Check Past Behavior When Hiring Future Employees

Check Past Behavior When Hiring Future Employees

Oct 21

I caution my business coaching clients to beware of computer consultants, network administrators, or anyone for that matter, who come bearing paper certificates but little hands-on know-how. Yet I hear of many businesses who are so strapped to fill vacant positions, they don’t want to avoid hiring outside consultants or permanent employees by being too critical about experience and results....

Stop Chasing Success

Stop Chasing Success

Oct 01

Yep, you heard me right. I’m telling you: “Stop chasing success and discover what really matters most to you!” I’ve found that quite a few business owners, and many other folks, have an uncontrollable urge to chase success. And why not? After all, according to lots of successful people like Thomas Edison who said, “Success is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration”, the concept is one...

Finding Innovation is the Key to Business Survival

Finding Innovation is the Key to Business Survival

Jan 12

I recently attended a web seminar and I’d like to share some of the things I took away from it. The speaker, a human resource consultant and former HR executive in the high tech industry, pointed out that countless successful corporate leaders understand innovation is the key to a company’s survival. He suggested that effective talent management was ultimate ductwork bringing innovation into...

Do Small Business Owners Fear Sales Success?

Do Small Business Owners Fear Sales Success?

Jan 08

I’ve found that quite a few small business owners seem to fear success – and I mean that in a nice way. Many people, from time to time myself included, often have trouble envisioning the level of success they most desire.  And one of the main reasons is that they haven’t done a reality check and defined success as they see it.  Most of the time they use the monetary or material...

Employee Exit Interviews Will Save Your Company Money — If Properly Conducted

Employee Exit Interviews Will Save Your Company Money — If Properly Conducted

Dec 19

My research has shown that a person who resigns from your company is leaving for one of three main reasons:  a new career opportunity,  an unsolicited job offer or  for a grievance that has not been handled correctly (usually a manager issue). The last point on this list is the most frequent reason a valued employee moves on. There are other reasons of course, but these are tops....

‘Boss’ Spelled Backwards is Double S.O.B. (SSOB)

‘Boss’ Spelled Backwards is Double S.O.B. (SSOB)

May 11

Have you ever had a ‘toxic’ manager?  If you’ve been in the world of employment for any length of time and had several supervisors, then chances are, you’ve encountered one or more of these. For the starters, let’s define a toxic manager.  While most don’t qualify for the ‘Darwin Award’ website yet, they’re getting closer each year. Of...