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Video Blog – Peer Interviewing

July 31, 2015 | Communication, Leadership, Trust

Want to lower turnover and build trust with your current employees? Include them in the hiring process with peer interviewing! [embed]https://youtu.be/eeo7sHSRFdU[/embed]

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Work Environment Does Make A Positive Difference

July 29, 2015 | Communication, Employee Recognition, Trust

Photo by tifotter on Flickr When employees do not have the correct tools to do a job, they find "work arounds" to keep things moving.  I have heard stories about nurse's using coffee makers to generate hot water to bathe patients because their facilities did not generate enough. I have seen workers shovel large amounts of gravel by hand for multiple days because the company's one payloader was broke down. Employees also clean their own work areas and empty their own trash because custodial services do not complete their tasks and management does not address the issue. I have seen crazy things done to a copier…

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Managing a Work from Home Team

July 22, 2015 | Communication, Leadership, Teamwork

Photo by brendangates on Flickr More companies are now promoting the use of an "agile workforce". My previous employer reconfigured all of their offices to an open concept where there were many small workstations, tables for collaboration, and conference rooms for meetings. However, except for directors, there was no assigned seating, and there were not enough seats to accommodate every single employee if they came to work. This change in strategy was due to the fact that after studying the matter for many years, employers found that on any given day, 25% of their workforce was absent due to work travel, vacation,…

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We’ve Always Done It That Way

July 9, 2015 | Leadership, Teamwork, Trust

Photo by Shannon Dizmang on Flickr How many times have we heard that? I am sure this was a common phrase at Polaroid and probably led to their demise. The great companies...the ones that have survived for more than a decade or two do not allow this to be part of their lexicon. IBM for instance could have said the phrase, "We've always done it that way", when their main frame business began to dwindle. They tried a few different business lines and kept trying until they found their new niche. To my knowledge, I don't even think they do much in…

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Our Independence: A Byproduct of Great Leadership

July 3, 2015 | Leadership

Photo by Wendy on Flickr We all remember the stories from our US History classes about Paul Revere, Johnny Tremain, Patrick Henry, and George Washington. All of their words and actions were inspiration to lead 13 British Colonies to become their own independent nation. Democracy was quite the experiment in those days as most established governments had some sort of monarchy and/or class system. The courage and vision that our founding fathers possessed, I hope, is never forgotten. We have had great leaders since the birth of our country and I am sure we will have many more. On the eve of…

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Business Communication Balance Requires Disciplined Email Use

July 2, 2015 | Communication, Leadership

Photo by wvs on Flickr The advent of email has unquestionably made our lives more productive. The days of putting inner-office memos in everyone's company mailbox with a new process or announcement are long gone. With this advancement, we can better communicate with teams and departments.  Email has broken down barriers of when and where we can work and in some cases allowing us to achieve a better work-life balance.  If our job requires travel, we can have access to and are able to dispense information in a much quicker manner. Now, trip reports, expense reports, quick correspondence between co-workers, and…

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FACT: Having great relationships with government end users can provide more opportunities beyond RFQs/RFPs posted to government web sites. Some opportunities do not even require the government put it out for a competitive bid process so knowing someone could present more chances to do business. Furthermore, relationships also help build positive past performance history which is critical to winning future opportunities.

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