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After 35 years in the telecom and internet business, David Marble finds the purpose of OSHEAN – which is dedicated to supporting the region’s anchor institutions with fiber, internet and cloud services – differentiating and key to both member and staff satisfaction. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Balancing culture and production is every leader’s challenge

David Marble | Ocean State Higher Education Economic ­Development and Administrative Network CEOI became more and more aware of the criticality of corporate culture...

Busiest workers not always the best

At the 2014 World Cup soccer tournament in Brazil, the U.S. midfielder Michael Bradley put up a statistic that wowed folks back home: He...

Reflecting on 2017

Was 2017 a good year for your company? Yes 100% No 0% It was so-so 0%Did your company hire additional employees in 2017? Yes 66.7% No 33.3%Did your company...
CULTURE MATTERS: Lisa Abbott, senior vice president of human resources at Life­span Corp., Rhode Island’s largest employer, says ensuring employees understand the company’s culture and why it matters is important for successful growth. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

‘We’re always going to be in … a war for talent’

As the senior vice president of human resources at Lifespan Corp., Lisa Abbott oversees strategy and operations, especially in relation to customer-service excellence and...
COLD CURE: Katie McDonald, corporate health coach and owner of bnourished, sits at her kitchen counter enjoying a green juice, a remedy/prevention for winter colds. / PBN PHOTO/KATE WHITNEY LUCEY

Managing stress team effort in workplace

The average American adult gains 1-2 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, which is weight that isn’t ever likely to be lost.That’s according to...

How to find good employees and how to lead them

I don’t care if you’re the CEO of a Fortune 500 company, a small-business owner or a manager or supervisor – you are only...
After nearly two decades in the mortgage industry, David Currie founded Province Mortgage Associates with a vision that included exceptional customer service at its core. / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Don’t be afraid to hire people smarter than you

David Currie | Province Mortgage Associates Inc. presidentI founded Province Mortgage Associates Inc. in 2005 with a vision and passion to create something...
CONVERSING: Crossroads Rhode Island members, from left, Heather Fortin, human resources and individual volunteer coordinator; Cicely Dove, vice president of family services; and Robert Upham, director of human resources, attend the PBN Workplace Excellence, Diversity and Inclusion Summit held Dec. 7 at the Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SKORSKI

‘Unconscious bias’ barrier to workplace inclusion

“If we tolerate intolerance, then tolerance will become extinct,” warned Stephanie Huckel, manager of culture and diversity and inclusion at Blue Cross & Blue...

Busy as a bee

Does business for your company typically slow down or ramp up at the end of the year? Business ramps up 63.6% Business slows down 36.4% Business stays...

Companies must live by a code

A dejected father confided in his pastor with a problem: His youngster had been caught cheating on a test at school. He was crushed...
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