This weekend, I started reading a book about behavior change by James Clear called Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones. Early in the book, Clear comments on how frequently people and organizations try to achieve better results by goal setting, pegging this as the default approach…

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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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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’re often asked to rate things–surveys, people, presentations, and even meetings. For those familiar with EOS®, the Entrepreneurial Operating System®, you know that every meeting ends by scoring it, from 1 to 10. Have you noticed that some people struggle to rate anything an unequivocal 10? It’s almost a matter of principle to them. They…

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What we say and how we say it matters. Our words reflect not only what we think but also how we feel. It can take practice, but I’ve learned that listening carefully to the words someone uses can tell you a lot about them. Low-Respect v. High-Respect Let’s look at an example of how a…

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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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A production supervisor has perhaps one of the most difficult and thankless jobs in a factory. I learned firsthand one summer as an intern at a GM Factory in Saginaw, Michigan, where I filled in for vacationing supervisors. There I was, a 21-year-old college kid supervising a bunch of grizzled workers. It was daunting at…

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Leadership Change

When there’s a leadership change or different direction embarked upon, folks at your company may not be quick to embrace it right away. It’s not uncommon and is often the natural course of things. But we can learn from nature, too. Take, for example, the story of the blue whale and school of sardines. The…

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