If you’re having trouble recruiting people, make it a priority

How can a company deal with a severe labor shortage that has slowly been creeping up over the last few years?

Keep in mind that the cost of turnover has been determined to be anywhere from 1.5 to three times the salary of the departing individual. That does not include the “downtime” that the company will have to deal with the vacancy, nor does it include the “ramp up” time needed for an individual to learn the job and the company ...

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The Long Lasting Impact of a Mentor and Friend

Each of us, I’m sure, has known individuals who have made an impression or significant contribution to and on our lives. Sometimes these individuals are with us for a long period of time and sometimes their tenure is short. The impact can be immediate or it might take years for the lessons to be learned and to become part of who we are.

When I was a young man I had the pleasure of working for and with a mentor. At ...

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A goal without a plan leads to same lousy results

Here’s a cautionary tale about planning, execution and getting your team to buy in to your goals for your company; it applies to the smallest of businesses and the largest of
organizations.

Towards the end of the year, the company held a planning retreat. All company managers were invited to a local hotel for an all-day meeting. No agenda was sent out. The owner simply told everyone to be there by 8 A.M. sharp.

When the session started, she announced that the ...

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To grow your business, grow your people

meetingJack Welch, the former CEO of GE, said, “Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.”

Whether leading one or thousands, the responsibility is the same. Yet I think it is rare today to conduct an interview with someone for a leadership position with an attitude of helping others become more ...

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Be a better person, and you’ll be a better leader

happyImagine walking into your local grocery store, favorite restaurant, museum or movie theatre, your dry cleaners, bank, or hardware store, your school, college, or church, your business or even your home, to find everyone wearing a sign around his or her neck.

The sign says, “Make me feel important.”

Then imagine your surprise when you look down and see the same exact sign hanging around your ...

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Getting back your sense of mission

Four quick stories to set the tone for my column this week:

First, at the beginning of a highly publicized college bowl game a few years ago, one of the television announcers commented on how driven one of the teams was to win the game. He said, “Great teams have a clear mission.”

Second, in his book, “The Best and The Brightest,” author David Halberstam recapped a conversation between General James Gavin, a highly decorated combat veteran, and then-Vice President Hubert Humphrey, ...

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The Best Advice I Can Give You Today

It’s the end of August, the end of summer. Four full months left in the calendar year. 120 days. Are you ready for the final push of the year? Is your team?

I want to share this week the advice that I give to my clients at this time of year. Here goes:

calendarReduce your pain

First, identify all the things that make you, as the leader, ...

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Dealing with deadbeats, downers and jerks at work

I had two thoughts the other day when I was driving. One came when I was listening to the song “Clocks” by Coldplay. The lyrics include:

“Am I a part of the cure? Or am I part of the disease?”

The second was about the 1979 movie “Animal House,” one of the biggest money-making comedies of all time.

The movie follows the efforts of Dean Wormer, played by John Vernon, and his plan to rid Farber College of Delta Tau Chi, or Delta ...

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What leaders need to learn and do to be effective

I’ve heard many individuals bemoan and complain about a lack of leadership at their place of employment. Not every person in a leadership role is truly a leader, whatever title they may hold. Leaders are not born, but can be developed. Many individuals born into humble means have risen to significant positions in business, government, academia and other fields of endeavor by taking the time to learn how to lead and then applying the lessons they learned.

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Is Your Company Primed For Growth?

Many business owners, CEOs and entrepreneurs say that they want to increase revenues and profits, but how ready are their organizations really?

Growing anything requires much more than making a wish; it requires a multifaceted plan. Resources need to be allocated to fund the increase in expenditures that growing a concern requires.

Consider these thoughts before you decide to increase the sales and client base of any organization.

To grow requires a change in mindset to an external focus. Basic systems have to ...

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