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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Six Things for All Leaders to Consider

Keep These Areas In Mind When You Work To Motivate Your Workforce. By Steve Schumacher Over my career as a leadership consultant and change agent, I have heard the mantra “people are our greatest asset” more times than I can count. It is usually verbalized by senior executives in annual reports or in employee meetings.  This experience covers all kinds…

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Compelling – A Word All Leaders Must Fully Understand

The Ability To Inspire Others Is One Difference Between A Manager And A Leader. By Steve Schumacher Over my decades of consulting and coaching bosses in business I have worked with all types of personalities with various strengths and weaknesses. There have been different terms for those bosses – supervisor, manager, director, vice-president, general manager, etc.  In most cases, regardless…

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