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Evaluation That Brings Out the Best in One Another

Creating the Future’s board meeting will happen at this post on Monday, December  8th at 1pm ET / 10am PT. Board Packet Materials: December 2014 Board of Directors Meeting Agenda Key Theme:  Evaluation that is aligned with Creating the Future’s aim for a world where bringing out the best in one another results in people living...

Author: Gayle Valeriote
Posted: December 6, 2014, 4:48 pm

Evaluations that Bring Out the Best in People: 5 Experts Weigh In

What would it take for employee evaluations to bring out the best in people? Deep down, we all realize that the process of evaluation is full of possibilities, yet it often falls short of what it could be. In preparing for a discussion on this topic at Creating the Future’s November board meeting, we asked several […]

Author: Creating the Future
Posted: November 15, 2014, 10:12 pm

Bringing Out the Best in YOU

As consultants, we are driven to bring out the best in our clients. But what does it take to bring out the best in ourselves? Often consultants confess that they really don’t know. They’re so busy making everything ok for everyone else that they have never really asked themselves the question. So we asked it...

Author: Creating the Future
Posted: November 22, 2014, 7:35 pm

Changing the Questions

Do you ever find yourself wondering what one thing could I change that would change everything else? I do. Perhaps that’s why I feel so at home with my Creating the Future family. You see, at Creating the Future we believe to change the world, we must first change the questions. Changing the questions changes […]

Author: Kevin Monroe
Posted: December 6, 2014, 1:44 pm

Inspirational “Thank You” Ideas

    What is the most meaningful and memorable “thank you” you’ve ever received? We posed this question to a group of experts who work with all types of community organizations, and we received some very inspiring responses! As we read those stories, a clear pattern emerged: Whether the thank you was in response to a...

Author: Lisa Humenik
Posted: December 10, 2014, 2:24 am

e-Journal and “Gratitude and Generosity: An Online Conversation”

We have two new things to share on our “What’s New” blog! December e-Journal Our December e-Journal is now live! This month’s theme is “Gratitude and Generosity.” Experts share examples of meaningful gestures of thanks, we explore what #GivingTuesday makes possible (more than just money!) plus more in this month’s e-Journal. Click here to read now! “Gratitude...

Author: Creating the Future
Posted: December 13, 2014, 12:43 am

Gratitude and Generosity: An Online Conversation

With the holiday season in full swing and the end of 2014 soon approaching, gratitude and generosity fills the air. People are making time to help others, and reflect on how others have helped them the past year. What if instead of focusing on the values of gratitude and generosity once a year, individuals focused […]

Author: Creating the Future
Posted: December 9, 2014, 4:54 pm