“Re-Alphabetizing” Your Team Players

Develop "C" Employees Into "A" Employees

For the past several weeks, I have heard how companies cut costs by “letting go” of their “C” employees.  These same companies plan to invest in their “B” employees to develop them into “A” employees. This has me scratching my head. Why did it take a pandemic for this initiative to take place? How much […]

Your Team; This Crisis: Who Are the Real Leaders?

Quarantine, Week 5, Reflections from Becky Scheeler

You, the CEO, along with your leadership team, carefully crafted your company’s values– which are now on the walls at your office and probably on page 2 of your annual report. While writing your company values, the world and your environment were somewhat predictable. Your vision was clear on how to accomplish your goals. Your […]

Will You Be Ready to Hire a Growth-Minded Leader?

Reflect & Plan Now to Evaluate Quickly Later

I recently joined Carolyn Washburn’s Vistage group. If you are a senior level executive, you should consider joining a Vistage group if you haven’t already.  Vistage membership provides senior level executive leadership the opportunity to connect with other leaders to learn, enhance and develop their leadership. It was at a Vistage meeting Carolyn hosted where […]

Inclusive Capitalism: This Effort Can Make Your Success Sustainable

Getting and keeping talent is one of every business leader’s top initiatives. It is also the breeding ground for many headaches as the struggle is real and constant.  There never seems to be enough workers, available and interested, to get the necessary work done.  Between the lack of people needing a job and the rate […]

Change Management: a critical skill for leaders of growth-oriented organizations

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Change is everywhere.  In our quest to continually improve, change is a constant variable.  Our fast-paced society is chock-full of new ways and new ideas.  That’s why it is critical to hire leaders who are experts in change management.  Furthermore, that is why you need to develop your own skills in this area. What Does […]

Hiring a Non-Family Executive into a Family Business

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Here is the situation: you run a successful business and you love the camaraderie you share with the other top executive.  That executive also happens to be your brother.  It is a great set up because you and your brother complement each other well and you are experiencing incredible growth in your family business. In […]

Swinging with the Pendulum Not Always Best

Beware of extremes in business

“Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.”  This is a phrase you’ve probably heard, and likely said yourself.  This adage describes a pitfall I see too often in organizations: the harmful practice of tossing out something valuable in an effort to make improvements.  Extreme change without careful consideration. Following the Trends Too often a […]

Boosting Your EQ is a Boost to Your Career

Practical steps to raising your emotional intelligence

IQ + EQ = Success

There is a clear link between job performance and emotional intelligence.  Last month we took a look at 9 Habits exhibited by people with a high emotional quotient (EQ). As a leader, it’s important to be able to identify high EQ when you’re hiring for a critical position. However, as a leader, you want to […]

IQ or EQ; Which is More Critical to your Job Performance?

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Evidence continues to support high “EQ,” or emotional quotient, as a predictor of strong leadership. Unfortunately, a high emotional quotient, also called emotional intelligence, is harder to spot than a high IQ.  If your organization seeks strong leaders, it’s important to educate yourself on identifying high emotional intelligence. Before you question my own IQ, I should say upfront that […]

8 Mistakes That Can Ruin a Job Offer

A Great Candidate Deserves a Great Offer Experience

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The offer stage is the beginning of the final stages in a hiring process.  When you’ve arrived at this point you are eager to wrap up all the loose ends and get your newest employee up and running.  It’s easy to want to rush through this final stage.  Don’t.  It’s critical to be just as thorough at this […]