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Is Oprah Motivating Your Employees?

March 4, 2009 -- Sal Silvester

Oprah has topped the list of celebrities whom hourly workers, including teens, are motivated by to make their day more fun. According to the SnagAJob.com online survey of 2,300 people, Oprah was the top choice ahead of Angelina Jolie and Will Ferrell among workers 18 to 24, 25 to 44, and she was also the clear choice of workers ages 45 and older.

What does this mean? Perhaps nothing, but it is another indication of the intergenerational workforce and the little quirks that are emerging that may affect how we hire, motivate, and retain employees.

Determine Your Training Needs

March 4, 2009 -- Sal Silvester

It’s that time of the year that we all “love” – budget season. In this article, we have provided you with a simple 3-step process to identify your training needs and estimate your training budget for the upcoming year.

Investing in your greatest asset – your people – is one of the most important things you can do to develop talent, improve retention, increase productivity, and create a culture of learning and growth.

Effective Discipline

March 4, 2009 -- Sal Silvester

The 50 Best Small and Medium Places to Work were announced by HR Magazine in July. Open communication, teamwork, employee training, and cultures which breed the idea of exceeding expectations, are among the characteristics of these top companies.

Yet many organizations, and managers, don’t recognize that a key part of the elements that build a winning team and a great place to work is discipline.

What? Discipline the Non-Performers?

Put Me in Coach, I am Ready to Play

March 4, 2009 -- Sal Silvester

“Eighty-one percent of the respondents to the 2005 Skill Gap Survey of the American Manufacturing Workforce (Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute, 2005) said they couldn’t find qualified workers to fill their open positions. As far as manufacturers are concerned, the skills gap is upon us,” notes Stacey Jarrett Wagner, managing director, Center for Workforce Success, at the National Association of Manufacturers. - Training and Development magazine, February 2006

Delegate and Deliver

March 4, 2009 -- Sal Silvester

Have you ever wondered why it is, that even with the most careful planning and organization, certain projects fail to achieve the results you envisioned? Ask yourself this question, “Did I derail my own plans because I was not willing to delegate?"

Some Perspective

Achieving Peak Performance

March 4, 2009 -- Sal Silvester

Several years ago I was asked to do some consulting for a Fortune 500 company. At issue was finding out why the organization was so fragmented in its approach to business, even though the organizational goals had been well articulated and included in its vision, mission, and strategy. After some key employee interviews and focus groups in each of the main divisions, it didn’t take me long to see the problem. It was glaring.

Hiring the Right Talent the First Time

March 4, 2009 -- Sal Silvester

Talent. In its most simple definition talent is any individual who has the capability to make a significant difference to the current and future performance of the company.

It is no wonder that more and more organizations are realizing the importance of good talent as a competitive edge. The scary thing is that in the next 10 years, HR professionals expect three out of 10 employees in their organization’s workforce to retire. That’s a lot of talent leaving organizations.

Do it Now!

March 4, 2009 -- Sal Silvester

They say that ignorance is bliss, but, “they” (whoever they are) are wrong. Ignorance is fear – fear of facing what needs to be addressed.

For example, is it easier for you to not face the fact that you have more debt than assets, (not including your mortgage) which really means you are broke? Yes BROKE.

Is it easier for you to remain in your current job than to truly define your purpose and do what you are passionate about?

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