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The Secret to Successful Leadership: It’s Not About You

By Paul Hering, CEO & Managing Principal

clock March 16, 2015 at 10:00 AM

I think leadership is service and there is power in that giving: to help people, to inspire and motivate them to reach their fullest potential.

Denise Morrison


Over the years, I’ve seen many different leadership styles. Leaders are individuals so there are as many different styles as there are people. But what makes a leader successful? Unfortunately, too often people believe that to succeed in their leadership role they need to drive every issue, control every detail and make every decision. If they don’t have complete control, they feel as though they are shirking their responsibility. Their intent is to be a strong leader but somehow, with all that effort, they still miss the mark.

Well, here’s a little secret.

It’s not about you. 

The true secret to leadership is empowerment. Effective leaders recognize that the most successful organizations are those in which people feel empowered to do their jobs. Empowering others is not accidental but a result of specific actions and attitudes. 

COMMUNICATE, COMMUNICATE, COMMUNICATE

If employees don’t know where an organization is going and how it’s performing, it’s going to be very hard to arrive at the desired destination. Employees need to know the goal, so they can play an active role and feel the pride of being part of the company’s achievements. Communication is key to getting everyone on board and moving in the same direction.  

IT’S OKAY TO FAIL (EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE)

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Topics: Inside B&B

Marsh & McLennan Agency Celebrates New Walnut Creek Office

By Chris Williams, Principal and Managing Director, Bay Area Offices

clock February 16, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Marsh & McLennan Agency - West Region invited clients, colleagues, COIs and carrier partners to celebrate the expansion of the Walnut Creek office with an open house happy hour on January 27. The new office is located at 1340 Treat Boulevard in downtown Walnut Creek. Guests were invited to take a tour of the office building and left with toffee from a local purveyor, Elaine’s ETC Toffee Company. An office favorite is the Oakland A’s themed break room which showcases vintage A’s photographs and features a bright green wall.

Our new Walnut Creek office gives us room to grow and serve the growing number of clients in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Walnut Creek is a terrific location for our employees and our clients. We look forward to making a valuable contribution in the community.  Read the full breaking news article here.

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Topics: Inside B&B

Giving Thanks

By Paul Hering, CEO & Managing Principal

clock November 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. It gives us a chance to enjoy family, friends, and football and decompress before the push to year-end.  It also gives us the opportunity to reflect on our blessings and express our appreciation for our clients, colleagues and community.  

To our clients, thank you for selecting us to represent you and to assist you in managing your risks and securing your insurance programs.  We have many clients who have been with us for literally decades. Thank you for your loyalty and for your friendship.  We also have many clients that are new to us. We thank you for the vote of confidence and trust you place in us each and every day. 

To our colleagues, thank you for making Marsh & McLennan Agency (MMA) a very special place.  Our business is a people business and we are incredibly fortunate to have the most talented and committed people in this industry.  At the end of the day, we are providing a largely intangible product – a very important product but not one that you can touch or feel.  Our business is based on intellectual capital, customer service, and the ability to understand our client’s business so we can design and secure a program that best meets their needs.  The only way to do this is with talented people and we simply have the best. 

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Topics: Inside B&B, Community Outreach

Halloween at Marsh & McLennan Agency - West

By Claudette Linzey, Communications Associate, Digital Media

clock November 3, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Last week, we got in the Halloween spirit by dressing in costume and awarding prizes to some of our very our creative associates.

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Topics: Inside B&B

Marsh & McLennan Agency Celebrates New San Francisco Office

By Kevin Mirsky, Principal and Director, Bay Area Commercial Division

clock October 20, 2014 at 10:50 AM

Marsh & McLennan Agency (MMA)-West Region invited clients, colleagues, COIs and carrier partners to celebrate the expansion of the San Francisco office with an open house party on October 8. The new office is located at 201 California Street in the heart of San Francisco’s Financial District. A bright, modern space, the office mirrors the local fast-paced tech sector while staying true to all things San Francisco. An office favorite is the Giant’s themed lunch room complete with an orange wall and vintage Giants photographs. 

“Marsh & McLennan Agency's new offices in the Bay Area are the result of its continued growth and success,” said CEO Paul Hering. “With bigger offices, a larger staff and more capabilities, MMA will be even better positioned to help organizations manage risk, attract and retain employees and ultimately achieve their business objectives.” Read the full article here.

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Topics: Inside B&B, Breaking News

Intern Diaries: Foster Our Growth

By Marie Wathen, Employee Benefits Communications Intern

clock September 8, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Marie Wathen is a junior at Hillsdale College studying History and Graphic Design. This summer, she worked at Marsh & McLennan Agency (MMA) as our Employee Benefits Communications Intern. This is part two of Marie Wathens 3-part blog series that provides tips on retaining Millennial employees.

