Retention Starts With Recruiting

When we are losing talented employees with valuable corporate knowledge and experience, it’s common to take a look at our retention strategy (assuming we have one) to figure out what’s wrong. Have we identified the right critical positions and individuals to know where we should focus our attention? Are we paying enough? Are we offering […]

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Beyond the CV

When we recruit new employees, an obvious first step is to look at their CV. Some of the things that make for a great employee, though, might not show up on it. If you have a company that is growing, if you are always hunting for new opportunities while overcoming new obstacles, if you are […]

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Bad Apples

There’s an old saying that “one bad apple spoils the bunch.” The idea is that if you have one apple rotting, the rot can spread to others. But what happens if the rot doesn’t spread? What happens if the apples just get up and leave? Apples don’t have legs, of course, so it’s hard for […]

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They Might Not Be Bluffing

When your employees tell you they cannot accept a situation and they are going to leave if something isn’t done, that would be a good time to start listening to them very, very carefully. We spoke recently with a medical doctor from Malaysia who spent a year working with an international NGO in some very […]

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Listen For Questions, Not Just Answers

When you interview a potential employee, you want to hear the right answers from them. But if you really want the best employees, listen for the right questions, too. We often say that when we are interviewing candidates, they should also be interviewing us. After all, the best candidates will have their choice of employers, […]

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Supporting Social Entrepreneurship

Many young people — as well as not-so-young people — want to save the world and maybe, just maybe, you can help your employees fulfill that desire, and help yourself in the process. Surveys find that “making a difference” is often equally as important as, and sometimes more important than, salary for many employees. This […]

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Do What It Takes to Get the Best

There are more languages spoken in London than in any other city. With all the foreign-born folks living, working, and studying there, you would think they’d have their immigration issues worked out pretty well. But you would be wrong. Earlier this year the Designing Leaders team visited London, where we talked to over four dozen […]

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Exiting Interns

If you still have summer interns, you won’t for much longer. University classes are starting to kick off for the fall semester, and those students who have been getting the coffee and making copies (and hopefully, a lot more) for the last couple months are about to go out the door. Any good internship program […]

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Up and Comers

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I had an opportunity last week to lead a seminar on career strategies for university students from Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Singapore. The session was part of a 2-week program led by BestTop Career of Singapore, for whom I do some work as a career coach. It was an interesting session for me, at least, […]

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The Rock Star and the Team

We have a tendency in recruiting to try to bring in the best individual we can find. Sometimes, though, the best individual is not the best team player. If you have an organization where people tend to work solo, and that rock star offers their best value when working on their own, then you are […]

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