From The Rock

Launching season 2 of our podcast – Off the Rock, On the Record

By | August 02, 2018

Welcome to season two of Off the Rock, On the Record! We’re really proud of the content we’ve compiled for this season, and we can’t wait for you to hear what’s ahead. We’ll be releasing an episode every Thursday for the next six weeks. If you’re subscribed to our blog,... Read More »

The best eats in nearby SEC cities

By | August 01, 2018

While Memphis isn’t home to a Southeastern Conference school, the Obsidian office sure is. Many of us Obsidianites earned degrees from these respected sports-loving institutions, which includes my alma mater, the University of Arkansas. After spending four years immersing ourselves in all the amazing things these culturally rich college towns... Read More »

5 podcasts to improve your daily commute (or summer road trip!)

By | July 25, 2018

There’s only so much time you can spend belting the lyrics to all the Top 100 songs in your car before it becomes a repetitive mess. So, why not turn to something that will inspire, educate, or entertain you while cruising down the highway? Quite a few of us get... Read More »

Staff spotlight – Gracie Lee

By | July 20, 2018

Our office is full of different personality types, none more fun than Gracie Lee. A native Memphian, Gracie is truly our go-to gal when we’re trying to find the best place to spend our weekend. While she’s fun-loving and always hitting the town, we appreciate Gracie for her flexibility and... Read More »

Am I a good manager? Advice for first-time leaders.

By | July 18, 2018

Managing a team, whether you are a seasoned professional or stepping into a leadership role for the first time, will without a doubt be challenging. Challenges come with the territory. Personalities, work styles, opinions and changing culture dynamics all contribute to the nuanced discipline of being a team manager. When... Read More »

Don’t be like Build-A-Bear: Event planning, anticipation and production

By | July 13, 2018

The current media market makes it difficult for even the largest brands to break through to their consumers. One way to create buzz is to hold a large promotion, like the “pay your age” promotion Build-A-Bear ran this week. While buzz was created, the event was a major flop, creating... Read More »

Overcoming first meeting fears

By | July 11, 2018

Starting a conversation with a stranger has always been harrowing for me. If I know in advance I’m going into a conversation with someone I don’t know, it’s almost worse. But, mastering the art of conversation is crucial. The first impression you make on someone can shape your entire relationship,... Read More »

When tragedy strikes

By | July 03, 2018

Smart businesses work diligently to prepare for avoidable crises. Action steps and communication plans fill pages of corporate emergency management plans. Signs are hung, memos are sent, and drills are run. But, there are rare tragedies that befall a business that cannot be prevented or even prepared for intricately. Because... Read More »

Three easy ways to boost employee morale

By | June 27, 2018

It’s a candidate’s market out there. This year, statistics show that 42 percent of employers worry they won’t be able to find the talent they need, and 86 percent of the most qualified candidates for a given job are already employed and not actively seeking a new position. So how... Read More »

OPR’s summer 2018 bucket list

By | June 20, 2018

We know it’s summer in the South when we’re wiping sweat from our brows after being outside for just a few moments! But, at Obsidian, it’s one of our favorite times of the year because our calendars are jam-packed with awesome activities. Between the Memphis Redbirds baseball games, the Levitt... Read More »