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  • The Leadership Secrets of LeBron James

    02/23/16 8:30 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers, News | Leave a Comment
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    He’s a four-time NBA MVP. Two-time NBA championship winner. 12-time NBA All-Star. And now that he’s returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers, his team is leading the Eastern Conference and poised for yet another championship run this year.

    Whether you love him or hate him, there’s no denying that LeBron James is an amazing athlete – and an exceptional leader.

    What are the keys to his success?

    Though it may seem a bit surprising, many of the same attributes that have served LeBron well in the sports arena are equally important to business success. So today, Exact Staff shares the leadership secrets of LeBron James, in the hopes that one will inspire you to become an even better leader yourself.

    He Acknowledges His Failures

    LeBron left Cleveland to play for the highly anticipated “Dream Team.” But when Miami fell short that first year, LeBron took the heat – acknowledging that he had not performed up to his normal standards and resolving to improve.

    He Pushes

    Just 30 years old, James has already logged more minutes in his career than Larry Bird or Magic Johnson. But it’s not enough. Instead of “pacing himself” or limiting minutes to save his joints, he’s always pushing. Playing every game. Skipping 4th quarter respites. Completing grueling workouts to rebound from injury and improve his conditioning. He does all this to accomplish what he considers the most important thing in his life: winning a championship in Cleveland.

    He’s Honest About Expectations

    In LeBron’s famous “Essay” for Sports Illustrated, he wrote: “I’m not promising a championship…I want to win next year, but I’m realistic. It will be a long process, much longer than it was in 2010.” James wasn’t shying away from his ultimate goal, however; he was merely setting realistic expectations for his team and his fans. Since publishing the essay, James led the Cavs to the 2015 finals – and has them set on the same course this year.

    He Brings Out the Best in His Teammates

    Much as a smart business leader adapts his management style to match each employee’s personality, LeBron adjusts his approach to building spirit and performance. In a recent interview, Kevin Love said of James, “Some guys you have to get on, and some guys you have to put your arm around and slap on the a–. You have to understand people and how to deal with them. LeBron is incredibly smart. He knows how to get the best out of us.”

    Ready to Build a Team You Can Lead to Greatness?

    Exact Staff is here for you. With offices nationwide and a full complement of staffing and placement services, we can rapidly deliver exceptional people to build your core team. Improve performance. And accomplish great things in 2016.

    What Can We Do For You?

    Contact a staffing expert at your local Exact Staff office today.

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The Best Questions to Ask When You’re Frustrated with Performance

02/17/16 1:14 PM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers | Leave a Comment
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He’s probably lazy.

He doesn’t care about his job.

He’s just not cut out to work for this company.

When an employee isn’t living up to your expectations, it’s human nature to make assumptions like these. But assumptions can be wrong – leading to, well, rather unpleasant consequences.

So if you find yourself frustrated with an individual’s performance, resist the urge to jump to conclusions. Take a deep breath, take a step back, and ask yourself the following questions before approaching your employee:

Questions for You

Have you provided everything your employee needs to succeed?

For any individual to meet your expectations, he needs a thorough job description. Clear goals. Adequate training. The right tools and resources to do his job. And access to support when he has questions or issues.

Give some thought as to whether one or more of these factors may be contributing to your employee’s performance issues.

Have you explained the “why”?

Does your employee understand why his job matters? How his work, directly and indirectly, affects co-workers, his department, your organization and beyond?

When an individual knows the “why’s” of his position and your company as a whole, he’ll take a more vested interest in performing well. So connect the dots for him. Make sure he clearly understands your organization’s mission, as well as the impact his daily activities have on achieving it.

Questions for Your Employee

Once you consider these questions, ask your employee questions that will get to the root of performance issues – without making him unnecessarily defensive. Below are a few you can customize for your needs:

  • Do you feel adequately prepared and equipped to do your job? Why or why not?
  • Are you experiencing any frustrations in your position? (Probe to clarify and determine root cause.)
  • How would you rate your recent performance? Why do you say that?
  • What more, if anything, could we do to make you more successful?
  • Do you feel valued here? Why or why not?

Determining the answers to these questions will help you understand the root cause of performance issues. You may find that your initial reaction was right and that the individual either is lazy or doesn’t really have what it takes to succeed in the position.

On the other hand, you may also uncover issues with training, work processes or management which, if resolved, will greatly improve the employee’s (and potentially other employees’) ability to achieve. Either way, asking the right questions will help minimize frustrations and set the stage for positive change that drives performance.

Looking for high performing employees?

Make Exact Staff your staffing partner. With a national presence, our Family of Companies is led by industry experts who understand the intricacies of your industry – and can rapidly deliver the exceptional talent you need.

Ready to learn more?

Contact a staffing expert at your local Exact Staff office today.

