Increase Productivity by 25% - Here's How

Engaged Employees contribute to your Company’s Success

Often times, businesses are faced with situations they need to increase the output of what they accomplish without adding any additional cost to do so. A daunting task to say the least! During my career, I was once employed with an organization to do just that – seek out the creation of a Strategic Business unit within the existing organization, with the intent of increasing revenues to the Western Canadian Producer. Along with three other consultants, I met with numerous groups within the organization, asked questions, uncovered information and came out with possible scenarios and two business cases that could support creating revenue without adding cost to the bottom line. We were able to present the two  cases to the executive and, through this exercise, the executive were then faced with the decision on which initiative or initiatives should be implemented to generate additional revenue and achieve success.

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Hiring for Succession

As we all know, small businesses face a number of challenges not experienced by larger firms. One of the most pressing challenges is that of succession planning, especially when no internal candidate is readily available. Unfortunately, what I sometimes see is a business owner staying at the helm of their business until their health begins to suffer. When that happens, the health of business also begins to suffer, often resulting in a good, viable business being destroyed by lack of planning.

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Policies are There for a Reason

Following the rules is a strategy for career success

Things happen fast in a global world. In Malaysia, two Saskatchewan siblings ended up in court and were eventually deported after they -- along with others -- stripped naked on a mountain that's considered sacred and posted photos on social media. Not only did the photos go viral, they coincided with a terrible earthquake. Unfortunately, the social-media stunt was linked by the government to the natural disaster and the subsequent loss of life.

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Culture Building in the First 100 Days

I’m often called upon to recruit a new CEO for an organization that’s been struggling with major challenges over a number of years.  When the challenges result from a difficult economic or market situation, the new CEO will need to focus on process, production and productivity. However, when the abrupt departure of a former CEO triggers an executive search, then the new incoming CEO can expect to face both technical as well as much more complex people problems.

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Identifying the Leaders Among Us

Every workplace has go-to people who aren’t managers; managers need to nurture them

Recently, I had lunch with a business acquaintance who is the epitome of a hidden leader. Over a 20-year time frame and with a grade 12 education, she rose from the shop floor to being a corporate president. When I first met her, I was teaching facilitation skills to a group of front-line employees. I took note of her ability to learn quickly, her enthusiasm, the respect others showed toward her, and her eagerness to adapt to change.

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