Archive for November, 2016

Get Your Employees Out of the Comfort Zone

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We have emphasized how important it is to make our employees comfortable by building their confidence and encouraging them. But, a completely comfortable employee will not grow over time. The best leaders work to make sure their employees are always a bit uncomfortable. Doesn’t this sound counter intuitive? As humans, we look for routines to help us feel safe and in control. But, these routines can make our brains lazy or put them on autopilot, making us resistant to exploration and change. So, get your employees out of their conform zone. Discomfort helps us learn, grow, and change, and research…

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Show Me the Money!

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Compensation can be a difficult topic to discuss with job candidates. In the past, compensation discussions were deferred – this was at a time when little information was available to job seekers putting employers in the driver’s seat.  Fast forward to the age of information, transparency, and a growing number of candidate tools in which a plethora of data is available on salary, benefits other information relative to employment. Deferring compensation discussions until the last minute is like rolling the dice – you are potentially wasting your time, as well as that of your co-workers, and the candidates whom you…

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Three Building Blocks of Managerial Succes

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With so many tasks and responsibilities to focus on, there are an endless amount of qualities that good managers should possess. Here are three characteristics that should be central competencies for EVERY manager. 1.  Manage to strengths There are many studies that show the benefits of focusing on strengths, including increased engagement, happiness, lower levels of stress and more rapid development of employees. Think about it — if you are right-handed and attempt to get better at writing with your left hand, you’re probably never going to be great at it. If your employees focus mostly on improving their weaknesses,…

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Get the Most Out of Reference Checks

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Reference checks can be an overlooked or underutilized part of the hiring process; however, a manager who does their homework will not just ask references for a vague affirmation of the candidate’s abilities, but use the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of the candidate.  Reference checks are a golden opportunity to match what you learned during the recruitment process to what the reference says about your candidate. Here are a few ways to make the most out of reference checks. 1. Ask about emotional intelligence You already know about the candidate’s job history from their resume, but there is…

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