"Consider investing in facilitated team building" Mainebiz July 9, 2012.
"Don't stop at the top. Here are three steps for building continuity in your business" Mainebiz April 2, 2012.
Operation Get Charles and Edna Together Again: Five steps to launch the power of spontaneous cause-based collaboration, Employment Times, August 17, 2011
5 Steps to Find and Use a Mentor, HR Times, 2nd Quarter 2011
Building Leadership from Within: Effective Succession Planning, Mainebiz Momentum Conference, Oct 2010
to Grow: Building a mentoring culture at your business
(The link goes to Mainebiz where this article is published.)
Take your Consulting Career to the Next Level: Five Steps to Find and Use a Mentor, Consulting Magazine, Nov/Dec 2010 issue
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Published in "ExecutiveModus"
All change involves discomfort, if not pain. Your employees may be more than a little distracted by what is going on around them. You need them fully on board and contributing to making a success of the changes your organization is experiencing. These 10 steps create an environment of contribution rather than resistance.
These steps build trust, initiative, leadership, and collaboration- characteristics that will sustain and grow the strength of your organization and your employees in times of change.
Published in "Entrepreneurs Community"
You have turned your dream into your livelihood. You have created your business with dedication, energy and expertise. You are working hard to maintain your market share. You are concerned about your employees. You are devoting every waking hour to being a successful entrepreneur. You have so much to do, and no more of you to do it.
Must you limit your business's capacity because you are at your personal limit? What if your employees could help you shed your "do everything yourself" role?
Who have you hired? Are they talented? Do they share your enthusiasm? Do they feel a stake in your business's success? Could they learn from you and from each other? If no, you've hired the wrong people. If yes, you already have the foundation for increasing the capacity of your business through Workplace Mentoring.
Workplace Mentoring is an explicit one-to-one learning relationship between someone who wants to improve job or career skills and someone who can help her do that. This could be a person new to your business, or a person who is experienced. The organization provides encouragement and structure to support mentoring relationships. The mentor is much more than just a "go-to" person. Workplace mentors are champions of learning. The mentor takes a position of high interest and investment in another's development. She wants to mentor. She shares knowledge, encouragement, guidance and feedback about job content and organizational culture. She advocates for the mentee's success.
For years I have been interviewing very different types and sizes of businesses that have discovered similar direct and side benefits of "people teaching people" as a critical part of business success. Mentoring develops the mentee at faster rates than standardized training. It also develops the mentor's leadership skills. Mentees and mentors take mutual responsibility for their success and the organization's success.
By definition there is no cookie-cutter approach to mentoring. Each of the businesses I've spoken with has evolved its mentoring process according to the organization's and learners' needs. The mentoring content is significantly different in each business. I have discovered, though, that all of these businesses have fundamental components of mentoring in common. I call these the Six Building Blocks of Successful Workplace Mentoring:
I challenge you to choose one person in your business to mentor. Create a plan with that person using the Six Building Blocks of Successful Workplace Mentoring. Watch your mentee rise to the occasion and grow towards higher responsibility. Mentoring works.
Published in "Ezine"
Find a mirror and be your own audience. The best way to make sure you are physically and verbally presenting yourself the way you wish to be seen and heard is to actually see and hear yourself.
It is ideal, of course, to video yourself practicing your presentation. But we do not always have access to that equipment when we need to practice.
Find a mirror, and give your presentation. You are your audience.
Your stance and gestures should enhance your message. You want the audience to see that you are confident, friendly and comfortable.
Eye contact engages people. When you make eye contact with an audience member for a moment while you are speaking, you are including that person in your presentation.
You want your audience to hear every word and feel your enthusiasm.
You want your audience to understand what they are hearing.
People get distracted by "um", "uh", incorrect grammar, slang expressions, overused phrases. You want your audience to focus on your message, not your mannerisms.
When your "audience" - you - can answer yes to all of these questions, you only have to remember when you are in front of your real audience. You know you can deliver a great presentation, because you've already seen and heard yourself do it!
Published in "HR Times"
Congratulations! Business is growing again. You are getting ready to hire new employees. You have a careful hiring plan in place. You will attract and win the best of the best candidates. Do you have an equally careful plan to orient and develop your expanding staff? You have successfully managed the struggles of a shrinking organization. Your organization has likely retained employees with much experience, and high performance has become the norm. How can Human Resources help keep performance high while bringing new people on board?
