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Transplant Your Employees Who Aren't Thriving

Written by Sue Hawkes on April 10, 2017

As a Minnesota resident, I often find myself dreaming of warm climates this time of year. The temperature hovers around freezing and I can picture the arid deserts of Arizona or the lush rainforests of Hawaii. Both climates offer respite from the Minnesota winter, but they are decidedly different from one another in flora and fauna. A cactus can’t survive in the rainforest, and ferns can’t grow in the desert.

You wouldn’t think companies are similar to plants, but like a fern in the desert, not all people will thrive in your culture.

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Leadership Accountability: The Secret to Effective Employees (Part 2)

Written by Chris Hallberg on February 27, 2017

This is part 2 of a two-part series. Read part 1 of the series.

Performance management is an ongoing challenge in most organizations. Managers spend hours huddled over spreadsheets, analyzing employee performance metrics, looking for ways to improve performance and boost production. When mistakes happen – and they do happen – the bulk of the blame is often shoved off onto the employee.

What leaders often fail to acknowledge is their role in the errors. Here are two ways leadership can develop employees for greater performance.

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Leadership Accountability: The Secret to Effective Employees

Written by Chris Hallberg on February 23, 2017

This is part 1 of a two-part series.

Performance management is an ongoing challenge in most organizations. Managers spend hours huddled over spreadsheets, analyzing employee performance metrics, looking for ways to improve performance and boost production. When mistakes happen – and they do happen – the bulk of the blame is often shoved off onto the employee.

What leaders often fail to acknowledge is their role in the errors. This lack of leadership accountability can cause problematic issues to continue repeating. This, in turn, causes a decrease in employee morale as frustration and devaluation increase.

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Think Twice Before Hiring Internally

Written by Don Tinney on February 13, 2017

Hiring is often cited as one of the most challenging parts of growing a business. When it comes to building your business dream team, right people-right seat decisions are rarely black and white. 

For example: when a new position is created, it’s quite common to have a "right person" on your existing team. This person shares your core values and really wants the opportunity, but falls short on getting it or having the capacity to deliver what the position requires. The question becomes: should you invest time and resources to develop that person or fill the position with someone outside your team? 

Isn’t the answer obvious?

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Measuring Your Employees' Capacity

Written by Don Tinney on December 22, 2016

One of your many challenges as a manager is determining who on your team has the capacity to be effective in their current role or an open position they want to take.

In Traction, capacity is the last measurable in the GWC equation and is defined this way: “Capacity means having the time as well as the mental, physical, and emotional capacity to do a job well.”

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