01 Dec

Employer of Choice – Just Say No!

We all see the words.  Businesses promote it as if somehow it makes them unique; “WE are an employer of choice.”  “Join us here at XYZ Company; We are an Employer of Choice.”  As if that is the only reason anyone would want to work for any company.  There are many problems with being an Employer of Choice (EOC).  To begin with, any employer can simply decide they are one.

Further, everyone seemingly is one.  There is nothing unique about being an employer of choice.  THAT is the problem; being an employer of choice does nothing for your business.

So what’s the solution?

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17 Nov

Do Business Coaches Really Add Value?

It is a question I have been asked frequently, especially these last few months.  Always the question revolves around value.  Can a Business Coach add value?  As with many things and not in an attempt to be a smart alec but it depends.  It depends on the Business Coach, and it depends on who wants to be Coached.  Further, it depends on what the person wanting to be coached expects to gain from the relationship.

What creates value for a Business Coaching Client?

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16 Jun

Start, Stop. Start, Stop. Start, Stop…

 

Many of us have seen the cycle of Start, Stop.  We start an initiative, and it loses momentum then stops.  Later, we do this again.  Still later, again.  Over time our employees lose any enthusiasm or interest in what they are doing.  Ultimately this Start, Stop cycle causes disengagement of our workforce which leads to employee turnover.

Why does this happen?  Why do we start things and never finish?  More importantly, what can we do to change the behaviors of Start, Stop?  While there are many different reasons for this, a few are:

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12 May

Sustainable Success is Like Eating an Elephant

We’ve all heard the question; how do you eat an elephant?  The answer, one bite at a time.  Achieving success takes the same approach.  You do things, one step at a time, and if all goes well, you have success.  These steps, some call them behaviors are a big part of being successful in business.  They will apply whether you are the owner, an executive, a manager or someone who aspires to grow professionally.  What are they?

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05 May

A Positive Business Outcome is From Positive Performance – it’s All in the Feedback

Much is said about having a high performing business.  Many will bring you data, numbers, and models that they claim will make your workforce and your business high performing.  However, none of those will work if your workforce doesn’t know how it is performing.  You can have great equipment, a wonderful cutting-edge product and a state of the art facility with which to produce or provide your product or service.  None of that will matter if your workforce isn’t performing the best it can.  It’s all in the feedback.

Building a positive high performing business, regardless of whose method you choose to use all starts with ensuring that workforce is given value-added performance feedback.  Research has consistently shown that workers who get feedback on their performance are twice as likely, and sometimes more, to have higher engagement and as a result higher productivity.  Further, their performance improves which then drives success, sustainable success, for the business.  Conversely, employees who don’t receive feedback experience lower levels of commitment to the organization and productivity declines.  These employees, especially those with potential, tend to leave your business and go to your competitors.

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