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Ben Thinking: People; Facebook goes dark; Blockbuster!; Voice search

This is a short, weird week right? Three days tucked in between St. Patricks Day and March Madness? I hope you are getting as much work done as possible before the madness sets in and your bracket breaks. If you have a minute, check out some stories catching my attention this ...

I've Ben Thinking Podcast: The Modern PR Crisis

Recycled pizza? Exploding shoes? For a brand today, crises can spring up from anywhere, and they can spread quickly across social media. And that requires agile, impactful communications plans. In a special "I've Ben Thinking" series, akhia communications President and CEO s...

I've Ben Thinking Podcast: Emily Koudelka, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Northern Ohio

In a special edition episode, akhia communications President and CEO Ben Brugler chats with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) of Northern Ohio's Emily Koudelka about the organization's work to fight blood cancer, and how you can help.    

Ben Thinking: Viral Vans; Attention spans are dead; Kidfluencers

Some not-so-random thoughts that are catching my attention this week.   Workplace trends: Younger managers are changing the way organizations work and think.   Baby boomers are retiring…and in their place companies are hiring millennial managers who are taking a ne...

Ben Thinking: Stop overthinking; welcome Gen Z!; What the heck, YouTube?

Some not-so-random thoughts that are catching my attention this week.   In the workplace: Stop overthinking!                                  Overthinking. It’s annoying. But it’s also dangerous. It can limit your thinking, hinder progress and more importantly, cau...

Ben Thinking: Four-day work weeks, Google’s listening and Sonic logos

Some not-so-random thoughts that are catching my attention this week.   In the workplace: Five tips to convert to four days.                                  Do you think the five-day week work could become a thing of the past? Maybe not any time soon but more compa...

Ben Thinking: Gen Z myths, creepy promos, don’t be a taker, the Mirrorworld

Some not-so-random thoughts that are catching my attention this week.   In the workplace: Five myths about Gen Z workers.                                  Gen Z. We know everything there is to know about them, right? You’re probably thinking ‘Ben, enough with Gen Z!...

Ben Thinking: Office of the future, office culture of the future and way too much data

In the workplace: 5 Ways Workplace Culture will Change by 2030. Do you want to know what I’m asked the most these days? ‘How do you preserve a culture with so many different generations, remote workers, etc.?’    I admit—it’s a hard question. The easiest cop out an...

Ben Thinking: Gen Z, dress codes and your face

In the workplace: Gen Z is here and ready to transform the workplace.                                  “Everything old is new again” is the best way to sum up this article from Inc. They list seven ways Gen Z will transform our workplace but there are a lot of common ...

I've Ben Thinking Podcast: Season 1

In a new podcast series from akhia communications, President and CEO Ben Brugler sits down with professionals from across the Northeast Ohio region to discuss the ever-changing world of marketing and everything that it touches throughout an organization. Episode 1: Ryan He...

Ben Thinking: Millennials View of the Workplace

Remember millennials? They were all the rage two years ago? Well, despite all of the attention on Gen Z, the millennial generation will still represent the majority of the workforce come 2030. So how they view work in 2018 is really telling if you’re looking for clues on what ...

Ben Thinking: Glassdoor strategy 101

1.  Glassdoor isn’t clear, it’s a mirror. The advice going away? “If you want to an excellent rating on Glassdoor, be an excellent employer.” Easy enough!   2 . Five ways to run an effective meeting . 40% of meetings start late. (That’s it?)   3. Must read of ...

Ben Thinking: Gen Z is Here

Mentorship. It reminds me of culture in a lot of ways. Everyone wants it. Not everyone is willing to put the work in to make it a reality.    But like culture, mentorship is something that can set your company apart, if done properly. You’ll never learn everything you need...

Ben Thinking: Too Many Emails?

I’m back! And…it’s August! Wow that happened fast. I just read this article on back to school shopping (did you know the average household spend on back to school supplies is $680?) and I actually saw Halloween candy at the grocery store yesterday. Can we all just pump the...

Ben thinking: is your new hire overrated?

Hiring is hard, right? War on talent. Gig economy. And some experts say we should do away with interviewing  all together. There are ways to take back some control. And it starts by putting an end to overrating candidates:   1 . Hiring? Then you should know…you...