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How To Nurture Problem Solvers

Posted by on Jul 22, 2017 in Agility | 1 comment

How To Nurture Problem Solvers

  For some managers it is easy to be tempted to being the “be all end all” for decision-making. For some leaders, there is always a reason not to trust the team to make the “right” decisions. In a workplace where decisions are reserved for only the top, the culture will prevail with people who struggle in problem solving and give up trying. But what’s wrong with that? Why not resist the leadership quality of developing others, and just control and do everything at the top? That way you can be assured things get done right, right? The...

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3 Ways to Leverage HR Strategy to Achieve an Agile Workplace

Posted by on Jun 4, 2017 in Agility | 3 comments

3 Ways to Leverage HR Strategy to Achieve an Agile Workplace

If there is anything the last recession has taught us it is that nothing is guaranteed. Workplaces needed to reduce workforces and slow down hiring in order to remain viable while facing a volatile market. That left a workforce that needed to pick up additional workloads, managers to think differently in how to engage a weary workforce and executives to consider flexible workplace strategies. Understand your customer Regardless of a bad economy, one thing is a fact, the customer has a long memory. This is particularly true, if they have a bad...

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Anatomy of a C-Suite Change Initiative Failure: Re-Engaging Employees by Closing “The Empathy Gap”

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Agility, Planning, Turnaround | 1 comment

Anatomy of a C-Suite Change Initiative Failure: Re-Engaging Employees by Closing “The Empathy Gap”

Twelve senior leaders in a large health insurance company I consulted for spent nearly 18 months in active, often heated debate over the direction their organization should take to address then president-elect Obama’s promise for health care reform. Each team member possessed strong opinions—believing that he or she alone saw the big picture and had the right answer for what the future required. Finally, after countless shouting matches, numerous planning retreats, hundreds of hours of research, and various consults with some of the brightest...

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7 Essential Tips Every Business Should Know To Retain Generation Z

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in Agility, Career Management, Featured, Productivity | Comments Off on 7 Essential Tips Every Business Should Know To Retain Generation Z

7 Essential Tips Every Business Should Know To Retain Generation Z

Generation Z refers to the group of people born between the mid to late 1990s and the 2010s. They are typically a generation that relies heavily on the use of digital technology as well as social media communication. If we are to hire and retain them, then we must engage them on their own terms. Seeing as how they are likely to make up about 20 percent of the workforce, employers are going to have to cater to their needs as the former do not like being told what to do, how to behave and so on. So if you want to be on their good side to...

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How to Hire and Retain the Best Graduates?

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in Agility, Competitive, Featured, Productivity | Comments Off on How to Hire and Retain the Best Graduates?

How to Hire and Retain the Best Graduates?

The economic attractiveness of the best graduates always caused a hot pursuit of executive recruiters over such employees. But why some companies would bargain for a recent college or university student in the first place whereas an experienced candidate could be considered as a stand-by player? The answer is covered in these benefits from hiring a graduate. Graduates are quick learners and demonstrate higher productivity. They have fresh ideas and can tackle multiple tasks easier. Such a candidate is a social media and new technologies...

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Flexible Hours Attract the Best Employees

Posted by on Mar 10, 2016 in Agility, Competitive, Featured, Productivity | Comments Off on Flexible Hours Attract the Best Employees

Flexible Hours Attract the Best Employees

A recent article published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle showed that 73 percent of employees in the city would quit their current jobs if they could find one with more flexibility. In another article by Inc titled Why Flexible Working Hours Make Employees More Productive, they mention that over 20 million Americans voluntarily choose part-time over full-time work because of lifestyle pursuits. An article in Forbes argues that flexible workers are more productive, and The Huffington Post also published an older, but still relevant article,...

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Decisive Approach to Better the Ways in an Organization

Posted by on Mar 11, 2015 in Agility, Competitive | Comments Off on Decisive Approach to Better the Ways in an Organization

Decisive Approach to Better the Ways in an Organization

Learning organizations improving every department in companies A learning organization can be defined as an organization which is capable of adapting change to its behaviors and mindsets as result of past experience. However this statement may sound a bit obvious but there is a number of organizations that refuse to take account certain realities and facts which results in repetition of dysfunctional behavior. Some examples Examples comprises of the number of times reorganizing proposals are replicated because the last attempt did not...

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Think Differently, Lead Differently

Posted by on Sep 20, 2014 in Agility, Career Management, Productivity | Comments Off on Think Differently, Lead Differently

Think Differently, Lead Differently

There is a multitude of reading available on leadership. Everywhere we look, we find new articles and books about the characteristics, priorities, actions, behavior, qualities, and mistakes made by leaders. Many of us devour those articles for breakfast because we’re all looking for ideas to maximize our positive impact as business leaders. But canned recipes and steps don't work very well in leadership, because leadership approaches need to be tailored to fit the leader, the business strategy and the organization's needs. Today’s challenges...

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The Hard Truth About Leading Lasting Change

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Agility, Planning | Comments Off on The Hard Truth About Leading Lasting Change

The Hard Truth About Leading Lasting Change

One of the toughest challenges leaders face is making change work, from building initial momentum to sustaining change long term. How can leaders help employees to accept change more easily? How often have changes been launched with great effort and fanfare, only to evaporate over time? How many change processes have been touted as models of success for change management? What’s your organization’s change management process?  How many changes can people handle at one time?  Why is successful, effective change so elusive, even when lead by...

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Agility: A Critical Capability For Today’s Businesses

Posted by on Apr 6, 2014 in Agility | Comments Off on Agility: A Critical Capability For Today’s Businesses

Agility: A Critical Capability For Today’s Businesses

As a dog owner and lover, when I hear the word “agility” I first think about dogs, and the obstacle courses they are trained to navigate competitively.  Then there’s a favorite video of a squirrel running an obstacle course to get nuts.  These are fun examples of how animals change what they do and how they do it, to get what they are after, whether it’s to please Mom or to grab a meal.  In each case, lots of complications appear that require immediate, effective action.  Each time, the animals (dog at agility match and squirrel at...

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