How to Make Your Policies Most Effective

Most Policies Become Wallpaper Because There Is No Follow-Up. By Steve Schumacher We have all experienced it at one time or another. The leaders of our organization come up with some new policies that they expect everyone to implement and adhere to. Those policies take a lot of different forms, everything from performance reviews, time off policies, company property, behavior…

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How Do You Deal With Age Discrimination?

Organizations Often Focus On Sexism And Racism But Overlook Ageism. By Steve Schumacher Unlike many cultures around the world that value and respect their elders, our society in America tends to de-value older generations and discount their contributions. As an older adult, I see it in the body language of people I encounter. I have my own business so I…

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How to Develop Your Employees for the Future

Effective Leaders Work Hard At Developing Their Replacement. By Steve Schumacher Most organizations put a long-range plan together for things like market share, revenue, products lines, etc. Those plans typically extend out for five or 10 years. Fewer organizations put the same time, energy, money, and brain power into putting together a long-range plan for employee development.  The companies that…

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Hire For What People Can Do, Not What They Have Done

Candidates’ Past Successes May Not Transfer To A New Environment. By Steve Schumacher Over my career, I have helped many hiring managers transition from horrible to highly effective hiring techniques. I have seen far too many hiring managers make a long-term investment in a new employee with a seat-of-the-pants interviewing process. Considering how much money organizations spend on recruiters, advertising…

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In Challenging Times, Take Care of Yourself First

In The Midst Of Crises And Chaos, You Must Keep Yourself In Good Shape. By Steve Schumacher The last couple years have put stress and pressure on nearly everyone and everything associated with our businesses. Quarantines, supply shortages, remote working, hiring challenges, etc. have impacted us in ways that nobody could ever have predicted. At the same time, the resulting…

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How To Sell a Job to a Candidate

You Need To Convince Candidates To Join You More Than Ever. By Steve Schumacher I have spent a lot of years teaching hiring managers to effectively formulate interview questions, watch body language, and think of interviewing and selection as a major part of being a manager. Evaluating candidates takes a lot of work and even when done well, can be…

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Production vs. Quality – Who is Right?

Trying To Get Product Out The Door While Meeting Quality Standards Can Be A Nightmare. By Steve Schumacher Successful companies in all industries have always strived to produce quality products, at a reasonable price, and in sufficient quantity to supply demand. If any one of those three elements is absent, profits suffer and customers are disappointed and take their business…

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Hire For What People Can Do, Not What They Have Done

Candidates’ Past Successes May Not Transfer To A New Environment. By Steve Schumacher Over my career, I have helped many hiring managers transition from horrible to highly effective hiring techniques. I have seen far too many hiring managers make a long-term investment in a new employee with a seat-of-the-pants interviewing process.  Considering how much organizations spend on recruiters, advertising open…

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