by Nan S. Russell - Dec, 2008
"Weren't you afraid?" This is a common question friends ask after seeing pictures of how close we were to lions, elephants, leopards, and hippos. After all, our safari into the African bush wasn't Disney's Animal Kingdom, and watching a lion pride hunt and kill its prey made that apparent. But I never was fearful. There were times when adrenalin heightened my awareness, but the trust in our trackers and guides transcended my f...
Why Leadership That Counts is Needed Now, More Than Ever
by Chris Makell - Nov, 2008
Lehman Brothers, AIG, Bank of America buys Merrill Lynch, the housing crisis, mortgage mess, fuel and food costs, on and on… While it looks dire, the times are creating opportunities for more people to become true leaders – not just in business, but in their lives. Let’s examine leadership from the two perspectives, personally and professionally to see where you can gain the most from these changing times. The current Wa...
Creating Engagement — An Action Plan For Managers
by Joe Feest - Nov, 2008
In MRA’s “Leading An Engaged Workforce (LEW)” series we define employee engagement as, “The extent to which employees are committed to their job, organization, manager, co-workers, and working both harder and smarter rather than merely showing up to do what they’re obliged to do. Engaged employees contribute discretionary effort in accomplishing their objectives.” Then, in our LEW series we identify the seven drivers that mana...
Don’t Want Management’s Job? That’s Okay, They Don’t Think You’re Right for It
by J.T. O'Donnell - Nov, 2008
Two weeks ago, BusinessWeek, offered some interesting survey results in reference to Bosses Day which was celebrated nationwide on October 16th. (What, you didn’t get the memo?) One was from national staffing firm, Adecco, which says 69% of 1500 employees surveyed said they wouldn’t want their boss’ job if offered to them. The reason why? The ‘pressure to have all the answers’ was listed as a main concern, but I’m here to tell...
Evaluating Quality of Hire: Can’t Get There From Here
by Dr. Wendell Williams - Nov, 2008
Time and again I read recommendations for evaluating quality of hire. Ask the managers, ask the employees, ask an astrologer. None of these things will ever give you more than a subjective opinion about the kind of information you need to improve the quality of hire. Here’s why. Imagine advertising for superheroes. There are a dozen steroid-pumped, ego-centric applicants sitting in your waiting room wearing masks, capes, an...
Creating a Retention Culture
by Barbara Giamanco - Nov, 2008
Holding on to your valued workers doesn’t end with a competitive paycheck. It requires an environment of great management, open communication, empowerment, and recognition. While the U.S. economy may be growing at a rate of 3-4% each year, employers are seeing a corresponding decrease in the availability of bright, talented 35- to 45-year olds. When you combine that with the idea that at any given time 75% of the employ...
We Can Work It Out
by Dr. Barton Goldsmith - Nov, 2008
The Beatles were still in their twenties when they wrote “We Can Work It Out,” but somehow they understood that even though resolving issues can be hard, it is better than trashing a business relationship, a job or a deal. Here are ten tips to help you work things out: 1. When you’re having a difficult discussion, put your angry emotions aside. You can’t be logical when you’re mad. If you can’t contain your ire, it may...
Where is the Good People Management?!
by John G. Miller - Nov, 2008
One of the many Miller daughters is now a barista with a large coffee house chain. What a fine organization they are. Great benefits. Decent pay. Good work environment. Fun culture. The company is successful beyond the founder's wildest dreams, I'm sure. But none of that matters to a teenager working her first job and experiencing her first boss. High school senior, Molly, came to work on a Tuesday at 3:30pm, expectin...
The Art of Professional Growth Counseling
by Joe Giordano - Nov, 2008
Professional growth counseling is the act of planning for the accomplishment of individual and professional goals within your organization. It is the cornerstone of succession planning and staff development and the key to ensuring the future success of your company. Professional growth counseling is a shared effort that involves managers and their direct reports jointly committing to performance related self-improvement. Ma...
by Dr. Linda Burrs - Nov, 2008
If leaders are not intentionally creating cultures of inclusion, then by default, they are creating cultures of exclusion. For years the term diversity seems to have taken the brunt of everything that is not good about working in organizations. The misinformation and disinformation attached to the word diversity are extraordinary. Diversity has been substituted for affirmative action, EEOC, artificial quotas and the cause of u...
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