Why You Should Start Your Next Meeting With Story Time

Stories play an important role in our culture, including workplace culture. John Trombley, of The Village Business Institute, notes that telling stories about our experiences and others’ experiences helps “share the vision, to explain the company’s mission, educate new employees about corporate culture.” Stories … are easier to remember than lists, processes and guidelines help…
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Hate Meetings? Here’s How To Make Them More Worthwhile

By Robert Jones EAP Trainer, The Village Business Institute You’re moving along, getting work done, feeling productive, and then you have to stop for a meeting. Normally this wouldn’t bother you, but you’re not sure why you were invited to this meeting, or even what the purpose of the meeting is. So you break your…
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Real estate agent vehicle parked outside a cemetery

The Most Valuable Pieces Of Real Estate In The World

After five people he knew died in two months’ time, John Trombley reflects on the impact he’s having on those he knows and the world around him …  Recently someone posted a picture of a real estate agent’s vehicle parked at the entrance to a cemetery and asked what the Realtor was trying to sell…
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Stop Trying To Achieve Work-Life Balance Like You’re Weighing Fruit On A Scale

The Village’s John Trombley shares an interesting take on work-life balance. It’s not about getting each element to equal a certain amount, like weighing your produce at the grocery store, he writes. It’s a matter of personal priorities. Work-life balance is an interesting concept. Many people have written about it, conducted research on it, and…
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Support, Communication + Recognition: Lead Through Influence, No Matter Your Title

By Robert Jones EAP Trainer, The Village Business Institute A friend in the armed forces told me he is struggling with his supervisor, because that man is not a good leader. It’s an unfortunate situation for my friend, who I know is a strong leader. Our conversation made me think of the idea of positional leadership.…
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