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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Accountability: Is It a Hollow Word These Days?

Has The Spirit Of People Taking Responsibility Been Lost? By Steve Schumacher The concept of accountability for results has been around since the beginning of time. Individual responsibility for one’s actions, whether it be for just one person or more than one person, has been the fuel of progress in our society.  Leaving things to chance or luck has not…

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Do Managers Matter Anymore?

With Changes Happening At Light Speed, The Need For Managers Is Questioned. By Steve Schumacher As everyone who reads this knows, change is a constant in both business and in all parts of our lives. Everyone also knows that major changes have been constant and dramatic the last couple years. The things we took for granted in our workplaces may…

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How to Deal With a Poor Listener

Your Strategy Will Change Depending On Your Relationship With Them. By Steve Schumacher First, let me say that in my decades of training, coaching and consulting I have rarely come up across people who are truly good, active listeners. When I say active listeners I mean people that seek to understand what you are saying, ask good questions, show true…

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