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A Few Guidelines for Negotiating Successfully

Jack Kaine is an expert negotiator.  He has written about negotiation, given speeches about it, and he has taught it at Stanford.  He reminds us that the people sitting at a union bargaining table are not the only people who negotiate.  We all negotiate.  Every day.  We negotiate with employees over pay, benefits, working conditions,

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6 Ways to Reduce Turnover and Keep Your Best People on the Job

Employee turnover is a fact of life.  It’s inevitable.  While we’d like to minimize it . . . particularly among out best employees . . . we can never eliminate it entirely.  And that’s a good thing.  From time to time, we need new people who bring fresh thinking and new ideas.  Still, we want

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Exit interviews: the gold standard for determining how satisfied (or dissatisfied) your workforce is.

Exit interviews are an incredibly effective HR tool that can help you assess the health of your organization.  Yet in many companies, it’s a tool that is used sparingly or not at all.  Or it’s used in such a perfunctory manner that it doesn’t really produce any useful information.  Why?  Because it takes time and

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“There is no ‘there’: Employee Engagement is a journey, not a destination.”

Can you imagine your employees looking forward to coming to work?  Can you imagine them working for a higher purpose than just collecting a paycheck?  Can you imagine them committed not only to discharging their own duties and responsibilities, but also to helping the company achieve its long-term goals?  Can you imagine your employees so

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“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

In their book, “The CEO Next Door,” consultants Elena Botelho and Kim Powell talk about “The 4 behaviors that transform ordinary people into world-class leaders.”  They base their findings on studies of over 2600 leaders.  While any individual leader may display a wide range of behaviors, Botelho and Powell argue that there are just four

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“Ideas are cheap. Ideas are easy. Ideas are common. Everybody has ideas. Ideas are highly, highly overvalued. Execution is all that matters.”

We were recently at a meeting where several of the people there started talking about a book they had read, “The 4 Disciplines of Execution” written by three top executives of the FranklinCovey Company . . . Chris McChesney, Jim Huling, and Sean Covey (son of Stephen Covey, who was a founder of the FranklinCovey

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Don’t produce a budget. Map out a Profit Plan. (Part Two)

The blog below is a repeat, as were the previous two postings (October 17, 2018 and November 7, 2018). Combined, the three postings offer a template for developing a 2019 Plan. We are re-publishing these now because developing an Annual Plan is a critically important activity for any small business to undertake, and now is

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Don’t produce a budget.  Map out a Profit Plan. (Part 1)

The blog below is a repeat, as was the previous posting (October 17, 2018), and as will be the next posting (November 21, 2018).  Combined, the three postings offer a template for developing a 2019  Plan.  We are re-publishing these now because developing an Annual Plan is a critically important activity for any small business

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“The nicest thing about not planning is that failure always comes as a complete surprise and is not preceded by a period of worry and desperation.”

The blog below is a repeat.  It was first published a year ago, along with two companion pieces that will also be re-published in the two postings following this one.  Combined, the three postings offer a template for developing a 2019  Plan.  We are re-publishing these now because developing an Annual Plan is a critically

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“Give up trying to grow the bottom line. Grow your people and your people will grow the bottom line.”

Simon Sinek is an author and lecturer . . . he’s a favorite of ours and we refer to him often.  He is a self-described idealist who “imagines a world in which the vast majority of people wake up every single morning inspired to go to work and return home at the end of the

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