Problem: Training classes build the necessary baseline of knowledge,but what happens next? Is the new employee truly ready to do the job? Probably the work she or he will do is too complex to be fully learned in training. The organization’s values and culture certainly are too complex. Do supervisors have time or the expertise to bring every new person up to proficiency as quickly as needed? Probably not.
Solution: Create a workplace-mentoring program. Recruit your experienced people to share their knowledge and thoughts towards bringing out the best in new employees, asap. Your organization does not need to wait while new people figure out on their own how to use their strengths and improve their weak areas.
Workplace mentoring is an explicit one-to-one learning relationship between a person who wants to improve job or career skills and a person who can help him or her do that. Mentors are much more than “go-to” people. Workplace mentors are champions of learning. Mentors take a position of high interest and investment in another’s development. They want to mentor. They share knowledge, encouragement, guidance and feedback about job content and organizational culture. They advocate for their mentees’ success. The work organization provides encouragement and structure to support mentoring relationships. That support establishes a culture where mentoring and being mentored are business as usual.
Mentoring dovetails with training to boost the learning curve and then sustain development beyond the basics. Mentoring is targeted specifically at the learner’s needs and uses the actual workplace as the classroom. The content is directly applicable and just-in-time, so retention is higher. Although there is expense in the cost of the mentor’s time, it is an investment in longer-term productivity. Typical costs incurred by new hires include repeat questions, high error rates, re-work, and customer complaints. A mentor can anticipate such problems and course-correct efficiently. Mentors may need help in prioritizing and managing time, keeping in mind that leaving a mentee to flounder is very unproductive. Businesses that use workplace mentoring find that learning curves are sharper when the learner is mentored. A great side benefit is that mentors learn leadership skills.
Guidelines for Human Resources to follow in setting up mentoring as an onboarding process:
Gain the support of supervisors and managers. They are integral parts of the mentoring process, even if they are not involved at a detailed level.
Select mentors. Mentors should be experienced employees who want to champion the success of the less experienced. They do not need to know all of the answers, but should be able to help the mentee learn what other resources are there. They should be patient, and able to shift their approaches to match the ways the mentee learns most effectively.
Define the role of the mentor. It can be confusing for new employees to have both a supervisor and a mentor. Define to whom they go and for which issues. Determine if the mentor will have formal input into the new employee’s performance reviews. Decide what issues between the mentor and mentee should be confidential to them, and what issues should be shared with the supervisor. Approximate the time frame for the mentoring process. Communicate all of this to the mentor and mentee.
Teach mentors how to mentor. Experts do not necessarily know how to teach and give feedback. Their technical and cultural fluency are second nature by the time they are selected to be mentors. Mentors should feel confident and competent at setting and measuring goals, giving and receiving feedback, and tailoring learning experiences to the unique mentee. Human Resources typically provides this type of training, to align with methods already in place in the organization.
Structure mentoring. Build a workplace mentoring system for consistency. The following “Six Building Blocks of Workplace Mentoring” are the commonalities I’ve discovered among organizations that use mentoring as a key strategy.
1. Evaluate people’s strengths, needs and aspirations individually.
We learn uniquely. No two people bring exactly the same qualities to a job. The development process is much more effective and efficient when it can be shaped to the person. What are the requirements for success? Where is this person strong? Where can this person use development?
2. Create opportunities to learn on the job.
We learn by doing. Use the workplace as the classroom. Learning is retained at a higher level when just-in-time and directly applied to the work. What are activities that will give this person a chance to use strengths? What are activities that will give this person a chance to improve?
3. Define teaching and learning roles.
We learn with clear expectations. Set specific goals and responsibilities for the mentoring process, including content and pace. Review and revise continually to reflect progress. How will you and your mentee move the process ahead?
4. Give direct feedback.
We learn with encouragement. Mentoring is a two-way process. The parties need to exchange feedback, with emphasis on what is working well, openly and continually to stay on track with each other and the learning goals. How can you deliver feedback that your mentee hears? How can you get feedback for yourself?
5. Measure progress.
We learn when we build on success. Create incremental measurements, both formal and informal, to give the mentee and mentor frequent, meaningful marks of success. Where are you and your mentee going and how will you know when you’ve gotten there?
6. Reward the team effort.
We learn when we feel energized. Install a culture of mentoring by recognizing mentee and mentor efforts and successes. Make it rewarding and fun to teach and learn. What is in it for people to be mentors and mentees? Why would they want to do this?