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What’s Coming Next for Your Business…And How to Prepare for It

02/11/16 9:15 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers, News | Leave a Comment
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What’s true of all successful organizations?

They think about, talk about and plan for the future.

No matter what industry you’re in, change is a constant. So if you’re spending too much time looking in the “rearview mirror” – and not enough on the road ahead – your products, services or processes will rapidly become outdated (even obsolete).

“Forward thinking” is a principle many organizations employ to look toward the future. Identify opportunities. And stay relevant. Used properly, forward thinking allows you determine what’s coming next for your business – and how to prepare for it. These tips from Exact Staff can help you foster a culture that encourages and formalizes forward thinking:

Employ Agile Methodologies

Adopt a new model of thinking about workflow and projects, taking a page from software developers. Instead of spending countless hours guessing how (and how long it will take) to accomplish a complex project, consider using a Scrum approach. This framework for managing processes relies on self-organizing, cross-functional teams that decide in real-time how to solve problems more efficiently and accelerate projects.

Capitalize on Micro-Trends

Today’s customers have more choices and information available to them than ever before. As a result, trends shift more quickly and incrementally. Stay on top of them by reading, attending industry conferences and paying attention to the research and data that matters to your industry. Integrate the information you learn into your short- and long-term business planning activities.

Use Scenario Planning

What if regulations became more stringent within your industry? What if the economy took another nose dive? Considering “what if?” scenarios is a highly effective way to imagine the plausible futures for your organization and industry. Map the trends and driving forces that could impact your business, including economic, legal, societal and industry-specific factors. Give special consideration to big “unknowns.” Then, define several scenarios that could play out for your company within a specified time frame. Assess the scenarios to determine your greatest opportunities, biggest threats and the best ways to prepare for the future.

Know when to say “No”

Steve Jobs once said, “Innovation is not about saying ‘yes’ to everything. It’s about saying ‘no’ to all but the most crucial features.” The lesson here? To stay future-focused, you have to be willing to say “no” more than “yes.” Make sure your company isn’t wasting time or effort on activities that won’t move you closer to your goals.

Thinking ahead about your staffing and recruiting strategies?

You should be. Proactively planning your human capital needs provides the greatest opportunities for cost-effectiveness, business flexibility and exceptional hiring.

Exact Staff is here to help. To design the best solution for your organization’s future, we invite you to schedule a free workforce consultation with us. Together we can assess your needs, brainstorm options and design creative strategies to help you prepare for what’s next.

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How to Save More Money in 2016

02/4/16 8:23 PM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Job Seekers, News | Leave a Comment
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Want to save more money this year?

Maybe that’s a silly question to ask – most of us do! Perhaps the more accurate one is:

Want a few practical strategies to save more money this year (that don’t revolve around Ramen noodles)?

If you’re already tight on funds or living paycheck-to-paycheck, it can seem impossible to stash cash away for a “rainy day.” But with a little discipline and creativity, you can save a tad more, spend a bit less and brighten your financial situation by the time summer hits (did someone say “vacation”?):

Be Intentional

In other words, plan to succeed! Set a concrete, realistic goal for your savings. Doing so will make it easier for you to adopt new habits. And don’t just stop at setting a number. Break that big goal into smaller milestones (i.e., target savings for each month), and then create a specific action plan for achieving each step, using the suggestions listed below.

Change Your Grocery Routine

Do you grab lunch out most days? Shop at a boutique grocery store because it’s smaller and more convenient? Take a hard look at what and where you eat, keeping a written record of everything you spend on food and drink for one week.

Shocked at the total? Don’t be – look it as an opportunity for saving. Then, develop some positive habits to spend less:

  • Clip coupons and check circulars for specials (many chains have handy opt-in emails with e-coupons, as well as store discount clubs you can join)
  • Search for lunch specials before noon hits
  • Plan your meals each week
  • Use a list for your shopping trips (and if an item is not on the list, don’t buy it)
  • Shop once a week at a store that caters to value-oriented consumers

Negotiate More

Negotiation works for all types of goods and services – not just for cars and homes! For example, try contacting the “customer retention” department for your cable or satellite provider. Tell them that you’d like to keep your business with their company, but you need to trim your bill. Your provider wants to keep your business and should be able to suggest alternatives (including promotional rates) to retain you as a customer.

Ditch Your Credit Cards

When you’re headed out to shop, eat or go to the movies, budget a specific amount of cash to spend – and bring only that much with you. Without access to your credit or debit cards, you’ll be far less likely to make that impulse buy or cover that round of drinks.

Another Great Way to Improve Your Financial Situation?

Make Exact Staff your career partner. With opportunities coast-to-coast that offer competitive pay and excellent prospects for growth, we can help you earn more – and save more. Search jobs in your area or contact an Exact Staff recruiter to get started.

 

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