The CenterTable team recently grew by two when Rachael Roark and Olivia Ward joined the team.
Rachael Roark will focus on audience-based research to inform strategic integrated plans, SEO programs and content creation. She joins the agency from 90octane, where she was SEO manager supporting highly targeted, integrated marketing strategies for a number of B2B and B2C clients such as Oracle, Arrow Electronics and Whole Foods. A native of Colorado, Roark graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in photography and minors in business and marketing.
Olivia Ward combines a tactical approach to big-picture thinking with attention to detail, ensuring clients connect with their audiences through informed social strategies. Prior to joining CenterTable, Ward’s experience included working as a senior social media specialist at Volume Nine and as a digital marketing freelancer. She also served as a media buyer for Lewis J. Advertising, successfully negotiating and buying traditional and digital media for four competitive markets. Originally from Wakeman, Ohio, Ward earned her bachelor’s degree in mass communication and international studies from North Dakota State University.
“Rachael and Olivia both bring unique, strategic experience to their roles that will ensure CenterTable remains at the forefront of industry trends,” said Ramonna Robinson, president and managing partner of GroundFloor Media and co-founder of CenterTable. “Their valuable insights will enable our team to continue delivering direct and measurable connections with our client audiences through the creative, integrated campaigns and strategic counsel for which we are well-known.”
Your hair grows at work, so go get it cut at work.
On this very first episode of Creating Conversations, we discuss the concept of a work-life blend as one of the core values of many modern workplaces, allowing team members to balance active lifestyles and a hectic work schedules.
I’ve recently become a big fan of podcasts and among my favorites is WorkLife by Adam Grant. Adam is an organizational psychologist who studies how to “make work not suck” by sharing stories from companies and organizations he’s discovered to have unique approaches.
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If you’re a friend of GroundFloor Media (GFM) | CenterTable you know that we’re fortunate to be consistently named a best place to work, and you might think part of the formula for this honor is to fill our bench with all stars. That’s certainly what I thought, until I listened to Adam’s podcast about “The Problem With All Stars.”
With GroundFloor Media and CenterTable offices under construction, our team has been temporarily relocated to a co-working space in downtown Denver called Thrive Workplace. I enjoy the atmosphere, having new food options just around the corner and the bout of nostalgia that carrying a backpack full of the day’s necessities brings. But with the added commute from the train and nomad-like environment of a shared workspace, I’ve often found it easier to hunker down at home to crank out my revolving door of to-do lists.
Thankfully, even before we were displaced, GFM and CenterTable’s culture has always been supportive of working remotely, a benefit for which I am truly grateful. This means I’m no stranger to this practice and have learned some tips and tricks over the years that have helped me make the most of working remotely.
You know that sinking feeling you get when a client comes to you with a question directly related to your field of expertise and you don’t know the answer?
Now, magnify that by a hundred if you’re already harboring some tendencies toward Imposter Syndrome.
Imposter Syndrome is defined as an inability to internalize your accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud” – and speaking from experience, it can feel paralyzing. It’s also pretty inconvenient, to say the least, in a job where clients turn to you for your expertise all day long. Read more after the jump…
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” Or is it? Holiday cheer is no doubt contagious and everyone at work has an extra groove, but the holidays also usher in a bit of anxiety around the office work schedule. Who’s on vacation? What work has to get done before year’s end? What about budgets for 2018? How will you manage family time and providing extra care to clients?
For those like me, who are self-proclaimed “planners,” the holidays can also be a great time to reflect and prioritize projects. While you may not be able to avoid working late the nights leading up to the holiday break, there are a few things you can do to achieve work-life balance and combat stress during the holidays. Below are a few of my own suggestions:
Put in extra hours before the holiday to build a buffer & complete projects As I said, I am a planner and one tool I implement during the holiday season is scheduling ahead to add one extra hour of work to my day, each day leading up to the end of the year. If you are like me, this will allow you to get more work done and hopefully put you ahead of projects.
Determine “must-do” items versus “would like to do” items on your list Part of living a balanced professional and personal life is planning and setting clear expectations with team members. I generally have two lists of priorities. The first list is my general “to-dos” and the second list is my priority “to-dos” that I re-write each day. Making these lists of what has to get done, versus what can wait until the new year, helps keep me on track when last-minute projects arise. Prioritizing and thinking ahead helps me ensure I am creating the right deliverables. While it is almost certain you will have last-minute fires to put out, staying organized helps to keep these fires more manageable.
