Do you have a plan to hire, train and keep the right people?

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Your employees are probably some of the more complicated and most complex aspects of your business. They are also some of your greatest assets. As a result, it’s critical to take the time to hire the right people, and then develop and manage them appropriately. Without a documented human capital management plan, many businesses make a number of common mistakes that have costs, in terms of employee performance and productivity, morale, money, time and reputation.

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Can your 2 year old Teach you Workplace Accountability?

Child wearing a tie - AccountabilityAs children, our parents used many schemes to get us to do what they wanted us to do. Remember the old adage, this is going to hurt me more than it hurts you? I’m not referring to physical punishment, but more the battle of wills. If you’ve ever disciplined a two-year old, you know exactly what I mean. It is virtually impossible for an adult to get what they want by going toe to toe with a 2 year old. Instead, it takes a mature brain, finesse, and a whole lot of patience. It also takes discipline, but in this article I’m not talking about the discipline of the child.

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Do you Really Know your Team? Effective Leadership through Team Awareness

teamwork-2-1236611In my recent article, I discussed enhancing leadership through self-awareness. As a follow up, another main part of leadership is an awareness of how the people on your team are performing. Without constant evaluation of individual team contributions as well as feedback from your team, it is difficult to effectively lead them.

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Ways to Assess Yourself and Grow as a Leader

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Effective leadership is also self-aware leadership. If you’ve held leadership positions during your career, you know there are times when your approach resonates with those following you and times when they don’t. Or do you? The ability to self-assess will help you see when your leadership resonates with others and when it doesn’t. Here are a few things to consider in your quest to become a more effective leader:

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