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Managing a Multigenerational Workforce

You can’t throw Baby Boomers, Generation Xers and Millennials into workplace situations and expect them to completely understand each other. I have observed the way these generations interact with each other for years, and the good news is that they don’t need to fully understand each other to be productive,…

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The Millennial Leader

This is the generation that is getting it right – Open communication, strong levels of inclusiveness and collaboration, a sense of purpose beyond the financial success of the organization and a “people first” attitude. Of course, there is a flip side, there always is. Millennials must overcome the perception that…

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Leadership Lessons Learned Young

At its, core, leadership is the art of influencing others to perform at a high standard when accomplishing various tasks, objectives or projects. It’s the process of getting things accomplished by acting through others. Fortunately, leadership is NOT entirely dependent on position or title. Regardless of age or experience, anyone…

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3 Tips to Help You Retain Your Top Talent

It’s no secret that losing a great employee can bring down your whole team. Understanding why people leave their jobs—and preventing it before it happens—can save you valuable time and energy in the long run. So, what’s really leading your team members to pursue other opportunities? A recent article from…

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Talent Retention Strategies: Developing A Company Culture That Thrives

In our previous blog, we discussed the importance of reaching out to and communicating with the Millennial generation. We established that onboarding process should be engaging and comprehensive, providing new hires with a complete overview of the job, the company, and the industry. These three elements combine to create company…

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Calling All Millennials …

“The Millennial” is certainly a hot topic these days. The term “Millennials” comes from generational theorists William Strauss and Neil Howe, who have deemed Millennials as the “civic generation” of the present era. For the negative qualities that are noted as characteristic of this generation – Time defined them as…

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Five Key Steps to Hiring High Performers

By: Patricia Darke, Darke & Associates LLC How many companies plan to attract the best and the brightest? Over 1,000 CEO's stated that the #1 competitive advantage in sustaining growth is "access to and retention of key talent".(1) After all, they are problem solvers, confident, skilled at communication and decision…

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The A’s of Leadership

By Patty Darke Leaders are Adaptable Adaptability - the ability to change (or to be changed) to fit new circumstances- is not just a "nice to have competency".  It is a competitive advantage for your organization.  In today's business world, the complexity and pace of change can be daunting. Adapting…

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You Don’t Need a Position or a Title to be a Great Leader

John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of The United States said it best close to 200 years ago. “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, and become more, you are a leader.” The sentiment expressed in that sentence succinctly describes one of the primary messages in my…

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LEADERSHIP: Lessons From Lincoln

We previously looked at what made George Washington a great leader. So what is it that makes Abraham Lincoln the most beloved leader this nation has ever had? A man so widely recognized that he is even included in some history books overseas? Unlike Washington, Lincoln was born into poverty.…

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LEADERSHIP: What does college recruiting tell us about leadership?

The Atlantic recently ran an article title “Why Are American Colleges Obsessed with ‘Leadership’?” Although the piece was geared toward the educational system, some key phrases point to the qualities that make a good leader. Not only are these characteristics what colleges are looking for in potential leaders, they are…

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LEADERSHIP: Starting The Year Out Right

This time of year is the prime time for exploring fresh ideas and setting new goals. The months ahead will be full of opportunities and possibilities. It is the perfect time for leaders to take an inventory of where they are and where they want to be. It’s a great…

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Interviewing Do’s and Don’ts

There is no magic bullet for finding the right candidates for your company. The truth is, finding the right steps when looking for the right candidate takes a lot of discipline and hard work. Here are some steps you can take to create a better more consistent process and avoid…

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Behavioral Based Interviewing

The interview is most often used to make hiring decisions, but too often hiring mistakes are made because supervisors or managers wrongly trust their intuition or ask questions that don’t objectively assess job-related skills and abilities. Behavioral interviewing is one technique that helps companies of all sizes to interview more…

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