What Makes a Company Progressive?

 

The fog of war. For me scenes from Saving Private Ryan, Hacksaw Ridge, We Were Soldiers are the closest I’ve been to a battlefield. The chaos of battle blurs vision, impairing the decision-making process of both leaders and the boots on the ground. Not to be overly dramatic by comparing our current situation to what is experienced by the carnage of war, plummeting revenue streams mixed with unemployment is creating a fight of the fittest for our companies and clients.

 

In research I’ve been conducting on how companies have steered through previous economic recessions, I located a study conducted by Harvard Business School’s Ranjay Gulati, Nitin Nohria, and Franz Wohlgezogen. They analyzed 4700 companies across three major recessions to look for strategies and traits that actually propelled some companies through the economic downturn to returns that

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Can You Create Energy?

 

I made a slide for a virtual presentation I’m doing next Tuesday that keeps running around in my head. The new norm: average and normal will not create enough energy to turn the tide we are all facing. As the business marketplace experienced massive interruption, normal processes that created energy slowed. I once hired someone from a national recruiting machine to join our company that I referred to as a premium boutique company. After 4 months I watched in confusion as his productivity sputtered, never firing to the levels he claimed to have previously accomplished. What I eventually realized was missing was the monolith he worked for churned energy through the massive influx of data, the people who sought the company out, the overflow of opportunity from working with a large cross-functional team. When he joined us, he had to create his own juice every day, all day.

 

That’s where we are now. Each of us has to fight the

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Is Today Someday?

 

Someday…I will…

 

How many times have I made that statement? I’m not talking about procrastination which I can be a master at. I’m talking about good ideas that one day I’ll get to. Something that needs to be done but while important, it’s not urgent (at least in my mind which many times has a different purview than my wife). The Four Square Time Management box that President Eisenhower used for leadership decisions focused attention on urgency and importance.

What is important is seldom urgent and what is urgent is seldom important.
– Dwight Eisenhower

 

Spending time in the important and urgent box maximizes productivity.

 

What I’ve found is that we all have ideas that SOMEDAY we’ll get to; something that is meaningful in our lives.

 

Someday I’ll stretch myself and take on a new role, try a new approach.

 

Someday I’ll call someone I think of as a stretch, someone who within in my field would be wonderful to connect with but they seem to have a higher status in my mind than what is normally comfortable.

 

Someday I’ll reach back out to a person who played an important role in my life that I need to say “You are important to me.” It could be someone you haven’t spoken to in weeks, days, or years.  Today, with the turmoil we face, people need those calls.

 

We all have great thoughts of steps to take, actions that the busyness of work and life pushes aside. Strides make a difference when we shorten

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New Research: There Is an “I”​ in Team

 

Mathew McConaughey is known more as a movie star than a philosopher. Yet in an interview with Jon Gordon, I listened to Mathew respond to the question of what drives his standard of performance, rising to an Oscar-winning actor. His response caught me off guard when he replied “embarrassment”. Matthew went on to explain that the question “‘did I bring my best to the table?’ drives a fear of being embarrassed. Not failing. Simply bringing my best to the table. Not stopping until I have delivered all I’m capable of.” He drove his point home by stating people have been mistaken for years; when they stated: “there is no I in team.” Click here for video link

 

There is an I in team. The team centers around the question

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45 Days to Ignite

 

Over the past few weeks I’ve been flashing back to a comment made by the CEO of the company I worked for right out of college. He boldly stood at the lectern during an awards program and proclaimed “there is a recession going on and we choose not to participate.” While his energetic proclamation fired up the room, what happened next began a destructive cycle the company never recovered from.

 

Nothing.

 

He did nothing,

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Tips to Rock Virtual Interviews

By Mike Lejeune, President of Lighting the Path & Tiffany Wallace, President of Dagen Personnel

 

With today’s travel restrictions and social distancing, 90% of interviews are being conducted online with Zoom, GoToMeeting, BlueJeans, or some form of video broadcast. So, have the rules of interviewing changed?

 

The good news is much of it is the same. You still have to be prepared, now more so than before. Company Information is only a finger tap away. Showing up without knowing details on the company has rapidly become a knockout factor, at a minimum moving you down the rating scale. Since shaking hands (hugging at the beginning of an interview has always been frowned upon) has been eliminated as a greeting or way to connect with someone, we have to think about coming through a computer screen with as strong of a presence as possible.

 

You need to help the interviewer create connection, to have a conversation. Interviews should always be

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How Do I Lead A Remote Workforce?

Podcast - Episode 19

Podcast Artwork - Dave Nerz

 

The most needed discussion today is “how do I manage a remote workforce, especially one that has been forced into the role rather than a volunteer.” This podcast looks at what and how do we convey expectations of team members working from home, what we should expect from them and what should they expect of us.

 

Dave Nerz is President of NPA Worldwide network, and industry-leading cooperative comprised of over 500 member recruiting firms on six continents and 40 countries. When I found out he manages a team of people working from home offices stretching from the US to Australia, I wanted him to share his experience and perspective on leading from a distance. He has developed a high-performance culture mixing independent behavior yet inspiring team interaction.

 

Dave has been a

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Lessons for Scaling for Amazing Growth in the Staffing Industry

Podcast - Episode 18

Podcast Artwork - Karenjo Goodwin

 

Some companies focus on the development of employees and some excel at it. As the founder and chief executive officer of Exact Staff Inc., Karenjo Goodwin is passionate about releasing the talents and gifts of her team. Her philosophy of going beyond in connection by serving others and helping people grow has skyrocketed the organization into the ranks of the fastest-growing companies in the country.

 

She Founded Exact Staff in 1996 and is recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of the Top 100 Women-owned Businesses in California and also an Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Company in America.

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