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Hiring A Senior Executive

Hiring for a key senior role can be a critical moment in a company’s evolution. Getting it right can catapult the organization forward. Getting it wrong will cost at least a year and have a financial and reputational impact as well. View a discussion of this subject in four short

What Is The Future Of The Employer/Employee Relationship?

(Reading Time:  5 minutes)   Who can say when it started to change, or was the employer/employee relationship never a balanced one?Some would argue that the relationship was historically slanted in favour of the employer only to be disrupted by the rise of labour unions in the early 20th century

There’s A Gaping Hole In Your Organization – How Do You Fill It?

(Reading Time:  5 minutes)   Business has always been driven by three imperatives, under which almost everything can be categorized. These are: Time There is never enough of it. We are all equally blessed (or cursed) with 7 x 24 x 365. Money (i.e., CASH) Yes, it makes the world

You Tried To Hire A Great New Team Member But….

So why did you fail? The reasons may be many or there may be just one thing that you missed. Here are some possibilities: Basic Human Motivation Did your job presentation to the candidate appeal to factors that would motivate them, or did it just highlight hygiene factors that were

Selecting The Best Talent – You Are Not The Only One In Charge

In the power dynamic with prospective employees, employers have all the cards. They have the upper hand. Employers regularly engage in the hiring process whereas individuals do so infrequently. Employers have HR departments that specialize in managing the recruiting process. They are the ones to dictate the terms of the

Are You Growing (or Going)?

Time and tide wait for no man – Geoffrey Chaucer, 1343 – 1400 Just as it is almost impossible to remain stationary on a bicycle that isn’t moving forward, a successful business must constantly be evolving and advancing, otherwise the component parts will atrophy and begin their inevitable decline. Every

The Nuts And Bolts Of A Good Bonus System

In our most recent article, we explained what a powerful tool a good bonus system can be and, when constructed properly, how it can power an organization forward to levels of success that would otherwise be unattainable. Refresh your memory of this article here: https://kathbern.com/2021/01/05/managements-secret-weapon-bonus-programs/ What are the key elements

Management’s Secret Weapon – Bonus Programs

A well-considered bonus system can be a powerful tool for optimizing performance for everyone involved – employees, management and the organization as a whole. Poorly constructed systems can create a lot of havoc by rewarding a few and causing unintended consequences that actually divert the organization from reaching its goals.

Micromanagement or Negligence – Which is Worse?

Every manager needs to set priorities, not only for their organization but for themselves as well.  The primary decision that overrides everything else is how to allocate time. Available time is fixed, and it is disappearing by the second. What is the best use of a manager’s time? What tasks

A CEO Checklist

There’s never enough time.  So, with what little time there is, you had better be doing the most important things first in order to survive and thrive. Abraham Maslow, the creator of Maslow’s Hierarchy, set out an order of priorities for individuals which explains that until “lower” needs are satisfied,