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How to be an Inspirational Leader

Recognize your true strengths, and be that great leader.

A smart company can engage their staff and build a highly functional team by allowing its employees to grow professionally while also encouraging them to focus on using their individual strengths.

Share ideas from all levels of the team, listen openly and learn. You would be surprised where inspiration can come from.

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Reflecting on our Growth

Our company hit a significant milestone recently. We’re all grown up, at age twenty one. Just like a 21-year-old, our company has gone through growth spurts, and perhaps sometimes an awkward stage. And like a person, we have grown with knowledge and experience every year.

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Our 21st birthday is a sentimental one, full of celebration and reflection surrounding this coming of age milestone.

As we reflect, we’re proud that we’ve worked hard to develop solid, mature relationships because of trust and respect. Clients return for multiple placements and with each subsequent placement, we gain a better understanding of their unique culture fit.

We are so very thankful for so many loyal clients where we have developed a successful relationship that translates into placing all their new hires. When facilitating a candidate and company match, we always hope to get the fit right for our client but also help our candidates set off on a fulfilling career path. When we continue to work with these organizations year after year, we get to watch our former candidates progress within these organizations, which ends up being very fulfilling for us.

We often hear about all the great people our candidates were introduced to during the interviews we arrange; we love it when our clients showcase their employees, and ultimately their culture, during the interview process. We love it, even more, when we hear that our placements are now the employees interviewing new potential talent and helping to choose their next best hire.

We stay close to our clients and candidates, selfishly maybe – so we get to experience all these fulfilling moments… but also because as we mature, and our clients grow over time, our working relationship becomes easier. We become better at anticipating needs and recognizing good fit.

When we have a great interview at McNak, the team discusses where that person would fit best. Of course, we have open roles and immediate recruitment needs that we are working hard to fill… but, we also have the ability to imagine that person working for a specific client and fitting in great! We give that hiring manager a call, just in case they are thinking of growing the team anytime soon. This might be the same client who calls us in November to let us know they might be hiring in March, just so we can keep our eyes open in the meantime. Building on each year of partnership, with more knowledge, comes more success, and that is something to celebrate!

Just like a 21-year-old, we reflect on how far we’ve come, but also look forward to continuing to learn and grow. Saying this, maybe this milestone is more similar to a couple celebrating their 21st Anniversary? Our partnerships with clients are built on trust, growing from added knowledge and experiences year after year; we are better together, and it gets better with every year.

Sharing Our Celebrations

We’ve been celebrating at McNeill Nakamoto recently. Our company is receiving an award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals for Outstanding Small Business.

One of our thoughtful staff members thought it would be a fun idea to surprise one of our company founders with some festive decorations at our weekly staff meeting. What fun for all staff to enter the boardroom on a Monday morning and be greeted by balloons flowing across the long table.

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After the meeting, we thought…what do we do with all these balloons? Remove them, and put in our private offices, away from our visitors? Pop all the balloons? (so sad!) or share the FUN?

We chose to share the fun.

Throughout the week, we were repeatedly asked by candidates and clients about the festive balloons that were spilling over the table, and onto chairs. Our visitors seemed to like being included in our “behind the scenes”.  We like having an extended McNak family.

True to our culture here at McNak, we’re professional, but we also like to add FUN. This is what McNak is known for. We’re a different company to work with and work for in a fast-paced and competitive industry. We make time to celebrate PEOPLE, and enjoy work, which in turn, translates to WOW experiences for candidates and clients.

It’s the McNak way.

 

 

 

Corporate Leadership Quotes

Do you know what it takes to be an exceptional leader?

Not everybody is a great leader. Identifying someone who can inspire and encourage a team is a key component to management excellence. Build strong teams with inspirational leadership, and watch your business grow.

Gather some leadership tips from the inspirational quotes in the infographic  below.

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source:  Culture Digs

 

 

Are you a Boss or a Leader?

