Captiva’s Breathtaking Getaway…

Longing for a Quick Getaway? The Beauty and Serenity of Captiva Island, Florida provides just that. As you drive along the coastline you start to feel the Stress of the daily grind slip away.

Don’t Succumb. Take a Break from your busy schedule and join us at this Exciting Retreat at the South Seas Island Resort, on November 3rd, and let your 2018 Goals Ascend.

Cheers!

Attrition’s Rat Race: Fact or Fiction?

Attrition is Obsolete! Often so many still considered this as a mark of the good. Even me! Why?….

The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) shared an article by Daniel Sonsino titled Attrition is Obsolete.  In it he discussed the very necessary topic of attrition. Often so many still consider this as a mark of the good. Even me! Why? Because in my capacity as head of Human Resources for a major international pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, boasted of less than 5 percent turnover for years! Wow! What an achievement!

Not so today. Workers in today’s workforce are the least bit Tame. They are restless and not Cloaked as Sinsono argued in the following points:

  • People are changing jobs more frequently. staying with a job from lifetime, then over 4 years, to now less than 3 years.
  • Millennials are restless. Over 60 percent are open to new job opportunities
  • Employment relationships are changing. 40 percent of the U.S. workforce is made up of continent workers including temps, self-employed, and part-timers
  • Talent is in charge. People have more career options and leverage.

Reducing Attrition: What to do?

Reducing attrition rates is like keeping ice solid in the hot sun…it’s futile. People leave for reasons including spouse’s new job, family care-giving responsibilities, or lower cost of living.

Sonsino suggested that employers focus on:

  • Accepting that you will not retain all your employees
  • Focus your efforts on the employees who are most important to retain (i.e. those with the knowledge, skills and abilities critical to your business).
  • Build an alumni network so you can keep track of those who leave. Attract them back when the time is right.
  • Revise HR policies that make it harder for former workers to return. Welcome back boomerang employees with potentially continued vacation, stock options etc.
  • Establish shared accountability. Partner with other executives and when employees leave, counter with an offer letter good for up to 2 years in the future.
  • Devise a workforce composition strategy. Devise programs to attract to full-time status those contingent workers critical to your business. In exchange, also do the reverse.  Move some full-time workers, to contingent worker status.

Does the above bring  an Exceptional level of curiosity and discomfort to your business? Indeed it is cause for concern. If you need help with shifting up your workforce, consider an external partner. It will be worth it.

Cheers!

Focus…

Work, Sleep, Family, Fitness, or Friends: Pick 3.
Personally, I am a recovering workaholic…

Work, Sleep, Family, Fitness, or Friends: Pick 3.

The online Mega media Inc. recently posted this Question. Thought I’d share for our reflection to find out what we are Focused on. Personally, I am a recovering workaholic. It’s argued that if entrepreneurs and career high achievers are honest with themselves, the rest of life tends to get pushed out of balance.  The challenge is to focus on what’s important. Building a business, family, taking care of our health, or connecting.

Over to you. reflect, retreat then share your thoughts. Be honest. Can’t wait to hear!

Cheers!

Take This Job And …

HLN’s Carol Costello in her interview with a representative, clarified his statement that he was resigning right there and then… on The Across America National TV program. As she probed, he confirmed his decision that he was resigning effective immediately. Did he submit a written resignation? He replied that he had not, and did not intend to do so. The interview was his way of saying Take this Job and Shove it.

Is that form of resignation acceptable? It sure is. I have seen resignations done in numerous forms ranging from a hilarios post-it note on a supervisor’s desk, the flight attendant who resigned on-flight, to the news reporter who resigned while delivering her report. And of course, let’s not forget the usual acceptable form to Elevate notice… in writing.

But before you jump to do the same, there are things to be considered. I am certain that the representative that was being interviewed live, had given some thought to his decision before. We were just not privy to it. Undoubtedly, there are many who have turned in their resignations with immediate effect without thinking about it. The next step was filled with regrets and excuses about being emotional and angry. As an HR practitioner for many years, I have had my share of employees who have acted in the heat of the moment, then later we had to work together to clean up.

