May 15th, 2019
Do the Unexpected to Take Employee Retention to the Next Level
Studies show that many organizations find employee retention their top challenge today.
There’s a problem, however: retaining employees isn’t—or at least shouldn’t be— enough. You also need them to be engaged in their work. Gallup, which has long studied employee engagement, in 2013 estimated that...
April 11th, 2019
7 Keys for Avoiding Costly Mistakes When Choosing Leadership and Team Dynamics Consultants
Boosting leaders’ performance and key teams’ productivity can make a tremendous difference on an organization’s bottom line.
To achieve these outcomes, some organizations are bringing in specialist consultants to provide leadership coaching and to lead team dynamics efforts. Many...
March 25th, 2019
Gartner Identified the ‘Top 3 Priorities for HR in 2019’ — Address These Key Factors to Achieve Them
The analyst firm Gartner recently published a noteworthy report, “Top 3 Priorities for HR in 2019,” that we think is worth reading, thinking about and discussing.
January 29th, 2019
Emotional Intelligence: Data Show it’s a Must-Have for Team Success
“Take a look.”
The leader of an academic and technical group pointed Connect the Dots Managing Director Brenda Hampel to the work area of team members who had just participated in a session with her on emotional intelligence.
What she saw: small groups of team members talking...
December 19th, 2018
Culture Clash to Culture Connection: One Company’s Leadership Onboarding and Early Feedback Success Story
Many employers take half-measures or do nothing at all to help newly hired leaders adapt to the new company culture and their roles.
As a result, these leaders, from a cultural integration perspective, are largely left to sink or swim. Some will inevitably sink, and thus fail to...
November 28th, 2018
What Should You Consider When Selecting an Onboarding Solution? Here’s What One Company Did.
For the third straight year, HR leaders (47 percent) rank employee retention and turnover as the top workforce management challenge, according to the 2018 SHRM/...
October 25th, 2018
Coaching Employees Who Aren’t Team Players: A 4-Step Process
All leaders and managers will likely have direct reports who aren’t being team players. Not only is this a common team dynamic and performance problem, but it also can create greater damage than you might think.
Employees who aren’t being team players serve as...
October 9th, 2018
The Underused Onboarding Strategy for Turning New Hires Into Raving Fans of Your Organization
When new hires join your organization, consciously or not, they are asking themselves, “Did I make the good decision?”
A great (and underused) way to convince them that they made a great decision is to make talent development a key component of a strategic, structured...
September 9th, 2018
Providing Strategic Early Feedback During Onboarding Couldn’t Make More Business Sense
Just 21 percent of employees strongly agree that their performance is managed in a way that motivates them to do outstanding work, according to a Gallup survey...
July 31st, 2018
How Leaders Can Evaluate Their Nonverbal Communication
American poet William Carlos Williams once stated, “It’s not what you say that matters but the manner in which you say it; there lies the secret of the ages.”
There in also lies a secret of effective leadership and management.
Much of the manner in which you communicate—to your reports, peers...