Culture

September 17, 2020

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Tony Gareri

Working From Home, The New Norm? Or, Culture Killer?

While advancements in technology have made it easy for businesses to run at full WFH capacities amidst a global pandemic, what are the real ramifications to a business’ culture? To a team member’s career?

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Leadership

May 27, 2020

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Tony Gareri

How to Thrive in Unprecedented Times

Pandemic or not, a leader, their business and teams should always be functioning with these ten foundational best practices in mind.

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Culture

April 3, 2020

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Tony Gareri

Return On Culture

One of the biggest mistakes when establishing a culture, is making assumptions. And when done improperly, inauthentic cultures create disparity between leadership, their teams and effectively missing business targets.

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Motivation

February 19, 2020

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Tony Gareri

Winning Through Change

Instead of resisting change, we must thrive in it. It is human nature to fear change, as it’s definitely followed by anxieties and insecurities that can be awfully powerful, but in those key negative moments, train yourself to pivot.

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Motivation

January 31, 2020

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Tony Gareri

Killer Complacency

Dreams. We all have dreams. But, some people may be slower to actualize them. Life is short, be purposeful about how you live it, and in the end, happiness trumps all!

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Strategy

September 19, 2019

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Tony Gareri

Patience and Potential

Each of us is born with massive potential. The only thing limiting us are the beliefs we hold about ourselves in our minds, and our willingness to go above and beyond to reach such potential.

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Motivation

September 4, 2019

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Tony Gareri

Not or Got - What’s Your Focus?

The reasons people don’t achieve what they desire vary almost as broadly as people themselves. Some don’t feel they are worthy; many don’t believe it’s possible, and a lot of us are afraid to ask for help.

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Happiness

July 2, 2019

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Tony Gareri

The Undeniable Power of Thank You

Two of the most powerful words in the world are also two of the most underrated words: Thank You.These magic words can make all sorts of things appear, they can make frowns disappear and even transform a person’s entire day.

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Motivation

May 29, 2019

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Tony Gareri

Perseverance

In a world full of Keurigs, Netflix, same-day-shipping, microwaveable everything, Spotify, Uber, and the world just a Google search away in the palm of our hands, persistence and perseverance aren’t getting as much exercise as they used to.

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Culture

May 1, 2019

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Tony Gareri

Meetings Don’t Have to Suck

Did you know that the average office employee spends an average of 62 hours a month sitting in meetings, 37% of which are considered unproductive by the participants?

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Leadership

April 11, 2019

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Tony Gareri

Connect Before You Correct

In the classic film, Gladiator, the retired champion, Proximo calls the young Maximus to his chambers. He councils our hero on how best to win his freedom when they reach Rome.

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Motivation

March 13, 2019

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Tony Gareri

Haters Gonna Hate

You only get haters when you’re leveling up; when haters start popping up, consider yourself on the road to success!

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Motivation

February 14, 2019

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Tony Gareri

Inspiration vs Desperation

Brad Henry, the former Governor of Oklahoma once said, “A good leader can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.” The same can be said of good business managers, directors, mentors and leaders within organizations!

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Leadership

January 24, 2019

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Tony Gareri

It Takes a Village

Our world is more connected than ever before and yet, in many ways, people feel more disconnected than ever. Our fast-paced world can feel incredibly lonely outside the six-inch screens in the palms of our hands.

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Strategy

January 3, 2019

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Tony Gareri

Goal Setting: Do Something New! Achieve Something New!

Tis the season for New Year’s Resolutions. Setting goals for the upcoming year and resolving to do this year better than the last. Before diving into goal setting mode, it’s important to reflect and give thanks to the year completed.

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Culture

December 20, 2018

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Tony Gareri

Simple Tips to Building and Fostering an Amazing Company Culture

All companies, regardless of size or composition, have a culture. Though few want to believe it, your company culture is ultimately what dictates your results.

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Happiness

December 5, 2018

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Tony Gareri

Keep Moving Forward

Progress is defined as forward or onward movement towards a destination. In life, you are either moving forward or moving backwards, there is very little standing still or idling in neutral.

