Retain Top Talent in 2010 and Beyond

If retaining talent is not high on your list of concerns in 2010, then it should be.

I have seen way too many executives and hiring managers think that with the down economy and high unemployment rate there’s no need to worry about employee retention. This line of thinking will lead you down a slippery slope, especially as the economy begins to recover.

Don't Run From Providing Performance Feedback!

One of the quickest ways to crush an employee's morale is by surprising her with feedback during the annual review that she never received during the performance year. I see this over and over and over again.

Difficult conversations are difficult because they are uncomfortable for most people. But, there are techniques that you can learn to provide feedback in a way that will help an employee improve without coming across as marginalizing.

Transforming the Performance Review Process from Marginalizing to Motivating

Ah the holidays. A time to enjoy family and friends, perhaps some time off from work, and even a chance to reflect on the year's past and what's to come.

Motivation: The Questions to Ask

One of the common questions I hear from people is, “how do I know what motivates my people?”

Well, the answer is pretty simple.

Just ask.
Then listen.

Would you work for You?

I was recently at a meeting with a group of Human Resource executives, and one of the HR Directors mentioned that her slogan for her supervisory training was “would you work for you?”

That is a great question to ask - regardless of whether you have the title of leader or not. There is a tremendous amount of research, supported by the Gallup Organization and others, that indicates that people don’t leave their organizations, they leave their managers.

Do you lead by email? Get off your butt!

Twitter, facebook, instant messaging, webex, email, yada, yada, yada.

What's next?

Who knows?

But really, who cares anyways?

These are all tools (that supposedly help us do more with less). And that's all they are, just tools.They are not a replacement for building a relationship and connecting with people in person.

Are You Modeling the Way?

Have you had a chance to read The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner? It's a bit dry, but provides great stories about leadership and, more importantly, a simple and understandable leadership model. It's a great resource to have around the office.

The first of five Practices of Leadership they talk about in the book is "Model the Way." Here's a short excerpt:

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