Are virtual events foiling your business success?

The success of any organization or team hinges on the strength of the relationships of its employees

Are virtual events foiling your business success?Xerox Corporation, in the 1980s, was looking for a way to boost the productivity of its field service staff. An anthropologist from the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) travelled with a group of tech reps to observe how they did their jobs – not how they described what they did, or what their managers…

Tips to grow your business from within

Tips to grow your business from withinLearning from the pros Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Amplify Your Business, produced by Amplomedia in partnership with Troy Media, will interview professional entrepreneurs who are currently in the trenches growing their businesses. Through insightful conversations, we will be unpacking their common business challenges and identifying the lessons every business owner needs to learn so…

How to combat ageism in the workplace

How do you attract and retain over 50s talent?

How to combat ageism in the workplaceAs we lead longer and healthier lives, the reality for many of us is that we will need to, or indeed want to, work longer than previous generations. However, despite this, ageism in the workplace continues to hold people and businesses back. Ageism at work largely ignores the many positive attributes mature-age colleagues bring to…

How to deal with insubordination among your staff

Do nothing? Fire the staff member? Throw in the towel and sell the business?

How to deal with insubordination among your staffGeorge has a small manufacturing plant he bought six months ago because it had good revenue and came with some real estate. However, he didn’t know much, if anything, about the industry. The previous owners kept everything in their heads and had very little documentation. George quickly realized that customer orders were being lost, there…

Startup 101: Building and expanding your startup team

Building your team the right way is essential for your company's long-term success

Startup 101: Building and expanding your startup teamThe three most common reasons startups fail are having the wrong product, running out of capital and having the wrong team. Today, I will focus on building your startup team. How do you attract, build, and expand your team as a startup? How do you keep them engaged, creative, and focused on tasks? How do…

What you can do to attract and hire better candidates

Competitive salaries, fitting benefits, flexible schedule, value-based hiring, and creativity

What you can do to attract and hire better candidates“We just can’t find anybody qualified to do the job for us.” This is a line I hear regularly in working with clients lately. In some parts of the country, there’s a drastic shortage of labour. That’s putting a strain on the ability of many leaders to fill spots in their organizations with qualified staff.…

Do you know what motivates your people?

Treat them the way they wish to be treated

Do you know what motivates your people?Bill Toppeta, a former executive officer of MetLife, Inc., once told the Fordham Leadership Forum, “What you need to know as the leader is what motivates your people, not what motivates you.” To bring this philosophy into reality, here is the simple yet revealing exercise Toppeta used: He would distribute a questionnaire to managers and…

How to make someone feel unimportant

It doesn’t take much to make people feel left out

How to make someone feel unimportantNaomi Eisenberger, a social neuroscience researcher at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), designed an experiment to find out what goes on in the brain when people feel rejected by others. She had volunteers play a computer game while their brains were scanned by fMRI machines. Subjects thought they were playing a ball-tossing…

3 situations when team interventions won’t work

Before jumping into a team-building session, ask yourself if it really going to resolve the issue

3 situations when team interventions won’t workLeading a team requires a skill set that is completely different from that of managing direct reports, the people who work directly under you. I have worked for leaders who were great at galvanizing a team but ineffective one-on-one, and amazing bosses who were terrible team leads. Actually, most of the people I’ve worked for…

6 steps to fast tracking your culture building efforts

Tackling culture requires the same approach you apply to any other business problem

6 steps to fast tracking your culture building effortsI once sat with a small group of business owners who wanted to talk about culture. For each of them, culture ranks as one of their key human resource worries – how to shift their culture in a meaningful way, or maintain a culture they see as critical to success. One of the advantages –…
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