Maryland State SHRM Conference:  How to Implement a Successful Strategic Management Development Initiative

Effective managers are key to any organization succeeding.  If you are looking to bring a strategic edge to your organization, training and developing those managers is a key component.  This presentation will show the importance of balancing performance management, strategic goals and initiatives, wants and needs of employees and managers, and tight budgets while working to implement a culture of learning.  The outcome will be managers who are more effective and a workforce that is motivated, educated, and turns over infrequently.

In this session, participants will learn to proactively initiate (or adeptly respond to a request for) a “management training program.”  Specifically, they will learn techniques to identify need, gather relevant data, leverage performance management, and communicate findings to senior management. They will also learn how to keep a program energized and permanently ingrain it into the organization’s culture, all the while communicating its success in the language of business.

Date: October 8, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Event: How to Implement a Successful Strategic Management Development Initiative
Sponsor: Maryland State SHRM
Location: Bethesda, MD
Registration: Click here to register.

Clarksville, TN SHRM Chapter Meeting – How to Implement a Successful Strategic Performance Management Initiative

If you are looking to improve employee and managerial accountability in your workplace it is critical that you start by improving the level of personal responsibility in each of your team members. It is only after your employees, managers, and leaders take full responsibility for the results they achieve that your organization will begin to achieve the results it is truly capable of.

This highly interactive, two-hour training program will provide HR professionals with the tools they need to train, coach, and guide their managers through a more effective performance management process. Through video vignettes, case studies, real life application and action planning, participants will learn to view performance management as an ongoing process for achieving personal effectiveness.   The tools and techniques in this workshop will dovetail into any performance management system already in place.

Date: June 19, 2018
Time: 11:00 a.m.
Event: How to Implement a Successful Strategic Performance Management Initiative
Topic: How to Implement a Successful Strategic Performance Management Initiative
Sponsor: Clarksville Chapter of the SHRM
Venue: Workforce Essentials, Inc
Location: 523 Madison Street, STE A
Clarksville, TN 37040

3 Ways to Build Your “Gut”

My 3R Gut Builder™ Model

When you make decisions, what is your process?

Some people I know weigh all the pros and cons.

Others do as much research as they possibly can.

A few seek the advice of others.

And some just use their “gut” reaction.

While the first three are common and wise, the use of the “gut” reaction seems to be the one method we admire in others (who use it successfully of course) and envy.

The good news is we can all build our capacity to have the “gut” method as a possible option too.

What is the “gut” reaction?

It’s the ability to look at a situation and quickly feel the strong urge to apply a solution without really having to think too much about it.  This is different than instincts though.  Instincts are behaviors that we are pre-disposed to do.  It’s the same process that causes animals to automatically migrate at certain times a year and cats to find a litter box to crap in.

People who claim to have a “gut” feeling simply make a decision by seemingly shortcutting a structured decision-making checklist.

But really they don’t shortcut anything.  The truce “gut” reaction comes from a wealth of knowledge and experience that stays so close to the surface that it seems be available instantly.  Sort of like running in RAM on our computers.

So how do we build our capacity to build our “gut”?   Try the 3R™ process:

  1. Read – Or learn as much as you can.  Think of your brain as a magnetic force that will suck up knowledge that you hold near it.  The more information, facts, concepts, ideas, and processes you can learn about, the more you can draw from when it comes time to make a fast decision.
  2. Reflect – When you solve a complicated problem, reflect back on the processes and ideas that you pulled together to do it.  Think about where you drew the ideas from.  Write down feelings and thoughts you had.  List the resources you compiled.
  3. Ruminate – Ruminating is the act of thinking deeply, almost chewing a bunch of information.  This is where, on a regular basis, you take the information from reading and reflecting and saturating your brain with it.

By using the 3R™ method, you can add to your decision-making toolbox and make better, faster decisions when challenges fall in a predictable pattern.  It just takes a few minutes each day.

A few cautions though.

  • Don’t trust your “gut” until you have a few successes first.  Remember, this is a building process.
  • Resist the temptation to view every problem in a way you’ve been conditioned to solve it.  Things change and don’t always fall in a predictable pattern.
  • Don’t get complacent.  You “gut” needs to grow constantly.  Keep it healthy with new information.

As The Boss, you are expected to make good, fast decisions.  Take some time to establish or build your “gut” capacity this week.