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Culture

November 14, 2018

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Tony Gareri

How Everyone Can Win When You’re Losing an Employee

Dear Fellow Employers, Are you ready for a wake-up call? A recent survey of 2,000 employees found that almost half (43%) said they are looking for a new job! The number one reason? Poor and undesirable corporate culture.

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Motivation

September 27, 2018

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Tony Gareri

If You Aren't Making Mistakes, You're Doing It Wrong

There’s a lot of beauty to be found in the mistakes we make, because they’re simply a part of growing – probably the most important part.

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Leadership

September 13, 2018

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Tony Gareri

Get out of the way!

I know a lot of CEO’s and founders and one of the things all of us seem to be learning over time is how to get out of the way.

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Motivation

August 29, 2018

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Tony Gareri

Put Your Heart Into It Today

Every Monday we have a leadership meeting and every week a different leader kicks it off with a piece of inspiration. Starting the week off this way is intended to get people thinking about what drives them.

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Leadership

August 9, 2018

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Tony Gareri

Want To Be a Leader? Get Involved.

As I packed up and headed over to pick up our van to meet with the rest of the Roma team, I thought about how important it was for all of us to be experiencing the upcoming week as volunteers together.

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Strategy

July 20, 2018

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Tony Gareri

Go To’s For A Successful Talk

Whether you’re a ballerina, soccer player, cellist, or really any type of performing artist - getting up on stage to deliver something of value to an audience is a unique position to be in.

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Leadership

July 5, 2018

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Tony Gareri

On Truth & Candor

Last year, The New York Times had a creative campaign that ran across a number of different mediums. It was called "The Truth is Hard" and it basically defined the truth as a present-day commodity.

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Motivation

May 22, 2018

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Tony Gareri

Everything you need, you have.

So many of us are looking outside of ourselves, in search of purpose. We hear about this growing desire people have to do more than “just work a job"

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Culture

April 25, 2018

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Tony Gareri

Inspiration & Action: Weapons of Choice

When you’re busy running a company, it’s easy to forget to slow down and take a look at how far you’ve come, but last week I was prompted to do so in light of Roma Moulding receiving the 2018 Award as one of Canada’s top small & medium employers.

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Culture

April 4, 2018

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Tony Gareri

You Can Only Do Great Things with Great People

I’m a big believer in the idea that hardship builds character. I also think that challenges can get the best of us, and sometimes we tend to fixate on why something is happening instead of what we can do about it.

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Motivation

April 4, 2018

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Tony Gareri

Your TV remote may be killing you

What you shine a light on only gets brighter! One might read the above statement and think that’s a great thing; while others might stop and ask, “what am I shining a light on today?”

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Happiness

April 27, 2017

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Tony Gareri

The Secret to Happiness

Who really wants to talk about change…? The reality is, not many. In fact, only ten percent of people truly embrace change, another ten percent accept it, and the last eighty percent do nothing at all.

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Culture

February 22, 2017

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Tony Gareri

Culture is predicated on action, not ping-pong tables

It has often been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. It's also been said that actions speak louder than words. The truth is, we live in a society where politicians say ‘trust me’, often only to go back on their word.

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Strategy

January 6, 2017

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Tony Gareri

It’s your life... PLAY BIG

A New Year is upon us and with it brings much anticipation for great things ahead!

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Happiness

December 9, 2016

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Tony Gareri

Happiness at Work

For some, the mere hint of the phrase, happiness at work, lends itself to wise cracks, chuckles and a slight roll of the eyes; for others it’s a passion!

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Happiness

November 8, 2016

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Tony Gareri

Why People Rarely Succeed

These words ring loud and clear in my mind! In fact, knowing life is short, gives me more motivation to ensure that I’m having the time of my life, everyday!

