Winning at Retention – a case study to model

A close look at James Sinegal, Costco's co-founder and former CEO

When you run an international retail chain and your turnover is 12%, you’re doing something right.  In an industry with soaring turnover rates, James (Jim) Sinegal, Costco’s co-founder and former CEO, set a high bar for cultivating a work environment that people don’t want to leave.  If he can produce this kind of retention results […]

Equip Yourself to Lead Well

Take a lesson from back-to-school shopping and prepare yourself for the year ahead

For the last several weeks, back-to-school sales have overtaken stores of every shape and size.  They know students will come, armed with a long list of required supplies, to stock up for the school year. These purchases are meant to prepare and equip the students for the work ahead. This is a good exercise we […]

Is the Leader You Need Hiding in Plain Sight?

Consider Promoting from Within

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This article was originally published on the Human Capital Institute blog. Have you ever bought something for your home only to realize you already have exactly what you need? This same phenomenon happens in the workplace, and on an even larger scale. The leader you think you need to hire from outside your organization may […]

Leadership & Lemonade: Don’t skimp on the sweetener

Do you answer "yes" to any of these questions?

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A tall glass of chilled lemonade is the quintessential treat of summer.  Its tartness is counter-balanced by sweetness; it cools and refreshes on the hottest of days.  Would your employees describe you in a similar way?  Do you have enough sweetness in your leadership to refresh others?  Does your personality convince people to stay or […]

Summer Reading with Lasting Leadership Lessons

Spend an Hour with This Book and You’ll be Wiser and Better Equipped to Lead

The Way of the Shepherd: 7 Ancient Secrets to Managing Productive People by Dr. Kevin Leman and William Pentak is an excellent leadership book that will leave a positive impact on the way you lead your team.  Several Centennial team members have read this practical book and it has become a favorite. We especially appreciate […]

Work Less and Be More Productive – Myth or Reality?

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It seems counterintuitive to suggest that working less will allow you to be more productive. These two ideas feel like they are in direct opposition to each other.  It’s like suggesting that two wheels can turn in opposite directions and still move you forward.  That is just not possible, is it?  The startling but emphatic […]

Employers, Don’t End the Courtship Once the Offer Letter is Signed

Top tips for showing the same amount of interest to an employee as a recruit

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Hiring managers often do a great job of wooing a prospective candidate when they are eager to add him or her to their team.  They put a lot of effort into representing their organization well and putting their best foot forward.  However, all too often their enthusiasm wanes once the offer letter is signed and […]

Rock-star Employee Engagement on May 4th

Invest in yourself and your employees

The benefits of employee engagement are innumerable.  It’s something every organization needs to do well but it often takes a backseat to all the other pressing issues.  In less than 2 weeks, you have the opportunity to make a huge impact on your employee engagement with very little effort.  This impact comes in the form […]

As a Leader, Do You Have a Green Thumb?

3 tips on cultivating healthy growth in your team

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How green is your thumb when it comes to cultivating high-producing teams?  Do you throw a few available people together and expect great results?  Just like a green thumb in the garden, you must give proper care and consideration for your team to see award-winning results.  What can you do to develop a thriving team?  […]

America’s Low Unemployment Rate and Your Talent

8 tips for being an attractive organization inside and out

America’s incredibly low unemployment rate sounds phenomenal as a stand-alone metric.  However, if you back up and look at its ripple effect, you’ll see many challenges that come from the economy being at, or near, full employment. The natural repercussions of such a low unemployment rate, such as wage inflation and shrinking talent pools, affect […]