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Great leaders know how to communicate with everyone – average leaders communicate with everyone the same way.  What is your leadership style? What type of team do you want to lead to success?

Leadership is key. When a true leader motivates employees, your team has the opportunity to be inspired to do better, to be better. When teams respect their leader and have a sense of job security, the team will deliver key objectives. True teamwork comes into play, and we work as a team to help our leader’s vision come to life. A leader  sets the tone for an organization and builds a solid team that succeeds together.

 

 

Average or Great?

Do you want your business to be average or great?

Of course you strive for your company’s success. You want your business to be great. Your company won’t succeed if it is just average. What happens if you hire average employees? You get average results, an uninspiring culture, and an average company.

Be your best and hire the best.

Hiring great employees will fuel your corporate culture with positive results, and ultimately affect the bottom line. Think about this for your next hire. Invest in the greatest people for your company.

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First day at Work

You’ve hired your new employee. Today is their first day at work. Now what?

Are you prepared to welcome your new hire and give them a great first impression on their first day at your company?

What does your company’s onboarding procedure look like? Take the time to make desk-and-suppliesthe necessary steps to have a comprehensive onboarding plan for your new hire. Try to put yourself in your new staff member’s position and ask “how would I want my first day at work to go?”  Make sure that your existing team is part of the onboarding process and that they help with setting the tone, and showcase the company’s corporate culture.

Making your new employees feel welcome is the key.  The hiring process is expensive, don’t waste that investment.

Behavioural Questions on teamwork (continued)

Behavioural style questions help interviewers find corporate culture fit, by  looking at past behaviour which has been known to predict future performHuman Resourcesance.

The result that an interviewer intends to receive is a set of answers from the job seeker that will clearly indicate the situation, action taken and result.

Continued from last week’s post, below are more teamwork related behavioural questions that could be asked in a job interview:

  1. Tell me about some of the toughest groups with which you’ve had to work. What made the group tough? What did you do?
  2. Tell me about a new procedure you wanted your team to use. What did you do?
  3. Have you ever helped a cowoker improve his, her performance at work? Tell me about one of these times.
  4. Tell me about a time when you needed someone’s cooperation to complete a task an the person was uncooperative. What did you do? Why?
  5. Have you ever been in a group with an unproductive person? How did you handle the situation?
  6. Have you ever helped a peer learn something new? How did you teach this person?
  7. Have you ever had to work with a new employee? Describe your working relationship. What did you do the make it this way? Give an example of your interactions with this person.

 

The interview: Behavioural Questions on teamwork

In many business cultures, it is teamwork that makes all the difference. Behind every successful person stands a unified team.  Teamwork and cooperation is what drives a business forward.Found it!

Behavioural style questions help interviewers find that corporate culture fit, by  looking at past behaviour which has been known to predict future performance.

Here is a sampling of teamwork related behavioural questions that could be asked in a job interview:

  1. Describe a situation in which you helped a peer or coworker.
  2. Tell me about some team members who take up your time discussing problems. How do you handle these situations? Give a specific example.
  3. Describe some situations in which you wished you’d acted differently with someone in your work group. What happened?
  4. Give me an example of a time when you worked with team members in deciding each person’s task.
  5. Have you ever had difficulty getting along with coworkers? How did you handle the situation?
  6. When dealing with team members (or a group), how do you determine when you are pushing an issue or decision too hard? Tell me about a time when you pushed too hard.
  7. What was the last idea you shared with a team member? Why did you share it with that person?

Do Job Perks Make Employees Happier?

More and more workplaces are offering incentives to attract and retain top talent. Ping pong table, anyone? When entertaining a job offer, salary is the first thing that comes to mind, but definitely don’t overlook benefits beyond the norm. Flexible hours, staff outings, subsidized health club memberships are just a few perks that small companies can offer their employees. Such incentives can make employees happier and more productive.  The infographic below illustrates what several large corporations offer their employees. Perhaps your workplace can find some inspiration from this list.

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