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Honestly, how often do you get the luxury of really thinking about what you’re working on? Pausing and allowing time to be creative, strategic and thorough versus just simply checking it off the list and moving on?   While the work that we do at HARDI covers a lot of ground and moves at a…

Have you ever played the classic icebreaker game “Two Truths and a Lie?” Don’t roll your eyes; indulge me.   Truth: According to the latest research from Deliotte, U.S. employers are continuing to increase their annual dollar spend on leadership development, with small businesses spending 23% more than they did last year.   Truth: Over…

The HARDI education team is currently hiring. (Don’t all submit your resumes at once!) I’ll tell you in all honesty, what should be a really fun process, bestowing my judgment on others, is, well, what’s the opposite of fun?   The opposite of fun might be regimented. Or tedious. And that’s how I would describe…

Last year I wrote an article that was published at our annual conference, in an issue of the Conference Dailies, that discussed how to make your valuable experience at conference translate into real world results. By popular demand, I’m reiterating a few of those key points here before we all head to Orlando for the…

My first post-college job was for an insurance company, with less-than-ideal human resources practices. About a year after I started working there they decided to rebrand their employees as “associates” — a message to employees that they were considered more than mere “employees.” This change came at a considerable expense of time and money (reprinted…

This piece of clickbait got me thinking… So much attention is being paid to Millennials: recruiting, mentoring, transitioning to leadership roles, and the much-acknowledged fact that they are now in their prime childbearing years. You’d have to be living with your head under the sand to have missed the recent up-swirling of controversy about the…

A common fear I hear from our members is that HVACR companies are unable to attract the best and the brightest young workers because the work isn’t “sexy.” To them I say, yes, absolutely. But also, HVACR could be cooler (pun completely intended) to younger workers than you may initially think. Allow me to explain……

One only needs to look as far as the monthly deliveries to the HARDI headquarters from online shoe retailer Zappos to know that they’ve got a fan base in Columbus, Ohio.   Shoe fetishes aside, HARDI Benchmarking & Market Research Analyst Brian Loftus says Zappos management agreed to be acquired by Amazon in 2009, provided Amazon would allow Zappos to operate relatively independently to…

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