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...
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...
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....
May 2nd, 2018
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...