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  • The Key to Stop Wasting Time in Unproductive Meetings

    05/25/18 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers | Leave a Comment
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    We’re a productivity-obsessed nation, always looking for new ways to save precious hours and accomplish more in less time at work.

    One of the biggest workplace productivity saboteurs? You guessed it: meetings.

    Every year, businesses waste $37 billion (yep, with a “b”) on unproductive meetings. Middle managers report spending 35% of their time in meetings, and upper management spends a whopping 50% of their work week attending meetings.

    Whether your company schedules too many of them, or they just last too darn long, meetings rob you of time you could be spending on your core responsibilities. Can you just skip the ones you don’t feel like attending? Banish meetings altogether? Probably not. But there is hope! Today, our team shares a few expert tips to combat meeting overload and make them worth your time:

    Improve meeting planning.

    Distribute a clear agenda (at least 24 hours in advance) with discussion items, required preparation and a rough timeline, so that everyone gets the greatest return on their invested time.

    Block time.

    If you attend multiple, regular meetings in a single day, those 15- and 30-minute chunks of “dead” time between them really add up. When you plan multiple meetings, schedule them back-to-back to minimize wasted time.

    Banish devices.

    Ask participants to put away their phones, so eyes and attention don’t stray every time they light up.

    Be ruthless about timing.

    Everyone appreciates it when meetings begin and end according to schedule. To keep participants from derailing conversations or endlessly droning on, try using a countdown clock. It sends a clear message that the end of the meeting is a deadline, and it gives you a polite excuse to interrupt, redirect and get attendees back on track.

    Schedule breaks.

    Any meeting longer than an hour should include a break. Require participants to get up, stretch and move around. Give them five minutes for a phone check or bathroom visit, and then engage them for another five in something fun to break the tedium before refocusing on the task at hand.

    Selectively uninvite yourself.

    While your attendance at certain meetings is likely mandatory, that may not always be the case. Over time, routine meetings may lose their effectiveness and your attendance may not be essential. Periodically evaluate whether you absolutely need to attend recurring meetings – and respectfully uninvite yourself to ones you can skip.

    Need a hand getting it all done?

    Give Exact Staff’s experts a call. We provide a full complement of national staffing and placement services to save time. Banish busywork. Keep you focused on essential priorities. And accomplish your goals. Give us a call to find out what we can do for you.

Make Every Morning Great! Adopt These Habits of Successful People

05/23/18 9:15 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Career Advice | Leave a Comment
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It’s cold. It’s raining. You’re tired. And in 45 minutes, you’re headed into another day of that firestorm/3-ring-circus you call work.

The question is:

Is it going to be a great morning or a fantastic one?

That’s not a misprint; it’s an example of choosing a positive outlook to improve your experience – and it’s just one of the tricks successful people have mastered to make every morning exceptional. If you want to get off to a great start each day, adopt these habits:

Discipline your thinking.

If you expect to have a rotten morning, guess what? You will. But if you expect to have a wonderful morning – despite any challenges work throws your way – guess what? You will! Disciplining yourself to adopt a positive attitude, even in the face of adversity, helps you insulate your mood from what happens around you. It’s not just a saying; attitude IS everything.

Eat well.

Research has shown that consuming the right foods can improve brain power by as much as 20 percent. In this earlier post, we share 4 power foods you should eat in the morning to kickstart your day and supercharge your productivity.

Get moving.

Successful people understand the vital link between exercise and work performance, and research proves there’s a relationship between physical activity and improved cognitive and executive functioning. If you want to be a better leader, manager and person, exercise before starting your workday.

Wake up earlier.

Whether you use the time to share a conversation with a loved one, meditate, cook a nutritious breakfast, plan your day or grab a workout, an extra 30 minutes can dramatically improve your morning routine. Just be careful not to short-change your sleep; every great morning starts with a great night’s sleep.

Practice gratitude.

Gratitude is antithetical to anxiety, anger and fear. And you don’t have to be Tony Robbins or a yogi to realize the benefits of this practice; you just need to take a few moments to reflect:

  • Start a gratitude journal. Each morning, write down one thing for which you’re thankful.
  • Make the first email you send each morning a positive one, thanking a friend, relative or coworker for a kindness.
  • Take a gratitude walk. Get outside (even if it’s just for 5 minutes) and observe what’s around you: the sights, scents and sounds, and even the feel of the wind, snow or rain on your face. Be present in the moment, breathe and give thanks for the promise another day holds.

