Candor Works

All too often, this employee retention speaker hears from his audiences that they don’t know how to convey a difficult message to an employee.  My response…with candor.  All too often we try to beat around the bush and act like politicians instead of being candid...

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Senior Leadership Doesn’t run the Place

This employee retention speaker was a middle level manager in human resources for a good part of my career.  I was not a VP at thirty and spent most of my time in plants or facilities that were not the corporate office.  I learned very...

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Celebrate Success

We always hear about it when we fail of something goes wrong or could have done better.  That is one of the downsides of the continuous improvement philosophy.  Rarely do we hear about it when things get done the way they should or when we...

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The Machine Will Interview You Now

Recently, a colleague of mine told me how she was required to fill out an online job application and then was told to expect a call for an interview.  What she got was an interview by a machine.  She was told to give a response...

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There’s Nothing Like a Card

As an employee retention speaker, I tell my audiences that one thing virtually every employee likes is getting a birthday card or a card on their work anniversary with the company.  Not some stock “Happy Birthday” card but a short-handwritten note from the president, plant...

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Truth…Can You Handle the Truth?

We have all heard the famous line from the movie A Few Good Men when Jack Nicholson tells Tom Cruise, “Truth…You can’t handle the truth!”   The question is; can you as a leader handle the truth.  Unfortunately, as an employee retention speaker and employee retention...

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If it Feels Good Don’t Do It

There are times when working as an employee retention speaker and employee retention trainer that I am working with leaders on how to drive employee retention that I get questions about dealing with problem people.  As I talk with the leaders, it becomes very evident...

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There Are No Bad People

“There are no bad people…only bad leaders.”  I heard that from my drill sergeant in basic training.  Fortunately, he was not talking to me at the time but it has stuck with me for decades and served me well as an HR professional when I...

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