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May 25, 2022

Redbird Communications Group (Redbird) and the TEN|10 Group (TEN|10) announced today that they have completed a strategic transition whereby Redbird will assume the leadership and management of TEN|10’s robust oil and gas practice. Current TEN|10 team members have begun working in collaboration with Redbird’s energy communications professionals, providing a seamless continuum of communications counsel and service for TEN|10 energy clients.

March 15, 2022

The past three weeks have been challenging for the TEN|10 Group. We've lost a dear colleague, a friend, a sister and a mother. Filling the gap left by Casey won't be easy, but with the long-experienced team, who partnered with Casey in the beginning, and clients we consider more partner than customer we believe there is a strong way forward. As we move ahead, the core TEN|10 team will expand existing roles incrementally.

March 2, 2022

With a heavy heart, the TEN|10 Group shares the news of the unexpected passing of Casey Nikoloric, the firm’s founder and managing principal. Casey was a thoughtful leader, supportive colleague, devoted friend, and a loving mother and grandmother. She had a natural curiosity and desire to learn, approaching her work with an unrelenting commitment to excellence and care for her clients and her team. She was one of the funniest and kindest people we knew. We will miss her so very much. A celebration of her life will be held in the coming months.

To honor Casey now, in lieu of flowers, please consider donations in her name to organizations she supported that focused on issues that meant a great deal to her personally: supporting people whose lives were affected by disaster or emergencies and the care of military veterans:

World Central Kitchen, a non-profit that provides meals in response to humanitarian, climate and community crises.
Elite Meet, a non-profit helping combat veterans find meaningful employment post-service.

February 10, 2022

Love them or hate them, virtual meetings are now a way of life. Even for those of us back in the office part or full time, we continue gathering online almost as frequently as we are gathering in the boardroom. As our comfort and adeptness with virtual meetings has improved over the past two years, many benefits have clearly emerged. Increased accessibility to colleagues across locations, decreased expense in travel and increased productivity for those who must be home for one reason or another (sick kids, a plumbing appointment, etc., just to name a few).

December 15, 2021

We admit it. This time last year we were saying good riddance to 2020 and preparing to usher in a new year that would bring a return to some semblance of normalcy. It has been a little painful to come to terms with the fact that 2021 did not bring back “the old normal.”  Here are five things we learned this year.

November 17, 2021

Small acts of gratitude build connection, culture and employee retention.

October 14, 2021

Philip Kotler, Professor Emeritus of Marketing at the Kellogg School of Management, said, “If you are not a brand, you are a commodity.” If you have been neglecting your brand, now is the time to evaluate where it stands. 

September 15, 2021

As the summer winds down and back-to-school season commences, people across the country are longing to hit the reset button and return to a normal routine. The question on many professionals’ minds is, “What does the new normal routine really look like?”

July 14, 2021

Board members, cybersecurity is your responsibility. Don’t leave it to the technology experts. Here are the questions you should be asking.

June 16, 2021

As summer heats up, companies large and small are welcoming new summer interns seeking real-world work experience and exposure to an industry or discipline in which they hope to launch a career. As anyone who has ever managed an intern knows, organizing and supervising meaningful work is, well, a lot of work. That said, when companies and supervisors move from managing interns to mentoring individuals, the benefits to both parties are undeniable.

April 28, 2021

On March 1, 2020, we shared some sage and practical advice from homeland security expert Professor Juliette Kayyem as the early stages of the global pandemic began to unfold. More than a year later, we are phasing through what she predicted then as the “now normal,” the days when we would return to normal “ish”, and we are thinking about how businesses can and should approach reentry. 

March 3, 2021

Just over a year ago, in our January 2020 blog post we challenged you to tell your story.  We said, “Leaders who can effectively harness the power of storytelling can build fiercely loyal customers and ignite passion and ingenuity in their employees.”  This year, we are doubling down on our challenge: tell your story and harness the power of visual imagery to make it come alive. 

December 15, 2020

As 2020 comes to a close, most of us are thinking “good riddance.” After some of our friends, colleagues and family members courageously weathered COVID infections, and we survived closures and cutbacks, demand destruction in the oil and gas industry, toilet paper shortages, remote-learning school schedules and general pandemic-induced anxiety, we have high hopes for a more ordinary 2021. 

