From The Rock

Small firm, big benefits

By | February 22, 2017

Recently, I read an article on Forbes.com, titled “Why Richard Branson Says You Should Never See Yourself as ‘Big Business,’” which focused on how to retain culture as businesses expand. The author, Allison Coleman, used input from multiple well-known entrepreneurs for the article, which gave tips such as always thinking... Read More »

Characteristics of an outstanding account manager

By | February 15, 2017

We are currently on the hunt for a new senior account manager at Obsidian, and I will be honest; we are very critical during the process of adding to our team. We can’t just hire anyone, though – we know exactly what we are looking for in our next hire.... Read More »

4 tips for developing professionally in your 20s

By | January 25, 2017

As a recent graduate from The University of Tennessee, I feel like it was just yesterday I was living the carefree college life. I didn’t have much of a transition from student to employee because I started working three days after graduation. Therefore, I quickly learned that life as an... Read More »

3 [potentially uncomfortable] things you must do to make the most of your internship

By | January 18, 2017

It’s no secret that internships are the key to landing a full-time job after graduation. No longer is it just something great to have on your resume; it’s expected. However, it’s not just about how many internships you have completed, it’s about the experience you gained. And sometimes, in order... Read More »

Make your workday work for you: Tips for becoming a productivity pro

By | January 04, 2017

Who ever feels like you’ve done so much in a day, yet you’ve really accomplished very little? I’m raising my hand. The nature of business these days is such that professionals can spend the majority of the workday answering emails and on phone calls. That leaves very little time to... Read More »

Four Ways to Overcome Networking Hesitancy

By | November 30, 2016

Intentional networking is tricky and makes many of us feel uncomfortable. However, this professional necessity is not only for the extroverts. Everyone can become a successful networker by viewing the situation differently and incorporating these simple tips. Recognize the universal benefits. Do not feel guilty about networking. It is not... Read More »

Let’s Do Lunch

By | November 10, 2016

It’s probably safe to assume that many of us enjoy taking our lunch break. This precious time of day not only fills the void left by an absent breakfast, but it also allows us to step away from the hustle and bustle of the office. We all need a quick... Read More »

Don’t Avoid Conflict – Learn From It

By | May 11, 2016

Conflict in the workplace is inevitable, and learning how to create productive conflict resolution is a necessity. One of the most common causes of conflict among employees is miscommunication. The first step toward successful communication is identifying how your own behaviors affect the situation. The assertive continuum is a model... Read More »

Q&A with Obsidian interns Taylor and Jake

By | February 25, 2016

What advice would you give to others that want to land an internship somewhere like Obsidian? T: Any student can land an internship with an awesome firm like Obsidian by taking advantages of the opportunities that are presented to them, such as participating in university organization and events. J: If... Read More »

Kelli’s Top 10 Memes

By | February 17, 2016

If you ask some of my co-workers at Obsidian, they would probably tell you I’ve got a lolcat for every occasion. But if I’m being honest, we all have a few choice memes that make their way around our office now and then. To celebrate Obsidian’s 10th anniversary, here are... Read More »