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Human Resources (HR) Resources

Human Resources (HR), or people as we more commonly refer to them, are a big part of any organization’s success. Without good people in place, business is much harder.  Give me great people with an average plan over a great plan with average people any day.  To have an effective HR management system in place you need the following core systems:

  • Hiring, Firing and Promotion – who you hire, fire and promote
  • Education and Training – how well you train them
  • Performance Management – how you hold them accountable for performance
  • Compensation, Benefits & Rewards – what you pay them and how you incentivize performance
  • Internal Communications – making sure everyone is clear about the above 4 items and any other pressing business issues

Prioritizing Competence Over Loyalty for Business Success

Loyalty matters, but it isn’t the most important thing when you are running a business. In countless discussions, from team meetings to one-on-one chats, a recurring topic often emerges: the mismatch between an employee’s tenure and their capability to effectively fulfill their role. The crux of the matter? Sometimes, we hold onto people too long,

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CEOs: Are You Building a Team of A Players? (And Are You One?)

The term “A player” gets thrown around a lot in leadership circles. But what does it really mean? Do these unicorns of talent surround you, or are you still searching for your first one? (And, more importantly, are you one yourself?) Decoding the DNA of an A Player: These aren’t just top performers; they’re difference-makers

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Balancing Compassion and Accountability: Can You Do Both?

Accountability is a leadership imperative. Had a good conversation with a client today about the tension that sometimes exists as a leader when you have a company/department to run while also caring about the individual circumstances of your employees. Compassion and accountability may seem like opposing forces in our interactions with others, especially in the

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    Favorite Articles

  • Are Your Individual Contributors Feeling Isolated?

    The autonomy that many knowledge workers have in the workplace can come with the drawback of professional and personal isolation. This can have a negative impact on projects that require collaboration and creativity. One way organizations can mitigate this is by creating a “lab setting” in which employees agree to regular meetings where they share […]

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  • How to identify employee disengagement

    More than half of employees say they’re disengaged at work—with implications for both morale and value creation. Our research shows that better performance and higher well-being lead to healthier workplaces and more consistent organizational performance. Managers who move their employees up the satisfaction spectrum toward higher engagement are therefore making a strategic choice. A final thought […]

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  • How Burnout Became Normal — and How to Push Back Against It

    Slowly but steadily, while we’ve been preoccupied with trying to meet demands that outstrip our resources, grappling with unfair treatment, or watching our working hours encroach upon our downtime, burnout has become the new baseline in many work environments. From the 40% of Gen Z workers who believe burnout is an inevitable part of success, […]

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    Helpful Websites

  • Growth Institute

    Professional development resource/community for leaders looking to scale their business.

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  • Leadership-Tools

    The purpose of this page is simply to share some insights into how and why our website was started. Back in September of 2002, the vision for Leadership-Tools.com was born out of a strong desire to share the many benefits of high quality leadership tools and resources; tools that have helped me in so many […]

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  • The Easy Guide to Employee Performance Planning

    Performance planning is a great way to give a sense of direction to the employees and create a space for them to grow in their career.  In this guide, we will discuss what is performance planning and the process. Some useful templates are also provided. You can edit these online; simply click on the template to […]

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    Video Favorites

  • The Puzzle of Motivation

    Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don’t: Traditional rewards aren’t always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories — and maybe, a way forward.

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