Archives for Talent Management

Critical Thinking and Air Conditioning

It’s 1902 and you, Willis Carrier have just been hired by Sackett-Wilhelms Lithographing and Publishing Company in Brooklyn, NY to stop their magazine pages from wrinkling and jamming while they print. Others before you have tried and failed to stop the presses from jamming, but no one has succeeded, at least not so far. In most cases, individuals have looked at the mechanisms of the printing press and the paper itself. They were attempting to problem solve the paper jam. Thinner paper, smoother gears, more grease, anything to fix the jamming paper.  But not you. You, Willis Carrier, think deeper about
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Executive Coaching and Strategic Thinking During COVID-19

I have heard more business owners and executives quote this iconic phrase from fictitious character Michael Corleone over the past few months, as the forces out of our control associated with COVID-19 have required all executives to swing their pendulum from strategic to more tactical.  Even the most seasoned executives who pride themselves on staying primarily in strategic paradigm – working on their business instead of in their business – have found themselves pulled into tactical decisions, daily calls and policy making due to circumstances never before encountered. By now, most organizations have (mostly) adjusted to the new normal; however,
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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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Why Volunteering Is The Single Most Overlooked Skill On Resumes

Volunteering in your community, giving of your time to a local food bank, spending time with children at a local school or Boys & Girls club, we often overlook the significance of giving of our time. Students in the state of Maryland are required to perform 75 hours of community service before they graduate. Many students exceed this amount and continue volunteering into adulthood. Are you compassionate about serving in your community? Do you currently volunteer or have an interest to volunteer in your community and beyond?  As you will see in the article we are highlighting this month , many
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The Cost of a Wrongful Hire

    If you have been a hiring manager for any period of time, you have probably experienced the pain associated with hiring the wrong person. If you think through some of those bad experiences, what often comes to mind are the pains associated with the hire. This could include a wide variety of things such as the negative impact they had on team unity, the impact their lack of engagement had on productivity, or the stress that dealing with the employee had on your life. Making the wrong hire can have a wide ranging impact on your business. Frankly,
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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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Ask This, Not That – Legal Questions To Know

  As any hiring manager can likely attest, the laws regarding what you can and cannot ask a prospective candidate can be difficult to understand. Avoiding age, religion and sexual orientation is obvious, but other areas are hazier. In a format that mirrors the “Eat this, Not that” bestselling book,HiringSite produced an easy-to-understand “Ask this, Not that” that hiring managers can start using immediately. Here are our favorite recommendations from the HiringSite’s clever list to keep you out of legal trouble: Ask this: What is your current address and phone number? or Do you have any alternative locations where you
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The Hiring Compass Announcement

Employee retention and engagement are challenges that every executive or hiring manager face. Hiring mis-fires cost incredible amounts of time and money. Founder of Bluewater Advisory & Bluewater Search, Mark Debinski, authored The Hiring Compass to share Bluewater’s award-winning methodology for employee search and selection. Available now:  www.TheHiringCompass.com  
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