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Money Isn’t the Problem: Three Better Ways to Attract Talent

Uncategorized Dec 10, 2019

Money Isn’t the Problem: Three Better Ways to Attract Talent 

The following is adapted from The Problem Isn’t Their Paycheck.

 

A company is only as good as its employees. If you want your business to succeed, it starts with a talented team of employees. 

For small business owners, though, hiring can be a challenge. A lot of business owners feel like they can’t hire the best people because they can’t pay the same salaries that their bigger competitors can. How are you supposed to compete when you can’t afford generous compensation packages?

Fortunately, in article after article after article, studies show that, of the top things the best talent is looking for, compensation is toward the bottom of the list—if it even makes it onto the list at all.

In this article, by looking at why people want money in the first place, we will uncover three deeper motivations for employees. By focusing on these three new motivators, you can begin...

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How To Find the Top Talent

Uncategorized Dec 04, 2019

How To Find the Top Talent

What is a resume screening checklist?

You have a job and a job posting, and you’re getting in resumes. But what do you do to filter out the ones you don’t want, and how do you find those diamonds in the rough that can truly help turn your business around, innovate for the future, and become an immeasurable asset to your team?

The hiring process takes a lot of time and energy, so you probably want to focus on finding great long term employees that will do well, learn quickly, and become a great fit in your company culture. You also know that if you need to fire somebody and then rehire for the position that costs thousands and thousands of dollars.

So, what is a resume screening process that you’ve got to do? What’s at the top of the list, and most important, will likely surprise you.

There is a team building and leadership coach named Theresa Lowe, who was on Amy Porterfield’s Online Marketing Made Easy podcast. In that...

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To Make the Most Impact, Align Your Company with Its Purpose

Uncategorized Dec 03, 2019

To Make the Most Impact, Align Your Company with Its Purpose

The following is adapted from The Problem Isn’t Their Paycheck.

 

Countless articles and studies have touted the importance of purpose. A Deloitte study found that, in the United States, 87.7 percent of employees are not working up to their full potential. In the survey, the 12.3 percent who were working up to their potential had one important thing in common: they had a purpose.

If you want your employees to perform at their best, they must feel as if their work matters, as if it has a purpose. You can give that to them.

But for a purpose to be effective, it can’t simply be words on a website. It must be something that is woven into your company’s culture—something your employees live and breathe.

In this article, I will share how you can do exactly that by giving your employees freedom and affirmations in a way that is aligned with and reinforces your company’s purpose.

Align Freedom...

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What Are Effective Leadership Skills?

Uncategorized Nov 27, 2019

What Are Effective Leadership Skills?

How do you lead well and make your company culture awesome? More importantly, how can you as a leader get your employees do what you want them to?

Leadership is a skillset that’s like a muscle. You don’t have to be born with it, and leaders aren’t only those select individuals who are exclusively gifted for the role. Instead it’s a practice that you need to continuously work on, developing muscle memory that keeps you growing stronger.

Leaders Are Constantly Under Construction

Donald Miller who runs Business Made Simple publishes some great short daily videos Monday through Friday that have great business advice— in one of those two minute clips he said everyone wants to know where we are going (which he repeats several times). His point is that as a leader you need to continuously repeat your vision and purpose.

This means developing what it looks like for you and your business to be winning. As an effective leader...

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Why Micromanagement Is Hurting You and Your Employees

Uncategorized Nov 26, 2019

Why Micromanagement Is Hurting You and Your Employees

The following is adapted from The Problem Isn’t Their Paycheck.

 

Have you heard yourself saying any of the following to your employees recently?

  • “Did you do this today?”
  • “Here’s how you have to do this.”
  • “I would have done that differently.”
  • “Just let me do it. Give me the mouse/keyboard/phone.”

Sound familiar? If so, you’re micromanaging, and it needs to stop. 

If you’re a business owner who micromanages, it’s limiting your employees’ freedom at work. Without freedom, employees have lower job satisfaction as well as lower productivity. Keep reading to find out how else micromanagement is harming your employees—and yourself.

