Talent

  • 6 Tips for More Effective Meetings of Any Size

    As a middle market leader, you know that effective meetings don't happen by accident. Rather, they are the result of meticulous planning and tight execution. Good meetings share several success factors: a clear goal, a chair who compels laserlike focus, attendance by the right people (and nobody extra) and next steps tasked to specific people with specific deadlines. Here's how to make your business's meetings more effective.

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  • How to Improve Employee Engagement Through Volunteering

    Strengthening employee engagement should be one of your middle market company's prime retention and productivity strategies. Why? Because engaged employees work harder, grow their capabilities, are more loyal and have a direct, positive impact on your middle market company's overall performance. Among the most effective ways to drive employee engagement is with a well-run volunteer program aligned with your core values.

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  • 4 Presentation Tips to Improve Company Communication

    The business world abounds with presentation tips, from training courses and how-to books to speakers who promise to teach you better public-speaking skills. The best source often goes unnoticed: your own middle market company colleagues, who actually present to some of the same internal and external audiences that you do. Sharing experiences, whether good, bad or downright ugly, is the fastest way to improve your technique. Another surprising way of bolstering presentation skills is through improvisation.

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  • Should You Hire a Community Manager for Your Social Media Channels?

    By Rob Carey

    It's no secret that the Internet is changing the way customers and prospects learn about, interact with and buy from companies. These changes are so profound that corporate executives must constantly rethink the roles of their sales and marketing teams and ensure their firms are represented in all the right places. Social media gives midsized companies the potential to maintain an outsized presence in their market and drive new and repeat business at low cost. Therefore, firms might decide to hire a community manager (CM) rather than have existing marketing employees handle all social media duties.

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  • The Operations Team: How to Be Small Yet Effective

    By Rob Carey

    There is perhaps no more-important element of a midsized organization than the quality of its operations. Think about it: Even if a firm has competitive offerings and strong sales, operational inefficiency diminishes delivery of the best possible product or service. It also squanders precious capital, grinding down the firm's ability to succeed and innovate. In other words, suboptimal operations are the organizational equivalent of a slow bleed that can become life-threatening over time.

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  • Delivering a Keynote Presentation: 7 Steps to Success

    Middle market managers are sometimes asked to give a keynote presentation, whether at a company event, a conference or a local chamber of commerce meeting. It's an honor to be asked to share your know-how. After all, midmarket leaders are often important members of their local business communities. However, if you want to be asked back, you'd better know how to effectively deliver a keynote.

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  • Going Back to School: Should You Provide Tuition Assistance?

    One of your middle market employees is going back to school, and asks for your help. First off, don't necessarily take this as bad news. It's an opportunity for both the employee and your middle market company to grow. By going back to school, employees show ambition and a praiseworthy intention to develop skills. Yes, that person's desire might inconvenience your middle market company in the short term; there will be some rescheduling to juggle work and study. However, the key for your company is simple: Be as supportive as you can, because you'll get a long-term return with increased productivity, loyalty and retention.

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  • Hiring for Both Company Culture and Diversity

    Company culture can become a challenge for the growing middle market business. As things get bigger, with more people, locations, products or services, customers and business partners, it's possible to dilute the culture responsible for that initial success. To help maintain the right atmosphere, companies have put an increasing emphasis on cultural fit in the hiring process.

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  • Recruitment Outside the United States: 7 Essential Considerations

    Recruitment is tough, especially when you can't find the person to fit your precise needs. Imagine you've scoured your area — and then other areas across the country — for talent to fill a specialized engineer position at your middle market company, but you've come up empty-handed. Now what? You can expand your recruitment reach to overseas job markets. While finding, interviewing and hiring a qualified foreign employee might not be easy, it could be your only remaining option. How, then, should you go about it? Here are seven important considerations:

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  • 5 Tips for Using Reverse Mentoring to Boost Organizational Knowledge

    By Rob Carey

    Formal training programs help employees and managers succeed as elements of their jobs change over time. Some companies also use mentoring, which traditionally is when a veteran meets with a younger employee to educate him or her in areas where the veteran has solid experience. The mentor answers the mentee's questions about work or the company, offers tips and shares stories about his or her own background and career path. This serves to accelerate junior workers' development.

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