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Whatever Works riffs on what's right--and wrong--in the workplace. It seeks best practices from within and outside the workforce, and sometimes takes a stroll down memory lane.

‘Hardcore Pawn’s’ Les Gold: The Motor City’s Wheeler-Dealer Dishes on Management, Part Two

June 30, 2014
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Les Gold is the patriarch of a family-owned pawnshop, American Jewelry and Loan in the Motor City. He recently talked to “Whatever Works” about raising the minimum wage, reality TV, knee-jerk reactions, the Affordable Care Act and more.
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‘Hardcore Pawn’s’ Les Gold: The Motor City’s Wheeler-Dealer Dishes on Management, Part One

June 27, 2014
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Les Gold is the patriarch of a family-owned pawnshop, American Jewelry and Loan in the Motor City. He recently talked to "Whatever Works" about his management style, reality TV and more.
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Any Sunday, a Given: How Hans Roderwald Held Court

May 27, 2014
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Hans Roderwald led by example as he organized our weekly basketball games. His untimely passing came as quite a shock, but his memory will live on.
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SHRM-HRCI Dramedy: Time to Set the Record Straight

May 16, 2014
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At some point soon who knew what and when will become moot, but before we get to that point, someone needs to set the record straight.
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Orlando Magic's Pat Williams: How Walt Disney Conjured Up His Business Success, Part Two

May 14, 2014
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In the second part of this interview, Pat Williams and I discuss the Walt Disney concept of “plussing” and he gives his take on how the NBA handled the Donald Sterling situation.
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Orlando Magic’s Pat Williams: How Walt Disney Conjured Up His Business Success, Part One

May 9, 2014
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In part one, Pat Williams and I discussed the avuncular Walt Disney’s career and a number of other topics, including Williams’ recent battle with cancer.
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Supporting, Not Supporting Cast: Michelle Patterson Talks Women in the Workplace

April 10, 2014
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Michelle Patterson, CEO of Women Network, talks passionately about making the workforce more conducive to women, especially mothers like herself, and offering support.
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Boomer Esiason's Criticism of Paternity Leave Is Off-Base

April 4, 2014
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The former NFL quarterback shouldn't have criticized the New York Mets' Daniel Murphy on the radio for taking time off from the season to witness the birth of his son.
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Liz Wahl Is Not Alone When It Comes to High-Profile Goodbyes

March 6, 2014
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In the wake of some high-profile exits in the past few days, we take a look at some of the more interesting employee exits.


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‘The Biggest Loser’ Winner Debate and What It Means for Wellness

February 6, 2014
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Continue dangling those healthy carrots if you must, but if you really want your wellness program to work, consider investing in some professional help, too.
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