Make every workday great – with the right staffing support.

Exact Staff delivers exceptional talent and innovative strategies to meet your local or national requirements. Whether it’s a single temporary for a day or an entire project team, we provide a range of staffing and placement solutions to increase productivity and performance – and make every day great.

What can we do for you? Contact a staffing expert at your local Exact Staff office today.

Collaborating in Business Without Consensus

05/21/18 9:15 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers | Leave a Comment
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“Innovate or die.”

It’s more than a cool catchphrase. Factors like rapidly advancing technology and intense global competition make it extremely difficult to keep up with the accelerating rate of change in business today. Maintaining the status quo, or even striving for incremental improvement, is no longer enough to stay at the leading edge of your industry.

“Yes men” won’t drive the innovation your organization needs to thrive.

Groupthink is extremely dangerous. It can suppress innovation and lead to strategic mistakes and missed opportunities. To keep your business from becoming irrelevant or obsolete, you need a diverse team – people with varied talents, perspectives and backgrounds who aren’t satisfied the status quo and challenge one another’s thinking. Their new ideas and insights are essential to push boundaries and drive your business forward.

How to Keep Conflict from Paralyzing Your Organization

As a manager, it’s your job to make sure the members of your dynamic teams can effectively collaborate with one another – even when they disagree. Otherwise, the dissent can bring projects to a screeching halt and effectively kill innovation.

In this earlier post, we offered suggestions for channeling workplace conflict constructively. But when employees have fundamental disagreements, don’t trust or simply don’t like one another, what are your options? Author Adam Kahane shared these three “stretch strategies” in a recent strategy+business post, to help teams move forward and collaborate without consensus:

Accept the plurality of the situation

Make sure everyone on the team realizes that you don’t have to agree on a solution to make progress. Individuals can work alongside one another toward the same overarching goal in different ways, and for different reasons.

Keep experimenting

Acknowledge as a group that succeeding in an effort isn’t necessarily about coming up with the ideal solution; it’s about continually trying new tactics in pursuit of one. Even if you can’t solve a problem, you should still aim to stay “unstuck” and moving forward.

View yourself as part of the problem

Progress is impossible until team members recognize that they are a part of the problem they’re trying to solve. As their manager, help them understand they role they play in creating or fueling the issue. Only by shifting their perspective can they become part of the solution.

Nothing is perfect in business; we sometimes have to work alongside people we don’t care for agree with. But as a leader, it’s your responsibility to help employees rise above differences to achieve shared goals. The ability to collaborate without consensus is essential to moving forward, driving innovation and ensuring your organization’s long-term success.

Need innovators? Independent thinkers? Exceptional collaborators?

Exact Staff can deliver the high performers you seek for assignments and projects or to grow your core team. What can our national staffing agency do for you? Contact a staffing expert at your local Exact Staff office today.

The Leading Soft Skills to Develop

04/30/18 3:00 PM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Job Seekers | Leave a Comment
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They may be called “soft,” but make no mistake: Regardless of your industry or job function, soft skills are an undeniably important success factor in your career. They’re those often-underrated skills that make team members collaborative, professionals confident, service providers caring and leaders inspirational.

What Soft Skills are Most Important for Success in the Modern Workplace?

Here are a few that should be on your radar:

Emotional Intelligence (EQ)

Emotional intelligence is a combination of self-awareness and awareness of others. It’s a unique kind of intelligence that enables you to:

  • identify and manage your emotions;
  • recognize emotion in others and better understand their behavior as a result;
  • effectively manage your relationships with others by reacting and responding appropriately.

It’s also one of the most important measures of potential leadership success, making it an essential quality if you’re in or pursuing a management role.

Listening Skills

Anybody with functioning ears hears the words coming out of employees’ and managers’ mouths – but there’s a big difference between hearing and effective listening. In this earlier post, our team shares simple tips to dramatically improve this sought-after soft skill:

  • Be fully present, by eliminating distractions and making a conscious effort to focus your eyes and ears on the speaker.
  • Make the speaker feel comfortable, by subtly mirroring their nonverbal behavior.
  • Employ active listening techniques such as reflecting and clarifying – before you formulate your response.

