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European Congress keynote talks about diversity, social media and more

CBI magazine’s First Person feature is Annemarie van Gaal. The founder of van Gaal & Company, she is an author, investor and media consultant in Amerstam, The Netherlands.  And, she is one of the keynote speakers at next month’s 14th Annual IHRSA European Congress.

Read on as she answers questions about the subject of her talk, her businesses diversity, her opinion on social media and more.

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Darden shows how to bond with your team

Brent Darden and his TELOS Fitness Center know a thing or two about how to treat employees.  

Case in point: following the lead by online shoes and clothing seller Zappos, he made what would be construed as an offer one couldn’t refuse. He told recently hired employees that he would give them around $500 if they wanted quit. This year-long offer has resulted in not one person taking the money and running.

“If the employee is not invested in the company and are not engaged in their job then we’d rather give them the money an let them go right away,” Darden explained.

It was reasoning like this, but more importantly how Darden treats his employees, that made his keynote, “It’s Personal: Building & Bonding Your Club Team,” one that kept the close to 100 attendees at the NEHRSA/IHRSA Fall Conference & Trade Show interested, and more than likely taking notes to suggest to their clubs’ decision-makers.

For more on the keynote, read on.

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