Chess Board about strategic people planning

By Mary Nutting, Owner and President of CorTalent I work with entrepreneurial businesses every day, and I’m continually impressed with their strategies and visions for growth.  They are clear about their customers and how they’ll compete, and they have solid ideas about where they’ll want to invest in capital and equipment to fuel their growth. …

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Shop floor production supervisor leading a stand-up meeting

By Gayle Noakes, Founder of Gayle Noakes Supervisor Success All too often when we realize our Supervisors need more skills, we sign them up for a training program and wipe our hands, thinking the job is done. The Supervisors probably do need to learn new skills, but there is so much more that needs to…

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Changing your company culture doesn’t have to be complicated. Sometimes our understanding of company culture can seem ethereal or intangible. I promise you it’s not that complex. Your company’s culture is the grand total of what you get when you add up behaviors that get rewarded and behaviors that get penalized. Some people believe that…

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It seems strange now, but in 2019 the most pressing challenge for many manufacturers was talent management and the availability of qualified workers. Companies employed many strategies to hire and retain workers, including pay increases, referral bonuses, internal training programs, flexible schedules, relaxed hiring standards, and engagement with local high schools and vo-techs. We also…

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I recently had the opportunity to participate in an all-employee Zoom meeting while working with a client. Like many company meetings now, the discussion topics centered on the impact of the coronavirus. There were updates on the economic conditions, the impact to their industry, the government stimulus packages, and the potential of layoffs. You would…

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illustration of employees around leader

What we’re seeing today with the COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything most of us have experienced before. This situation requires leaders to communicate frequently and honestly with their teams. People are thirsty to understand what is happening and how it affects them. Leaders are in the difficult position of not knowing what is going to…

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We know what to do with our rock star employees. We show them the love. We also know what to do with our worst employees. We show them the door. But what should we do with middle performing employees? Sometimes they have moments of brilliance that leave you thinking, “They’re okay. Let’s keep working with…

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An Onboarding Program That Works

If you’ve been following along with this Talent Systems blog series, you’ll know I offered a brief introduction of what Talent Systems are, and subsequently covered how to assess talent brand status, manage your talent pipeline strategy, and make sure your screening and hiring process is efficient. Now we’ll move on to the next important…

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Make Your Hiring Process Efficient

I’ve covered the steps detailing a company’s talent brand status and determining a plan of action for a talent pipeline. Now it’s time to move on to the next crucial step in the Talent System Series: the screening and hiring process. Screening and hiring are challenging. It’s a process to accomplish two things that are…

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As I discussed in my last blog post, establishing a workforce you can be proud of starts from within by assessing your company’s talent brand status. Once you’ve done that, the next step is determining the strategy behind your Talent Pipeline. Determine Your Talent Pipeline The term “Talent Pipeline” is shorthand for the target population…

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