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Celebrate Filipino American History Month!

Filipino American History Month was first initiated by the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) in 1988 to honor the historic landing of the first Filipinos in the United States over 425 years ago. Since then, its rich cultural traditions are celebrated every October commemorating the history and contributions of Filipino Americans nationwide.

Origins […]

Make Your First Video!

Making your first video is so much fun… but….. you have to start!

Watch this short YouTube, from a company we use… TechSmith.

You can be the best trainer in the world, but:

people don’t want to read people don’t have any time to learn people want to have fun

This applies to my group. […]

TED: The Pecking Order

In her TED talk, “Forget the Pecking Order at Work,” Margaret Heffernan talks about the research of William Muir, an evolutionary biologist at Purdue. He studied egg laying productivity using two teams of chickens. One team was comprised of “super chickens” (the MVP’s) and the other was a group of average chickens. Muir studied these […]

Leadership – From a Team

Every once in awhile, I’ll be working on a project that seems “out of whack”. It seems difficult – i.e., not enough participation or edgy questions that silence the room. Hearing “crickets” (=no response) always makes me wonder if people care or are paying attention. Making decisions by myself while on a team goes against […]

Small Business – Health Benefits Discussion

Small businesses with 2-50 employees are a growth engine for the American economy, continuing to grow year over year. However, fewer of these employers are offering health insurance.

The percentage of firms offering health benefits dropped from 59 percent in 2012 to 53 percent in 2016.

At the same time, medical loss ratios have increased […]

Apply for a Educational Grant for YOUR Kid’s School

Schools face many financial hardships, it is important, more than ever, to support our Bay Area schools.

Why not apply for a GRANT??

“Wells Fargo/KNBR Step up to the Plate for Education” grants provide funds so that teachers receive extra dollars tocreate better opportunities for our children.

For the past 15 years, Wells Fargo […]

Combining AI, Machine Learning and Advanced Analytics

For those that love social media and are involved in the interplay of new ideas, there are several resources to learn more. Many groups are using all the tools available to create communications / marketing / white papers that are “on-point” and enticing to their customers and potential customers.

Getting the look and feel “just […]

South Bay (San Jose) Team Event?

I love bringing a group to a game at the San Jose Municipal Stadium! It is easy to get to, lots of parking, the price is right – about $12….. and the have the best Churros. It is great fun, all kinds of things to see and do. You’ll cheer, you’ll laugh, and you will […]

July Days to Celebrate

Each Day listed below, can be the spring board to a fun employee celebration. This is a great time for a picnic, Popsicles at work, or some patriotic music to “wake up” your first team meeting of July 4. (Are you thinking Chili? In many communities, Chili Cook Offs […]

Collaborate or Die by Angie Morgan, Lead Star Partner

Each year our firm receives cold calls from businesses around the globe requesting subject-specific training and development programs. We keep tabs, too, to see if there are trends as far as development needs. Past themes include EQ (Emotional Intelligence), change management, mindfulness and resiliency.

This year, though, the trend is clear: Collaboration.

Businesses demand their […]