By 2020, nearly 40% of the U.S. workforce will be comprised of Millennials, according to U.S. Census data. As Millennials become more prevalent in the workplace, they’ll also need to take on increasing levels of responsibility. This leaves employers wondering- will their millennial employees be ready?

Though Millennials may be young and inexperienced, there’s good news for employers. We want to be transformed into the leaders your organization needs.

Millennials aspire to grow professionally, and look to employers to help. The 2014 Deloitte "Millennial Survey," which polled more than 7,800 Millennials in 26 countries, found that 50% of Millennials believe their organizations could do more to develop future leaders.

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Topics: Inside B&B, G.R.O.W., Human Resources

Spotlight on Community Involvement

By Erin Swain, Corporate Communications Director

clock September 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Marsh & McLennan Agency Partners with 2014 Rock the Foundation Grant Recipients

Continuing our tradition of giving back to the community, Marsh & McLennan Agency (MMA) associates recently volunteered with three of our 2014 Barney & Barney Foundation Grant Recipients - Outdoor Outreach in San Diego, Ocean Institute in Orange County and Raphael House in San Francisco. Working in partnership with each organization, associates had the opportunity to participate hands-on and witness first-hand the services and support these organizations provide to better our communities. These non-profits are three of nine organizations receiving grants at this year’s Rock the Foundation benefit concert.

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Topics: Inside B&B, Community Outreach

Intern Diaries: Collaboration is Key for Retaining Millennials

By Marie Wathen, Employee Benefits Communications Intern

clock August 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Marie Wathen is a junior at Hillsdale College studying History and Graphic Design. This summer, she worked at Marsh & McLennan Agency (MMA) as our Employee Benefits Communications Intern. Throughout the course of her internship, we asked Marie to consider her experience at MMA and share her perspective on how employers can attract, retain and leverage the strengths of the Millennial generation.

As increasing numbers of Millennials (born between 1977-1997) enter and establish themselves in the workforce, many employers are asking themselves how they should adjust. One of the greatest concerns about Millennials is their willingness to jump from one job to another. According to the Future Workplace Multiple Generations @ Work survey of 1,189 employees and 150 managers, 91% of Millennials expect to stay in a job for less than three years.[1]

So what can employers do to increase retention?

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Topics: Inside B&B, Human Resources

Barney & Barney Foundation to Host "Rock the Foundation" Benefit Concert on Sept. 18

By Erin Swain, Corporate Communications Director

clock August 4, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Barney & Barney Foundation will honor 9 California non-profits

San Diego, August 4, 2014 - The Barney & Barney Foundation today announced that The Pine Mountain Logs will headline its annual fundraising event, Rock The Foundation, on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club in San Diego.

The Barney & Barney Foundation, established in 2009 by Barney & Barney, a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company, donates proceeds from the Rock The Foundation concert to nonprofit organizations in San Diego, Orange County and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Now in its fifth year, the Rock The Foundation event is lead by Barney & Barney, with support from headline sponsor Aflac. Other key sponsors include Aetna, Chubb, MMA, Guardian, One Beacon, Anthem, First Insurance Funding, Sharp HealthCare, United Healthcare, UNUM, Zenith, Zurich, and San Diego Business Journal.

The Pine Mountain Logs are a rock 'n' roll cover band from Los Angeles. As a group, and individuals, they have toured and recorded with rock legends such as Jackson Browne, Stevie Nicks, Roger Waters, David Crosby, Brian Wilson, and Phil Collins. In addition, three of the Pine Mountain Logs performers are also core members of the internationally acclaimed band, Venice.

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Topics: Inside B&B, Community Outreach

Partners for 40 Years… and Counting

By Claudette Linzey, Communications Associate, Digital Media

clock July 21, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Small Business Owner Jim Elliott on Choosing Marsh & McLennan Agency (formally Barney & Barney) for All of His Insurance Needs

Like most family-owned businesses, Ann and Jim Elliott, previous owners of Western Graphics, have decades of hard work behind them.  Marsh & McLennan Agency (MMA) was privileged to watch their success grow and today, Jim and Ann Elliott are one of B&B’s longest-standing clients.

Over 40 years ago, Jim took weekly trips from San Diego to Sacramento where he walked the halls of the capital, selling direct mail services to legislators. After two years, Ann and Jim made the bold move to start their own company. In 1974 they launched Western Graphics, a direct mail marketing company in Lemon Grove, California. Initially, the company printed and mailed newsletters for members of the Legislature. The company grew to provide consulting services, printing, and mailing for commercial and non-profit organizations as well as political campaigns. In 2007, Jim and Ann sold Western Graphics.

Jim now works for Eye/Comm as the Marketing Consultant and has taught classes on Direct Mail at SDSU, USD, and UCSD. With multiple prestigious awards under his belt, such as the Margaret Sellers Lifetime Achievement Award and the Luke Kaiser Award for Direct Mail Education, Jim is a direct marketing expert.

We recently spoke with Jim about his 40 year history with MMA.

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Topics: Inside B&B, Individuals

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