How to keep things running smoothly when family and business mix

How to keep things running smoothly when family and business mix

success in a family run businessI once agreed to be a guest on a radio talk show. I thought we would be discussing marketing tips. Not so!

The radio hosts had noticed that in addition to me, my husband, two sons and a daughter-in-law all worked at EMSI Public Relations. So rather than talking about marketing, the hosts asked me about the dynamics of working in a business with so many family members.

Before answering that question, I pointed that there were even more family members working at EMSI—a mother and daughter and in the past other married couples! (more…)

How to improve workplace culture by investing in people

How to improve workplace culture by investing in people

 

workplace cultureGetting your people to contribute more to your organization while simultaneously establishing stronger talent retention must cost a pretty penny, right?

Not really.

You don’t necessarily need to add expensive new ingredients to the stew; you just have to know how to use your ingredients better.

A talented chef—or in this case, a corporate or organizational leader—knows how to let an ingredient speak for itself, perhaps with just a touch of seasoning or guidance. 

What is the guidance—is it competition or is it incentives such as bonuses? 

Not exactly.  (more…)

Work-life balance:  find the right fit for you

Work-life balance: find the right fit for you

Today’s guest contributor is Brian Mohr, co-founder and managing partner for Y Scouts, a purpose-based leadership search firm that connects organizations with exceptional leaders. Previously, Brian worked as a talent strategist and in leadership management for major corporations, including P.F. Chang’s China Bistro and Jobing.com. He is a graduate of the Advanced Executive Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.  

 

 

work life balance brian mohrThe corporate world is susceptible to fads.

Work-life balance, a push to properly prioritize work in relation to lifestyle, features the kind of fad-ish thinking that can lead gifted people down the wrong path. Think of those who love their job—for them, it’s not exactly “‘work” as they exercise their capabilities fully toward a goal that they believe in. (more…)

5 steps for integrating coaching into talent management strategy

5 steps for integrating coaching into talent management strategy

Renee Robertson on coachingCoaching means many things to many people. 

Many times a certain technique that is referred to as “coaching” isn’t really it at all; it’s actually counseling or feedback.

For example, you may have heard or had this happen to you. A manager will say, “Let me give you some coaching around ABC.”

They then proceed to explain why you failed to accomplish a task and explains the way ABC needs to be done. (more…)

Want long-term success? Give introspection a try!

Want long-term success? Give introspection a try!

 

power of introspectionEarly in my business career, my wife asked me if I knew what I was doing.

I assured her I did.

Since then, my experience taught me I was wrong. The truth was that back then I didn’t know what I didn’t know.

I know now three elements—learning, leadership and awareness—are crucial for long-term business success.

3 necessities for long-term business success

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