Category: Profit through People

Take time for R&R

July 16th, 2010

Remember to plan time into your summer for a bit of rest & relaxation. I’ve been running around like crazy lately too……… can be difficult but it’s important to rejuvenate from time to time. And, most of the time, you actually return to work more productive and focused.

There’s no doubt that focus can achieve significant results – it costs nothing yet, in my experience, it is one of the most powerful tools to success.

Retaining Top Talent – Why it Matters

June 11th, 2010

I have seen TOO MANY companies not appreciate top talent. In today’s business environment, there is a shortage of top talent – surprisingly, with high unemployment rates, you’d think it would be an employers market. But for top talent, it is NOT. Actually according to an Executive Recruiter’s speech to my APICS (Association of Operations Management) chapter, it is typically harder to find top talent during a recession as most are unwilling to make a change until the business environment improves. In addition, baby boomers are beginning to retire and employers seem to be distracted by a lack of cash and are not appreciating their top talent. Thus, what do you think will occur at the first sight of improvement in the job market? Yep, those who are the underappreciated top talent will go!

I recently wrote a newsleter feature article on this topic. Retaining top talent and why it matters. To read the full article, click here.

Catch ‘Em Doing Right!

April 30th, 2010

I’ve long talked about “catching employees doing right” as a vital day-in, day-out responsibility of a manager. I believe it can go a long ways towards a productive and supportive workplace, which is desperately needed in today’s business environment; however, it should be a priority ALWAYS. Just to clarify, I do NOT support burrying your head in the sand and ignoring behaviors that need to be corrected/ adjusted. It is also important to address these ASAP (waiting for the annual review is USELESS); however, it has proven effective to be on the continual lookout for employees who are “doing right”. Orient yourself to look for progress. You’ll be surprised with the results.

The reason I bring this topic up is that today I saw a Harvard Business Review article on this topic, and it shows that “success gets into your head – and changes it” whereas “failure has no impact”. If you want to change behaviors, catch ’em doing right.

Connectivity in Today’s World

March 22nd, 2010

I was enjoying Costa Rica with my brother and nephew and so I’m just getting back to blogging. Before I post my latest entry, I thought it appropriate to talk about connectivity in today’s world.

I was riding in a van from the active volcano in Costa Rica to a fabulous Pacific coast beach community (Tamarindo – one of my favorites of all my travels), and thanks to modern technology, I was able to send/ receive emails from my Blackberry. Who would have thought? The only downside was that we were running late and so our driver decided to make up time by driving the mountain roads at a quick pace (thank goodness he knew the roads), and so I was limited in sending/ receiving emails as I had to “hold on” to stay in my seat. Forget about reading!

I’ve been to Costa Rica several times in the past. It wasn’t too long ago that I had to walk to the internet cafe in Tamarindo to look at emails. Of course, the downside is that it is a bit tougher to “get away”. Luckily, I don’t mind (and enjoy) combining my personal and professional lives into one life.

In today’s world, we are more connected than we’ve ever been yet the physical mail and personal phone call is still important – perhaps more so….. That reminds me, we were able to call my parents on a frequent basis using Skype. It sounded like we were next door even though we were in Central America in the jungle, sitting next to a howler monkey.

Prepare for Success – Does it matter?

February 20th, 2010

It sounds silly but it can mean the difference between medicore success (or even failure) and SUCCESS. Especially as companies begin to emerge from the recession or at least grow volume, it is vital to be prepared -both from a company standpoint and a personal standpoint. Otherwise, the opportunity could pass you by. After waiting ALL this time, who wants to watch as it passes by? I assume the answer is no one!

I wrote an article about preparing for success for the ACA Newsletter, as the edition was surrounding this general theme. Read the entire article: here.

In essence, I talk in detail about three key steps: 1) First, plan. 2) Flexibility. 3) Communication. Sounds easy, right? Nope – in my experience in working with multiple organizations and with business and community leaders, this somewhat simple sounding process is not only often overlooked but becomes a challenge to implement – if nothing else for lack of time.

Instead of letting this occur, take action to CHANGE the potential course and prioritize this preparation. I guarantee it will pay off down-the-road.