Employee Development

What’s the first, best, easiest employee development program you can establish for your organization? One that increases both work satisfaction and employee retention? My answer: one that increases both employee retention and work satisfaction. I recommend this simple five-step process that begins at the beginning. 1. Hire people suited to do the work 2. Give ...
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Winning Hearts and Minds

We’re in the midst of introducing a continuous improvement process to our already successful strategic planning offering – which we call Organization Planning. One of the primary values that I think we bring but haven’t broadcast enough is the principle of “Winning Hearts and Minds” as a part of the process. Organizational Planning done well ...
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Addressing Bad Behavior

When bad behavior occurs, there are really two choices: letting it go or addressing it head on. It’s been my approach to let all but the most egregious examples go – if I could ignore them, they’d go away. As we transition the leadership of ADVISA from me to Heather Haas, we’re beginning to take ...
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Family Business Planning Gone Awry

All too often we at ADVISA see situations where the family business tears both the families and businesses apart. Putting two sets of skills in place early can preclude this sad state of affairs from happening: by creating a strategic plan and utilizing a personal assessment tool like Predictive Index®. Let me share a recent ...
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Getting From Here to There

Sometimes we don’t know where we’re supposed to go.  Some form of strategic planning approach is always helpful to determine your overall direction.  We can help you with that. Sometimes we know where we want to go, but we just don’t know how to get there.  Developing that kind of tactical implementation can be tricky ...
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