June 17, 2020

As stay-at-home orders lift and a “now normal” dictates changes to our old routines and practices, most of us remain unsure about the recommendations, risks and requirements regarding air travel. While the status and implications of coronavirus remain fluid, we’ve rounded up advice from experts and resources for your reference as you plan upcoming business activities

March 1, 2020

For business leaders, the minute-to-minute barrage of breaking news on the coronavirus (COVID-19) makes it challenging to know how and when to respond. To separate fact from fiction and provide some sound advice on what to do now, we spoke with homeland security expert Professor Juliette Kayyem and relied on advice from the Center for Disease Control and various public health experts.

February 18, 2020

As environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues continue to permeate the social consciousness and national conversation, it is important for corporate managers and boards to pay close attention and evaluate their own policies. No longer merely a public relations tactic, a company’s ability to address ESG challenges is increasingly critical to its long-term competitive success. 

January 18, 2020

January brings the time-honored tradition of declaring New Year’s resolutions. An Ipsos poll conducted in December 2019 found that 38% of Americans planned to make resolutions for 2020. While the custom often gets a bad rap due to perceptions of negligible follow-through and low success rates, the practice of setting resolutions is actually very worthwhile. It provides a reason for self-reflection and evaluation. It sparks goal setting which links us back to our core values and purpose.

December 9, 2019

This month marks one year since our inaugural TEN|10 blog post, Gratitude in Action. Recognizing the philanthropic work of our clients and partners was an especially meaningful way for us to launch our blog. Now, the holiday season is here, and once again the TEN|10 Group is full of gratitude. We continue to watch our clients give back, not only with their checkbooks, but also with their time and talents. It’s this roll-up-your-sleeves-and-dig-in approach that gives real meaning to gratitude and giving back. In other words, it is the doing that counts. In that spirit, we chose to end 2019 by reprising the Gratitude in Action post. We applaud all of our partners who are out there doing good work all year. We’d like to recognize just a few.

October 29, 2019

When thinking about corporate culture today, diversity is a word that is sure to come to mind. From creating high-level positions — according to Google, approximately 20% of Fortune 500 companies now employ diversity officers — to weaving the term into a mission statement or list of core values, organizations big and small are developing strategies and tactics to ensure they recruit and nurture a diverse workforce.

August 28, 2019

We took a short summer break from blogging, and now we’re back with some tips on how to run an effective meeting. It’s a paradox​.​ Over the past decade, the means for workplace communication have proliferated, as have the tools available to support more efficient, productive and streamlined communication in the office. From phone, texting and internal messaging to slick apps like Slack, Flock, Google Hangout and Facebook Workplace, we have so many methods by which to exchange information, and yet our calendars seem to be more packed full of meetings than ever. 

June 12, 2019

Summer is a great time to catch up on reading for business enrichment, creative inspiration, or just for fun. Here are TEN|10’s top recommendations for your summer reading list.

May 15, 2019

Every organization has a culture. Whether it is willfully ignored, passively observed or intentionally nurtured, culture exists — and it is often instantly recognizable to internal and external constituents alike. Leaders who recognize the value in defining and cultivating culture will better position their firms to prosper through various market cycles and eras of disruption .

March 21, 2019

Asking questions is critical to the health and success of all organizations regardless of size or industry. We have observed the power of questioning firsthand. Our clients tend to be entrepreneurial by nature and well-practiced at digging deeper by asking pertinent, and often tough, questions. That said, sometimes there are important questions that fall by the wayside as leaders focus on metrics.

February 19, 2019

Whether chairman, inside director or outside director, occupying a seat on  a board  means more than just, well, occupying a seat. As discussed in our previous blog post, Adding Value as a Board Member: 10 Ground Rules, active involvement and commitment are critical. The same is true when it comes to managing a healthy board.

January 2, 2019

While this story is a work of fiction (and as they say in the movies, any likeness to actual people or events is purely coincidental), it could easily reflect the scene in boardrooms across the country. The collapse of Enron brought increased focus on corporate governance, but examples of governance failures continue to make headlines.

So how should boards, and more specifically individual board members, behave in order to best serve?

December 11, 2018

With the holiday season upon us, we often reflect upon the year in review — experiences we shared in 2018 and renewed focus on what is important. At TEN|10 Group our reflections are always wrapped in gratitude. Gratitude for our friendships with colleagues, for the challenges and rewarding work we get to do, and for our clients who both inspire and teach us regularly