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Enhancing Your Impact by Choosing Not to Do It All

May 14, 2010 |

by Sue Edwards, ACC, CHRP, President of Development by Design. How often have you heard yourself say, ”I’ve got so many balls in the air I don’t know how I can possibly keep track of them all”? We may be managing to keep the balls in motion, but how good is our juggling performance really? Are our movements controlled and rhythmic?  Or are we merely gritting our teeth and hoping to catch the next ball before it falls on the ground? Recently I was speaking with a colleague (we’ll call…

Lead the Way to Success Through Your Telephones

May 14, 2010 |

By Ken Keis. As managers, we are required to efficiently and effectively utilize our technology, processes, and people. The various components in any organization must support the company’s values, vision, and beliefs. To learn how well your organization is doing, look to your telephones. Whether those phones are friend or foe is connected to your corporate values and beliefs. Does your current phone system make it easy for your customers to do business with you? Does your company have respect for your customer’s valuable time? What is the maximum amount…

Talent Management: How to Harness the Talent in Your Organization to Achieve Your Business Goals

May 14, 2010 |

By Rebecca Heaslip. Organizations that understand how to maximize the unique talents and skills of their employees achieve significant success and often make the lists of the ‘best companies to work for’. The leaders of these organizations use defined performance management processes to identify, develop, reward and harness individual talents. Employees who benefit from personal development opportunities and are rewarded for their unique talents and contributions are, in turn, more likely to reward their organizations with superior performance and increased loyalty. To transform talent into performance, companies should follow the…

Purpose, Passion, and Productivity

May 14, 2010 |

By Ken Keis. Do Mission, Vision, and Values Affect Employees? As an OD (organizational development) and HR consultant, I am constantly challenged by business leaders to prove that all their efforts on strategic planning and the development of mission, vision, and values statements have an intrinsic value. My research established that stated mission, vision, and values do have affect on employees and organizations. Stephen Covey, author of The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, states that to be successful, people must have personal mission statements and clarity of values. Leadership…

People: Our Greatest Asset

May 14, 2010 |

By Ken Keis. People First, Profits Follow. The connection between business performance and employee morale is far from casual. For disbelievers, North American Tool and Die Inc. is a fine example. After a change in ownership and management style, in just three short years, the firm tripled sales and profits increased six fold. Staff turnover dropped sharply. Employees commented that they never imagined the company could become such a challenging and exciting place to work. The philosophy that created such dynamic improvements: A company’s most important asset is its people.…

Do You Know Where You Are Going? Your Business Profitability is Counting on It

May 14, 2010 |

By Ken Keis. Ken Keis conducted primary research for his MBA thesis on the effect that an organization’s stated (or unstated) vision, mission, and values have on employee morale, job satisfaction, productivity, quality of work done, and profitability. The research is clear: business profitability and employee productivity are strongly linked to the vision, mission, and values of an organization. We’re not talking about your last budget meeting or fiancial expectations. If your organization does not have a written vision—that has been embraced by all members of your business—you are short-changing…