Three Critical Steps to Increasing Accountability in Your Organization

First, let’s define accountability in real-world business terms. You have financial, sales, service, and operational goals that enable your company to grow and thrive. Company leaders, managers, and employees must “do stuff” every week to meet those goals. Any amount of “not doing” (lack of execution) will keep you from achieving your goals. Accountability is […]

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How Millennials Can Help You Build a Better, Stronger Company

[Part 2 in an ongoing series about millennials in the workplace. See part 1, which outlines “The Top 5 Things Millennials Want from You“] According to a 2015 Gallup survey, more than two-thirds of Millennials believe it’s management’s job to provide accelerated development opportunities to encourage them to stay. Other surveys show that the average […]

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Conversations with Millennials: The Top 5 Things Millennials Want from You

[Note: This is the first in a series of articles on hiring and working with millennials, stemming from conversations Suzanne Hanifin and Karen Anderson of Acumen Executive Search and I are having with a mix of millennials. The Podcast recordings of these conversations will be released soon. If you’d like to get on our Podcast […]

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What if Everyone is WRONG About Millennials: Millennial Engagement Revisited?

Gallup loves them some data. In a lengthy report, they characterized millennials as the least engaged generation (29%), the most indifferent about their jobs, and the most open to “new job opportunities” (60%). According to many experts, millennials most desire a job that feels worthwhile. They may choose purpose or meaning over money – a […]

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When Harry Crashed His Plane: Ideas for Increasing Resiliency and Accountability

Harry pulled back on the throttle in a last-ditch effort to ease his single-engine Cessna onto the razor-thin beach. His plane skidded, then tumbled end over end on the fine black sand, coming to a stop inches before the jungle’s edge. Hours later he awoke, gingerly stepped from what remained of his only transportation off […]

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Decoding the Latest Buzzword: Employer Branding

What is “Employer Branding”? Hiring the best people is hard work. Ask any recruiter worth his or her credentials. And, in today’s employee-driven market, employers are looking for new and better ways to lure top people into their company. Hence the birth of a new buzzword: Employer Branding. Like old-time cattle ranchers, marketers love to […]

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3 Ways Bad Management Can Mess with Your Bottom Line

In a recent conversation with my colleague, Gail Bendert, we talked about some of the issues her clients face. Gail is an expert at helping small businesses navigate the often tricky and confusing finance and accounting waters, giving them a sound accounting foundation on which to grow their company, and getting them thinking strategically about […]

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Do Your Employees Suffer from the Sisyphic Condition?

Riddle me this, Batman: What can you do that is most likely to result in a higher level of employee motivation? {Theme to Jeopardy playing…} Did you answer “raises and bonuses”? Per social scientist Dan Ariely in his book Payoff: The Hidden Logic that Shapes our Motivations, the answer is “a whole lot of stuff” […]

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