It’s Not Just a Race, It’s a Sprint

A talented Finance Professional I know has a mantra that I’ve boiled down to “It’s not just a race, it’s a sprint”. Her assertion is that in business we can’t just mozy along and expect to do great things. We’ve got to work for it – and we have to be willing to work hard …

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Recruitment Strategies

I’ll be honest, this can be a dry subject. However, having a solid understanding of recruitment, and being able to implement thoughtful recruitment strategies is vital to a company’s success. The following post is meant to help you understand the basic principles of recruitment and candidate selection. Understanding Recruitment Labor Demand Labor demand refers to …

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Leverage Criticism into Improvement

Sal and Emily Sal, a heavy-set technician in his mid-fifties, was leaning back in the uncomfortable office chair, with his tree-trunk arms crossed across his thick chest, and his face red. “I don’t think I have to listen to this. Is this your role now?” He demanded, in a low but sharp voice. Emily was …

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Personal Realignment

Rick’s Dilemma “I’m gonna be honest here, Rick,” Tuan began, “I just don’t know what you’re doing all day, and that’s the problem. You haven’t resolved a whole lot of tickets – only 50% of the next lowest technician. “You say that you’ve been working in your labs and trying to learn more about the …

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Cultural Alignment and Leadership

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Well-Meaning but Damaging Culture Dave Hatfield, the IT Manager at Blumfirth, Inc., was late to the morning team meeting. The rest of the team had been waiting patiently in the small conference room since 8AM. Some of them were chatting, others were checking email, or browsing on their phones when Dave finally burst in. “I’m …

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Strengthening Employees through Competency Alignment

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John Larry Wright was a nice guy. A very nice guy. Just about everyone in the organization loved him … except for his own team in the IT Department. For all of his interpersonal strengths, John struggled to perform his job adequately. In fact, John had caused two major network outages in the past three …

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Prioritize Your Employees

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We’re near the forefront of a new movement in business. That movement is to prioritize the employees as much as shareholders and customers. That’s not to say that some companies haven’t been doing that all along. There’s going to be some history in this post, so bear with me. The Triangle of Business Stakeholders Traditionally …

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Powerful Delegation

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Why Delegate? A manager stuck doing everything is not going to be effective at anything. You’re bound to feel overwhelmed, frustrated, and lost. You may skip lunches and work late as you try to cram all of your responsibilities into your workday. This stress may manifest itself in both your professional and personal relationships. You …

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Developing Your Core Values

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Core Business Documents There are three core documents that drive business strategy: Your Core Values Your Mission Statement Your Vision Statement Each document informs the one that follows with the Vision Statement specifically driving your strategy. It all Begins with Your Core Values The Core Value document is not difficult or complicated. However, it is …

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Developing Your Vision Statement

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Core Business Documents There are three core documents that drive business strategy: Your Core Values Your Mission Statement Your Vision Statement Each document informs the one that follows with the Vision Statement specifically driving your strategy. The Vision Statement as an Evolving Document In their book Total Alignment: Tools and Tactics for Streamlining Your Organization, …

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