Jun 28, 2016
In light of the 4th of July, we want to celebrate our freedoms and thank all those who made sacrifices for our freedoms. We cannot thank you enough!
To bring recognition to some of our founding fathers, we have selected one father for each DISC Style. To see which founding father you are most like click here ( for entertainment purposes only)
D: Alexander Hamilton
Hamilton is best known for being the first Secretary of the Treasury and being on the ten dollar bill. He was a brilliant and self-confident father. He was driven for results and had little time for incompetent people. He was also a hot-tempered and impulsive man. That being said, his demise was due to his hot-temper and his ego getting the best of him when he lost a duel to Aaron Burr.
I: Benjamin Franklin
Franklin is best known for being a visionary and community leader. He was the life of the party and could influence the masses to unite. In fact, he was the father that convinced the French to join the American Revolution. Franklin is known for being creativity, clever and eccentric in all that he accomplished. He was one of the first American celebrities.
S: George Washington
Washington is best known for being the first President of the United States and leader of the Continental Army. He was known as a man of few words or observer. This personality trait attributed to his ability to strategies militarily against the British. He was also even-tempered, reasonable, and had the ability to compromise which lead to the great success in building the nations government.
C: Thomas Jefferson
Jefferson is best known for writing the Declaration of Independence and being the third President of the United States. He was known for being a perfectionist in all his tasks and able to remove his emotions from his decisions. In addition, he paid no attention to fashion and looked for comfort rather than attention. When the Louisiana Purchase came a crossed his desk, he studied both sides of the deal and made the most logical decision based on the facts which lead to the best investment in American history.
By Resources Unlimited
Jun 8, 2016
May 24, 2016
14 Managements Do's and Don'ts that every manager should know and practice everyday. Beware, they are difficult to put into practice in the moment but when you do your team will follow and respect you for it. The 14 Do's and Don'ts are as follows:
- Don't get angry
- Don't be cold, distant, rude or unfriendly
- Don't send mixed messages to your employees so that they never know where you stand
- Don't BS your team
- Don't act more concerned about your own welfare than anything else
- Don't avoid taking responsibility for your actions
- Don't jump to conclusions without checking your facts first
- Do what you say you are going to do when you are going to do it
- Do be responsive (return phone calls, emails)
- Do publicly support your people
- Do admit your mistakes
- Do recognize your team
- Do ask and listen
- Do smile and laugh
Which Don't are you doing? Which Do are you NOT doing? What are you going to do today and this week to make you a better leader? The only person responsible for your leadership is you. What are you going to do about it?
May 12, 2016
Apr 26, 2016
Step 1: Identify your problems.Be open minded and honest with yourself and identify all the major problems within your company. In order for you to shift your culture, you need to know what to fix. Are your problems any of the following: People, Hiring, Management, Supervisors, or worst case scenario YOU (Be Honest)!
Step 2: Reward change at the top.Senior level buy-in is crucial for a long-term cultural shift. Likewise, employee buy-in is also essential to shift culture. Buy-in is hardest part of the process because the idea sounds great but execution is difficult. Even with the best reward programs, the decisions that need to be made are still difficult. What do I mean? Hear are a few what if scenarios: changing your managements or your personal habits, keeping the program at the focus while in the trenches, or termination of top performers due to no buy-in (my toughest, who wants to fire the best performer?).
Step 3: Pick a program.There is no secret sauce that you can buy to fix your cultural problems. There are only programs and game plans that will help guide you to find your secret sauce which will shift your culture. The object from any training program is to give your team the tools it needs to implement your companies secret sauce (its culture). Which program should you buy? I recommend that you choose a program that senior level management is excited about and willing to put a 110% effort into it. Their involve will dramatically increase your success to shift the core culture.
The game plan is simple, but the execution is difficult. All great leaders need to go through great adversity to become a great leader. There is no other way to become a great leader.
By Resources Unlimited
Mar 28, 2016
We know that company culture drives Employee Engagement but what specifically can we do to change the company culture. Michael Stallard identified 7 Best Practices to Boost Employee Engagement they are as follows:
- Set "Top Five" High Level Annual Priorities. Remain focused on the company goals so that the employees are not overwhelmed.
- Know Their (Employee) Stories. Not their career stories, but their personal life. Build a friendship.
- Help People Get Into the "Right Role." Know each persons DISC, Motivators, and Skills to coach them into the right role.
- Develop the Habit of Emphasizing Positives. Remain positive and your team will rally behind you. There is no place for negativity here!
- Provide Constructive Feedback in a Constructive Way. Coach your team with love and respect and they will follow you anywhere willingly.
- Provide Autonomy in Execution. No job is to small or to big for you. Offer help but do not "micro mange" or "helicopter" them.
- Hold In-Person Meetings and Regularly Check-In. Follow one of the best leaders in history British Prime Minister Winston Churchill by staying in touch with your team. Use whatever means of communication possible but stay in touch in their weekly or daily life. This only takes 5 minutes.
These 7 best practices are simple tasks that cost the company nothing but they will change your culture and drive Employee Engagement overnight. Employees want purpose, their voice heard, and a relationship with the people they spend more time with than their own family. Remember life is to short to be unhappy 40 to 60 hours a week.
By Resources Unlimited
Mar 16, 2016
Feb 24, 2016
- Know yourself and what you want in a boss. You need to be very clear with want you want and expect from your leader and express that to them in your interview before you accept the job. Remember that there is nothing wrong with turning down a job.
- Know how this opportunity advances who you want to become. Give them and yourself the opportunity to see if the "real" you fits with the company's culture because their culture and environment will shape your character, values and worldview. Life is to short to be miserable, so make sure this advancement moves you to be the person you want to become.
- Rehearse the relationship. Ask them about specifics on the job so that they "talk shop" with you and start to reveal how the relationship will be when you come on board.
- Ask real questions. "So what can I expect out of our relationship?" or "Can I talk to your team members to understand how your relationship is with them?" A true leader will respect you for asking proof of their leadership abilities.
- Be an anthropologist. Observe and listen for any patterns or anything that intrigues you about the environment, interactions between people, or the teams' vibe. Show them you care about them, their company, and your future by asking questions about your observations of their team.
Life is hard enough without your career, here at Resources Unlimited, we understand that and we strive to make both the bosses and the employees life better by giving them tools to achieve better relationships and understanding of themselves.
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Feb 16, 2016
There are several ways to hire millennials, but fitting them into your company's culture is whole another step. We help companies throughout the world hire the right people and on board them into the companies culture.
By Resources Unlimited
Feb 11, 2016
Many managers throughout thousands of companies have struggled with communicating with millennials. I recently read an article by Brianne Dehlinger entitled, Communicating with Millennials: How to Speak Their Language which gives the following tips to effectively communicate with millennials.
1. Be Authentic & Transparent
2. Don't Take Yourself Too Seriously
3. Don't Bury the Message
4. Entertain While You Inform
5. Use a Variety of Content Delivery Methods & Styles
6. Communicate Both Ways
7. Go Digital With Your Delivery Methods
8. Include Others In Your Conversations
9. Start the Conversation Now
So what are you waiting for, start engaging with the millennials within your workplace.
By Resources Unlimited
Feb 2, 2016
Jan 25, 2016
- Let Millennials collaborate
- Let them work while on the go
- Offer training and development opportunities
- Set clear career paths
- Be open to integrating new technology
- Create a mentoring program
- Give Millennials a purpose
The most important thing to do as a manager of a Millennial is to get to know them. They are well studied and eager to learn when the manager or mentor takes an interest in them. Use Pat Dean's 7 tips to help you adapt your managing style to fit the Millennial's work style.