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Culture

October 12, 2016

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Tony Gareri

Never Lose Again

"I never lose"; this is powerful… and even more powerful is the meaning behind win or learn! Imagine living life knowing that you truly don’t ever lose! As I look back, having known this phrase, I surely would have done a few things differently.

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Culture

September 22, 2016

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Tony Gareri

Before You Take The Leap!

Building the right company culture is not just an objective or goal; rather, building the right culture is a way of life! Today, more than ever, people and organizations understand the concept of what company culture is.

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Culture

August 11, 2016

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Tony Gareri

Quality, a way of life.

Recently, I’ve been inspired to write this blog on “Quality” for a number of reasons! I’ve always been infatuated with companies who delivered quality on many fronts.

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Culture

June 21, 2016

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Tony Gareri

Are You Insane?

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Clearly, Einstein was on to something! In today’s fast paced market place, many business entrepreneurs and leaders have subscribed to Einstein’s definition.

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Culture

June 7, 2016

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Tony Gareri

"Me" to "We" - Building & Fostering a "We" Community

Over the past 6 years or so, I have been enamoured by the positive effects of creating winning company cultures. The list of positive benefits on building company culture are endless.

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Culture

April 5, 2016

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Tony Gareri

If you ask, you shall receive

If you don’t ask you surely don’t get… It’s an age-old adage, and one that almost always prevails. Did you know? the average amount of remotely conscious decisions an adult makes each day equals about 35,000.

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Culture

March 22, 2016

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Tony Gareri

Return on Happiness

At Roma, we are proud to open our doors and host Tours to our friends, neighbours, businesses and anyone interested in learning more about company culture! We are so proud to host tours, that we dedicated a section of our website to it.

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Culture

March 9, 2016

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Tony Gareri

The Amazing Side Effects of Generosity!

All of us, no matter where we live, no matter what nationality or culture we are; we all experience a warm feeling when we give or receive generously. Many argue that generosity is a win-win for all… and I tend to agree.

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Strategy

February 23, 2016

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Tony Gareri

Everything Comes From Nothing!

Every now and again, a phrase or quote has a profound impact on me! It tends to hit me like a ton of bricks and often causes me to launch into my own inquiry.

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Leadership

February 2, 2016

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Tony Gareri

Ask this and see things move forward

I believe people are genuinely good at heart! Not all people may see the world this way, and that’s okay; I didn't always either!

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Culture

January 19, 2016

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Tony Gareri

Celebrate to survive and thrive!

Everyone loves to do it, but they rarely find the time, procrastinate or simply forget. No, I’m not talking about exercising or booking your next vacation, although both are really good things to do.

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Motivation

January 5, 2016

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Tony Gareri

A new road to a better 2016!

The New Year is upon us… Welcome to 2016! Many people are now reflecting on what transpired in the previous year while setting new goals for the year at hand.

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Culture

December 17, 2015

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Tony Gareri

Why people with Passion win!

Whatever you choose to do in life, find your passion and you’ll win! Passion is an intense emotion, a compelling enthusiasm or desire for something.

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Culture

December 1, 2015

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Tony Gareri

The Time Is Always Right...

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “The time is always right to do what is right.” I’m a firm believer that most people would agree with that statement.

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Culture

November 17, 2015

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Tony Gareri

Culture is Your Smartest Investment

My personal mission is to Move, Inspire & WOW the people I come in contact with to help enrich their lives. I’m personally driven to challenge the status quo, think big, then think bigger and never, ever settle for anything but great!

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Strategy

November 3, 2015

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Tony Gareri

How To Make It Extraordinary!

There are many ways to live an extraordinary life, but one of the most rewarding ways to achieve this is to create and nurture extraordinary relationships.

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Culture

October 15, 2015

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Tony Gareri

The Secret Sauce Revealed

Sometimes your product is so good that your standard of customer service is irrelevant. Unfortunately, most of us don't have that luxury and need to establish epic standards of care and detail to build strong relationships and engagement.

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Motivation

October 1, 2015

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Tony Gareri

One More Mile

I’m sure you’ve all heard of it, in many cases felt it, embraced it, wished you did it, and always love when it happens to you.