Nonverbal Communication

Nonverbal skills can make or break your ability to connect with, instill confidence in, persuade and inspire others. Some experts even argue that nonverbal cues have an even greater impact on a conversation than what you say! Make sure you pay attention to the following aspects when speaking:

  • Eye contact. Avoid extremes (i.e., staring at the floor or your phone; glaring intently) when it comes to making eye contact. Too little conveys disinterest or insecurity; too much conveys aggression.
  • Posture. If you tend to slouch or fold your arms across your chest, be aware of the negative ways in which these signals can be interpreted. Sit (or stand) upright when speaking and lean slightly into the conversation.
  • Smiling. It helps you relax and makes you appear approachable and warm. Just make sure you do it the right way. A wide grin can convey naiveté (which isn’t ideal for leaders), but a subtle smile can convey friendliness and even intelligence.

Growing Your Team?

Experts in behavioral interviewing, Exact Staff’s recruiters can help you identify candidates with the experience, hard and soft skills to thrive in your organization. Contact your local Exact Staff location to make hiring leaders faster, simpler and more successful.

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Smart People Never Include These Words and Phrases on Their Resume

04/25/18 10:00 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Job Seekers | Leave a Comment
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 “addicted to online shopping”

“in my 30s and living with my mom”

“someone who enjoys long naps during the work day”

You’d never put phrases like these in your professional resume. They’re career sabotage!

But if you want to create a resume that truly distinguishes you as the best candidate for a position, you need to do more than avoid obvious faux pas. Today, we’re sharing a list of words and phrases that, while they may seem innocuous, should never make it onto your resume. Some are cliché. Others are utterly meaningless. And all could knock you out of contention for the job you want.:

Results Driven

Um, who isn’t?

Hard Worker/Strong Work Ethic

That’s a bummer; the employer was looking to hire a loafer.

Ninja/Guru/Rockstar

Instead of using a quirky word to show you’re great at something, quantify it.

Self-Starter/Go-Getter

Think this makes you sound eager or productive? So does every other job seeker you’re competing against. List projects or responsibilities that provide evidence of your initiative.

Team Player

Finally – a candidate who plays well in the sandbox! Instead of claiming you have great qualities, describe activities or accomplishments that portray them.

Seasoned

What are you – coated in dry rub? Your years on the job and job titles clearly explain how experienced you are.

Detail-Oriented

Phrases like this waste valuable space on your resume. Replace it with examples of how you spotted mistakes or identified problems in complex situations.

Honest/Trustworthy/Loyal

The employer had presumed that – until you just brought it up, that is…

Disruptive/Cutting-Edge/Bleeding-Edge

Unless you’re Elon Musk or Bill Gates, just don’t.

Need Help Refining Your Resume?

Contact an Exact Staff Career Agent. We can help you improve your resume so that it strengthens your candidacy – and improves your job prospects. If you’re ready for a new opportunity to build your skills and advance your career, register with your local Exact Staff office today.

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How to Solve HR Challenges with Smarter Talent Management

04/18/18 3:10 PM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers | Leave a Comment
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Overcoming skills gaps. Reducing turnover. Managing changing workloads.

If you’re in HR, these are just a few of the myriad challenges you face. And as you well know, the way your business attracts, employs and develops people dramatically influences your ability to meet these challenges.

Regardless of your industry, talent is your company’s biggest asset. In today’s post, we review three ways smart talent management can be used as a source of competitive advantage to create a more agile, profitable and successful business:

Challenge: Skill Shortages

Find people with the abilities you need by:

  • Recruiting more proactively. With time-to-fill near record highs, organizations that start their search for skilled workers sooner win the war for talent. Your staffing partner can help you identify current and future skills gaps – and create a comprehensive plan to overcome them.
  • Relying on qualified temporary and contract employees. Contingent workers with the right skills can help quickly plug the gaps, shorten learning curves or train your core employees on new skills.
  • Upskilling your current workforce. To help your employees obtain the skills your organization needs, offer flexible work hours, tuition assistance, continual training and mentorship programs.

Challenge: A Revolving Door of Turnover

While a certain amount of churn is healthy for your organization, chronically high turnover stresses out your employees, wastes time and money, and exacerbates knowledge loss. Smart talent management can help you stop the revolving door:

  • Meet employees’ need for a work/life satisfaction. Achieving a healthy work/life equilibrium increases retention, especially with younger generations. Provide the flexibility and balance employees want to improve job satisfaction and guard against the burnout that drives great people out your door.
  • Staff high-turnover positions with temporary workers. A qualified staffing agency can ensure you always have the skilled, resourceful people you need to complete jobs with notoriously high turnover rates.
  • Keep employees growing. Career stagnancy is a primary driver of turnover. Make sure your organization is a place where employees have continual opportunities to learn, challenge themselves and advance their careers by: promoting mentorship; providing both formal and informal skill-building options; assigning promising employees “stretch” assignments; and building a culture that tolerates reasonable risk-taking and occasional failure.