How to Evaluate and Measure Your Stress Level

Over the past few posts we’ve looked at the six different types of stress which include work, family, physical, emotional, relational, and spiritual.  The key now is to figure out what your stress level is and then, if it’s in an unhealthy place, take steps to fix it.

The assessment I like to use is called the StressBuster™ which is based on Hans Selye’s work gives us a visual of what zero stress (death), healthy stress (eustress), and distress (death) looks like and assigns a number.  On the StressBuster™ tool, you’ll rate each of the stress areas on a scale of 1-10.  Remember, the higher the stress is, the higher the number you’ll use.  Then you’ll do an average of all the stress numbers (add them up and divide by 6) to get your stress number.  Then just circle the number on the StressBuster™ tool to see where you are.

To download the StressBuster™ tool, click HERE

If your average is high, just pick the highest numbers in your stress list and work on those.  No need to work on fixing family stress if the number is healthy, instead, focus on the high numbers.  Refer back to the previous six posts for strategies on how to alleviate them.

Simple as that!

 

 

What a Mad Cat Can Teach You About Stress

“You’ll never sink this boat! … Come on! You call this a storm? … Blow, you son-of -a-bitch! Blow! It’s time for a showdown! You and me. I’m right here. Come and get me! You’ll never sink this boat!” 

LT Dan Taylor – Forrest Gump


Over the past few weeks we’ve talked about five different types of stress:  Work, Family, Physical, Relationship, and Emotional.  That leaves us just one more.  I won’t tell you what it is yet.  Let’s see if you can figure it out:

What happens when you pin a cat in a corner?

That’s right, it raises up its back, spits and hisses and comes at you with claws.  When you pin a cat in a corner and leave it no way out, it fights.

That’s kind of what life is like with spiritual stress.

Spiritual stress happens when there is no outlet beyond just what you can grasp with your five senses (touch, taste, sight, smell, and hearing).  Spirituality is any practice that enables a person to work in a sixth sense (no, not the creepy kind of sixth sense).  It’s a comfort with things beyond the tangible.

Now, when you think of spiritual practices, just realize this isn’t always a religious thing.  People practice spirituality in any number of ways.  There is meditation, yoga, aromatherapy, nature walks, mindfulness, prayer, fasting, walking around on hot coals in your bare feet, etc.  If you’ve identified some sort of spiritual practice and it works for you, you probably don’t experience spiritual stress.

On the other hand, like LT Dan in the quote above, spiritual stress can impact other areas in you.  A disconnect in spirituality when one needs to feel that spiritual connection can result in stress.  Like the cat in the corner.  Like LT Dan on the mast of Jenny.

So how can we handle this kind of stress?

Here are a few suggestions:

  1. Ask yourself if you even have some sort of spiritual practice.  Again, this isn’t always religion.  Do you set up quiet reflection time?  Do you devote any time to sixth sense activities?
  2. Find a practice that works for you.  Look for people that you admire and appear to have confidence in this area.  Ask them what they do and how they practice.
  3. Research.  Maybe start a journey into this realm by just reading a few books.  The hot new trend is Mindfulness.  There are a ton of apps for Android and iOs that have guided meditation.  Pick one and just test drive it.

Of all the stresses we’ve talked about, this one is probably the most controversial.  I’m offering it as an option when the other five areas are in check and yet your stress is still high.  In the next post I’ll give you a tool called The StressBuster™ which will let you self-identify your particular stress area but think about spiritual stress for the moment.

You can learn a lot from an angry cat…

RecruitCon 2018:  We’re All in This Together

Recruiting is all about relationships – your relationships with candidates and especially your relationships with your hiring managers, which can make or break your recruiting success. RecruitCon 2018 closes with an eye-opening look at how to earn your hiring managers’ respect and successfully team up to create an open stream of communication that helps you change their perception of recruiters as “order takers” for their talent wish lists.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Drill down to reveal what the hiring manager is really looking for in a candidate
  • Work together to fill positions with smart communication tactics to get the job done
  • Set deadlines to keep the hiring process going smoothly
  • Help a hiring manager make a decision
  • Work through interpersonal issues with a difficult hiring manager so you can meet your overall goals
Date: May 11, 2018
Time: 2:50 p.m.
Event: RecruitCon 2018: We're All in This Together
Venue: Hilton Nashville Downtown
Location: 121 4th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37201
Registration: Click here to register.

