How to Build and Execute a Self-Development Plan

Posted by  Christian Spielman

self-development-planLast Friday on this blog we talked about activities that can help a leader become more self-aware. This week, we're going to take it one step farther and talk about what to do with this newfound knowledge.

Typically, we think about the career development process as having four steps:

  1. Self-Awareness

  2. Goal Setting

  3. Action Planning

  4. Implementation

Since we've already addressed step #1, let's break down each of the subsequent steps in more detail.


Improve Your Leadership Skills Using These Self-Awareness Activities

Posted by  Christian Spielman

self-awareness-activitiesNobody is perfect…that's easy for pretty much everyone to admit. So, why do some leaders act as if they have no faults? Some may be trying to protect their reputations - they might think that admitting mistakes or weaknesses will result in a loss of respect. Others may simply lack self-awareness. How can someone admit a fault if they don't even know about it? Working with someone like this can be very frustrating, especially if that person happens to be your supervisor. Having a strong sense of self-awareness is good for employees at all levels of the organizational chart, but it's even more crucial for leaders. The tips below can be useful for someone looking to increase their sense of self-awareness.



Succession Planning: An Introduction

Posted by  Paul Glatzhofer

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Organizations who struggle with succession planning often fall into one of these categories:


Why is Resilience in Leadership Important?

Posted by  Paul Glatzhofer

How much does resilience in leadership affect an organization? 

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Resilience is a word that comes up a lot when talking about an individual or team that is behind. For example, I remember watching the Boston Red Sox make a miraculous comeback in the 2004 ALCS against the New York Yankees to overcome a 3-0 series deficit and go on to become World Series Champions. I also remember how the word resilience came up again and again during that comeback. But what is resilience really?


How to be an Effective Leader During Times of Change

Posted by  Christian Spielman

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Everyone has heard the old saying, "In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." That quote is most often attributed to Benjamin Franklin circa 1789. A lot has changed since then. In fact, given the rapidly evolving world we live in today, I would argue that change itself could be added to the list of certainties. Technology has drastically altered the way we do business over the last few decades; companies are constantly exploring ways to meet consumer needs faster, cheaper, and better. As organizations change with the times, leaders should follow these basic tips to help keep their teams on track.


10 Employee Engagement Statistics of 2018: How to Learn From Them

Posted by  Trevor McGlochlin

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Organizations regularly target high levels of employee engagement. Among other positive outcomes, high levels of employee engagement can translate into higher productivity, lower turnover, fewer safety incidents, lower absenteeism, higher profitability, and better customer ratings. The following 2018 statistics are meant to awaken or reawaken awareness of the alarmingly low rate of engagement levels within companies, as well as provide insight on what can be done to help organizations benefit from high employee engagement.


What is the Workflex Bill and How Does it Affect Your Organization?

Posted by  Vicki Marlan

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A recent House bill introduced by California Representative Mimi Walters could affect how businesses provide paid leave and flexible work options to employees. If enacted into law, the current “Workflex in the 21st Century Act” would amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to “to establish a voluntary workflex option under which employers who provide flexible workplace arrangement plans that include a combination of paid leave and flexible work options are exempt from certain state and local laws regarding employee benefits.”


3 Ways Positive Leadership Can Make Your Organization More Effective

Posted by  Trevor McGlochlin

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Leadership has so many important facets. One of those is attitude. When a leader has a positive outlook and mindset he or she can create effective change on multiple crucial organizational outcomes. This attitude can be contagious and spread quickly creating a culture of positivity, loyalty, and trust. I’ve highlighted three ways that positive leaders can make an organization more effective.


Strengthen Manager-Employee Relationships With These 3 Initiatives

Posted by  Lindsey Burke

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You may have heard the old saying, employees don’t leave their jobs, they leave their bosses. If you think turnover is all due to better-paying jobs and benefits, think again. Turnover is a multi-faceted topic. Several factors make up why a person will turn over. However, some factors pull more weight than others for why someone will turnover. One of those factors is an employee’s perceived relationship with their supervisor. One’s perceived relationship with a supervisor can revolve around several factors such as respect, friendliness, trust, and support. Below, we will discuss three areas where companies should focus their efforts to improve manager-employee relationships and retention stats.


Here's how a Mobile-First Design can Affect Employee Assessments

Posted by  Jessica Petor

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The age of taking assessments and applying for jobs using paper and pencil is long gone. Candidates expect to take assessments and apply for jobs using any device they want, which has put many organizations in a tough spot when it comes to offering assessments, especially if the assessment was designed to be taken on a traditional PC or laptop.


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