26 Oct

Business is Different Than I Thought

Over time I have been able to identify a fair number of common concerns among business owners. Here in Northeast Wisconsin where I live, the common ground among them is not surprising. The common thread of culture and lifestyle, for the most part, exists in the majority of business owners.  Many commonly express the same thought; “Business is different than I thought.”  The conflict of balancing life and business is real and most struggle terribly with that.

That requires some defining.

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19 Oct

Best Practices are Harming Your Business

Yes, Best practices are harming your business.  The reasoning is simple – they are someone else’s success story and not yours.  Just because another business was successful with whatever you are copying doesn’t mean you will be. This is especially true if you are using someone else Best Practice to solve your Recruiting and Retention problems.  In simple point of fact, you probably won’t be.  So what can you do instead of copying what someone else is doing?

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12 Oct

Employee Engagement

We have heard it over and over.  “We have to work on establishing a more engaged workforce.”  “We have to get our employees more engaged”   What does that mean?  Let’s define Employee Engagement.  Employee Engagement is nothing more than the extent the individual chooses to apply their knowledge, skills, and abilities toward an effort.  I invite your attention to three words “the individual chooses.”

What does that mean?

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05 Oct

Success Comes From Actions and Not Things.

I remember his frustration.  He showed me the equipment he bought that promised to make his work easier.  He showed me the software he bought that promised to make his salespeople more efficient.  He was angry too.  I had been referred to him because he needed help.  He was angry, frustrated, and taking it out on me because everything he had purchased to help his business didn’t.  His words still resonate with me, “I bought this $%*+, and nothing happened.”  I knew part of the answer as to why.  He bought something that he thought would make his business successful; he forgets that Success Comes From Actions and Not Things.

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03 Oct

Develop a Business Case for Workforce Planning

A common reason I am given for a business to not engage in workforce planning is that they don’t see the value in it.  Aside from the information, I presented in my article Why do Organizations Need Workforce Planning, there is the information presented in the Entrepreneur Magazine article, 5 Important Guidelines to Increase HR Values In Your Organization.  These articles may not address the objections of your harshest critics.  In that instance, you would have to develop a Business Case for Workforce Planning.

How do you develop a business case for  Workforce Planning (WP)?

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