presents opportunity. One of […]

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The End of the HR Generalist

By on Thursday, March 12, 2020

Before I became an official MRGer, I spent a couple of years working for a global organization in their HR department. It was an experience I found immensely valuable and intriguing from the perspective that I was able to observe first hand “how the sausage was made” so to speak. It was challenging from a […]

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Navigating a Path from Stand-Up Comedy to Psychology

By on Thursday, March 5, 2020

I remember very clearly when I first realized that I wanted to be a comedian. I was young, probably six or seven. It was late on a weekend. My parents and I were watching the iconic Steve Martin “King Tut” sketch on a rerun of Saturday Night Live. If you haven’t seen the sketch, it’s […]

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Bringing Buried Treasure to the Surface: Creating the MRG Knowledge Base

By on Thursday, February 27, 2020

“Content.”  It’s a word that has taken on a different meaning in the digital age. In marketing, it’s come to distinguish content marketing – information people actually want to have (expertise, instruction, research, guides) – from the junk they’d rather do without. When I arrived at MRG a few years ago, what I found was […]

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How can we incorporate more compassion into the workplace?

By on Thursday, February 20, 2020

MRG recently published brand new research on compassionate leaders. The piece, Compassionate Leadership: Coaching Leaders to Turn Empathy into Action, reveals some fascinating new findings, including how compassion and empathy differ. They differ not only in definition, but in impact – compassionate leaders are rated significantly higher in a number of critical competencies than their […]

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Building Environments Where Innovation Thrives: Dispatch from SCP 2020

By on Thursday, February 13, 2020

Entrepreneurial: it’s been a bit of a buzzword of late. The influence of startup culture – picture youthful innovators with big ideas who dress like teenagers don’t take no for an answer – has permeated even the most staid organizations. Everyone wants the agility (and potentially massive financial returns) of an entrepreneurial organization. But, while […]

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Whenever (and Wherever) we Gather, it’s Like a Homecoming

By on Thursday, February 6, 2020

There’s a lot to love about being headquartered in Portland, Maine – fresh seafood, gorgeous summers, beautiful views, an amazing food scene (…we won’t discuss the winters). But being an international business located in our small city does have a downside: we rarely get customers dropping in to visit. That’s an especially painful downside here […]

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Effective CIOs emphasize a practical approach to decision making

By on Thursday, January 30, 2020

MRG has been conducting research on effective leadership at the top levels of organizations for decades. Most recently, we had the opportunity to study which leadership behaviors are most closely associated with leadership effectiveness for Chief Information Officers (CIOs). While the overall findings were quite interesting, one that stood out to me was the relationship […]

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