Challenge: Cyclical, Seasonal and Volatile Workloads

Tired of the time and expense required to post jobs, recruit, screen, interview, hire, onboard and train employees – just for a few weeks or months of work? Smarter planning – and help from your staffing partner – can get you off the rollercoaster.

With a planned staffing model, you can seamlessly flex your workforce by using temporary employees to handle surges in demand. When things slow back down, you can let contingent staff go – and keep your workforce lean and flexible.

Struggling with HR Challenges?

Smarter talent management provides the greatest opportunities for overcoming them – and Exact Staff is here to help. To design the best solution for your organization, we invite you to schedule a free workforce consultation with us. Together we can examine your challenges and goals, brainstorm options and design creative talent management strategies for building your ideal workforce – one with the people capabilities to meet your goals and sustain competitive advantage.

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8 Things the Happiest People Do Every Day

04/11/18 9:15 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers | Leave a Comment
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Did you wake up this morning feeling positive? Grateful? Excited to get your day started?

No? Then let’s move that needle – on your happiness level, that is.

When it comes to your sense of wellbeing, you have a general baseline for how happy you are. This “happiness set-point,” as psychologists call it, is the result of genetics and conditioning, and it accounts for about half of your happiness level.

There’s not much you can do to change your happiness set-point; it’s an ingrained part of your personality. But don’t worry – even if you were born a Debbie Downer or Negative Ned, you still have tremendous control over how happy you feel each day.

So, onto the good part: Here are 8 things the happiest people do every single day. If you want to make your life more positive and satisfying, add these activities to your to do list:

Spend Time with Family and Friends

Lots and lots of time. Nurturing close personal relationships builds your sense of belonging and security.

Give Thanks

Reflecting on and expressing gratitude naturally creates a more positive outlook by focusing on what you have, not what you lack. Each day, take stock of what you’re thankful for – and get comfortable with expressing your gratitude to the people who make your life great.

Establish and Pursue Goals

While it’s important to be appreciative of what you have, happiness is also tied to actively pursuing greater achievement. You don’t have to commit to scaling Everest or making a million dollars; set and work toward things that are appropriate and meaningful for you.

Do Things You Naturally Do Well

Whether those things are tied to your paycheck or not, engaging in activities that play to your strengths makes you feel more fulfilled, competent, and yes – happy.

Make New Friends

We’re not talking about Facebook friends or LinkedIn connections. We’re talking about getting to know positive people in the real world. Happiness is contagious. If you want to be happier, do things with people who are upbeat, content and joyful.

Help Others

Altruistic behavior benefits the giver as much as the receiver. Whether you commit to regular volunteering or just perform random acts of kindness, doing something nice for someone else – without expecting anything in return –makes you feel amazing.

Exercise Regularly

C’mon, you knew this one was coming. The physical and psychological benefits of exercise are well documented. Find something you enjoy doing – walking, team sports, curling, weight training, skiing, cross fit, whatever floats your boat – and make it part of your weekly routine.

Prune Your Social Feeds

Ever wonder why bonsai are so beautiful and balanced? It’s the result of careful, regular pruning. If you feel jealous, frustrated or discontent after spending time on social media, selectively unfollow people or accounts that bring you down. Then, search for ones that you find inspirational and uplifting.

Related Posts:

Prevent Negativity from Creeping Into Your Workplace

Happy People Have These Habits

Want to make your organization a happier place to work? Looking to join a company with a happier corporate culture?

Contact our national employment agency. We’ll connect you to positive people and opportunities that make every day brighter.

Get happy. Contact your local Exact Staff office today.

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What’s the ideal career for your zodiac sign?

03/26/18 9:15 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Job Seekers | Leave a Comment
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Fighting an uphill battle in your current job?

Feel like you’ve stagnated in your career – or like you just aren’t doing the type of work you’re meant for?

You might be in the wrong career for your zodiac sign.

