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We have yet another award to add to our growing list! Acceleration Partners has been named one of Ad Age’s 2016 Best Places to Work list! Ad Age’s prestigious Best Places to Work list represents the cream of the crop in marketing, advertising, media and ad technology. The 50 companies who made the list stand out for their best-in-class benefits, salaries and hiring practices, but also for creating a culture in which employees are engaged, encouraged and valued. For AP, it means...
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The day after Halloween, the Acceleration Partners team descended upon Beverly, MA (near Salem) like witches gathering for their coven. Instead of brewing spells, at our annual AP Summit, we brewed new ideas, stirred up our visions and goals for 2017 and mixed in spellbindingly fun team activities with a generous sprinkling of revelation and recognition. Inspiration Staying at the historic Wylie Inn and conference center on Endicott College’s campus, our AP Summit got under way with a new...
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Way to go, AP! The Acceleration Partners team has earned a place among one of the Country's Best Small and Medium Workplaces.  Consulting firm Great Place to Work® and Fortune recently announced that Acceleration Partners came in at number 26 on their coveted list. The Best Small and Medium Workplaces list is one of a series of rankings by Great Place to Work® and Fortune based on survey feedback from 52,000 employees working in Great Place to Work-CertifiedTM...
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This article was originally published on CEOWORLD Magazine. In 2011, amid much fanfare, JCPenney appointed Ron Johnson as its new CEO. Hailing from Apple and Target, where he held powerful positions, Johnson was glorified for great innovations at both. He rode into JCPenney waving the flag of change. However, after a disastrous 17 months that included a $6 billion drop in sales and 40,000 layoffs, JCPenney replaced Johnson with his predecessor before hiring the quieter, humbler...
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Training employees to deliver an unforgettable customer experience is critical to any business, but knowing how to do that is really the underlying question. Emily Tetto, Director of Talent & Culture of Acceleration Partners and BJ Shannon, Head of Customer Happiness at TINYpulse recently hosted a webinar that unlocked the secret to client retention –and it all boils down to one word: happiness. Creating a culture that empowers employees to feel motivated and committed on a daily...
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For the second year in a row, Great Place to Work® and Fortune have named Acceleration Partners one of the 2016 Best Workplaces for Women. What makes this ranking so significant is that it’s based on employees’ assessments of communications with management, options for development and training, and support for work/life balance, among other factors. It also takes into account how well-represented women are within the workforce overall and in management and executive...
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A cornerstone philosophy at Acceleration Partners (AP) is: right person, right seat, right time. The right people are those who share your company’s core values. The right seat means that the employee is working in a role that allows them to operate within their greatest skill and passion. The right time means that the right person is serving in that role at a time when the company needs their unique abilities. This concept came from Jim Collins’ bestselling book, Good to...
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Thursday, September 1st at 1pm EDT There’s no doubt about it - training employees to deliver great customer experiences is critical. The real secret to standing out though? Empowering your employees to feel motivated and committed on a daily basis through great work culture. Companies that embrace the relationship between employee engagement and customer engagement as a strategic priority can expect greater client loyalty, retention, and advocacy. The benefits are insurmountable, but...
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You never know where inspiration is going to come from. For me, it was while watching the movie, East Side Sushi (highly recommend). In the movie, an earnest, hard-working Latina woman named, Juana discovers that she has passion for making sushi while working in a Japanese restaurant – and she’s determined to become a sushi chef. I’m sure you can guess the spoiler alert. Although she’s gifted, inventive, determined and a fast-learner, the traditional-minded Japanese restaurant...
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This article was originally published on Huffingtonpost.com. Want to make a big impression on your new boss? Been waiting for a salary bump or a promotion to drop into your lap but just can’t figure out how to make that happen? Maybe it’s time to shake things up. Doing the same thing every day might give you a sense of being in control, but it can also make you complacent. And employees who do the bare minimum go nowhere fast — if ever. Sticking to old habits and routines...
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Making open and regular feedback a part of your culture is an essential part of continuously improving, growing and scaling as a company. It’s also key to retaining and engaging great employees. Here are some effective ways to encourage open feedback within your organization: Start with your recruiting process. If your organization values open and regular feedback, address that early on in your discussions with prospective employees. Let them know that it’s a part of your company...
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This article was originally published on Business.com. Backstabbing. Scapegoating. A lack of accountability. Low morale. Negative cliques. Playing favorites. Persistently poor communication. These are a few telltale signs of a toxic work culture. We observed many of these traits during our interactions with a client we’ll refer to as Company X. Leaders at Company X hired us to help them with their performance marketing. We were excited to work with the company as it was operating...
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