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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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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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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28 Sep

The Simple Business Plan – Complete and Execute Your Business Plan

You’ve developed the five parts of your Simple Business Plan.  You’ve talked them over, dissected and digested them.  They are how you want them now.  You aren’t done.  You have to complete and execute your business plan.  If you just complete it, you’ll be like many but not all businesses.  You’ll have a business plan.  If you execute the plan, you will be among those highly successful businesses that both complete and execute their business plan.  Given the survival rate of businesses in the US, when you complete and execute your business plan, you can find yourself in that group of businesses with long term sustainable survival and growth.

How do you complete and execute your business plan?

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26 Sep

Is Workforce Planning Too Complex

Workforce Planning is the single best way to not only drive your talent strategy but also to support your overall business strategy.  Your workforce planning strategy should not exist unless it is aligned with and supporting your overall business strategy.  Building a Workforce Plan, as I have shared before, takes time, effort and knowledge.  A common concern is its complexity.  Is Workforce Planning Too Complex?

Let’s answer that question…

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