Williamson County MTSHRM Chapter Meeting:  How to Implement a Successful Strategic Management Development Initiative

Effective managers are key to any organization succeeding.  If you are looking to bring a strategic edge to your organization, training and developing those managers is a key component.  This presentation will show the importance of balancing performance management, strategic goals and initiatives, wants and needs of employees and managers, and tight budgets while working to implement a culture of learning.  The outcome will be managers who are more effective and a workforce that is motivated, educated, and turns over infrequently.

In this session, participants will learn to proactively initiate (or adeptly respond to a request for) a “management training program.”  Specifically, they will learn techniques to identify need, gather relevant data, leverage performance management, and communicate findings to senior management. They will also learn how to keep a program energized and permanently ingrain it into the organization’s culture, all the while communicating its success in the language of business.

Date: May 10, 2018
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Event: Williamson County SHRM Chapter Meeting: How to Implement a Successful Strategic Management Development Initiative
Sponsor: MTSHRM
Venue: Franklin Marriott Cool Springs
Location: 700 Cool Springs Blvd
Franklin, TN 37067

Virginia SHRM State Conference:  How to Implement a Successful Strategic Management Development Initiative

Effective managers are key to any organization succeeding.  If you are looking to bring a strategic edge to your organization, training and developing those managers is a key component.  This presentation will show the importance of balancing performance management, strategic goals and initiatives, wants and needs of employees and managers, and tight budgets while working to implement a culture of learning.  The outcome will be managers who are more effective and a workforce that is motivated, educated, and turns over infrequently.

In this session, participants will learn to proactively initiate (or adeptly respond to a request for) a “management training program.”  Specifically, they will learn techniques to identify need, gather relevant data, leverage performance management, and communicate findings to senior management. They will also learn how to keep a program energized and permanently ingrain it into the organization’s culture, all the while communicating its success in the language of business.

Date: April 23, 2018
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Event: Virginia SHRM State Conference
Venue: Omni Hot Springs Resort
Location: 7696 SAM SNEAD HIGHWAY
Hot Springs, VA 24445
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

Washington State Employment Law and Human Resources Conference:  How to Implement a Successful Strategic Management Development Initiative

Effective managers are key to any organization succeeding.  If you are looking to bring a strategic edge to your organization, training and developing those managers is a key component.  This presentation will show the importance of balancing performance management, strategic goals and initiatives, wants and needs of employees and managers, and tight budgets while working to implement a culture of learning.  The outcome will be managers who are more effective and a workforce that is motivated, educated, and turns over infrequently.

In this session, participants will learn to proactively initiate (or adeptly respond to a request for) a “management training program.”  Specifically, they will learn techniques to identify need, gather relevant data, leverage performance management, and communicate findings to senior management. They will also learn how to keep a program energized and permanently ingrain it into the organization’s culture, all the while communicating its success in the language of business.

Date: April 20, 2018
Time: 9:45 a.m.
Event: Washington State Employment Law and Human Resources Conference
Venue: Seattle Sheraton Hotel
Location: 1400 6th Ave
Seattle, WA 98101
Registration: Click here to register.
More Info: Click here for more information.

Louisiana State SHRM Conference:  How to Implement a Successful Strategic Management Development Initiative

Effective managers are key to any organization succeeding.  If you are looking to bring a strategic edge to your organization, training and developing those managers is a key component.  This presentation will show the importance of balancing performance management, strategic goals and initiatives, wants and needs of employees and managers, and tight budgets while working to implement a culture of learning.  The outcome will be managers who are more effective and a workforce that is motivated, educated, and turns over infrequently.

In this session, participants will learn to proactively initiate (or adeptly respond to a request for) a “management training program.”  Specifically, they will learn techniques to identify need, gather relevant data, leverage performance management, and communicate findings to senior management. They will also learn how to keep a program energized and permanently ingrain it into the organization’s culture, all the while communicating its success in the language of business.

Date: April 5, 2018
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Event: Louisiana State SHRM Conference: How to Implement a Successful Strategic Management Development Initiative
Sponsor: Louisiana State SHRM
Venue: Hilton New Orleans Riverside
Location: 2 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70130
Registration: Click here to register.