Leadership Onboarding Blog

Emotional Intelligence: Data Show it’s a Must-Have for Team Success

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...

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Culture Clash to Culture Connection: One Company’s Leadership Onboarding and Early Feedback Success Story

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...

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What Should You Consider When Selecting an Onboarding Solution? Here’s What One Company Did.

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/...

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Coaching Employees Who Aren’t Team Players: A 4-Step Process

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...

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The Underused Onboarding Strategy for Turning New Hires Into Raving Fans of Your Organization

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...

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Providing Strategic Early Feedback During Onboarding Couldn’t Make More Business Sense

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...

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How Leaders Can Evaluate Their Nonverbal Communication

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...

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A Strategic Approach for HR Pros and Leaders to Avoid Becoming Irrelevant

July 12th, 2018

A Strategic Approach for HR Pros and Leaders to Avoid Becoming Irrelevant

The worst thing you can do, as a leader, manager or HR professional, is to allow yourself to become irrelevant—especially to the people you are responsible for developing.

To remain relevant, you need to stay current with the latest assessment and development trends and tools, and to...

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Why Performing a Company Culture Audit Is More Important Than Ever

July 10th, 2018

Why Performing a Company Culture Audit Is More Important Than Ever

A strong company culture has always been important for sustained organizational success—with benefits including a clear company identity, improved talent attraction and retention, and a better brand and employment image.

New developments, however, make a strong culture a near necessity....

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Combine Individualized Coaching with Team Focus to Transform Business Performance

May 2nd, 2018

Team Coaching

Combine Individualized Coaching with Team Focus to Transform Business Performance

We’ve been writing lately on the tremendous business value of having highly effective work teams, and the necessity of...

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