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Where Our Best People Are Going

September 1st, 2020

In the last month, almost every client has had some sort of challenge with talent. Most clients and contacts have lost a high-quality person. All have experienced a lack of talent or the appropriate skills to meet customer demand. For example, finding temporary resources has proven quite the challenge. Watch our video on what we’re seeing in the market. Are you paying attention?

 

       

One Tip to Implement This Week:
Since people are on the move, there is NO DOUBT that we must get on top of our human resources. We cannot prevent people leaving because they want to change careers or industries, but we can prevent those who are leaving due to leadership. After all, people don’t leave companies, they leave people!

The good news is that you can improve this situation immediately.

Focus on your people.

  1. Have you clearly communicated where you are headed?
  2. Have your leaders talked with each direct report individually about how he/she fits into the future?
  3. Do you have a performance check-in process quarterly, at minimum?
  4. Are you providing career advancement? Ex. promotions, additional responsibility, training and/or mentoring, etc.
  5. Are you upfront with your people? Communicate what you are able to communicate. Tell them what you cannot communicate but make sure they know you will tell them immediately as you are able. Anytime leaders keep things from employees, employees make up FAR worse stories. Good people exist. Weak people stay and become disgruntled.
  6. How effective are your leaders?
  7. Of course, this assumes you are taking care of the basics such as safety, quality, COVID, etc.

Read more about navigating and successfully emerging post COVID-19 in my free eBook Future-Proofing Manufacturing & Supply Chain Post COVID-19. Please send your feedback and stories. I will incorporate them in an article, video or interview.



People are on the Move

August 9th, 2020

Do You Know If Your Best People are Looking for a New Job?
You better believe it! There is a trend across clients and colleagues that the best people are on the move! COVID-19 has disrupted the landscape. Whenever multiple clients experience similar situations, we take note. There is no doubt that the pandemic has spurred smart clients to hire top talent and top talent to look for new opportunities. In the last few weeks alone, several clients and colleagues have lost valued talent.

Why is Talent Leaving?
From what we’ve observed, there are three key reasons.

  1. COVID-19 inspired reevaluation of life and career – COVID-19 has made people rethink their life. If life is short, are we doing what we want or are we simply going through the motions? This is a tricky one, as they are leaving for the greener pastures of retirement, new industries, 180 degree changes in job functionality and more.
  2. Evolving conditions associated with COVID-19 & the likely future – If virtual is here to stay (at least partially), it changes everything. Commutes are less relevant if we only go into the office one or two days a week or once a month in some cases. Why not move to the virtual dream job?
  3. Frustration with current conditions: Interestingly, #1 and #2 are entirely new conditions from COVID-19 whereas #3 has long been an issue. People leave people, not companies. People also leave frustrating circumstances where they don’t think they’ll have an impact on the future. COVID-19 has inspired less patience in top talent.

What Can You Do?
Talk to your people. It has never been more important. Do NOT postpone a quarterly performance check-in conversation for an urgent board request. If you aren’t talking with your people, they will start talking to other potential managers who appreciate their talents.

Create a vision for the future.  Make sure each employee knows how he/she fits into that future. Be excited about the opportunities and involve your team in creating that future.

Provide resources, education and training, mentoring and opportunities for advancement. If you don’t, you will be searching for replacements. Tailor it to each person and his/her desired career path.

The Bottom Line: Keeping your top talent will no longer be easy. Put immediate focus on this critical topic.

Listen to our video on top talent and read our eBook, Future-Proofing Manufacturing & Supply Chain Post COVID-19 to gain additional insights on talent, leadership, HR and more.

Please send your feedback, stories and ideas. We believe manufacturers have a unique opportunity for growth and success if they innovate and focus on the opportunities during COVID-19. To achieve this potential, you have to start by keeping your star performers.

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My Favorite Pre-COVID Travel Destination & Travel During Lockdown

July 26th, 2020

As my long-term newsletter subscribers know, I enjoy traveling. Of course, during lockdown, I haven’t even gone to visit my Mom in Arizona since you never know what unintended germs you might bring along for the ride. So, I thought I’d go back to my favorite recent (within the last few years) travel destination. What do you think about Taormina, Sicily?

 

 

What’s not to like? The smell of citrus trees, cobblestone streets, beautiful seascapes, Mt. Etna serving as a backdrop, and excellent food… I was fortunate to stay both on the hilltop at the edge of town and on the beach with a beautiful view and relaxing atmosphere (favorite hotel thus far in my travels). I saw it as a win-win! I had effective strategy discussions and toured around the area enjoying the country. Because I really enjoyed the trip, I plan to return someday although I’d also like to see new places. Where do you want to travel when the coronavirus is no longer a concern? What should we do in the interim?

One Tip to Implement This Week:
Well, certainly, when it is safe, I look forward to visiting my Mom and family again. With that said, a few short road trips might be a nice option in the interim.

And, you can ‘travel’ around the world on Zoom. I participate in a global strategy group with consultants from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada and the U.S. I am co-Executive Director of the Society for the Advancement of Consulting.  We have Zoom calls with members around the globe (15 countries and counting). I also participate in a Global Supply Chain Think Tank with supply chain experts from the Pacific Rim, Europe, and North America. The list could go on….