Before you scoff and assume we’ve completely lost our marbles, consider this:

Several years ago, CareerBuilder conducted a legitimate online survey of more than 8,700 workers. It found meaningful correlations between the professions individuals are drawn to and their zodiac sign – and that people born under certain astrological signs are more likely to earn 6-figure incomes than others.

What’s the ideal career for your zodiac sign?

Here are a few options to consider:

Aquarius

Analytical and clever, friendly and independent, you work well with all types of people – yet have no problem voicing your own opinion and breaking the rules.

Best careers for your zodiac sign: apps developer/technological innovator, sales, military, engineering, mechanic, food preparation

Pisces

Compassionate and intuitive, you accept others as they are – and work best in situations where you can bring to life what you see in your mind’s eye.

Best careers for your zodiac sign: designer, artist, social worker, personal care, IT, facilities management and mechanic

Aries

Highly creative and full of big ideas, you inspire others to action – but dislike getting bogged down with minute details.

Best careers for your zodiac sign: venture capitalist, EMT, government worker, construction, hotel /recreation, IT, education and transportation

Taurus

Determined (even stubborn), hard-working and loyal, you’re calm and grounded – and seek a career that offers both stability and growth.

Best careers for your zodiac sign: restauranteur, nursing, engineering, administrative assistant, technician, attorney/judge, marketing/public relations and higher education

Gemini

Quick-witted, adaptable and clever, you’re great at multitasking and bringing people together from all walks of life.

Best careers for your zodiac sign: stylist, journalist/media, art/design/architecture, nursing and personal care, sales, law enforcement and machine operation

Cancer

Caring, intuitive and sometimes moody, you have what people call “creative vision” – and should seek a career that allows you to realize that vision.

Best careers for your zodiac sign: writer, real estate, therapist/counselor, legal services, advertising, higher education, transportation and military

Leo

Confident, ambitious and passionate, you’re well suited for careers that allow you to blend work and play.

Best careers for your zodiac sign: entertainment, politics, public relations, legal services, art/design/architecture, engineering, entertainment and education

Virgo

Detail oriented and analytical, you enjoy jobs where you can cross things off as you complete them.

Best careers for your zodiac sign: chemist, landscaper, social worker, graphic designer, sales, hotel/recreation, editing/writing and food preparation

Libra

Diplomatic and intelligent, yet sometimes indecisive, you are graceful under pressure – and thrive in careers that allow you to balance daily tasks with big-picture responsibilities.

Best careers for your zodiac sign: architect, counselor, social worker, advertising, law enforcement, firefighter, sales and education

Scorpio

Dynamic, resourceful and outspoken, you need a career that taps into your passion and intuition.

Best careers for your zodiac sign: surgeon, psychologist, detective, legal services, engineering, science, education, construction and skilled trades

Sagittarius

Philosophical and optimistic, you thrive in big, adventurous environments that allow freedom of movement and expression.

Best careers for your zodiac sign: athletics, flight attendant/pilot, writing, marketing/public relations, entertainment, hotel/recreation, IT and military

Capricorn

Ambitious, resourceful and patient, you are not afraid to go against the grain – and do whatever it takes to be the best.

Best careers for your zodiac sign: finance, business development, trainer, art/design/architecture, nursing, science, IT, farming and food preparation

Searching for the perfect career opportunity?

Contact an Exact Staff Career Agent. While we don’t rely on Tarot cards or crystal balls, we do use in-depth interviews and personalized assessments to help you:

  • identify your strengths;
  • evaluate your career options;
  • find assignments and full-time positions that align with your goals and suit your personality.

Simple Ways to Generate Positive Energy in Your Organization

03/23/18 9:15 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers | Leave a Comment
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Here are a few facts about energy in the workplace:

  • All people, objects and spaces have energy.
  • That energy can be shared, increased or drained.
  • For people, energy naturally flows toward meaningful action – and can be increased through focused, fulfilling work.
  • Leaders have a huge impact on others’ energy. They can ignite and fuel it, or suck it out of employees.

Bearing these principles of workplace energy in mind, what can you do to generate more positive vibes in your company? Consider these options:

Employ the Listen – Care – Challenge Model of Leadership

In his Leadership Freak blog, Dan Rockwell shares this simple system to build positive energy in your team:

  • Listen to your employees. Ask questions to learn more about their concerns, needs, ideas and goals. Move beyond their complaints to reveal underlying aspirations and truly understand where they’re coming from.
  • Show employees you care. Respect their perspectives, challenges and aspirations by using phrases like “I see what you’re saying,” and “You seem excited about/troubled by this.”
  • Challenge employees. Encourage them to take action, solve their own problems and achieve more with questions like “What would you like to do about that?” and “What’s the next step?”