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Happiness

September 17, 2015

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Tony Gareri

All People Are Beautiful

You truly can never judge a book by its cover, nor can you judge people by their outward appearance. This past weekend the Roma Wish joined together for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to assist the amazing Bowery Mission serving those in need.

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Culture

September 3, 2015

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Tony Gareri

Attract & Repel; It's a Great Thing!

I believe we’ve made huge strides as a society lately to become more transparent. Thanks in part to social media, we are now offering the world a glimpse into who we are as people, as well as who we are as businesses.

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Leadership

August 19, 2015

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Tony Gareri

Do This and Watch Them Soar

A simple thank you goes a long way! Sometimes I think it can be easy to forget how impactful it is to show appreciation to the important people in your life. And in business, how important it is to show appreciation to your team members.

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Happiness

August 5, 2015

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Tony Gareri

Change Your Perspective and Change Your Life

People often tell me that they admire my positivity and my outlook on life. I love hearing it, of course, but I want you to know you can achieve this too. All it takes is changing your perspective.

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Strategy

July 21, 2015

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Tony Gareri

Stop Whining and Start WINNING - 5 Secrets to Winning!

The folks who know me know I feel that winning isn’t everything…it’s the only thing! Now for some, this statement may make them cringe. But for others, like myself, it’s a way of life!

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Culture

July 8, 2015

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Tony Gareri

Core Values: The First Step In Cultivating An Epic Company Culture

When it comes to creating a great company culture, the question I am most often asked is “Where did you start?

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Happiness

June 24, 2015

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Tony Gareri

3 Steps To Achieving Your Best Life

In today’s multitasking, time-sucking, series of events we call life, it’s easy to get caught up in the rat race. We are all so busy doing “stuff”, we put off the great things until tomorrow.

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Motivation

June 9, 2015

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Tony Gareri

Stop Bullshitting Yourself!

Coach John Wooden, was one of American’s most respected and revered basketball players and coaches. Nicknamed the "Wizard of Westwood," he led the UCLA men’s basketball team to ten national championships in a 12-year period.

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Strategy

May 26, 2015

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Tony Gareri

Avoid Disaster on Stage – 4 Must Do’s!

For some, it may be their worst nightmare but to me it’s my dream. I find myself at the front of a large room filled with 99 passionate HR professionals all hanging on my next word.

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Culture

May 8, 2015

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Tony Gareri

Why Sharing Is Caring

I’m in the middle of a closely guarded facility where access is granted to only a select few. I’m surrounded by advanced technology that looks like it’s from some big budget science fiction film.

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Culture

April 24, 2015

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Tony Gareri

Hiring good people is easy; Hiring Great people is tough!

As many of you know, I love to read – a lot! I especially love to read books that allow me to gain insights into some of the world’s best companies. I love learning about their trials and tribulations and why they continue to succeed.

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Leadership

April 10, 2015

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Tony Gareri

Traits of a Great Leader – What the Dog Taught Me About Leadership

It’s 6:30am on a dark Saturday morning in February when I begin to hear what sounds like rain hitting the exterior of an aluminum window.

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Culture

March 24, 2015

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Tony Gareri

How Your Bathroom Is Killing Creativity

A recent Gallup study shows some staggering numbers regarding workplace engagement and happiness. The latest figures indicate that 70 percent of Americans feel disengaged in their jobs.

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Culture

March 13, 2015

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Tony Gareri

Service Is In The Air

For the past 17 years, one of my annual highlights is attending the Moulding Design Show in Italy. I love it because in my experience, Italy is the worldwide leader in producing the best-designed products that feature superior quality.

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Leadership

February 27, 2015

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Tony Gareri

The Secret Weapon to Success in Business

All of us want to be successful. Throughout my travels, I’ve never met someone that didn’t want to achieve some form of success. Many of us have different versions of what success looks like.

