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Leadership & Management

The Secret Ingredient for a World Leading Culture

Graham, May 17 2022

We intuitively know the correlation between company culture and company success (including success in attracting and retaining great people). Research shows that companies who’s staff describe their culture as good or excellent seem to be thriving in all respects. We also know how to build an outstanding culture:

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When does a Square Peg fit perfectly into  a Round Hole?

Graham, May 10 2022

We often use the term 'a square peg in a round hole' to describe someone that in some way just doesn't fit either in the role, the office, or just the culture.  That interpretation comes from an early 19th-century philosophical treatise* that considered people and their situations as a wide range of shapes - including triangles and oblongs, and not...

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Tips for Hiring Manufacturing Jobs

Jelena Franco, May 3 2022

So many manufacturers are hiring these days – or at least trying to. Our manufacturing clients are bouncing back after Covid with lots of new business, and their pipelines are full. Some are struggling to find components and materials, and many are wondering where they are going to find the people they need to keep up with the production.

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The 5 questions you should ask yourself when recruiting

Graham, April 26 2022

Many people who are involved in recruiting are familiar with the classic 3 areas of discovery: can they do the job, will they do the job and will they fit. In these days of skill shortages and low unemployment, some companies seem to be tempted to gloss over the latter 2 areas just to fill an urgent vacancy. But, there are 2 additional areas that...

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Your Employees: “Should I stay or should I go now?”

Graham, April 19 2022

There is undoubtedly a bit of a major transformation of the working world going on. Some say it's a "clash” between old school and new school management.  Unemployment has never been lower, the number of job vacancies has never been higher, and yet there are more and more people choosing not to work – or not do paid work.  And this leads to greate...

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"Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's Party!' "

Andrew Penny, March 22 2022

In the northern hemisphere spring has sprung. In my part of the world, spring seems to last but a week as we quickly move from snow-covered fields and bare trees to warm summer sun. Leaves burst forth and flowers bloom and, very quickly, we are into summer and the world has found a new equilibrium.

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It's Happening Again

Graham, March 15 2022

- Great Uncertainty needs Exceptional Strategic Thinking - This war is creating LOTS of uncertainty, and in times of uncertainty, some good strategic thinking is the order of the day.  I have written before about the effects of uncertainty (Insidious Uncertainty); we humans, and I include business owners in that, really dislike uncertainty. When fa...

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Lead with the Dream

Jelena Franco, March 8 2022

In the last two years, the world has been turned upside down, firstly by Covid, even more so in the last two weeks with the appalling events in Ukraine. Business leaders, having pushed through the Covid restrictions and adjusted to a “new normal,” are now challenged with another storm of change - a geopolitical one.

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We Stand With Ukraine

The Kingsford Team, March 1 2022

On this Tuesday we are reminded of an old song by Sting. He crafted the song ‘Russians’ at the height of the cold war in 1985 - four years before the Soviet Union collapsed under the autocratic weight of corruption and mismanagement. A recurring lyric in that song is “Believe me when I say to you, I hope the Russians love their children too”. It wa...

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How should your culture grow with your company?

Graham, February 22 2022

Last week, Andrew wrote about the 3 stages of growth that a company experiences.  While a company needs to adjust what it does as it grows, it also needs to change what it is, and this parallel change in being is a cultural journey. Your culture is created by the people within your company. Cultures often naturally drift and evolve over time, but...

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