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Employee motivation vs. employee determination: Is there a difference and does it matter?

by John Courtney on February 14, 2018

“I’m motivated” versus “I’m determined”.

In a lot of conversations, you could probably say either sentence and get the same idea across.

Yet, there is a difference. To put it in the words of executive coach Jamie Douraghy, “Motivation is what gets you started. Determination is what helps you finish what you started.”

If we’re determined to do something we’ll stay on it, even after that initial motivation disappears. For most c-level and HR leaders, that's exactly the kind of drive you dream of seeing in your employees.

So why does the highly motivated, truly determined employee seem so elusive?

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How to Use Performance Reviews to Spot Future Talent

by Ben Hastings on February 9, 2018

I once attended a high-level conference of executives managing high growth enterprises and many were in industries facing extreme disruption.

In a panel discussion on talent management, these fast-moving c-levels bemoaned increasing turnover rates and agreed that "adaptability" was prerequisite for future talent.

And they were right. Generic job descriptions have a tough time keeping pace with modern business.

But apart from revamping your entire organizational hierarchy (which is neither easy, nor a sure bet for solving your succession planning problems), what can you do to align the right talent to the right role? Here are some practical steps to take.

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4 Easy Ways to Get Your Performance Reviews Back on Track

by John Courtney on February 6, 2018

Between staying on top of day-to-day tasks and good old-fashioned fear of confrontation, there are hundreds of ways your performance reviews can go off track. But with 69% of employees saying they would work harder if they felt their efforts were better recognized, it pays to have a steady appraisal system in place.

Here are four simple ways to get your performance review process back on track.

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How to Help Your Employees Feel Heard

by John Courtney on February 1, 2018

There are millions of self-development books, articles and coaching programs with the aim of helping us learn how to "speak our truth", "live an authentic life" or "stand up for ourselves".

Take for example, social scientist and courage expert Brene Brown's latest book, Braving the Wilderness. The #1 New York Times best-seller sold 42,000 copies in the first week of its release (coming in second place for adult non-fiction after Hillary Clinton's, What Happened).

So why the obsession with speaking up?

In short, we feel awful when we don't. In fact, one of the five biggest regrets of the dying are: "I wish I'd had the courage to express my feelings." More than any office perk or benefit, giving your employees a voice is a sure way to make them feel great—both at work, and in life. Here's where to start.

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Why Do Great Employees Quit?

by John Courtney on January 30, 2018

Are "personal reasons" ever really the whole reason?

Probably not. Despite the contents of their resignation letter, the reality is most people quit because of something their employer either did, or failed to do. And it's time to start paying attention.

Unemployment is the lowest it's been in years and the open talent economy is no longer a prediction, but a reality. Your best people have a wealth of job options at their fingertips. (That's right. Get ready to see "war for talent" cliches back on HR conference agendas.)

You already know employee retention is expensive and of course you want to hang on to your best performers. But apart from investing in high-tech meditation pods or doling out raises you can't afford, how can you retain your best people?

We're going to tell you what many of your former employees wouldn't, so you can focus on what really matters to your top performers.

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How HR Can Train Managers To Deliver Better Reviews

by John Courtney on January 25, 2018

From pay increases to sales targets, some of our most crucial business decisions boil right down to our performance data.

But unfortunately, manager ratings just aren't as accurate as we'd like them to be. Here are some simple ways to help your managers improve their performance review skills, so you can make better decisions for your people and your business.

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