Leaders Know Their Strengths and Weaknesses
The best leaders are intimately
familiar with their own strong points and weak areas. By being honest with
themselves, they are able to lead effectively, as well as recognize the
strengths and weaknesses in others.
Great leaders already know
perfection is an unattainable goal. Rather than attempting to achieve
perfection, always do your best. Strive every day to reach new heights and take
on greater challenges. This sets a positive example for your team members.
Frazzled leaders unsuccessfully
attempt to do everything themselves, wrongly believing they are the only ones
who can do it. It is more productive to build an effective team. When you take
time to teach staff members and work with them, you reap long-term rewards.
Confidently designate tasks to your team while you tackle new issues and ideas.
By knowing your own strengths and weaknesses, you can assign work
accordingly. Certain staff members complement what you know. Others have skills
and talents to make up for your weaker areas. Delegating effectively is part of
Always be realistic about your limitations. Going overboard leads
to stress, worry and mistakes. When you go out on a limb too far, it breaks.
Team members lose respect for a leader who pushes too hard and can't make it
Be in touch with your leadership style and goals. Interview
potential staff members carefully to ensure they complement your unique
leadership abilities. If they go against your basic philosophies, it causes
confusion and a lack of productivity.
Go beyond the walls of your office to reach out into the
neighborhood and world for ideas. Network with interesting people, take courses
and attend seminars. You won't learn new things unless you strike out beyond
your comfort zone. Incorporate new ideas and info into your leadership role.
Be in touch with your values and be aware of how people perceive
you. Perform ethically and honestly as a leader. Respect others to earn it for
yourself. Work to create a positive image people admire and depend on.
Continue to learn, grow and enjoy self-development. Learning is
an ongoing process in any business. There is always something new to discover
and another goal to achieve. Keep reaching for the stars to inspire your staff
to do the same.
Need help hiring or developing top talent? Contact us today!
Written for us by
our associate Gary Sorrell, Sorrell Associates, LLC.
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How to Overcome Common Challenges to Successful Retention
completing a successful selection process, the next challenge a hiring manager
will face is finding ways to ensure that all the time, effort, and money spent
does not go to waste by firing or having their top talent leave for greener
pastures. Below is a look at some of the common challenges faced by hiring
managers in trying to retain their staff.
is one of the challenges facing hiring managers when it comes to the retention
of staff. In fact, a Gallup study has shown that as many as 70% of the workforce
is another retention challenge, with research carried out by Target Training
International showing that over 95% of all people stated that they have been
mismanaged. As a result, they will attribute their below par performance at
certain periods during their employment as having stemmed from this
mismanagement. Eventually, those interviewed gave their reasons for leaving the
company as being because of one reason: mismanagement.
Being unclear about job accountabilities is another retention challenge
facing hiring managers. This is best illustrated by the fact that the common
reason why most people get fired is because of a disagreement on what
constitutes “superior performance”.
When the individual’s talent is not being applied (bad talent/job match) or when
they are not rewarded by job (bad talent/job match), these scenarios can also
pose a challenge to successful retention in a company. However, both these
issues are easily eliminated when the talent of the candidate and the talent
requirements of the job are well matched.
facing recruiters in successful retention is conflict within departments or
teams. However, occurrences of conflict within a team or between two
employees may be avoided completely, or significantly improved once the talents
of each individual involved is recognized and understood.
measuring talent and thereby understanding each individual’s talent, recruiters
will be able to tackle the challenges that hinder successful retention in a
company. What the recruiter needs to do is to get the individual to answer “yes”
to the following Gallup questions relating to retention. Below are the questions
and what every hiring manager can do to ensure that their staff answers them in
• Do I know what is expected of me at work?
For a “yes” answer, be sure to inform your staff about what is expected of them
at work in the most effective way for their particular style of communication.
• At work, do I have the opportunity to do what I do best everyday?
Give every individual the opportunity to do what they do best at work everyday,
based on their particular talent strengths.
• At work, do my opinions count?
Give the individual an opportunity to voice their opinions, while providing them
with opportunities for growth based on their particular strengths.
• Does my supervisor, or someone at work, seem to care about me as a person?
In order to enable the supervisor to create a powerful working relationship with
the individual, ensure that you provide them with sufficient key talent
We have the tools necessary to accurately measure all of these areas for each
candidate, employee, and the requirements of these for the job itself.
Contact us today!
Smile For Success
If a picture is
worth a thousand words, then a smile is worth a million. The power of a smile is
incredible. Even if you don’t feel like smiling, the simple act of lifting the
corners of your mouth can help you lift your entire spirit and find something
worth smiling about. Some of the greatest self-help advice out there comes from
those who advocate “fake it until you make it.” This is especially true when it
comes to positive thinking, and faking a smile goes a long way toward producing
the genuine thing. You may end up laughing at yourself merely because you know
you have nothing to smile about.
Another great thing about smiles- they’re highly contagious. A smile spreads
faster than a cold in a daycare. Most people can’t help smiling back when
someone casts a happy expression their way. This is a simple and exciting theory
that you can test out for yourself. Go to any public place and start smiling at
random people, then keep track of how many smile back (even suspicious smirking
counts!). You’ll likely find that 9 out of 10 of your targets return your joyful
expression to some small degree, and you’ve probably just made their day a
little brighter, too.
Learning to smile on demand is an important step in developing a permanently
positive mindset. One good technique for summoning smiles is to choose a happy
memory that never fails to fill you with good feelings. Keep this memory at the
front of your mental catalogue, and access it whenever you feel a case of the
blues coming on. It may not solve your problems, but it will at least make you
smile- which in turn helps you relax and take an objective look at your
situation. Smiling often creates a mental cue for the foundation of positive
thinking and helps prime the pumps of happiness.
should also spend a little time in front of the mirror observing your own
expressions. At first this practice may seem uncomfortable or downright silly,
but smiling at your own reflection has a positive effect on your psyche. You can
even practice different smile variations: the amused smirk; the close-lipped
leg-pulling smile; the toothy grin; the laugh-out-loud open-mouthed smile. Think
of it as an Olympic event...it’s your personal Smile Marathon, and you’ll win
the gold every time!
The McNeill Group consistently provides clients with tangible results by achieving and exceeding measurable goals. Having been in business for over 15
years, we know that our success is wholly dependent upon the success of our clients.
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"I'm so optimistic I'd go after Moby Dick in a row
boat and bring the tartar sauce with me".....
Zig Ziglar "
The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be
continually fearing you will make one."