Give yourself time to mediate and reflect Between holiday parties, gift shopping and prepping for family to arrive from out of town, it is easy to get caught up in this crazy time of year. That said, it also a great time to hit pause once a day and take time for yourself to reflect and recharge. Recently, I have been practicing meditation and using an app on my phone called Calmto guide me through my practice. The app offers tools to become more present and often provides perspective on the many things we can appreciate about each day.
While all of the above contribute to reducing stress around the holiday season, the most important thing to me is to stay present and enjoy this magical time of year.
Did you know that, on average, executives spent nearly 23 hours a week in meetings? What’s more, 65 percent of senior managers say meetings keep them from completing their own work and 71 percent say the meetings are unproductive and inefficient.
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I came across these depressing stats while reading an article from the Harvard Business Review about how to “Stop The Meeting Madness.” My husband suggested I read it after yet another dinner-time exchange that resulted in me describing my day as mostly spent in meetings. In an effort to understand more about how this meeting culture developed and how it was impacting my day-to-day, I dug a little deeper to also find some solutions. Read more after the jump…
Is there a silver bullet for building and improving workplace culture? According to a recent Gallup study, the answer to this question is a resounding yes.
So, what is the silver bullet you ask? Leaders. Gallup’s research shows that 70 percent of the variance among “lousy, good and great cultures can be found in the knowledge, skills and talent of the team leader.” A strong company culture is a unique identifier of an organization’s values, vision and goals. This requires a thoughtful approach from leadership along with a shared responsibility among employees to create a culture that embodies the company’s mission.
Luckily at GFM | CenterTable, we have Laura Love and Ramonna Robinson at the helm leading our team of expert, senior-level communications professionals. Laura and Ramonna have created a collaborative environment where people are encouraged, motivated and supported to provide clients with the best service possible. This collaborative atmosphere is one of the many reason why GFM has been named in the top five of OUTSIDE Magazine’s Best Places to Work of 2017 for the fifth consecutive year.
The magazine’s staff spends months carefully sifting through surveys and interviews from thousands of hopeful U.S. companies to identify the 100 companies highlighted on the list. Not only do the list-making companies provide great workplaces for employees, but they also encourage a balance between work and enjoying life in the great outdoors. Additionally, the companies respect the environment in how they conduct business and in their production practices.
GFM is proud to have been recognized for a wide variety of non-traditional benefits that cultivate a true “work-life” blend. That said, it is important to note that our culture is very much a result of our leaders’ efforts to lead by example and celebrate each team member’s unique skill sets and interests.
Laura and Ramonna recently wrote an article for Colorado Biz which highlights the five guiding principles that GFM lives by every day. In the article they say, “It is up to the leaders of an organization to set the tone and ensure a strong culture, but that intention only goes so far. A company’s culture is a true amalgamation of the people who work there, and their values and inspirations. The best thing leaders can do is lead by example and let team members take it from there.”
I’m a home-brewer and Certified Cicerone®, so when I first started at GFM I hosted a beer and cheese pairing to help break the ice between with my new co-workers. Everyone enjoyed it so much that I began hosting weekly beer tastings that highlighted different beer styles. It has been almost four years since our very first Beer Club, and we’re still having fun with it, as evidenced by our Outside Magazine write-up for this year’s “100 Best Places to Work.” Beer Club has morphed into a time where we all can take a breather and just enjoy each other’s company. It’s also a time for us to socialize with clients away from the usual confines of a business meeting. Everyone is invited to Beer Club, so the next time you are free at 3:30pm on a Thursday, stop by the office and join us.Read more after the jump…
Working for the one of the Best Places to Work in Denver and the No. 1 place to work in America, according to OUTSIDE Magazine, has its perks, one of them being GroundFloor Media’s generous sabbatical program. After 10 years of employment, employees are encouraged to take one month off to “undertake activities that promote individual rejuvenation and personal benefit.”
For the month of August, I decided to head out my first day to a girl’s weekend birthday celebration, in the wine country of the Palisades in Colorado. I also enjoyed a week of relaxing at home and attending, much missed yoga classes. I then headed out on a 10-day dream trip to Ireland with my husband. For my last week, I took the time to organize and prep for my first week back.
It was an incredible experience to be able to take time for reflection over the course of the month and I wanted to share some of my takeaways that might be helpful no matter where you find yourself in life.