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Google's vision of a technology augmented future.

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integritive’s Liz Polfus Nominated for “40 Under 40″

liz-polfusIt’s no surprise to us here at integritive that Liz Polfus was honored as one of Asheville’s 40 Under 40.  Liz manages our production department, which means she works closely with our team of designers, developers, and project managers to schedule and complete work on-time, in an accurate and intelligent way, and within the set budget. Liz came to integritive with a background in Fine Arts and a technical aptitude. Polfus thrived in our democratic workplace.  By allowing her flexibility in her professional reach, she quickly developed a more comprehensive understanding of the technical side of website and software building and has been able to put her creativity to good use when crafting solutions and problem-solving on behalf of our clients.

Honorees for the 40 Under 40 award were nominated via letters of recommendation. The award, sponsored by The Biltmore Beacon and the Young Professionals of the Asheville Chamber of Commerce, honors professionals 39 years of age or younger, who live or work in the greater Asheville area (Buncombe County), are involved in their communities and show the potential to be a leader in the business community for years to come. Honorees are chosen based on their business success and their achievements as an active member of the community.  When asked how she felt to be honored as one of the “40 Under 40”, Liz replied, “Pretty great, actually.  My job is a lot of behind the scenes, down and dirty work in the trenches to get intelligent products out the door and into the world.  I’m a part of a team that gets things done and don’t often look up to see who’s watching, so it’s neat to be recognized.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Dan Pink: The puzzle of motivation

What is the key to motivation? Traditionally, most business models follow a carrot & stick approach: good work earns rewards, poor work does not. But is this really the best way to get the most from our employees? Dan Pink has done the research, and he concludes that in most cases, the carrot & stick model actually decreases motivation and productivity. This fascinating TED Talk video will break down why we need to re-think motivation in order to get the most creativity and effective efforts from our employees.

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How to Fail Forward

success-failureLet’s face it, everyone makes mistakes. How the mistakes are handed is what sets us apart, what determines if we will fail or succeed. By quickly and effectively addressing the mistake, you and your company can rebound from the problem and likely become stronger because of it. Most errors can be remedied.  It is important to view mistakes as growth opportunities, learn from them and move forward.

Remember that most companies and people are judged more by how they handle a crisis than how they conduct day-to-day business.  So how can your company bounce back from an embarrassing mistake?

Get Focused

Mistakes can make you feel embarrassed, angered and anxious. The first thing to do is to get your emotions in check. Then, you can take a few moments to analyze the situation, gather your thoughts and assess the damage. Keeping your cool will not only allow you to think more clearly but will also set the tone for those around you.

Own the Mistake

The worst thing you can do in a crisis situation is to make excuses. As a business leader, you are responsible for anything and everything that happens in your company.  When mistakes occur, take responsibility and offer an authentic apology for your misstep. Read the rest of this entry »

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Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts

Susan Cain recently published the best-seller, “Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking,” and since then has been shaking up people’s perceptions of introverts. In this TED Talk, she highlights some of the key reasons why our society currently favors extroverted people, and what we as a society are losing from that favoritism. She has some particularly insightful ideas on how businesses can benefit by catering to their more introverted employees. Introverts are not simply shy people, with nothing meaningful to say. In fact, they can often be the source of some of our most creative work and ideas. Watch this video and decide if you’re getting the most out of those that are quietest in your office: