They Asked if They Could Have 5 Minutes...
by Rebecca Ryan - Jan, 2009
It seemed nonchalant. One of the YPs in the audience came up to me after my presentation and asked, "Could we just have a couple minutes of your time? We'd like to talk to you about something." It had that cryptic, keep-this-on-the-DL tone to it. I was intrigued. We sat down. There were six of them, elbows on the table, learning in like the eager, committed YPs they are. Then it started. "In the last two years, half...
Why Leadership That Counts is Needed Now, More Than Ever
by Chris Makell - Nov, 2008
Lehman Brothers, AIG, Bank of America buys Merrill Lynch, the housing crisis, mortgage mess, fuel and food costs, on and on… While it looks dire, the times are creating opportunities for more people to become true leaders – not just in business, but in their lives. Let’s examine leadership from the two perspectives, personally and professionally to see where you can gain the most from these changing times. The current Wa...
Creating Engagement — An Action Plan For Managers
by Joe Feest - Nov, 2008
In MRA’s “Leading An Engaged Workforce (LEW)” series we define employee engagement as, “The extent to which employees are committed to their job, organization, manager, co-workers, and working both harder and smarter rather than merely showing up to do what they’re obliged to do. Engaged employees contribute discretionary effort in accomplishing their objectives.” Then, in our LEW series we identify the seven drivers that mana...
Diversity – More Than Just A Notion
by Dr. Linda Burrs - Nov, 2008
Oh no, here we go again…not another diversity initiative…not another diversity article…not another diversity program! Sound familiar? What’s wrong with this scenario? The problem is that for far too long, diversity has been the “whipping post” for many issues in organizations that are not necessarily about diversity in and of them selves. Diversity Defined There are over six billion people on this planet we call Earth....
Creating a Retention Culture
by Barbara Giamanco - Nov, 2008
Holding on to your valued workers doesn’t end with a competitive paycheck. It requires an environment of great management, open communication, empowerment, and recognition. While the U.S. economy may be growing at a rate of 3-4% each year, employers are seeing a corresponding decrease in the availability of bright, talented 35- to 45-year olds. When you combine that with the idea that at any given time 75% of the employ...
Dealing With Fear In The Workplace
by Dr. Barton Goldsmith - Nov, 2008
“We have nothing to Fear but Fear itself.” Franklin D. Roosevelt Since the financial crisis began, Americans are experiencing a new dynamic in their everyday lives - they are living with fear. This feeling is present in every area of our lives and creates new challenges for business leaders and professionals of all levels. Beyond the current losses in Real Estate and on Wall Street, we have lost something much more valu...
The Art of Professional Growth Counseling
by Joe Giordano - Nov, 2008
Professional growth counseling is the act of planning for the accomplishment of individual and professional goals within your organization. It is the cornerstone of succession planning and staff development and the key to ensuring the future success of your company. Professional growth counseling is a shared effort that involves managers and their direct reports jointly committing to performance related self-improvement. Ma...
by Dr. Linda Burrs - Nov, 2008
If leaders are not intentionally creating cultures of inclusion, then by default, they are creating cultures of exclusion. For years the term diversity seems to have taken the brunt of everything that is not good about working in organizations. The misinformation and disinformation attached to the word diversity are extraordinary. Diversity has been substituted for affirmative action, EEOC, artificial quotas and the cause of u...
Six Musts For The New Manager
by Alexandra Levit - Nov, 2008
In the past, becoming a boss for the first time was a rough transition. You were expected to take the reins with no training or preparation whatsoever, and your team would suffer the consequences. Fortunately, in the twenty-first century, it seems that organizations have woken up and realized that poor supervisor/employee relationships are a major barrier to retention, and you will likely be signed up for a leadership develop...
Myopia on Wall Street and Congress - And The CEO Compensation Pay Puzzle
by Eva Jenkins - Oct, 2008
Million-dollar compensation packages for financial CEO’s with poor performance records that will be paid due to loopholes in the Congressional bailout of Wall Street are a waste of money and human capital. CEO’s who are walking away from the Wall Street meltdown are being rewarded with million-dollar compensation packages while the American taxpayer shoulders the financial responsibility of protecting companies, workers, an...
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