I am a business owner, I am white, and I have years of experience growing up and working in and around people of color. Have I exhibited racist actions in the past – yes. Do I regret having done so – yes. Has it impacted my leadership and management actions – yes! Do I consciously strive to be a racist – no!
Developing effective talent assessment systems for clients often involves developing position descriptions. Over the years I have developed well over a twelve-hundred position descriptions. In each instance the process has involved interviewing employees and their supervisors about the knowledge, skills, abilities, and essential functions of their specific positions.
The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced a significant level of uncertainty into our personal and business lives.
Assuming that each person is the right fit without knowing can impact achieving your business goals – at exactly the right time when you can’t afford mistakes.
Did you ever think that we would be having conversations about a pandemic? Was the word “pandemic” used in your workplace before March 2020? Last question. How often was Zoom, Skype, WebEx, or other virtual platform used to conduct work in your business before March?
Another client indicated she wasn’t quite sure she was ready to buy into my observation about the value of managers as coaches – being trained in coaching practices to manage employees better. After all, why should managers listen to employees, especially when the owners knew what needed to be done?
I have developed a management coaching and training program that enables me to work with business clients who have identified significant needs that contribute to poor business performance. The primary focus for the coaching and training are managers and supervisors in a business who need training to improve their management skills and abilities.
During a recent discussion on a Business Manager search I asked our client if he could detail the ideal candidate background for this position. He immediately asked why this was important, as he thought it was more important to discuss salary, benefits, our services, etc. So then began our discussion – which I thought I would share with you.
Our continued success results from constantly recruiting for talent; screening, testing, and interviewing applicants; and having a good knowledge base for talent that circulates in different industries.
There are lots of approaches to leadership development, with most focused on developing the leadership abilities of individuals. You have your options – college courses, leadership development institutes, executive certificate programs, online training, coaching, the list goes on, and they are all pretty good.