Reflections on Our First Year in Business

With every new year we see a world of opportunities. We wake up on January 1st with what seems like a limitless and expansive calendar to accomplish our many goals, aspirations, and dreams. I often wonder, why wait for January 1, or a birthday, or any significant date? Well, over here at Fringe, some exciting changes are afoot and we …

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Sharing is caring. A lesson for our leaders.

Leaders are bestowed with a great gift. They have the capacity to shape individuals, organizations, and nations. Without being cheeky, I will remind everyone of the wisdom given to Spiderman, “With great power, comes great responsibility.” All too often in corporate America, our leaders see the power in their actions, their decisions, how they choose to structure teams and deals …

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The 40-Year-Old Millennial

A few weeks ago I had a conversation with a colleague that brought up the ever present topic of millennials at work. After some discussion, I reminded this person that I was a millennial and they looked shocked. “I would never have suspected!” they said as if I had told them a deep dark secret. As it turns out, I …

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Professional Traps: The Flexibility Fallacy

As summer begins heating up, students are graduating and beginning the process of heading into their post-grad jobs. When they get there, they will find that the professional world has many traps to which they can easily succumb. One that we have encountered with more frequency over the past few years is something I have started to refer to as …

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Intern season: May the odds be in your favor!

Across all industries and geographic areas, young professionals are transitioning from student to intern. Summer internships are a major recruiting tool for many companies as they provide exposure and experience to young professionals looking to start their career. For many interns, the stress of joining a summer program can turn this critical development experience into a Hunger Games style battle …

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The Power of Language at Work

Leadership and language go hand in hand. Our language and word choices as we lead our teams through triumphs and defeats, change and uncertainty, have become passive at best and inconsequential at worst. The speed with which we manage and the number of projects being juggled simultaneously seem to demand a carelessness when it comes to speech and communication. At …

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Your organization’s secret super-hero

This article was originally posted on The Huffington Post. The title of brand ambassador seems to be a popular one these days. Most frequently used for companies who sell products, brand ambassadors are deployed into communities to spread the word, display the product, tweet, Instagram, and hashtag to oblivion. Many companies have brilliantly deployed brand ambassadors. As a relatively active …

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Communicate Better with Neuroscience

Have you ever had a conversation with someone, only to find out later that the person walked away with a totally different understanding of your meaning? Have you ever had this happen in a work environment? If so, you have likely seen the damage that can be done to a relationship because of a simple miscommunication. Within a team or …