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The New Normal in Corporate America

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14.05.19

We are seeing a huge paradigm shift in corporate business culture where companies are embracing the mindset of Millennials – flexibility, culture fit, community, collaboration and team versus the “way it’s always been is the way we are going to be.”  In fact, I believe that shift is our new normal.

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Two Quality Candidates – A Nice Problem to Have

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14.03.19

Two highly qualified AND likeable job candidate resumes are sitting in front of you.  You’ve gone through extensive interviews, background checks, and reference checks on both and now it’s decision time.  Enough waffling, enough “Pro and Con” back and forth in your brain – you must choose one or the other.

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What Wayne and The Babe Can Teach You About Life

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18.01.19

Wayne Gretzky, retired NHL hockey player, is famed for saying “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”.  Babe Ruth, famous Red Sox turned Yankees baseball player, has several famous quotes to his name, one of them being, “Never let the fear of striking out get in your way.”

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Don’t Hire Me Until…

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02.11.18

Let’s be honest, building out A-Teams for your business isn’t easy. Great talent, great culture, profitable business – we all want it! The issue arises when business owners get impatient with the process.  They have a talent gap, they want it filled… yesterday.  Unfortunately, when hasty hiring decisions are made to fill a role, a lot of proverbial rocks are left unturned.  The result is high turnover and employee morale takes a nose dive.

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“Ageism” – Face it and work around it!

Posted by Ken McGovern in Succession Planning, Team Development | 0 comments

23.08.18

It’s no secret that the Millennial Generation – or Gen Y – born in the early 80’s through the late 90’s will surpass the Baby Boomer Generation in numbers sooner than later.  The Gen Y’s are deep in our workforce and are now holding significant leadership roles in a variety of industries.

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The Importance of Being Involved

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19.07.18

Have you ever noticed that some of the happiest and most fulfilled people are those who spend time giving back?  Volunteering isn’t only about the impact that you make in the lives of those less fortunate and in one’s community; it also teaches you a lot about who you are and helps you improve  certain life skills. You may discover that you’ve become more patient, open-minded, less judgmental, and more compassionate.  I’m not talking about volunteering so you can toss that board membership title on your LinkedIn Profile – this isn’t Quid Pro Quo – this is just giving for the sake of giving.

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Who says Millennials have no character?

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01.06.18

My family and I just returned from a trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. While I possess a fairly extensive record of international travel, this was my first trip to Southeast Asia. Each trip to a foreign country possesses its own remarkable aspects but the idea of visiting countries as “foreign” as Vietnam and Cambodia came with both excitement, as well as trepidation. Let me just start by saying, it was fantastic! The people, the culture, the history, the food, all of it.

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The Youth Factor

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04.05.18

I’m just going to come right out and say it:  I think the younger generations get it.  I know, I know there have been countless articles written about the generation divide, the Boomers versus Millennial debates, but I’m going to add one more to the mix.  I’m not going to bash the idealism of the younger crowd, in fact, I embrace it and I encourage you to open your mind and put yourself in their shoes for a bit.

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Culture Transformation

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16.03.18

If only I had a dollar for every time I conducted a candidate interview during my career and I was asked, “what is the company culture like!” Yes, it is universally the most frequently asked question during an interview, a networking conversation, or cocktail party when discussing where someone works.

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Culture Fit – Is it Realistic?

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02.03.18

“Culture Fit” is a buzz phrase you may have seen and is often heard around the water coolers in any executive search firm or HR/Recruiter meeting.  Generally defined as: “The ability of an employee to fit the core beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors that make up an organization.”

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