While on these Zoom calls, I learn about what is going on around the world and with the people next door, in the next state, across the country and across the globe. Are you curious as to what is going on around you? How about how people are holding up? Perhaps try taking a short trip to the next town, next state, next region or next country. Learn something of value that you can share with friends and colleagues. I’d be curious to know what you learn. Drop me a line.

If you are interested in learning about global trends as it relates to manufacturing and supply chain, read my free eBook Future-Proofing Manufacturing & Supply Chain Post COVID-19.



What’s going on with Your People?

July 8th, 2020

Do You See People as Assets or Costs?
Your people know what you really think. Do you value them? Even though there has been a sharp spike in unemployment, good talent isn’t easy to keep! Multiple clients have lost talent to better opportunities since COVID-19 started. People are on the move.

Are You Attractive to Potential Employees?
Top talent will not sit idle. A colleague and former client who is an excellent find for any manufacturer found a new job in a matter of a few weeks when downsized during COVID-19. It was an exciting opportunity.  She was attracted to the potential in the new job. I am 100% confident that they will pat themselves on the back for snapping her up.

Several CEOs have mentioned that they are taking the opportunity to look for talent to fill key roles during the pandemic. They are being selective on the roles, but they are taking that step forward during these uncertain times. Remember, good people attract good people!

My Favorite Client Story of Relevance to the Topic of Talent
At the bottom of the Great Recession, the CEO of an outdoor lighting manufacturer had no need for additional employees. In fact, the CEO was experiencing the same issues as everyone else. His competitors cut salaries and let people go. Instead of following the herd, he went in the opposite direction. He hired one of the engineers cut by a competitor even though he had no immediate work for the engineer. In another situation, a job seeker stopped by the facility. The CEO was so impressed with this candidate’s go-getter attitude that he hired him on the spot and figured he would find a good spot for him. Fast-forward several years, and he was #1 in his industry and getting ready to introduce a new product lineup to a secondary industry (designed by the engineer) and ready to make a significant shift from engineer-to-order towards configure-to-order with an ERP upgrade that would prepare him for success for many years to come. None of this would have been possible without valuing people.

Read our eBook, Future-Proofing Manufacturing & Supply Chain Post COVID-19 to hear about additional strategies to lead, keep your teams moving forward, and engage your people in the future. Please send your feedback, stories and ideas. We believe manufacturers have a unique opportunity for growth and success if they innovate and focus on the opportunities during COVID-19. To achieve this potential, you have to start with your people.

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Your People During the Coronavirus Pandemic

March 31st, 2020

During the coronavirus pandemic, your people should be top priority. As we always start with safety, this situation should be no different. Figure out how to prepare your workplace. Revise policies, meetings, and critical work so that you can follow social distancing requirements and keep your employees as safe as possible. Be proactive, and know how to deal with whatever situations arise. This is where top notch trusted advisors will prove valuable and supplement your leadership team and HR resources.

Beyond safety, think about how you can lessen the negative impacts your employees are suffering. Can you be more flexible in scheduling hours or staggering shifts so that you can accommodate for children at home and other complications? Can you provide resources to help employees deal with stress and other issues?

If you are not considered a critical business, how can you navigate for the best for your employees and your future? There are several options: lay off your employees, furlough your employees, keep your employees and reorient them to innovation and virtual work, and more. Unfortunately, none of the options are easy; however, how you handle this situation (and what you do while the shutdown is underway) will have a significant impact on your future business.

Beyond your employees, how are you handling your supply chain partners, trusted advisors and other partners? Are you proactively communicating? Just as we’ve never seen a business with unhappy employees and happy customers, we also haven’t seen a business with a disgruntled supply chain with happy customers. Have confidence that people will rise to the occasion, and proactively communicate and coordinate. There has never been a better time to stand out from the crowd as a go-forward partner as there is now. Remain calm and lead the way to future growth and success.

We will continue to post resources to help clients and colleagues navigate the HR and organizational development challenges associated with this unprecedented situation. We are also participating in local, state, national and global sessions to be able to bring information, ideas and best practices to you. Please feel free to contact us with requests for information, resources and advice to move forward during these challenging times.

If you are a consultant, coach or entrepreneur, our Society for the Advancement of Consulting organization is hosting a “Thriving Through Ambiguity” webinar series which is included in membership, and we are offering a discounted price for new members during this crisis (use code THRIVE-NOW). We have an exceptional speaker lineup to help you thrive through ambiguity.

If you are in manufacturing and supply chain and want to learn more about how to successfully navigate these turbulent times, check out our coronavirus blog articles, videos and podcasts. Additionally, LMA Consulting is sponsoring a webinar series, “Navigating Through Volatility” for the Association for Supply Chain Management (ASCM/ APICS) Inland Empire Chapter. We are offering this as free to our members, symposium panelists, sponsors, and business partners. Learn more and register here. We have an outstanding speaker lineup to help you navigate through volatility for both your organization and your personal career.

Please send feedback, ideas and resources that we can share with our newsletter subscribers. We will not win this battle alone; however, we can win together!

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