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How a Personality Trait Assessment Helps Improve Communication

How a Personality Trait Assessment Helps Improve Communication

“According to a recent Harris Poll … a stunning majority (69%) of the managers said that they’re often uncomfortable communicating with employees. Over a third (37%) of the managers said that they’re uncomfortable having to give direct feedback about their employees’ performance if they think the employee might respond negatively to the feedback.” Effective communication is…

Improving Accountability within the Workplace

Improving Accountability within the Workplace

Forbes Magazine published an article on Accountability titled, “7 Ways to Build Accountable Organizations“. Within the article, the author posses the question: Where do you need to invest your time and attention to build an environment of accountability? This is a question many organizations ask themselves and consistently struggle to find the answer. A significant…

Looking for the 100% fit candidate - dream on!

Looking for the 100%-Fit Candidate? Dream on…

Don’t hold your breath. Practically no job candidate has exactly what is needed for the highest level of success on the job. As a hiring manager or HR professional, you are always compromising. Hiring is like dating – if you get close to what you really want and need then you find ways to live…

When Stress Turns Normally Stable Employees into Raving Lunatics

When Stress Turns Normally Stable Employees into Raving Lunatics

Everyone has their limits, however, some people reach them much more quickly than others. When employees are stressed, they often behave in ways that are quite unlike them under normal circumstances. They may act out in ways that are puzzling to their co-workers and make themselves literally sick with stress and pressure. Later, they may…

Entrepreneurship: What Makes for Success and Can We Assess for It?

Entrepreneurship: What Makes for Success and Can We Assess for It?

What is Entrepreneurship and What’s the Hype? Entrepreneurship is defined as “the process of designing, launching and running a new business, which typically begins as a small business, such as a startup company, offering a product, process or service for sale or hire, and the people who do so are called ‘entrepreneurs’” (1). The financial…

Manager-Employee Fit: A Match Made in Heaven or Hell?

Think back to the first manager you had in your own career… was this person a good match for you? Did he/she take time to get to know you as an individual and then train, mentor, and support you? Did he/she give you feedback, correct your performance when this was needed in a fair but…

Deliberately developing organisations and the harrison assessment

Deliberately Developing Organisations and the Harrison Assessment: Soulmates

I recently read, “An Everyone Culture: Becoming a Deliberately Developmental Organization,” by Robert Kegan and Lisa Kaskow Lahey (2016) and I went crazy highlighting passages. This work is so important, so inspiring, and so intelligent, I just can’t say enough about it; I urge you to read it as soon as you possibly can. And,…

Assessing culture fit is this even possible

Assessing Culture-Fit: Is This Even Possible?

High performing organisations can be quite obsessive about their CULTURE as both a market differentiator and as a guiding force for decision-making. These organisations tend to be extremely careful to bring new people in who match the culture well. By ‘culture”, we can use this definition: “the organisation’s vital Purpose, its distinctive and enduring Philosophy…

Creative Grit

There has been a lot of buzz about the value of grit recently including a best seller named Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth. The book explores the value of cultivating grit to achieve a more successful life. Grit is defined as perseverance, courage, resolve, or strength of character. There is no doubt that grit…

leadership coaching Chesterfield strategic onboarding

Strategic Employee Onboarding

The First 90 Days are Critical The first 90 days of a new hire are critical because they can determine whether the person stays in the job and is productive and successful, leaves the job dissatisfied, or is terminated for poor performance. We already know how expensive bad hiring decisions are to the organisation. What…

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