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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 […]

Training in a New City

ATD (a wonderful training firm) is based in Alexandria, VA. They recently sent an email, that showed a list of their classes & locations. Pretty standard stuff…. but they add a cool fact about each city.

GREAT IDEA! Way to get inspired!

After all, learning is about be curious first, then applying training and […]

Essentials – in a Webby World

Future-Proof Your Learning With HTML5

Why do you need this? Maybe you are a writer or a business analyst or a talent development professional…

IS it really important that you know this markup language? Beyond the fact that almost all digital content uses HTML5,

Mark Lassoff, president of LearnToProgram Media and Punk Learning, gives […]

Celebrations and Commemorations in June

Thinking about Diverse Families

This post is inspired by Well Fargo’s amazing Diversity Program.

The meaning of the word “family” is varied and broad. People often refer to their work family, friends as family, church family, and family of volunteers to name a few. Then there is, of course, the family you are related to […]

Recovering from Too Much Work

Stress, burnout, and exhaustion are bad enough, but these “robbers of your energy” also slow down creative thoughts, innovations and willingness to start any new task. How can you RESTORE?

LET GO. You can’t do it all. Schedule a vacation of at least 7 days. Don’t check in. Don’t spend time on endless social […]