Lower Leadership Stress Today

Wise leaders surround themselves with the right people

If you are a business owner or the manager of a large division, you feel daily pressure to perform.  It affects everything you do:  your time, your health, and your sleep.  Stress is normal – and can be healthy as we outlined in this article – however, it would do you a lot of good […]

Make Your Organization’s Last Impression a Good One

4 reasons exiting employees should have a good departure

When an employee announces their resignation, a lengthy “to do” list ensues – that’s just a fact. There are exit interviews to be conducted, responsibilities to shift, paperwork to be completed, and security credentials to manage. Frankly, it can be a hassle when an employee moves on; a natural reaction of those “left behind” can […]

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 […]

Progressive Employers are Finding New Retention Solutions: Here are 4

There are many factors that make attracting and retaining top talent extremely hard.  One of our biggest challenges today is the low unemployment rate.  Basically everyone who is ready, willing and able to work, is already employed. That’s why it is so important to find and implement new retention solutions. Employers across the nation cannot […]

Employee Engagement and Your Remote Workforce

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For those of us who have worked remotely, it can be a tremendous benefit both personally and professionally.  However, along with the very long list of pros, there are a few cons that can make remote work challenging.  One of the biggest obstacles of being a remote worker is the engagement factor.  How can you […]

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 […]

The Impact of Appreciation on Productivity

Thoughts from teamwork expert and former MLBer Mike Robbins

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I recently watched a great TEDx Bellevue talk (see below) featuring renowned teamwork expert and former major league baseball player Mike Robbins (www.Mike-Robbins.com). The talk focuses on appreciation, a word not applied often enough to corporate cultures. In his talk, Robbins shares how appreciation is relevant in the work place and how it can have […]

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 […]

A Formula for Organizational and Team Chemistry

Team chemistry's catalyst? The CEO

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At Centennial, we “hang our hat” on our 4Cs– character, culture, chemistry and competency.  When we seek talent for our greatly valued client organizations, we evaluate candidates’ competencies and character, helping the client determine who will best align with their organizational culture and their team’s chemistry. What is chemistry all about and how can you […]