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RAPPORT // What the Boston Marathon Proves About an Inspired Workforce

Posted by Deb Westphal

Apr 25, 2018 10:00:00 AM


This year’s Boston Marathon left a lasting imprint on my heart. Maybe it’s because I’m currently training for my first marathon, which I’ll run in Chicago this Fall. Watching the race from almost 2400 miles away, I felt like I was a part of the activities – as if I was there on the course with the runners, struggling through the miles, trying to stay warm and focused. Anticipating the finish line with every step. Celebrating the achievement.


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The Measurable Lasting Value of a Simple Strategy

Posted by Tyler Sweatt

Apr 18, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Strategy is overcomplicated. Government and commercial executives get so wrapped up in working to figure out all the details of a complex task or objective that they lose sight of the plan.


This simple four-step strategy approach helps to identify the path you need to take, which informs the strategy you need to build. Each step in the process below should have a clear answer that involves stakeholders from inside and outside the organization.

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Data Trust and Privacy - The Risks of Constant Connectivity

Posted by Bob Wagner

Apr 11, 2018 10:00:00 AM


As the world becomes more connected and data-driven, notions of trust and privacy are evolving. Organizations striving for resilience are designing human-machine interactions into their systems. To accommodate the needs of both man and computer, they are structuring new processes. And as they do, most are keeping a watchful eye on the known and unknown risks of bio-digital convergence.

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The March for Our Lives is the Movement of Our Lifetime

Posted by Maria Bothwell

Apr 4, 2018 1:15:00 PM


The late 1960’s was a pivotal era of social activism. In 1966, Time Magazine named the “Generation Under 25” as its Person of the Year. By 1968, college-aged American youth were acting as “fledgling revolutionaries,” opting for action over talk. In universities and on the streets of major cities like New York, the marches, riots, and protests were widespread – and justified. Most of the activists were seniors in high school when John Kennedy was shot to death. When those same young adults reached their senior year of college, James Earl Ray murdered Martin Luther King. The Vietnam War took their friends and lingered in their minds as a very possible part of their own future.

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RAPPORT // The Louvre is Proof of Global Shared Humanity

Posted by Deb Westphal

Mar 28, 2018 10:00:00 AM


Earlier this month, my son and I met in Paris, France for a quick vacation. We had been before, but always on short layovers. This trip was different. It was our chance to delve into the beautiful historic city. Our expectations were simple: see the major sights, enjoy the diversity of food, and walk everywhere. Included on the agenda was the Musee d’Orsay, Musee Du Quai Branly and of course, the Louvre. It was fortuitous that the book I chose to read on this trip was Steven Pinker’s Enlightenment Now, The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. Pinker’s overarching thesis is that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise because past intellectual movements emphasized reason and science.


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What is the Corporate Impact of a Globally Shared Humanity?

Posted by John Chase

Mar 21, 2018 12:30:00 PM

Hyperconnectivity has erased the limitations posed by geographic distance. The modern world is a tightly interwoven global web of relationships and orders of impact. For businesses, the consequences of the free-flow of information and tightening networks are two-fold. First, in any given marketplace, supply chains, environmental footprints, and cultural profiles, we see the presence (or at least the influence) of decisions and belief systems that may have originated somewhere on the other side of the planet. The second impact – and the one we will focus on here – is the rising importance of human-level connection and our globally shared humanity.

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Trading Trust in NGOs for Trust in People

Posted by Jasmine Niernberger

Mar 14, 2018 10:43:54 AM

Over the past three years, the trust of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) has declined. In 2017, the Edelman Trust Barometer unveiled that only 53% of respondents showed trust in NGOs, a notable decline from a peak of 66% trust in 2014.1 NGOs were not alone in this decline; levels of trust fell across all four institutions – NGOs, businesses, media, and government. Perhaps that is because, despite the reductions in perceived credibility, many companies continue to align themselves with NGOs because they are established organizations with clear processes, head-counts, rules, and regulations.

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Creative Approaches to a Stronger Cybersecurity Workforce

Posted by Jasmine Niernberger

Mar 7, 2018 7:50:00 AM

Current approaches to cybersecurity are not delivering strong results. Many organizations continue to view cybersecurity as a cost rather than a strategic and necessary investment to mitigate risk. Despite rising levels of data breaches, the potential loss of millions of dollars and critical damage to brand reputation, many business leaders have either not opted in or been able to allocate the right resources at the right levels. [i]

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RAPPORT // Is There a Better Alternative to the Trump Infrastructure Plan?

Posted by Deb Westphal

Feb 28, 2018 8:40:00 AM

Welcome to Rapport. As the name implies, this blog is a conversation. Once every month, we will explore foundational shifts and open discussion about current issues and trends. I will introduce perspectives grown from years of work with the founder of our eponymous firm, executive experience, global adventures, and personal relationships with some of the greatest thinkers and leaders of our era. My hope is that you will find these posts interesting, empathetic, and worth discussing.

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Why Corporate Training is the Future of Higher Education

Posted by Phil Cunningham

Feb 21, 2018 11:45:00 AM

Take this short quiz. When you finish, consider this – if you knew the answers, when was the last time that knowledge increased your output at work or earned you a raise?

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