Lastly, provide a forum for mentoring mentors. It is a new role for your experts, and they should have the same individualized attention they give to their mentees. This can be as simple as a monthly luncheon forum where mentors share experiences and suggestions. And, of course, Human Resources professionals are natural choices to mentor mentors.
Published in "Portland Press Herald"
In today's economy, business owners and managers are more challenged than ever to generate top productivity from their employees. Yet after carefully choosing an employee to fill a position and providing basic training, managers often leave that person to flounder. Floundering equals lost productivity. ''Qualified to do the job'' does not necessarily mean complete proficiency.
Typical costs incurred by new hires include repeat questions, high error rates, re-work, and customer complaints. An experienced employee, working side-by-side with the inexperienced, can anticipate problems and course-correct efficiently. A number of successful Maine businesses have found that the following steps create faster learning curves beyond basic training:
Evaluate New Employee Strengths, Needs and Aspirations Individually
We learn uniquely. No two people bring exactly the same qualities to a job. The development process is much more effective and efficient when it can be shaped to the person. The hiring process includes a general evaluation of strengths and developmental needs to get the person started. Some businesses find it is most effective to do another assessment a few months into employment after observing how the person actually works.
Assign a Mentor/Guide
A mentor or guide can be anyone who wants to share experience with a less experienced person. The content may range from job skills to communication skills to long-range career development. The key characteristic of a good mentor, in addition to expertise, is eagerness to champion another person's success. The mentor is more than a go-to resource. This is an ongoing relationship during the learning curve. This short-term investment of the mentor's time results in long-term productivity gain. A side benefit is that mentors develop leadership skills while they impart their experience.
We learn by doing. Use the workplace as a classroom. Learning is retained at a higher level when occurring just in time and directly applied to the work. This is particularly valuable for teaching problem-solving and other ''gray'' areas of the work.
Define Teaching, Learning Roles
Many managers make the mistake of assuming that employees understand exactly what to do from their job descriptions. We learn best with well-defined expectations. Set clear goals and responsibilities for the mentoring process, including content and pace. Review and revise continually to reflect progress, and rely on the classic SMART goal-setting model:
Specific: What exactly is the goal? Who? What? Where? How? Why?
Measurable: What quantity and quality measurements will best indicate progress?
Aligned: Is the goal lined up with the larger organization's goals?
Realistic: Are there sufficient resources? Does the mentee have the capability?
Timed: What is the timeline? Dates? Frequency?
Give Direct Feedback
We learn with encouragement. Feedback is a two-way process. Both people need to exchange thoughts openly and continually to stay on track with each other and the learning goals. Emphasis on what is working well helps energize the learner to work through the struggles. We learn best when we build on success.
Reward The Team Effort
We learn when we feel energized. Install a culture of mentoring by recognizing mentee and mentor efforts and successes. Make it rewarding and fun to teach and learn.
Don't let your new employees flounder. Every business, regardless of type or size, can help employees learn faster by giving them individualized attention. These steps ensure productivity during learning and even beyond.
Published in "Ezine"
A classic rule of thumb: If customers are happy with you, they tell four other people. If they are unhappy with you, they tell 10 other people. Too often they walk away from your business towards your competitors. You want those customers to complain to you, and give you a chance to make them happy. Learn how to show you care.
A classic story: Leon Leonwood Bean sent out his first 100 pairs of Maine hunting boots. 90 came right back with stitching problems. He not only fixed them, he also gave full refunds, gained 90 fiercely loyal new customers, and built a legacy on customer complaints.
Here are four steps to get your customers to complain to you. You can make or break customer relationships at each step.
ASK for complaints before you think there is a problem. Complaining directly is hard to do, believe it or not. Most unhappy customers will disappear silently, except for telling those 10 friends. Customers complain when they care about doing business with you, or when they are truly furious. Help them complain to keep their loyalty. How? Ask for the good and the bad. Collect feedback as a norm, at every contact. Ask face-to-face. Post comment cards prominently. Offer incentives to customers to give feedback. Thank your customers for that feedback.
LISTEN, LISTEN, LISTEN. This complaint is a gift from your customer. Let your customer know you are on her side and you want to understand. Apologize and empathize. Nothing will lose that customer faster than resistance. Explaining without empathizing sounds like resistance, and like your business cannot deliver and does not care. Thank your customer again.
ASK for input to the solution. What does the customer think will make it right? Taking action before you know what the customer wants leads to wrong solutions. Agree to your customer's reasonable request, and offer to exceed it. Dazzle! Thank your customer again.
