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Our company is having difficulties finding and growing good machinist for our machine shop. Business has grown so rapidly that we now having troubles keeping our customers happy. It is very difficult to find qualified machinists.
I have read the books, been to a couple of Marcus' talks and have found it very valuable to discover and grow my strengths. Now I want to build it into our organization. However I am a little unsure about the plan of action to take.
Added by Luke Harris on January 31, 2011 at 6:16am — No Comments
~ Will Rogers
This week's challenge: What right track are you "just sitting there" on? What do…Continue
So last night I decided, on a bit of a whim, to re-setup the furniture in my bedroom. I've lived in my apartment for just about two years now and just...kinda felt like it was time for a change.
It's amazing how just moving a dresser to a different wall (or into the closet in my case) can just…Continue
Added by Jaqai on January 28, 2011 at 10:09am — No Comments
Is it safe to talk about mindfulness as an important leadership quality yet? Can we start to talk about the importance of meditation and introduce it into mainstream management training? I'm thinking yes. Well, almost. I was so encouraged to read about the University of Massachusett's Center for Mindfulness and…Continue
Added by Tracy Jean Hutton on January 27, 2011 at 5:00am — No Comments
Though it is often invoked in debates over religion and politics in the U.S., the phrase "separation of church and state" does not appear anywhere in the U.S. constitution. Its origin is a letter from Thomas Jefferson describing the effects of the first amendment. The U.S. Supreme Court eventually evoked the phrase in settling a case, and it has become a kind of shorthand for referring to the religious aspects of the first amendment ever since.…Continue
Added by Darren Raymond on January 26, 2011 at 6:00pm — No Comments
I manage a small group of employees and I have done pretty well at getting them interested in their strengths and how they can use them to be more effective and happier at work. People are especially excited about the part where they get to do more of their strengths. But here's my problem: some of them, when I ask what strengths they would like to use more, mention things that I don't think they're…Continue
Added by TMBC on January 25, 2011 at 1:03pm — No Comments
"Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and…Continue
Added by Charlotte Jordan on January 24, 2011 at 5:30am — No Comments
My new years resolution this year was a pretty simple one - to really focus in on doing projects on the side that get me going and really draw out the creative side of me.
And, sure enough, three exciting opportunities have presented themselves. …Continue
Added by Jaqai on January 21, 2011 at 12:19pm — No Comments
I really appreciate you spending some time with us this morning.
Your thoughts and passion around the Strengths Essentials workshop is very helpful as we get ready to teach it to our Company.
I'll keep you posted.
Reading recommendation for this week: Can you build a better brain?
Always of interest, what is happening in our brains when we're working on our strengths? We know that where we already have a strong synaptic network, the easier it is to build that network, right? Interesting information…Continue
Added by Tracy Jean Hutton on January 20, 2011 at 10:27am — No Comments
For a guy who's always telling his wife she's too rigid about following the rules, I sure seem to be obsessed with them in this blog. This week's target? People who keep using their electronic devices on the plane during takeoff and landing. That's one rule I always follow, and I really wish…Continue
After working in my editorial department for 5 years, I just got promoted to be manager of the team. I'm excited, but I'm also nervous. While I have the advantage of knowing the company and the work really…Continue
Added by TMBC on January 18, 2011 at 5:30am — No Comments
~Martin Luther King,…Continue
Added by Charlotte Jordan on January 17, 2011 at 5:30am — No Comments
We've finished the StandOut commercial. You can see it all finished…Continue
Added by Jaqai on January 14, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments
Anyone else out there read Talent Management? Free publication from Human Capital Media: good for all you OD, talent, learning and dev managers out there. Go to www.talentmgt.com to subscribe. OK, plug for TM over- but I'm all about the free resources you…Continue
Added by Tracy Jean Hutton on January 13, 2011 at 4:00am — No Comments
You may have heard about the recent Wall Street Journal article titled "Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior." The author, Amy Chua, is a Chinese-American mother who has created a…Continue
Added by Darren Raymond on January 12, 2011 at 11:57am — No Comments
I've just started out in my career. My employer encourages us to cross-train in different departments. They seem to value employees who can jump into different positions when needed. Would this be a good strategy for me to round out my skills, opening up more opportunities in the future?
If your manager is telling you to cross-train, don’t fight it. Do as she suggests and try to gain as much experience as you can…Continue
Added by TMBC on January 11, 2011 at 12:14pm — No Comments
At my company, we are trying to assessed two different functional areas: (1) in one area, we are using a Strengths-Based approach, including Appreciative Inquiry, as our operational base/functionality. This includes our operations with the workings of our area, as well as working with others.
(2) in another area, the business as usual approach is begin deployed.
We are looking for any research anyone knows of that compares Strengths-based operations vs.…Continue
Added by Marie C. Shafe on January 11, 2011 at 9:11am — No Comments
That's a bracing quote for an engaged couple. It's also an eye-opener when you apply it to…Continue
Added by Charlotte Jordan on January 10, 2011 at 2:17pm — No Comments
I come from a very musical family. My Brother plays music, my dad plays music, and pretty much all of my aunts and uncles play music. Me? Not so much. I like music, but as I've mentioned a few billion times here, I'm more in love with creating the visual. And - with that, I created a visual to help showcase my dad's strength: Drumming. (Warning, it has a PG rating due to two curse-words towards the…Continue
Added by Jaqai on January 7, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments