Session On Crystal Clear Communication Closes INSPIRE 2016
Session On Crystal Clear Communication Closes INSPIRE 2016

“The greatest power you have is to talk with your people during times of change and uncertainty.” That’s how Dr. Robert Bies, the keynote speaker for RSPA INSPIRE 2016 in San Diego, began today, the final day of the conference for leaders in the retail IT channel.

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