ACT. If you do not follow through, you compound the original complaint. Do what you said you would do. If your action is not visible to your customer, tell her what you did to prevent future problems. Let the customer know her comments helped you make your business better. Thank your customer again. Maybe she'll be so pleased by now she'll tell her 10 friends how great your business is!
Published in "Negotiations Training Institute"
Once upon a time... A tale.
There were two sisters and one orange. Each wanted the orange for herself. After much bickering and unpleasantness, they decided the only fair resolution was a 50-50 compromise. They cut the orange in half. One sister made orange juice and threw away the rind. The other sister made orange bread from the rind and threw away the pulp. Each sister half-won and half-lost. The orange was half-wasted. What could have happened if they'd tried to negotiate?
What is negotiating? It is an interactive decision making process where both negotiating partners meet their interests. It is a type of presentation that requires particularly careful preparation because we anticipate differences of perspective or opinion, perhaps even conflict. An effective negotiating process, in fact, helps prevent conflict. The desired outcome is a meeting of the minds with a mutually agreed-upon plan of action.
The benefits of good negotiating are:
Increased trust and respect. Both negotiation partners openly exchange thoughts without judgment, accusation or hidden agendas. Best mutual outcome. Both negotiation partners win. Solutions are well thought out and meet the interests of both.
Excellent long term customer relations. We are most comfortable with people, personally and professionally, when we are confident that we can work out our differences. Customers stay with businesses that have their best interests at heart.
The Interrogative Negotiating Strategy is a system for planning and conducting all types of negotiations. Family members have different ideas about where to travel together this year. People we work with have different ideas about what is best.
Why interrogative? James Thurber said "It is better to know some of the questions than all of the answers." We negotiate because there is no mutually obvious answer. We have to examine a scope of considerations to arrive at the best solution. We have to ask the right questions and generate creative possibilities. This four step strategy asks questions to get to the heart of negotiating quickly, positively, creatively and decisively.
Step 1: What is your interest? What is your negotiation partner's interest?
The most successful negotiations consider the interests versus the positions of the negotiating partners. "Position" means what you want. "Interest" means why this is important to you. Negotiating from "position" is a good way to start conflict immediately. Witness the Orange Sisters - "I want that orange!" "No! I want it more than you do!" Had they asked "Why?" there would have been an instantly obvious solution and two completely happy sisters.
Step 2: What are the matches? What are the gaps?
It seems intuitive to begin a negotiation with points of disagreement, or "gaps". After all, the gaps are what we are negotiating about. We tend to assume the similarities need no discussion. Therefore our stance with our negotiating partner is off to a contentious start. When we examine "matches" first, we are likely to discover that we have many shared interests. We are largely on the same side of the fence. Now we are partners who can examine the gaps from a base of commonality.
Step 3: What are the possibilities? What are the limitations?
When we move from gaps to solutions, we limit our thinking to the obvious. In this step, brainstorm without solution. Again, start with the positive - possibilities. Build on the matches. Be clear about limitations. Do not set the stage for unrealistic expectations.
Step 4: What are the action options? What are the criteria for choosing? What actions to take?
Still brainstorming, what are all possible actions? Evaluate those actions in light of your and your negotiating partner's interests, i.e. your criteria for choosing a solution. A selection grid with your interest criteria across the top and actions down the side gives you a clear visual to narrow and select your actions. Prioritize the criteria. Now you can select the action items that satisfy the most important criteria.
At the end of this process, you and your negotiation partner have mutually decided on a solution satisfying both of your interests. All you have to do is take the actions you have selected. You may want to set a time to follow up with each other, to make sure all is going according to plan and to tweak your solution as needed.
Published in "Ezine"
No news is not good news in the world of giving feedback. It is just no news.
"I read your report. Thank you. I appreciate the time you put into it," Mabel says, stopping at Mary's and John's desks, and continuing on her way back to her office. Mary and John just spent a week analyzing target market demographics, and submitted this report to Mabel, their supervisor, yesterday. Mary and John exchange perplexed looks. Mary, ever the optimist, concludes "The report must be what she wanted, or she would have told us it isn't." John, a pessimist, remarks "The report must not be what she wanted, or she would have told us it is." Thanking Mary and John was polite and gracious. It made them feel valued. They have no feedback, though, on what to keep, stop or start when they do their next analysis. Mary might be inclined to approach it exactly the same way. John might want to change their approach entirely.
