Archives for Business Excellence

The Secret to Business Success: Think Like a Goalie

At Bluewater, we spend a lot of time speaking with individuals and training professionals on the power of self-reflection, the realizations of our behavioral blind spots and inspiring the action of going inward daily for self-care.  In our incredibly busy personal and professional lives, it can be hard to separate ourselves from the “doing” of our work and focusing on personal and professional growing. When we speak to professionals about self-care and reflection, almost every conversation involves a discussion about how it is hard for people to move past the immediate fires and demands of having too many to-do items
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“Hello, you’ve been surplussed.”

I’m mad as hell and…..  wait – that line has been used before.  Let’s just say I’m mad as hell and, for those of you familiar with Bluewater and our training philosophy, you will know two things: It takes a lot to get me upset, and We follow and teach the performance feedback rule of praise in public and reprimand in private. And if you have attended a Bluewater Candor with Respect training module, you may also remember that there are two exceptions to the “reprimand in private” standard above.  They when someone is threatening either: the physical safety of
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There is a Method to Break the Talent Management Madness

  Discussions about talent management systems can lead to many places. Many companies use multiple sources to accomplish their talent management needs: a recruiter to find people; different motivation systems attempting to engage employees; and advance, or develop, people through internal managers measuring performance with basic performance indicators. However, It is rare for all these pieces to fit together or build on each other. These systems are also unlikely to have any relevance to the job itself. What if… … The job could talk? What skills and talents would the job ask for? … You had a specific job benchmark
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THE (NOT SO) SECRETS OF HIGH RETENTION

  Employee Retention – It’s a phrase we hear used quite often in the workplace. Virtually all companies say that they are striving to improve their retention. Yet, few can tell you specifically what they are doing to impact their retention rate. Many companies don’t necessarily make the connection between the hiring and onboarding process with retention. But the two are closely related. We recently read an article written by Jennifer Lawhead at TTI that got right to the heart of the matter. We hope you enjoy this impactful article. If you are ready to invest in your employees, Bluewater can
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The Importance of Succession Planning and a Timely,Tragic Tale

Hi I’m Mark Debinski founder & president of Bluewater Advisory broadcasting again today from lovely Fairhope, Alabama right on Mobile Bay.  Today’s topic:   The Importance of Succession Planning. We recently presented at a conference in Destin, Florida with several companies that were first, second even third generation business owners on the topic of Succession Planning.  And we were reminded currently with a sad but timely example of how having a proper succession plan in place can sometimes save your company. We want to share three points with you today. Succession planning needs to start with the current generation of ownership
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Would you like a crystal ball for your business? Introducing Growth Curve.

Hi, I’m Mark Debinski, Founder & President of Bluewater Advisory and Bluewater Search broadcasting again today from lovely Fairhope Alabama with today’s blog topic and it’s more of a question than a topic and the question is:  How would you like a crystal ball?  A crystal ball, in a sense of how would you like to know the challenges that your organization will face as you go through various stages of growth.  I’d like to introduce to you a methodology called Growth Curve.  Growth Curve is a validated practice that’s been proven over the last 5 years through the study
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