Change Agents: Meet the Nicheperts

A HOST OF PINPOINT CONSULTANTS ARE HELPING WORKERS LEARN TO TRUST THE COMPANY, SHUT UP AND GET HAPPY

Do your co-workers find the rumor du jour hard to resist? Is your office laced with backbiting and backstabbing? April Callis of Springboard Consulting says she has the cure: Gossip Stoppers. The East Lansing, Mich., trainer has given this half-day workshop 30 times this year at infected workplaces like hospitals and universities and is now fielding requests from corporations.

At an anxious time when job stability seems a distant memory, Gossip Stoppers is just one of a host of pinpoint-focused consultancies tapping into a pervasive yearning for equilibrium. Is your trust busted? They'll fix it. Too many sourpusses on staff? Likability...

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