Resignation: A Few Tidbits

Think before you act. You’re frustrated. Yes it’s understood. But are you adequately prepared for the next step in your career?  Do you have up to 3-6 months savings to cover your bills while you job hunt or decide on the next step? How is your public profile? When employers conduct a research, what will they find? Educate yourself on life after your frustrating job.

If you experience that negative feeling in your gut in your attempt to answer these questions, let’s connect. I will help you decide on the process to get out of your comfort zone to do what you always wanted to do.

Remember, Consult with me before you act!

Cheers!

How To Plan Your Week: 9 Simple Steps

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I hate Mondays!

This is a common cry of many workers whose jobs are like a desert. A place that is dry and parched. A place that’s without hope. Indeed so many hate the job they do.

Why stay there? Why not take the steps to do something more satisfying that you can step out with a Shimmer of hope, and breathe ahhh…tis Monday! I love what I do!

Well the reality is that for most people that seems like a passing dream. Often there is so much to do that many go the Casual route. Wish it away! Get stuck …unable to do anything.

Need help? Here are 9 tips for those interested in their performance, as adapted from Joe Duncan’s list. This will help you plan your week.

9 Tips to Plan Your Week

  1. Look back on the past week and list everything you did well.
  2. Do the same for those areas that you think you can improve upon this week
  3. Think about the coming week. Set your expectations for your personal performance
  4. Write down the top 5 things you have to get done this week, and by what date and time you plan to get it done
  5. Next to each of the 5 points write down 3 points on how you are going to make them happen. Simple things will do. Don’t make it complicated.
  6. List the top 3 things you are going to do this week that will move your life forward in a big way. Consider, (i) who you can network with; (ii) your biggest income generating opportunity; (iii) identify one skill you can practice or learn to become more valuable in the market.
  7. Write down 2 things you will do every morning before you get ready for work, or for the day.
  8. What’s the one thing that you are going to do this week that will make you feel alive and that will make you feel the greatest sense of joy and accomplishment? This includes things like taking family somewhere nice for dinner; doing something for you (massage, exercise, other), or even just buying toys and giving them to the kids in a hospital
  9. Write it down. Plan it. Schedule it…make it a priority

Cheers!

How To Plan Your Week: 9 Tips to Make it Easy & Practical…

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I hate Mondays!

This is a common cry of many workers whose jobs are like a desert. A place that is dry and parched. A place that’s without hope. Indeed so many hate the job they do.

Why stay there? Why not take the steps to do something more satisfying that you can step out with a Shimmer of hope, and breathe ahhh…tis Monday! I love what I do!

Well the reality is that for most people that seems like a passing dream. Often there is so much to do that many go the Casual route. Wish it away! Get stuck …unable to do anything.

Need help? Here are 9 tips for those interested in their performance, as adapted from Joe Duncan’s list. This will help you plan your week.

9 Tips to Plan Your Week

  1. Look back on the past week and list everything you did well.
  2. Do the same for those areas that you think you can improve upon this week
  3. Think about the coming week. Set your expectations for your personal performance
  4. Write down the top 5 things you have to get done this week, and by what date and time you plan to get it done
  5. Next to each of the 5 points write down 3 points on how you are going to make them happen. Simple things will do. Don’t make it complicated.
  6. List the top 3 things you are going to do this week that will move your life forward in a big way. Consider, (i) who you can network with; (ii) your biggest income generating opportunity; (iii) identify one skill you can practice or learn to become more valuable in the market.
  7. Write down 2 things you will do every morning before you get ready for work, or for the day.
  8. What’s the one thing that you are going to do this week that will make you feel alive and that will make you feel the greatest sense of joy and accomplishment? This includes things like taking family somewhere nice for dinner; doing something for you (massage, exercise, other), or even just buying toys and giving them to the kids in a hospital
  9. Write it down. Plan it. Schedule it…make it a priority

Cheers!

Who Moved My…

I went to the grocery store that’s been in the same locale for more than 10 years. As I stepped in, the Traditional Fragrance of the familiar faces was missing. Confused, I enquired, where are they? I was told that the owners sold the business and had moved to a different location for a bigger and better venture.

I felt cheated. Immediately I decided I’d go find them for… how could they do that to ‘me’?!

Then I started thinking about my own passion. Daily I encourage individuals to take the leap…, go do what you have always wanted to do. Yet here I was–feeling cheated. How dare me?