Businesses cannot afford to have employees spending their time and energy trying to figure out if their work is effective or not. These three simple steps will take the guesswork out of performance feedback for your employees. Mary and John would be much clearer on the quality of their work if Mabel had given details.
Mary and John will know just how to proceed with the next analysis. Detailed feedback sets the stage for excellent performance.
Don't wing it. The more important your presentation, the more your must organize. Rambling thoughts send audiences' minds rambling rather than paying attention to what you are trying to get across. We've all walked out of presentations wondering "What was the point of that?"
Whatever the content of your presentation, there are a few basic elements that give logic, interest and clarity.
Published in "Ezine"
Every communication with another person is a presentation. We have been giving presentations all our lives. We start off with only a few presentation tools. As babies, we cry, laugh, gurgle, make faces - but, we get our point across. As we age we add language, knowledge and reasoning. Our presentations become more important as our lives become more complex. Remember how many factors you had to consider the first time you convinced your parents to loan you their car to go out with friends on a Saturday night? No doubt, you prepared thoroughly for this presentation because you really wanted it to work.
The greater the importance and complexity of the presentation, the more thoroughly you need to plan.
If you are going to chat over lunch with a friend, you don't need to prepare your "presentation" at all, of course. If you are going in front of a potential customer to sell them on what your organization has to offer, you must invest considerable time to make your presentation flawless.
The PREPARE Presentation System is a useful guide whenever your presentation requires elements of planning. The PREPARE steps are applicable to one-to-one, small and large group presentations alike. You may use only some steps for less formal presentations, all steps for the more formal. It is a checklist to help you make sure you will give confident presentations that have the impact you intend.
PREPARE Your Purpose: Audiences are not generic. They can vary widely in terms of information they already know, what they think of you, how they currently operate. Analyze your audience to make sure you are not telling them what they already understand or missing something they need.
PREPARE your Persuasion Points: Based on your Purpose, how will you influence them to respond in the way you want?
PREPARE Your Presence: Dale Carnegie said "People buy people." You are the face of your company, product and service to the audience.
PREPARE Through Practice: Know what your presentation sounds and looks like before you are in front of your audience. Find practice partners who will critique your presentation objectively.
Published in "Presentations Training, Baker Communications"
Once upon a time... A synthesis of real-life presentation bloopers.
There was a presenter who knew her subject cold - a true expert. Naturally, she was chosen to deliver a sales presentation to an important potential customer group of 50. The afternoon before the event, she loaded the standard charts and graphs on pricing onto her laptop for a PowerPoint presentation. Thinking the slides looked a bit dull, she colored the backgrounds red, yellow and green. For additional interest she made the slides replace each other by alternately fading, zooming left, right, up, down. She added twirling leaves in the borders, colored to contrast with the background. She was ready. This was going to be a piece of cake.
The audience is seated. She says "Good morning," turns on the projector and sees a sea of faces bathed in psychedelic light, eyes squinting. She squints, too. She cannot quite make out the numbers on the lap top screen. Not wanting to turn her back completely to the audience in order to read from the large screen, she steps behind it and peeks her head out, neck craned. She starts reading and explaining the numbers. As the audience's eyes begin to accustom to the light show, they try to keep up with the numbers the presenter is launching through. They scramble through their briefcases for paper to take notes.
They miss an entire screen. The presenter notices that no one is paying attention to what she is saying because they are all madly writing notes. She steps in front of the screen, still talking, everyone still intently copying numbers on their scraps of paper. How to capture their attention? She begins to wave her arms around to punctuate her points, she speaks faster and yells her words. This does distract them. As 50 pairs of eyes turn to hers, she gets nervous. She cannot think of the right word. She loses her entire train of thought. She decides to just keep talking until she finds it again.
Mercifully, somehow, she gets to the end of her presentation and asks for audience questions. "That was all pricing information. Your competitors charge less. What are the benefits if we invest?" "What are examples of how your product works for your other customers?" "How will you tailor your service to our unique needs?" "Why are you are better than your competitors?" "What would we lose if we go to your closest competitor?" With five minutes to answer these questions, unprepared, she wonders what she could have done differently.
PREPARE your Purpose
PREPARE your Persuasion Points
PREPARE your Presence
PREPARE by Practice
Preparation = Relaxed Presentation
Nervousness and lack of preparation are directly proportionate to each other!