Clean and Organize Together

Like living things, objects and even entire buildings have energy vibrations. When you take proper care of those things and remove clutter, you welcome positive energy into your space. Plus, pulling together to improve your work environment increases feelings of camaraderie, which will improve the vibe.

Spring is here, and it’s the perfect time to gut those desks, purge computer files, repair equipment, deep-clean work areas and implement new organizational systems. Make sure the exercise is a positive one by:

  • Scheduling it. Set aside ample time for employees to get the job done.
  • Explaining the benefits. A healthier environment, more space and improved efficiency are just a few.
  • Making it fun. Allow your team to dress down. Provide lunch for them. And if it’s possible, turn on some music to keep enthusiasm high.

Banish Negative Vibes

In this earlier post, we share six smart ways to eliminate negative talk and other toxic behaviors that can ruin the vibe in your otherwise positive organization.

Hire Positive People

Helpful, confident and upbeat people lift up your entire team. Strive to systematically replace negative employees with realists and optimists. Look for individuals who display a positive attitude, respect others and are upbeat even in tough circumstances.

Want to Build More Positive Energy in Your Workplace?

Exact Staff’s recruiting experts will refer candidates with the personality traits and soft skills to help you build a dynamic, high-performing and positive work environment. Contact our national employment agency today to get started.

Leadership or Forwardship: Which Does Your Business Need?

03/19/18 8:15 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers | Leave a Comment
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Every once in a while, we come across a concept so revolutionary, we feel compelled to share it.

Today is one of those days.

A team member here at Exact Staff recently shared an intriguing article on the concept of “forwardship.” (If you’ve never heard of it, don’t worry – it’s a new idea!)

Okay, so What is It?

In a nutshell, forwardship is the process of preparing an organization for changes in the marketplace, and of pushing through stagnancy and fear to act in ways that drive innovation.

In the article, the authors assert that leadership failures are often due to knee-jerk reactions to disruptors – things like technological advancements, economic shifts, widespread corporate uncertainty, and other “wild cards” that can swiftly pull the rug out from under a seemingly healthy business.

It got us thinking: Can a company prevent critical leadership failures by cultivating forwardship?

We believe so. Below, we share a few ways to step out of reactive, survival mode and truly “forward” your business:

Get Past Your Fear of Disruption

Change is inevitable. Businesses that merely react will find themselves continually racing to catch up with the competition – and in serious jeopardy. If you systematically challenge the status quo, however, you prime your team for innovation. Fear is to be expected, but teach your team to accept it, embrace it and act in spite of it.

Confront Your Boredom, Safety and Complacency at Work

Stagnation is the enemy of innovation. To drive your business forward, you must be willing to abandon tried-and-true practices in favor of potentially better – yet unproven – ways of getting things done.

Focus on Your Customers’ Problems – Not Just Our Own

Truly visionary organizations look beyond their own problems and ask: “What problems are we trying to solve for the customer?” and “How can we solve customers’ problems more efficiently and effectively?” Focusing on customers’ current and future challenges, needs, desires and problems is an effective antidote to organizational myopia.

Build the Right Culture

A culture based on traditional, top-down leadership doesn’t support forwardship. What does? A culture that:

  • supports the development of great ideas across teams, departments and organizational levels;
  • rewards calculated risk-taking and makes occasional failure acceptable;
  • tolerates healthy conflict;
  • prioritizes continual learning, professional development and mentoring.

Hire the Right People

In this earlier post, we reviewed the dangers of “groupthink,” the practice of thinking or making group decisions that discourage creativity and dissent, for the sake of harmony. If you’re seeing too many heads nodding in agreement around the office, you might be stifling innovation – and threatening your company’s survival. Instead of hiring “yes men,” hire people who collaborate well, think outside the box, share their opinions (even when they are unpopular), value constructive conflict and thrive in empowered environments.

Leadership or Forwardship – Which Does Your Business Need?

Both! And Exact Staff can provide the talent and solutions to help you improve both. With a national presence, the Exact Family of Companies is the ideal partner to test new concepts, hire innovative thinkers, enhance your team’s flexibility – and help you prepare for what’s next.

To develop the best strategy for your organization, we invite you to schedule a free consultation today.