What is your Team's Stance?

In my work with Senior Leadership Teams, I've noticed that teams respond to their environment in a natural way. Sometimes their responses produce effective, long-term results. Other times, their responses are short-term and reactive.

Compare the following.

Problem-reacting Stance

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Tips for Onboarding Seasonal Employees

Today's post is from a guest blogger Kyle Lagunas. Whether you have seasonal employees or not, I think you will find this valuable.

Kyle Lagunas is the HR Analyst at Software Advice. On the surface, it's his job to contribute to the ongoing conversation on all things HR. Beyond that, he makes sure his audience is keeping up with important trends and hot topics in the industry. Focused on offering a fresh take on points of interest in his market, he's not your typical HR guy.

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Happy Thanksgiving: I am Grateful for You

Hello Everyone

I wanted to wish you all a very healthy and happy Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving for me is a time of reflection and a time to come back to the present. It is a time for me to be grateful for all of the wonderful things in my life- most importantly my wife, my family, and my family of friends.

How to Show Gratitude

There couldn't be a better week to talk about gratitude. So in the spirit of Thanksgiving, here are some ideas to show gratitude toward your people.

How Effective Are Your Meetings?

The challenge in many organizations is not just that there are too many meetings, but that there are too many poorly run meetings. As a result people waste time and energy instead of getting "real work" done.

Here is a checklist I use in my strategic team building and team development programs as I observe and provide real time coaching.

Check it out and see how your team is doing.

Structure

Overwhelmed or Underwhelmed?

When a team member is either overwhelmed with their work or underwhelmed, it can lead to a low level of engagement. In other words, responsibility level has to be in line with competency and potential.

Here are a few other thoughts to "gauge" the level of engagement with your team members.

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Crunching the Numbers

According to the November 2011 issue of Inc. Magazine...

  • 64% - Portion of customers who have walked out of a store because of poor customer service in the past 12 months
  • 70% - Share of customers who say they are willing to spend more at companies that provide superior customer service
  • 9 = Average number of people a customer will tell about a good customer service experience
  • 16 = Average number of people a customer will tell about a bad experience

When Feedback Doesn't Work...

I recently heard a client say, ” I have never seen an employee stick around after having been through a performance improvement process.”

The challenge in many organizations is that they view discipline the wrong way. The process is filled with warnings, threats, and ultimatums, and as a result good people leave bad managers.

On the other hand, when discipline is done correctly, it can be a process that helps an employee and team be successful.

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