How To Handle The Stress Of Success
by Ramon Greenwood - Jan, 2009
Suppose you reach your career goals; your hopes and ambitions for success in your work have come true. Could you handle the stress of success? There's a myth that achieving your career goals - whether defined as money, prestige, power or more leisure time - provides peace of mind and happiness, fame and fortune. Truth is success is not an unalloyed panacea. Success almost always produces stress and pressure of one kind o...
Executive Search - What is it Worth?
by Bob Corlett - Dec, 2008
We just completed a Deputy CFO search for a nonprofit client. They liked the candidate pool so much, they actually hired two people – and paid us one fee. A traditional search firm would have charged at least three times more than we did – for just one placement. As you might imagine, saving about $70k in search fees felt pretty good to our client. Our client was thrilled, the two candidates were thrilled and we were thrilled....
The Recession Survival Guide - It’s “Trade-In” Time
by Bob Corlett - Dec, 2008
Ok, we’re in a recession - it’s official. So fear and panic are evident in decision-making and mostly we see people frozen in place. Waiting to see what happens. And not driving results. Do you know who in your organization will get you through the downturn? Look around. Your top performers are still driving results, taking on new responsibilities, trying new things, improving your current processes, cutting expenses, sugg...
You Can’t Afford Mediocre People in a Recession, but Surprise! Now You Can Finally Afford Great Ones...
by Bob Corlett - Dec, 2008
Employers should always demand top performance from their employees, but in good times you can get away with having a few mediocre people on your team. As long as they don’t break anything, they can come to work every day and enjoy the “rising tide” of increased opportunities. After all, a rising tide lifts even mediocre boats. In good times, like on a “T” ball team, everyone is a winner. Top performers actually drive most of...
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...
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