MEASURE YOUR CULTURE

Four or five years ago, I was referred to a podcast called Focus 3. It was a leadership podcast by Brian and Tim Kight. I discovered they were teaching something very similar to my leadership style. When I started studying them, I realized the “Performance Pathway” perfectly fit what I was already teaching. When I meet with clients, the question…

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Terminated an Employee and Hired Their Replacement Using the Same Process?

Have you ever terminated an employee, regardless of reason, and began interviewing their replacement using the same interview questions and process? Did you have a formal debrief with the people involved in the original hiring process? Most organizations and leaders replace people using the exact same process they used to hire the terminated employee. I asked this…

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From Quitting to Crying in 6 Months

I was listening to a podcast, and the host told a story about the best boss he ever had on a particular episode. When he said, “I went from quitting to crying in 6 months,” it caught my attention. Below is an excerpt from that show. “I was so frustrated with my job and was…

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TIME: It’s a Leader’s Currency

Let’s face it; if leading is a verb, it requires action. Most leaders have many competing priorities. Most know the adage that if you have many priorities, you have none.  Time is the scarcest resource that leaders have. In today’s post-pandemic and tight labor market kind of world, the challenges are swirling around us daily. Each day we…

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CONFLICT: Making it Healthy

Conflict is an unavoidable aspect of any relationship.  Unfortunately, most people try and avoid conflict, or they wait until they have lost their patience and respond in an emotionally charged way.  Conflict resolution is a highly underrated skill.  The human brain doesn’t always distinguish between actual and perceived threats.  Therefore, it responds to psychological threats,…

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Time to Kill Annual Reviews?

TIME TO KILL ANNUAL PERFORMANCE REVIEWS? It is mid-year, and all leaders should be taking stock of where their team is versus their goal. Why wait until the end of the year? Don’t question why you have attrition if you do annual reviews and do not do mid-year reviews or regular feedback sessions.  Less than half…

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LEARNING HOW TO WIN FROM MICHAEL JORDAN’S COACH: What Tim Grover taught me

I am attending a conference with the MRI Network that hosts some of the world’s most outstanding and successful recruiters. This network represents recruiters from over 20 different nations across four continents. Tim Grover gave the keynote address, and I’m going to share some of my lessons. Tim Grover is known for coaching one of the greatest…

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5 specific questions to ask to delight ad actually retain top talent

Companies can decrease turnover by implementing the valuable practice of the “Stay Interview” with current employees. Stay Interviews are certainly not a brand-new concept, but the current employment climate has forced companies to consider its relevance in the war for talent. This article is an updated version from the original written in 2018, and some things have changed. The…

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Great Onboarding Reduces Retention Agony

Great Onboarding Will Reduce Retention Agony (Updated 3/28/2022) Most companies are making key hires multiple times annually.  With historically low unemployment rates transitioning to “the great resignation”, the demand for retaining top talent has never been higher. A successful onboarding practice can get the process of retention started from the application to the anniversary date.  How many companies are paying…

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WE ALL NEED PSYCHOLOGICAL SAFETY

One of the greatest threats to breakthrough innovation and growth will be organizations that stifle differing opinions or worse, those that don’t reward engaging in different ideas. One book that I recently completed by Adam Grant, “Think Again”, has an entire chapter devoted to Psychological Safety. Which is fostering a climate of respect trust and openness…

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