How Micromanagement Hurts Your Employees

Micromanagement indicates a lack of trust in your team. You don’t believe that they are capable of completing a task on their own, so you micromanage, holding...

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What Must You Do To Fire an Employee?

Uncategorized Nov 20, 2019

What Must You Do To Fire an Employee?

Maybe some of you have had to fire employees before, or some of you haven’t. For those of us that needed to fire people in the past, that thought might have turned you off to hiring new people in the future. It’s not something that should necessarily excite you, and it can be intimidating.

Firing Is a Process

One that that must be a part of the firing process is setting expectation. In the book Radical Candor by Kim Scott the subject of firing is addressed by asking you if your team would know if they’re about to be fired, or would it come as a complete surprise. Firing someone in a situation where they have no idea it’s coming can be an extremely dangerous process. Your

not only affecting the employee that’s being fired, but the rest of your culture internally as well. Everyone else will be watching, and when someone’s added or removed from a team it changes the team.

Firing needs to occur with full...

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What Is Servant Leadership in Business

Uncategorized Nov 13, 2019

What Is Servant Leadership in Business

Having become a buzz word in certain circles, it’s not immediately apparent how serving people or servant leadership can be applied to the business world where there needs to be accountability, and goals. Business has profit-and-loss, and bottom lines, and needs to be rigid, right?

How can we make this happen in the workplace? Your typical performance review is an inaccurate look at how your employees are performing. More often than not, it’s a giant waste of time for you and your team. They’re a massive destruction, and demotivating. This was what Forbes had to say in an article aptly titled Performance Reviews Suck.

In my experience the way most performance reviews are accomplished, like what Forbes describes, are the complete opposite of servant leadership— the most dangerous aspect being demotivation.

In most situations performance reviews have you waiting 90 days to talk with someone about setting goals and projects...

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The New Employee Checklist

Uncategorized Nov 06, 2019

The New Employee Checklist

Great! You’ve hired a new employee. Now how do you make sure they’re placed in a really great position so they can hit the ground running. Integrating new employees within your company culture, helping them get up to speed and productivity quickly, and ensuring they can be an asset to your self directed team is just as important as hiring them in the first place.

Social Engagement

The absolute most important thing you can include within your hiring and on-boarding process for new employees is social engagement. Forbes recently published an article on the topic which identified that work relationships can be incredibly important to employee well being. As humans we crave contact and connections with other people, and it’s important for employers to understand just how critical social connections in the office really are.

As a manager or a boss you will have some agency over the list of things new employees need to check off right when they...

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How Did Move My Company to Move in a Growing Direction

Uncategorized Oct 30, 2019

How Did Move My Company to Move in a Growing Direction

All of us as business owners want to have companies that are growing, and we want to aspire to greatness, and above all move in a positive direction. My company Stewardship recently won Inc 5000s Fastest Growing Company in America Award. How did I get us to move in that direction?

Let’s talk about the Award itself. It’s not a political decision, or one based off of who can fill out the most forms or submit the best paperwork for candidacy. Inc 5000 is literally looking at the financial records for the top companies in the country. It’s an actual numbers game, and something that we received using methods I think you can accomplish too.

Get Your Financials Where You Want Them

Everything changed for me when I got out of working in my business, and began working onmy business. In other words, the dramatic shift occurred when I started to hire and trust other people to create a culture where they could move foward....

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What Is Leadership and Management?

Uncategorized Oct 23, 2019

What Is Leadership and Management?

How do you become a good leader, and what does it look like to be a good leader while you’re managing a team of people in the workplace? That’s a big question, but it starts with something very important.

Forbes describes some things that must be in place for a good manager, which we already talk about like honesty, integrity, confidence, inspiration, passion (a big one now that the workforce is largely dominated with millennials who’ll see right past you if you’re not being genuine or authentic with your emotions), clear communication, and developing accountability in your workers.

Each of these attributes are certainly present in some combination or another with good leaders, but before you can act on any of that effectively one thing must be done.

Keep Your Emotions In Check

Control your emotions. As a leader you must have the ability to control your emotions, because if you can’t you will have a hard time being a...

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