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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.

Repeat First Down: Tackling Second Chances in the NFL and Business

September 19, 2014
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You might work with or know someone who has been abused, and chances are you don’t even know it because abuse often goes unreported.
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Houdini Was an Illusionist, but Companies Can Do ‘Magic’

September 4, 2014
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In the real world, and especially the business domain, “magic” happens when a person or company creates an impeccable culture that excels and is no illusion.
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Robin Williams’ Death Should Be a Wake-up Call About Depression

August 12, 2014
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As employers, perhaps it’s time to inform employees about mental illness and depression and let them know what their options are.
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Job Titles Won’t Bring Your Workers Happiness, but a Wonderful Workplace Will

August 7, 2014
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Not to pick on those happy-go-lucky folks whose goal is to bring about happiness at work, but true happiness comes from organizations doing right by their employees.
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‘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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