Category: Corporate History

The Value of Talking About Your Work

"Many people liberated from the commute have experienced a void they can't quite name."--from The Atlantic article "Admit It, You Miss Your Commute" (Photo credit: Shutterstock/Eduard Moldoveanu)
People like to talk about their work, whether they love or hate their work. One of the values of chronicling your corporate history or oral history program is that it gets those conversations going—not just about current work, but about career arcs and the value of work[...]
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Mining Your Company’s History: Where to Begin

CorporateHistory.net president Marian Calabro researching primary sources for a foundation client (photo by Christine Reynolds)
“Help! Where do we start? We’ve been tasked with doing our company’s history or updating our About Us webpage, but we don’t have organized records or archives or much of anything!” At CorporateHistory.net we’ve heard this lament more than once. The good news is that you have[...]
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In Praise of Utilities

Highline workers and helicopter -- an example of utility workers doing dangerous, highly specialized work (photo courtesy of Dominion from CorporateHistory.net's book "Dominion's First Century: A Legacy of Service")
Electric, gas, water. We take them for granted until something goes wrong: an outage, a lack of heat, a boil-water mandate. Recent weather extremes in Texas put utilities into a harsh spotlight. But the problem wasn’t the providers; it was the unregulated market and the lack of[...]
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3 Reasons Your Org’s History Matters More in Tough Times

The closure of Plattsburgh Air Force Base in 1995 seemed like the end of the road for that upstate New York stronghold, but in fact it was the start of a new era, a story told in CorporateHistory.net's book "Flying HIgh Again: PARC's Redevelopment of PAFB."
Tough economic and social times are exactly when you should do more to chronicle or update your corporate history, rather than postpone the process “for a better day.” Here’s why: Customers want assurance that your organization has a strong track record and will be there for them.[...]
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