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We're Back: Meet Launch Team at FABTECH 2021

By Michele Nichols on Thu, Sep 09, 2021

After last year's cancellation, FABTECH 2021 is back live and coming at full speed on September 13-16 in Chicago, Illinois! A lot has happened since FABTECH 2019 — from a dramatic shift to an all-remote environment for over a year, to now a period of re-opening and navigating hybrid workforces and employee engagement. One thing is for sure, we are happy to be back and present at live events. 

Topics: Trade Show Strategy Manufacturing
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5 Shifts in Customer Behavior That Are Driving Organizational Change

By Michele Nichols on Thu, Aug 19, 2021

With the dramatic shift to an all-remote environment for over a year, and now a period of re-opening, Launch Team President, Michele Nichols, and Red Argyle CGO, Ron Wille, catch up on changing customer behaviors and the future of sales and marketing.  

Topics: Change and Innovation Client Relations Transformation
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When Should You Outsource? How to Identify Core Competencies

By Michele Nichols on Mon, Aug 02, 2021

In a high-growth economy and tight labor market, understanding your company’s core competencies can help you quickly and effectively seize opportunities and improve financial performance. These are the foundation for:

Topics: Positioning Strategic Planning
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Clear is Kind: The Role of Dashboards and Reporting in Leading Change

By Michele Nichols on Thu, Jul 01, 2021

Organizations in every industry are undergoing change initiatives, whether market-driven, customer-driven, or operational. To succeed, you’ll need employee engagement and support for well-defined, measurable goals. That’s where dashboards come in.

Topics: Marketing Strategy
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Building Employee Engagement Through a Period of Change or Growth

By Michele Nichols on Mon, Jun 21, 2021

Employee engagement has been top of mind for business leaders for years and has only grown in importance after a year of most workers operating remotely. The topic made headlines with the WeWork CEO’s controversial comments recently at the Wall Street Journal’s Future of Everything Festival, stating that more engaged employees want to come back to the office. “Those who are least engaged are very comfortable working from home,” Sandeep Mathrani said. The debate about his comments shows how strongly many feel about the concept of engagement.

Topics: Internal Communication Transformation employee engagement
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Market Outlook: How to Maximize Results this Year and Prepare for 2022

By Michele Nichols on Tue, Jun 01, 2021

What’s next for the markets your technologies serve? It’s hard to get a clear read. There’s a dichotomy right now that is challenging for C-level leadership to interpret and declare a clear direction. With a broad perspective on markets like biotech, biopharma, diagnostics, instrumentation, medical device, aerospace, and industrial, we notice:

Topics: Business Insights Strategic Planning
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Organizational Change in M&A: Coffee, Culture, and Communication

By Michele Nichols on Fri, May 21, 2021

Years ago, we worked with an entrepreneur to help him prepare his company for an exit. He did all the right things: built and developed a talented team, grew his bench of successors, and partnered with us early to build a scalable sales and marketing competency that increased his valuation. He anticipated that it would take three years to complete a successful transaction. Instead, it was done in just 18 months.

Topics: Internal Communication Change Management
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Digital Transformation: A Discussion with President Michele Nichols and Red Argyle CGO Ron Wille

By Michele Nichols on Thu, Apr 29, 2021

Michele Nichols, President of Launch Team, and Ron Wille, Chief Growth Officer for Red Argyle, which specializes in Salesforce development, consulting and administration, sit down to trade stories and best practices in digital transformation. Let's listen in.

Topics: Digital Transformation
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Change Management Expansion

By Michele Nichols on Fri, Apr 23, 2021

We know that change is good, that's why we are expanding our change management support! Like you, we recognize how critical this is to the success of your organization's initiatives. In the companies we work with, the pace of change, employee fatigue, and the need for our support has grown over the last year. We are proud to announce that we are expanding:

Topics: Internal Communication Change Management Digital Transformation employee engagement
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Celebrating Our 35th Anniversary

By Michele Nichols on Thu, Apr 01, 2021

Michele Nichols, President of Launch Team, reflects on the company's growth and success on its 35th Anniversary while looking forward to future achievements. 

Topics: Company News
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Virtual Tradeshow Recommendations: Photonics West is virtual…now what?

By Michele Nichols on Tue, Jan 26, 2021

Whether planned or a last-minute call, the vast majority of 2021 tradeshows will be virtual events. With a variety of offerings, platforms, and formats, it’s hard to know if this is a good investment or if you’re better off diverting the funds to your own marketing and events. Here, we break down one event, Photonics West, but our recommendations and ideas may be worth considering regardless of event or industry.

Topics: Marketing Strategy Change and Innovation Trade Show Strategy
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Leadership’s Commitment to Simplicity: A Priority for 2021

By Michele Nichols on Mon, Jan 18, 2021

I hope you have taken the time to recognize and reflect with pride on what you accomplished last year. The team you built showed resilience and grit in adapting to challenging circumstances. The hard news: your team members are now in danger of burnout. As leaders, it is our job to provide the structure and tools to help them prioritize and focus on the year ahead.

Topics: Marketing Strategy Change and Innovation Internal Communication Change Management