Employee Retention Starts With You As An Employer of First Choice

Employee Retention Starts With You As An Employer of First Choice

Are You As Good a Manager as Gregg Popovich? Gregg Popovich, coach of the San Antonio Spurs, won the NBA finals for the sixth time in his career in 2014. His teams won the championship in 1999, 2003, 2005, and 2007, but then faced a drought until 2013, when they lost in seven games to the Miami Heat. A rematch of that finals contest begins later this week. Experts point to several reasons why Popovich is such an excellent coach, notably his mastery of game strategy. His teams have made the playoffs in 17 of his 18 seasons at the helm and he’s received three Coach of the Year awards. But what really sets Popovich apart is his ability to adapt. “The real beauty of the Spurs lies not in the wins themselves, but in how they are achieved. Popovich’s willingness to adapt to his players, instead of making his players adapt to him, has been the key to the team’s nearly unprecedented success.” While the Spurs have had the luxury of certain core pieces of the team remaining fairly constant during Popovich’s tenure – most notably, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili – the rest of the cast has fluctuated. Popovich is able to, as Shaquille O’Neal says, “Get guys that are not really NBA stars but make them play at a level to which they look and perform like stars.” Now think about your staff. You probably have a core set of superstars, who remain consistent year in and year out. What about the rest of your team? Are you helping them to eventually reach that...
Company Culture Is Key To Employee Retention

Company Culture Is Key To Employee Retention

Welcome to the Culture Club – Why You Can’t Overlook Company Culture “Become the kind of leader that people would follow voluntarily; even if you had no title or position.” – Brian Tracy I recently attended a conference with the intent of learning some new skills I could apply to the marketing and branding aspect of business. Some of the most well-known and respected thought leaders in the industry were on hand to discuss personal experiences, offer advice, and discuss trends. The most surprising takeaway, however, was the overwhelming focus on the importance of company culture. As leaders, we often focus on bottom-line results and motivating our employees to get work done. If we’re on point, we understand the importance of leading by example – the “let’s go” mentality – rather than simply saying “charge” and watching our army from the top of the battlefield, hoping they execute according to plan. But culture is more than that and it plays an important role in retaining your employees. Here are a few ways you can ensure you build a strong company culture. Make Employee Success A Top Priority – Your employees want to know you have a vision for how they’ll succeed within your company, and possibly even beyond. Milestones are important, but what’s even more critical is a plan for growth within the organization. A shared vision for success will have a positive impact on your business. Understand Strengths – Everyone has weaknesses. Trying to figure out how to change an employee – to overcome weaknesses – typically yields little results. Strengths, on the other hand, can be maximized....
Great Boss, Or Bad Boss?

Great Boss, Or Bad Boss?

What’s your management style? Would you say you adhere to a tough love method? Do you believe in the idea proffered by Ilana Yurkiewicz that many bosses think, “harshness creates competence?” Then you might be a jerk. If you are a jerk, you’re probably ruining your employees. And that’s affecting your business. Bossing around your staff doesn’t work. In fact, it makes your employees angry, which in turn makes them not want to work hard and succeed. As a result, you limit the opportunities for the discovery of new, innovative ideas. Those new ideas are what help your company develop. Think about it! Why would someone you treat poorly want to grow in a negative environment? If you’ve historically been a jerk, your employees aren’t going to buy it if you suddenly flip a switch. They’ll likely look at you with suspicion, so you have some work to do. Here are a few simple tips to begin tilting the positive vibes back your way: Stop Focusing on You – Rather than making your employees feel like they should always concentrate on making you happy, try doing something nice for them. Buy lunch now and again. Offer to take your team on a coffee break. You’re not going to immediately escape suspicion, but you can set the stage for consistent positive behaviors down the road. Lead Your Team by Example – You know the stories about incompetent generals who run their soldiers out during war, only to watch them slaughtered from up high, safely away from danger. The kicker? They blame defeat on the dead and wounded, not their poor...