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Strategy

February 11, 2015

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Tony Gareri

5 Turbo Charged Truths About Social Media

For the folks who know me well, you know that I’m a huge advocate of social media! I also know that I can be a big pain in the butt when it comes to sharing the benefits of social media.

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Strategy

February 6, 2015

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Tony Gareri

Fail Your Way To Success

Keep avoiding failure, I dare you… How’s that working out? The fact is, failures are the secret and most powerful ingredient to success!

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Culture

January 23, 2015

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Tony Gareri

Thrive or Die – #ChoosePowerfully

The retail market is tough! We’ve all seen the much-publicized closures over the past few years and recently even more major retailers have begun to pull the plug.

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Motivation

January 9, 2015

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Tony Gareri

You Can Do Anything!

You know that new car smell that everyone loves? How about the feeling of cracking open a book for the first time? Maybe you love peeling the plastic off a new mobile device.

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Culture

December 19, 2014

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Tony Gareri

What I Did And What I’ll Never Do Again!

I need to come clean folks. I’m guilty of one of my cardinal sins, even though I’ve repented my old ways. I too had an office and worse yet, had all my leaders in offices at some point.

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Culture

December 12, 2014

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Tony Gareri

Why You're Not Relevant

“The old rule was to create safe, ordinary products and combine them with great marketing.” Seth Godin, from Purple Cow. For better or worse, times have changed.

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Leadership

November 28, 2014

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Tony Gareri

3 Secrets To Lead Like The Best

Leadership can be scary but so can a lot of things in life such as raising a family, going on a first date or skydiving. As scary as those things can be, there’s no shortage of people willing to take on those challenges.

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Strategy

November 14, 2014

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Tony Gareri

5 Quick Tips On Speaking Powerfully!

While most North American sports are in-season, baseball just wrapped up the World Series a few weeks ago and now begins their offseason.

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Culture

October 30, 2014

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Tony Gareri

Why We're Going To Haiti

I’m dirty. I’m sweaty I stink and I’m probably a little hungry. Most of all, I’m tired, so very tired. My hands and feet are calloused while my back aches.

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Leadership

October 10, 2014

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Tony Gareri

If You Don’t Appreciate Them, Someone Else Will

“Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone."Joni Mitchell wrote that profound lyric back in 1970 but remains as true today as it was the day it first hit the airwaves.

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Strategy

September 18, 2014

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Tony Gareri

Present Like A Rockstar

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”Oscar Wilde. I agree wholeheartedly with one of history’s most quotable authors.

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Culture

September 5, 2014

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Tony Gareri

Want To Win? Burn The Boats!

Imagine this: you’re hanging out at the dock one day, looking for work and maybe an adventure. You hear rumblings of a great voyage about to take place and are intrigued to learn more.

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Motivation

August 22, 2014

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Tony Gareri

Books That Help Me Kill It: Start With Why

I love learning. It’s ingrained in everything I do as I seek new ways to develop as a person and a leader. I’ve had the privilege of traveling the world to attend incredible keynotes and conferences that have aided me in my pursuit.

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Leadership

August 8, 2014

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Tony Gareri

What Does A CEO Do?

From a very young age, I knew what I wanted to be when I grew up. As the firstborn child of an entrepreneur, it was clear that my family wanted me to be heavily involved with the business my father started 30 years ago.

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Culture

July 18, 2014

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Tony Gareri

The Death Of HR

I have a problem that I’d like to share with you. If you’ve followed my blog, you know that I truly believe that people and culture are your only differentiators and your biggest competitive advantage. I refuse to look at people as a resource.

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Culture

June 26, 2014

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Tony Gareri

Dump Your Policies: Part Two

In the previous post, we looked at the two sides of our lives, professional and personal. We defined that you are more likely to hit your personal and professional goals, despite having very little choice when compared to your professional life.

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Culture

June 19, 2014

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Tony Gareri

Dump Your Policies: Part One

Recently, I had an epiphany; a euphoric moment of clarity that I’d like to share with you all.

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Culture

June 5, 2014

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Tony Gareri

Why You're Losing

I was pumped for my vacation. Between running a company, mentoring my team and being available for my family and community, there’s not a lot of time left over. I love what I do, but that doesn’t mean I don’t look forward to some relaxation.

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Leadership

May 22, 2014

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Tony Gareri

Beyond You Leadership

I love being a leader. It’s something I’ve worked very hard to achieve and here’s my secret: I work even harder to maintain my position as a company’s leader.

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Culture

April 28, 2014

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Tony Gareri

"A" Is For Awesome, "B" Is For Better Keep Looking

Do you remember that time when you met someone who simultaneously inspired and challenged you? That person who made you a little uncomfortable because they took you outside of your comfort zone.

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Motivation

March 14, 2014

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Tony Gareri

How 86,400 Could Change Your Life

I’m 35 years old and live my life knowing I have roughly 40 more years on this planet before I suck earth for the rest of eternity (based on average life expectancy).

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Motivation

February 21, 2014

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Tony Gareri

Dream Big, Dream Often

A hush falls over the energetic crowd. Everyone holds his or her breath for a moment, awaiting the final verdict. Numbers are announced over loud speakers as the crowd once again erupts with joyous applause.

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Leadership

January 16, 2014

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Tony Gareri

Lead With The Truth!

Leadership is about vision! It’s also equally about creating and fostering a climate of truth, where you and your team can hear the good and the bad.

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Culture

January 9, 2014

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Tony Gareri

Make Them Stand On Their Heads – Literally!

We live in a world full of devices that tend to keep us apart. Every year amazing advances in technology afford us new opportunities – such as seeing our loved ones face when we speak across great distances.

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Culture

September 20, 2013

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Tony Gareri

Before You Crash And Burn, Try A Restart

When I bought my home, it was a hot mess. While it had beautiful mature trees, a stunning lot and incredible structural integrity, it also had purple toilets, scratched and dented floors as well as windows so old the wind blew right through!

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Leadership

August 30, 2013

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Tony Gareri

We Fired All Our Managers And Why You Should Too!

After reading the title of this blog, you must be thinking. “What? Are you nuts? How could you fire all your managers? What’s going on there?

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Culture

July 26, 2013

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Tony Gareri

Top Ten Secrets to a Successful All Hands Meeting

The curtains are drawn while I pace calmly, going over in my mind what will happen next. The lights are bright and the stage is set as a hush falls over the crowd.

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Culture

June 21, 2013

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Tony Gareri

A Culture of WOW!

At 37 years old Tim Duncan thrives in a sport dominated by younger men in their 20s’. Duncan and his San Antonio teammates just wrapped up their battle with the Miami Heat for the 2013 NBA Championship.

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Happiness

May 29, 2013

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Tony Gareri

Workplace Happiness: How We Do It!

Zoom. The bullet whizzes past your head as you jockey for position and a clear shot. A head peaks around the corner as you steady your aim, waiting for the precise moment to strike. You squeeze the trigger then duck for cover.

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Strategy

April 30, 2013

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Tony Gareri

3 Ways to Inspire From Day One

The alarming sound awakes you from your slumber. The insistent beeping from your phone or clock won’t let up until reality sets in. Your pulse quickens and palms become slick with fresh perspiration.

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Strategy

March 1, 2013

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Tony Gareri

5 Keys to an Insanely Great Company Culture!

Company culture is a key component to any thriving business. It has been described as the only truly unique competitive advantage one company has over the other; it is the DNA or soul of the organization.

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Culture

January 24, 2013

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Tony Gareri

Why Company Culture is So Important!

Why Company Culture is So Important! Each company is defined by it. Not many know it by name and many don’t even know it exists! It’s your company culture.

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Culture

January 7, 2013

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Tony Gareri

Company Culture – The Game Changer In Today’s World!

Today’s world is a very different place than just a few years ago. Today, we live in an ultra fast paced world with an abundance of everything from toothpaste to TV stations, computers to cars; the market place is filled with so many choices!

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