I grew tired of all the negative economic news that seemed to engulf us in 2012. …and I’m sure most of you did too. From iconic companies saying their final farewells and closing their doors to stagnant unemployment rates, it was enough to make you want to crawl under a rock. So I am dedicating this series of blogs to all the progressive organizations and thought-leaders who actually stepped up to make a difference. These innovators are leading the way into 2013 with new strategies to thrive in business and make a difference in everyday lives.

There are 20 blogs and articles in this series that highlight exceptional individuals and companies – here at home and around the world. With a “big pat on the back” and “kudos” to those innovators who stood up to make a difference, here is a sampling of what we stand to learn from the best and brightest in business and corporate citizenship:

Best Places to Work

Just what does it take for an organization to win recognition as the “best place to work?” Several of the companies listed here not only won awards in 2012, but have received national recognition several years in a row. Could it be their work-life balance philosophy, on-site amenities, or employee recognition programs? Read on to find out what these organizations have that others don’t. 

Making a difference in lives

It’s not only organizations that made a difference in 2012; it’s also dedicated and determined individuals who strove to right what is wrong. Find out who relentlessly worked on recouping money lost by investors from the Madoff Ponzi scheme and which companies are taking the lead in supporting initiatives to hire and house members of our military community.

Most Influential People, Business Cultures, and Organizations

This group of blogs is comprised of individuals, groups, and organizations who are defining the next generation of business ethics, norms, alliances, attitudes, and business models. Are Gen-Y employees and entrepreneurs stepping to the plate as the Baby Boomers leave the workforce in droves to retire? Also, find out who is championing a partnership between businesses and educational systems in their home state.

So…here they are my best 2012 blogs that gives credit where credit is due to outstanding organizations, groups, and individuals. What a great way to start 2013 on a positive note!

Best Places to Work

FORTUNE Names SAS to 2012 Best Companies List

Rackspace Among FORTNE 100 Best Companies to Work For

NuStar Moves up 15 Spots On FORTUNE Best Places To Work

CarMax Named 91 On The 100 Best Companies To Work List

2012 National Search for Best Companies Deadline Looming

Pepco Holdings Among “Best Companies for Diversity”

Ben & Jerry’s: Cultivating A Human Culture in Business

Making a Difference in Lives

Bank of America Collaboration for Injured Veternas and First Resonders

Thanksgiving for the Second National Veteran Employment Summit “Hero Health Hire”

Dollar General Supports First Lady Michelle Obama’s Joining Forces Initiative

Catalyst Celebrates 50 Years of Advancing Women in the Workplace

The UPS Store Joins First Lady, IFA, Other Business Leaders to Launch “Operation Enduring Opportunity”

TIGERS Roar: Bank Steps Up to Aide Low Income Families

Most Influential People, Groups, and Organizations

The 100 Most Influential People in Business Ethics

TIGERS Roar for CEO Michael E. Dubyak

Generation Y Cooperation in the Workforce

Why Is The Bay Area A Global Innovation Leader?

Why the St. Thomas Opus College of Business program IS a Big Deal

26 Annual Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Kick Off

Business Funding For Green Business Entrepreneurs

 If you missed the first 3 parts in this blog series, not a problem! Here are the links to my previous posts to bring you up to speed.  Polls, Research, and Surveys,  Management, Leadership, HR Issues, and Employee Engagement. It doesn’t matter which series you choose to read first, they are all packed with information and statistics that will both shock and give reason to cheer.

 There is just one series left – Workplace Culture. What’s Working and What’s Not. This blog set wraps up my entire series for 2012 and promises to be a good one! You won’t want to miss it!

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About Dianne:

Dianne Crampton is the Founder of TIGERS Success Series. She is the leader in building successful quality-focused and cooperative team culture communities. As a thought leader in the team culture movement, she has been published by Barrett Koehler, Pfeiffer (an in print of John Wiley & Sons) and Three Creeks. Her latest work, TIGERS Among Us: Winning Business Team Cultures and Why They Thrive has received international acclaim. Nominated by Merrill Lynch for Inc. Magazine’s Entrepreneur of the Year Awards for a team culture change system that helps leaders bring about desired team culture change remarkably fast, she certifies and licenses consultants, facilitators, and HR leader to use the proven TIGERS team culture system within their organization with measurable success. TIGERS helps leaders build and improve trust, interdependence, genuineness, empathy, risk, and success in teams which results in a dynamic work environment that attracts and retains very talented, quality-focused people. Subscribe today to receive instant access to Dianne’s general membership where like-minded professionals discover valuable resources for team, leadership, and cooperative work environment development that grow organizations in a scalable and measured way.