The earlier we begin building relationships in the workplace, the easier it is to do our job well.  So, when bringing on new hires, after you’ve shown them their work space, the lunchroom and restrooms, and introduced them to the team, try this.   Give the new hire a list of key stakeholders to meet with to […]

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Many experts believe that empowered and engaged employees are more productive and more loyal.  But where do managers begin the process of building the ideal energized and focused team? Gallup suggests asking each team member these five questions. What do you know you can do well, but haven’t done yet?   What activities – inside and outside of […]

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According to Gallup, today’ employees treat their job search like they treat their shopping.  They have lots of information and options, and they don’t see the need to settle for a job that’s not right for them.   Central to today’s job search:  company culture, lifestyle compatibility, the ability to make a difference and transparency.  If your culture is […]

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As companies strive to become more diverse and inclusive, Gallup says leaders first need to understand the difference between the two terms.  They sum it up with the words of Netflix CEO Verna Myers, who says “Diversity is being invited to the party; inclusion is being asked to dance.” For strategies on this front to truly hold, […]

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According to Gallup, by 2025, Millennials will make up 75 percent of the workforce.  They will be the majority of the rank and file and hold the majority of leadership positions. This bodes well for companies that are embracing diversity and inclusiveness.   Gallup contributors Camille Patrick and Ella Washington say Millennials are uniquely positioned to advance this workplace […]

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 If you aspire to become a leader, but your title is still something less, Forbes.com contributor William Arruda offers these five tips to help others see you in a leadership role. Master the mindset. Look way beyond your to-do list to the bigger picture. Think of ways you and the work you do can […]

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The leaders in the room were Baby Boomers and members of Generation X. The panelists were Millennials. I was their facilitator for a candid conversation. Here’s how the panelists answered questions about how they want to be managed. The Millennials said they want feedback – clear, honest communication about what they’re doing that’s working well […]

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During a recent panel discussion where Millennials shared their views with one company’s leaders, they expressed their desire for work-life balance and continuous learning and growth. The group told a room of Baby Boomers and GenXers that if they’re not growing and developing, they are more likely to leave. Doing the same thing every day […]

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Recently, I facilitated a panel discussion among a group of Millennials who shared their perspective with the company’s leadership. The leaders — all of whom were Baby Boomers and members of Generation X – wanted a better understanding of the Millennials in their workforce. As part of this open and honest forum, the Millennial panelists […]

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 Is Your Mature Brand or Field A Turn Off to Young Candidates? Is your industry having trouble appealing to younger job candidates? Is it difficult to grab attention away from glamorous tech and start-up businesses? As Fast Company’s Bill Taylor writes in the Harvard Business Review, attracting young talent starts when they’re in college. […]

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What Today’s Hiring Managers Are Looking For Philadelphia Business Journal contributor Gina Hall writes that today’s hiring managers are less interested in years of experience and hard work, than they are in natural talent. She cited a study where 60 percent of the participants chose the naturally talented person over the “striver” – even though […]

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Culture vs. Strategy Peter Drucker said, “Culture eats strategy for lunch.” The right strategy plays an important role in any company’s success. But, the right culture makes implementing that strategy easier and more sustainable. Culture is nourished by hiring people who have the necessary education and skills, but who also who embody the organization’s core […]

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I meet a fair number of business leaders who say they are empathy-challenged.  Empathy is the ability to recognize and identify the emotions being experienced by another person.  It’s one of the five components of Emotional Intelligence.  Because it enables others to feel like you connect with them, it is an important skill set for […]

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Are you more tenured with many more years of experience than the person to whom you report? Is your manager the same age or younger than your children? These days, it’s not all that unusual for older people to report to those who are much younger. According to a 2012 CareerBuilder survey, “One third (34 […]

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Millennials, those 18 to 35 year old workers, look for purpose and a sense of meaning in their work and lives. Here is one simple suggestion for helping this growing and important segment of your workforce feel more engaged and valued: Talk with them about the company’s vision, strategy and goals.  Point how what they […]

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