Has that ever happened to you? We love the familiar. The thing that brings us joy. The thing that so Harmonizes and makes us comfortable. Safe. Tranquil. At peace. When it’s gone, we feel a hollow in our life…in our soul. I reflect on the book “Who Moved My Cheese”, which became famous because of its simplicity yet profound impact.  The late Spencer Johnson told the story about the Change that takes place in a maze with amusing characters as they searched for cheese. It’s metaphoric delight draws us in as we identify with the characters. Those of us who sniff, scurry, hem, and haw at the sight of change.

Today, I return to my usual self, I am thrilled that the management of that Grocery Store decided to move on. They have gone to achieve their dream. They had taken the bold step to higher heights.

Is there someone you’re blocking from achieving his/her goals? How about you? What’s your own plan for the next 3-5 years? How will you get there? Step aside and allow yourself, family, friend, or foe …(yikes!), to achieve what you/they have always wanted.

Afraid? Let’s connect!

Cheers!

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Refocus: Your Brand. Their View…

You have made up your mind about where you want to go and what you want to do. Now what? It’s time to set Sail. Take a look at what others will see when they start searching for you. How is your CV/Resume? When was the last time you looked at it? By the way, your Resume should be kept current every time you make a change on the job in terms of your achievement. It should be added. Don’t wait until years later you start scrambling to find what did I do again? What are the gaps between the Dash?

What about your public profiles? Do you have a LinkedIn profile? Is it a ghost (i.e. no picture); does it reflect where you want to be? Or is it depicting some Plucked career you did back when you just started working years ago? What about Facebook? It’s where most headhunters go to look to find out about you before they even connect with you. What are their likes? Dislikes? What activities are you involved in? We can sell ourselves in an interview but when doing a public search, what will they find? Make sure their search comes up with what you want them to know about you.

Need help? Lets Connect.

Cheers!

7 Essential Steps To Busting Career Barriers… 

It’s the most devastating news! I sat across from Kate with her manager. We shared the news that today was her last day. It was nothing she had done wrong. It was simply a change in business due to the crisis. Over 70 percent of employees had to go. Kate was one. She cried. Begged. Pleaded. She had kids, and was the sole provider. But there was nothing we could do. She had to go, as did the others. It was a uniform strike across the board.

Have you or anyone you know ever been blindsided by such horrific news? You worked hard. You were a diligent worker who went above and beyond the call of duty. Yet, it was now your time. You wonder how you will survive. Life seems insurmountable. I am here to tell you that you can survive. Here are 7 Steps that will help to guide you through such trying times of change.

Discover The 7 Essential Steps to Busting Those Career Barriers & Land That Dream Job

1. Busting the Fear (New Mindset)

2. Refocus: Your Brand Their View (CV/LinkedIn Profile & More)

3. Job Search: Apply the Right Techniques

4. Ace That Interview! 

5. The Aftermath (what to do while waiting)

6. Happy Landing (The Job)

7. Acclimated (Settling in the New Role)

If these steps resonate and you need help getting started, let’s Ask me How today. Download the full details of the 7 Steps to Busting Career Barriers as you ride the waves and develop a new mindset to land that new and exciting dream role!

Cheers!

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Promote Yourself! 13 Ways To Do it…

Often your Manager values your input so much that they don’t want to lose you. So they smother you with challenging tasks, praises, and more but fail to allow you to move.


Company won’t promote you? Get out of the shadows! Promote yourself! You’ve been toiling at your job for many years. Your reviews have been excellent! Your managers sing your praises! They value you!

But None of that can free your mind. You still haven’t received that promotion. Don’t be alarmed. Many times this has nothing to do with you. Often your Manager values your input so much that they don’t want to lose you. So they smother you with challenging tasks, praises, and more but fail to allow you to move.

It’s Time! Break that Barrier!

Show them what you’re made of. Take Control. Stop being taken advantage of.  Bruce Kasanoff tells all. Here are 13 ways for ambitious careerists and new entrepreneurs:

13 Ways to Promote Yourself

  1. Self promote – offer to do work that shows your knowledge throughout/across the wider business
  2. Help others as you promote yourself.
  3. Speak with energy. Show your passion.
  4. Serve, don’t sell. Your action says it all.
  5. Become a reliable source of good information
  6. Don’t be shy! Share your achievements.
  7. Spend time with people of like mind. For example, if you are ambitious …spend time with ambitious people.
  8. Seek new and valuable experiences.
  9. Never stop learning.
  10. Never stop growing.
  11. Exceed Promises.
  12. Get in front of people. Don’t hide behind emails or phone.
  13. Be persistent. Aim High. Eventually, you will achieve.