Published in "Ezine"
When workplace change happens, conflict happens. People have different hopes, fears, perspectives, and ideas about how they might survive, and even thrive. They are not just pretending these differences in order to be controversial. Everyone wants the best, according to their own definitions. People are in disagreement, teams fragment, discord erupts or goes underground. It can be tempting to ignore, or dictate solutions. Leaders are responsible for dealing with change and conflict both. "Stop it or else..." is not an answer.
Conflict and cooperation are both created when people have different views. Conflict occurs when people think they are correct, and others are wrong. Cooperation occurs when they synthesize their differences to create a better outcome. True conflict resolution is the bridge between the two, and is a process of building trust. People learn how to prevent future conflicts by working thoroughly through their current conflicts. They gain confidence that they can openly negotiate differences. They learn to pool their differences to create strength. They incrementally build a culture of contribution through appreciating and seeking out each others' perspective. In an environment of change, contribution is particularly necessary.
Leaders can use these three time-tested steps to help conflicting people contribute to making change successful vs. undermining it.
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Bernard Mohr and Appeciative Innovation, platform for change When you just fix problems, you just get fixed problems. When you mine strengths, you get creativity and innovation. Bernard Mohr, co-founder of Innovation Partners International, is a miner of strengths. Listen to his compelling stories of organizational successes through Appreciative Innovation. I’ve used appreciative approaches for years, directly influenced by Bernard’s work - it gets excellent results over the long-term.
Jean Maginnis: Putting Maine on the global map as a center for creativity. Jean Maginnis had a vision while riding her bicycle. That vision became the painted oil tanks by the Jetport. She launched the Maine Center for Creativity six years ago, with an international art competition to design the tanks. She has just recently been named one of the top ten economic movers and shakers in Maine by Mainebiz. She talks with Debi Davis and me about how MCC is putting Maine on the global map as a creative hub.
Randy Judkins: Creativity, beyond skill, is what differentiates people. It seems that most people in Maine have seen Randy Judkins in action. He is a well-know and highly skilled juggler, clown, comic, teacher, entertainer, corporate speaker- his skills go on and on. His skills aren’t what have made him so successful for so long, though. He says creativity and connection are what differentiate people- skills are just the context. I’ve known Randy for a dozen or so years. He is funny and serious at the same time. Share the fun and learning we found talking with him.
Have you ever encountered an arrogant leader? Or, have you ever found yourself behaving arrogantly? (I know I sometimes have!) Stephen Jenks and Fritz Steele have written a book "The Arrogant Leader." They describe arrogance, the difference between arrogance and confidence, how to deal with arrogance in others, and yourself.
Have you ever encountered a leader who is the antithesis of arrogant? Sandy Wyman, owner and President of Tidestone Solutions, is such a leader. She grows her business and exceeds customer expectations by hiring highly talented people and mentoring them to help her lead.
Writing articles and blogs gets you known as an expert. But what should you write about, and how should you write it? Jeff Pike, the owner of Business Writing Solutions, is an editor and ghost writer. He talks to us about how to position our businesses through writing, and why it might be good to use an editor or even a ghost writer.
Meet John Stass, owner of Katahdin Studio Furniture. John is not only a fine woodworker and designer, he is an astute business person. Katahdin Studio has enjoyed success and even grown in these challenging economic times. John and his two staff members, Caleb Pine and Steve Anderson, create amazing new offerings and evolve the business continuously. John talks to us about how he succeeds, even though his products are "luxury" items.
Susan, Debi Davis and Cathy Renault, Principal of Innovation Policy Works, discuss Employee Engagement: Getting each of your employees contributing their brilliance to your competitive advantage. Engage employees by setting clear goals, paying close attention to each person, helping each to measure their own results, and ensuring the resources they need to succeed.
Cathy Renault, Principal of Innovation Policy Works, talks to Susan and Debi Davis about Creating a Culture of Creativity. Every organization must innovate to survive, never mind thrive. Cathy has a Black Belt in Innovation Engineering, a highly effective approach for doing that.
Michael Morin, Senior Trainer at TC Hafford, is Susan's hero. He waterproofed her basement, which she thought was hopeless. Now she loves the rain. Hear Mike teach us about "Everything Basement-y." New homes can be prone to even more moisture problems than old ones. Mike gives tips for staying dry.
Learn about motivation and change when Susan and Debi Davis interview Orlando Barone, of Barone Associates. What is etiquette and why should business people care? Susan and Debi Davis interview Andrea Pastore of Etiquette Solutions.
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Susan talks about workplace mentoring on WLOB's Mind Your Own Business radio program.
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Susan about mentoring as a valuable onboarding tool.
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