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Author: Kerry Musenbrock

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The Importance of Core Values to a Company

We’ve all heard of core values and how they help to shape a company.  But why are they important and what are they really meant to do?

Core values are meant to help align an organization as a whole and to help everyone achieve its mission.  When values are not established or unknown to the employees of the organization or company, it’s easy to start working towards different goals, have different intentions and thus produce different outcomes.

Core values should help an organization to hire, fire and set the tone for the company culture.  Have you ever heard of the phrase, “your vibe attracts your tribe”? This phrase speaks to having solid core values and making them known not only to your employees but to your customers, and to the public.  The more you practice your core values the more like-minded individuals you will attract whether that be the next rockstar employee or the next loyal client/customer.

 

Common Core Values found in Companies Across the United States

Check out some of the most common core values among US companies below.

  • Integrity
  • Boldness
  • Honesty
  • Trust
  • Accountability

What are your thoughts on this?

What are some of the core values of your company? What are your personal core values?

 

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Going to into an interview can be a scary thing, especially if you are a little rusty and out of the game, so to speak. Being in Operations and in charge of hiring for Acumen Studio, I can say that I’ve heard and seen a lot of bad habits come out during an interview.  Whether these habits are done consciously or subconsciously, it’s important that you are aware of these habits so you can make sure not to do them in your next interview

 

The Top 5 Habits That will Break Your Interview

Below are the top 5 habits that you need to be aware of when going into an interview

  • Excessive Fidgeting
    • This can be anything from cracking your knuckles to tapping a pencil.  It can show insecurity and intense nervousness. If you are going for a job where you need to be client-facing or in touch with customers, this may show the interviewer that you are not capable.
  • Long Verbal Pauses
    • It’s ok to have small pauses in order to allow the interviewer to finish their sentences or questions.  But extremely long pauses can come across as you not listening or paying attention during your interview
  • Showing Up Late to your Interview
    • It’s easy to get stuck in traffic, get lost in a new area or even have car trouble when going to an interview. It’s important to know where you are going and how to get there. It may be a good idea to do a quick run through of your route the day before if possible so you know where to go, where to park and to verify how long it will take for you to get there. If you are going to be running late, it’s important to contact the interviewer immediately so you are not keeping them waiting and wondering where you are.
  • Oversharing
    • It’s important to share information about your past work experiences and work history.  But oversharing some information whether it’s personal or professional is tacky and can put you in tricky situations.
  • Unprofessionalism
    • Even if the company you are interviewing with is more laid back and relaxed, it’s always a good idea to over dress and be more professional than to not be professional. So make sure to dress appropriately and conduct yourself in a professional manner.

 

So with that being said, make sure you are aware of how you present yourself, identify what your bad habits are and make sure you keep them in check when in an interview.

 

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If you’re asking… “How Do I Switch To A New Project Management Software?” or “My Company Needs to Change Project Management Tools, What’s the Best Way?” then read on to see what we did.

 

Project management tools are supposed to be an organizer’s dream come true, right? So you would think switching from a project management tool that no long fits your needs to one that has all the bells and whistles would be a dream come true.  However, making the switch from one project management tool to the next presents a load of issues you would have never thought possible…one could say this is really an organizer’s worst nightmare?

 

Choosing the Right Project Management Tool

Choosing the right project management tool that will fit all of your wants, needs and desires may seem overwhelming and nearly impossible, but the thing to keep in mind and the best way to approach this question is to write out your top three ‘must-haves’ for your new project management tool.

 

Below are a few features that were important to Acumen when we made the switch to our new project management system.

  • Ability to create task templates
  • Subtasks and sub-folders
  • Ability to send GIFs in a task thread

 

For our needs, it was essential that we found a project management tool that allowed us to create temples we could reuse for our monthly work for all of our clients. This would allow us to cut down the time our team spent creating new tasks every month and assigning them out.

 

It was also important for us to have the ability to create tasks within tasks, sub-tasks or ‘task inception’ if you will 😉 (get it because Inception was a dream within a dream and this is a task within a task…ok cool, just making sure).  Having this ability would allow us to breakdown a larger tasks into smaller ones and for us to know exactly where we were within a project or task.

 

Ok so the last bullet point, “ability to send a GIF” may or may not have been really vital to anyone else but me. I love sending GIFs and use them to communicate roughly 90% of my day.

 

So in Conclusion on Switching to a New Project Management Tool

As long as you have your list of top ‘must-haves’ for a new project management tool and focus on making sure your new tool has those features, your transition from one platform to the next will be less painful than had you never made that list to begin with….keep in mind, keywords there “less painful”.  Believe me, it will still be painful, but it will be one less thing you need to worry about as you do your research.

 

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