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Nothing says “friendly” like seeing a coworker’s dog hopping up on our home office trampoline! Experience it for yourself at the Valente Loft! The Valente Loft is our open office space full of chilled-out spaces for dogs, comfy furniture, hardworking team members and a fridge stocked with delicious drinks. We are a “remote” team, but we still need a comfortable place to gather. So, we have created this home base for meetings, conferences and happy hours. The Valente Loft is…

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What exactly is “transparency?” If you date back to the days with the original Saturday Night Live cast (Steve Martin and Bill Murray), you might recall the skit “What the hell is that?” Seriously, though, this buzz word is showing up in headlines and conversations everywhere, along with the phrase “Join the conversation.” Okay, so let’s join the conversation about transparency for an authentic look at what this all means to us in our modern world. This is the Bing…

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The following 12 tips have significantly increased my personal effectiveness and productivity. Share what works for you too! 12 game changers at work: Use the 2-minute rule. This is the biggest game changer I have ever employed in my work life for productivity. If something can be done in 2 minutes or less, do it now and do not waste the time of adding it to a task list. I stretch this to 4-minute items and sometimes 10-minute items. It…

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For many consulting companies working with a particular company that shall remain nameless in Redmond, Washington, the spring months are coupled with a bit more stress and fewer hours of sleep than the rest of the year. Questions lurk in the air until we nail down answers as quickly as possible: Will contracts be renewed? When will we know each client’s budget? Will there be a consolidation? What does our second half of the year look like? Just to name…

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A frequent topic of conversation at the Valente office is books–from our current read to how many are stacked on our nightstand. During one of our recent Corporate Team meetings we shared our personal book recommendations. The list covers fiction, business, history, self reflection and comedy. What book would you add to the list?   Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt History of Love by Nicole Krauss Daring Greatly by Brene Brown Yes Please by Amy Poehler Where’d You Go, Bernadette by…

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The Executive Director of the Valente GIRLS Foundation, Dennis Newell, is a constant source of positivity and wisdom at the Valente Loft.  I had a chance to sit down with him to chat about his career background as well as those who have inspired and mentored him.  As you’ll read, we are fortunate to have such a giving and knowledgeable leader running the Valente GIRLS Foundation with the mission of inspiring young girls to dream big and achieve. Dennis, tell…

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Happy International Women’s Day!  In its 107th year, IWD celebrates and recognizes the achievements of women worldwide in the movement toward equality.  In some countries it is a national holiday much like Mother’s Day in which gifts and flowers are given.  Backed with this year’s theme of “Make it Happen”, we invited current and former colleagues, friends and family to gather at the Valente office to share stories of women who have inspired us.  You know those days you will…

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Written by Julie Flora, Employee Relations Manager Starting out with Valente six months ago was a leap into the unknown for me. After years of working in non-profits, I decided to enter into the consulting world and try something new. Before I found Valente, I expected a whole different culture from consulting: fast paced, cutthroat, insensitive and money-driven. I worried this could be the case, but believed that the right company could make all the difference. Valente stood out immediately.…

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The personal projects, talent, and lives of Valente Consultants are a constant source of inspiration.  We are honored to share some of their stories with you in the new Consultant Lifestyle series.  This week we share with you a story of Kickstarter success.  Shari Kjerland, a Valente Consultant, and her husband, Erik Kjerland, recently met and surpassed their goal of $30,000 to release their upcoming board game, Slaughterball.  In the interview, Shari gives insight to the game and tips for those…

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