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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.

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.

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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Enjoy Your Work

Do you wake up in the morning and want to go to work? Are your employees feeling the same energy and drive as you do? Are they engaged? Does your staff feel valued and know that their contributions have meaning towards the company’s main goal?

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Be aware of employee engagement. And be aware of it all the time, not just at review time. We hope these thoughtful quotes make you stop and think about the current corporate culture status in your organization. Is everybody engaged?

“When people are financially invested, they want a return. When people are emotionally invested, they want to contribute.” – Simon Sinek

“Connect the dots between individual roles and the goals of the organization. When people see that connection, they get a lot of energy out of work. They feel the importance, dignity, and meaning in their job.” –Ken Blanchard

“Always treat your employees exactly as you want them to treat your best customers.” –Stephen R. Covey

“Employees who believe that management is concerned about them as a whole person – not just an employee – are more productive, more satisfied, more fulfilled. Satisfied employees mean satisfied customers, which leads to profitability.” –Anne Mulcahy

When work is meaningful, good things happen. The wheels of enterprise move in a kind of synchronized motion and teams are truly happier. Engagement? – check.  Great corporate culture? – check. What better place to spend half of your daily life but in a workplace where you actually feel happy and enjoy the company of others feeling the same.

The Importance of Employee Engagement

A healthy corporate culture thrives when employees are engaged. When the work is interesting, when management and co-workers are respected, the business has an opportunity to thrive.

Infographic source: Dale Carnegie Training

Handling Difficult Employee Conversations

Originally posted on Practical Practice Management

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As a manager or team leader you have probably had the opportunity to speak to one of your staff members regarding something not so pleasant, perhaps a need for discipline or correction.

When conversations like this need to happen it is important that the, the deliverer, of the message be in the right frame of mind and have the right attitude going into the conversation.  This means wanting to have a positive outcome even though the message may be about something unpleasant to the receiver.

Below are a few good rules to remember prior to the conversation taking place.

5 rules for a creating a positive outcome from a not so pleasant conversation.

1. Stop and think before you speak so you can choose your words carefully. You want to get your message across in a way that discourages defensiveness and arguments. (This may take some thinking)

2. Be objective and use frank and factual, or descriptive phrases. Choose neutral and positive words.

3. Speak with a tone of voice that sounds sincere, wanting to solve or correct the problem.

4. Frame your message carefully.  Make sure that you stay on track with the issue at hand and do not go off on random “rabbit trails” bringing up non-pertinent information.

5. Listen with empathy and understanding so you can really hear the other person’s point of view.

These types of conversations can end well when time and effort is put in prior to having them and they are delivered with the right attitude.

“Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.” ~ Henri Kaiser

How Engaged is Your Workforce?

Does your company need a specific culture shift to get the team moving in the right direction? This is when the team will become motivated again, become deeply engaged and produce excellent results for your customers.

Think about what you can do as an employer to manage the most important asset in your organization – your employees.

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The 5 Best Cultural Fit Scenes from Hollywood

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File this one under:
“Oh, I wish I had thought of this blog topic myself!”

This post resonates deeply with me. I’ve always been a film fan, and Cultural Fit is what we live and breathe on over here at McNak.

HR expert Kris Dunn writes a compelling post about hiring for cultural fit on Fistful of Talent. Enjoy the 5 video clips accompanying his post. Keep in mind that some are NSFW.