Cheers!

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Of Goals and Desire …

say quietly to yourself…”shut up and jump”…

Desires. Desires. We are often  filled with Desires of dreams, goals, and aspirations to do this or that. To accomplish our best. To become our best. To be successful. But our desires are often hindered by restrictions we place on ourselves–at most by our fears.

Why not take the chance today to step out and do something that you have always wanted to do? Just say quietly to yourself…”shut up and jump“!  You may be surprised at how much you achieve.

Cheers!

Change: Commit or Comply?

Look around you. Change is everywhere. In business, politics, technology, relationships, our lives, spouse, children, bodies (yikes!), and more. Change is everywhere! Can we get rid of the awful  feeling that it comes with? Must we comply? Resist? Run? Or simply give in?

My friend’s father was scheduled to do surgery on his leg. While in the hospital he was told that it was beyond surgery and they had to immediately amputate or fear the worse would happen. In no time the decision was made and my friend’s life was turned upside down, or inside out depending on how you look at it.

Immediately the ripple effects at work, among her own children, and in her own personal life could not be missed. Someone had to jump in and smooth the process…and that she did.

Change is constant. Whether it is in our professional life as entrepreneurs or in our personal life. We can’t get out of it. Some bring joy, some sorrow, pain, regret, or disappointment.

Organizations are no different. As professionals we spend most of our professional lives on the job in organizations. So here is a brief discussion on its effects and some tips on how to deal with the pains of change while at work. Our goal is to strengthen commitment as opposed to force compliance on others.

Resistance

We said it before but will say it again…resistance to change can have devastating effects in organizations, politics, and in our own lives.  It can result in:

  • Reduced performance
  • Increased turnover
  • Tardiness
  • Increased arguments and controversy

We resist change. Here’s why:

  • Parochial self-interest
  • Misunderstanding
  • Lack of trust
  • Different assessments
  • Low tolerance for change

 

Here’s how we show it:

Active resistance: Lack of cooperation together with disputes, threat of strikes, and sabotage.

Opposition : Delay, not meeting deadlines or having resources ready when they are needed, and forming coalitions to overturn the change.

Conditional acceptance : Accepting the essence of change while working on its modification.

False acceptance:  Pretending to accept the job while doing nothing to implement it.

Acquiescence:  Accepting the change while reducing commitment to the organization.

Withdrawal:  People simply leave the organization or transfer to another job within the organization that is not affected by the change.

4 Successful Change Management Tactics

We can successfully manage change through persuasion, intervention, edict, and participation.  Of the four … persuasion, intervention and participation will more often result in commitment to change, rather than compliance.

  1. Persuasion. The manager articulates the needs and opportunities and then an expert sells the plan to other managers and subordinates.
  2. Intervention. Identify deficiencies, state new objectives and illustrate how these will be met through members of the organization.
  3. Participation. The manager states the problem, delegates responsibility for deriving solution to a planning group, and then provide for implementation of the planned solution.
  4. Edict is less effective because it operates under the dictatorial mode through ordering everyone to follow the stated change plan. This leads to compliance rather than resistance.

To better manage the natural resistance to change in order to sustain performance in an environment of constant change it is best to:

  • Personalize the benefits of change;
  • Lead, sponsor and communicate throughout the change process;
  • Support people through the difficult points of the change journey;
  • Focus on new behaviors not new attitudes.

Essentially, we can never hide from change. It is inevitable. The traditional form of managing change may be adequate in a slow moving world.  However, in our pop Tart rapidly changing social media environment, the traditional forms of management makes implementing change more difficult.  Therefore adapting the tactics mentioned will go a long way to fuel lasting commitment that will promote business success in the long term.

If you are not in business, you can still apply the same tactics to your own personal life, career, and relationships. Change impacts us all but it is important to remember… when it hits.. no matter what it is

Change the plan but not the Goal

Cheers!

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