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  • Great Organizations Know the Best Plans Can Go Awry

    05/26/17 9:15 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Uncategorized | Leave a Comment
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    “The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft a-gley.”

    –Robert Burns, “To a Mouse”

    Is the language in this excerpt archaic? Yep. Are there mice in your organization? We certainly hope not.

    Verbiage and rodents aside, Burns’ message is timeless and universal:

    Regardless of your organization’s size, industry, competition or market, the best-laid plans often go awry.

    Great leaders realize this – and plan accordingly. What are their secrets to successful business planning? To find out, let’s examine two aspects of planning which frequently “gang a-gley” for other organizations:

    Ignoring the Big Picture

    Too often, leaders plan from the inside out: they review their organization’s performance over the past year and look for opportunities to tweak processes and make incremental improvements. By looking backward and inward, these leaders are being reactive and tactical.

    High-performance leaders view their organizations through a strategic, forward-looking lens. When planning, they think beyond their own business, considering the ways the economy, competition, industry trends, customers, technological advancements and other external factors could impact them. By taking this “Outside in” approach, these leaders better understand the dynamics, relationships, threats and opportunities around them. Over the long-term, deeper insights help the best leaders create more strategic, flexible and realistic plans.

    Failing to Prioritize

    Most organizations have a list of business goals, but a list will only take leaders so far. Without clear prioritization – and a method for communicating and cascading those priorities – a list of goals is worth little more than the paper on which it’s printed.

    Great leaders’ plans do more than just outline the steps to achieving a goal; they clearly prioritize the actions which will accomplish those objectives. What’s more, that prioritization is pushed down through the entire organization by:

    • “connecting the dots” (i.e., clearly explaining how individuals’ daily actions help achieve high-priority goals for the entire company);
    • ensuring that performance management and reward/recognition models align with delivering on key priorities;
    • making sure that all employees have the resources (i.e., time, tools, training and authority) to perform successfully.

    Plans Changed?

    We can help you adapt and thrive. With a full complement of national staffing and placement solutions, the Exact Staff family of companies offers the resources and expertise to effectively execute your business plans, even when things change in your organization. To learn how we can help, schedule a free consultation today.

How to Regulate Innovation – Without Killing It

05/22/17 9:30 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers | Leave a Comment
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Regulation: innovators shudder at the mere mention of this term.

But does it have to be this way?

Not according to Kevin Werbach, a Wharton legal studies and business ethics professor. In a recent podcast, he explained why regulation doesn’t have to be the enemy of innovation, especially in what he calls the “Internet of the World.” Below, we’ve summarized a few of his key points (you can hear his entire podcast here):

What’s the “Internet of the World”?

According to Werbach, potentially everything in our physical and digital world is a potential generator of data. That data can be integrated, analyzed, processed and manipulated. As a result, the trends and developments we’ve seen online are now impacting services and physical objects – unlocking new markets, blurring the line between the digital and offline worlds, and spurring new regulations.

Do regulations threaten innovation as the online and offline worlds mesh?

Not necessarily. As the Internet of the World evolves, Werbach states that we need to challenge assumptions about the relationship between innovation and regulation. In his view, government agencies don’t necessarily drain or block innovation; in fact, they can be a positive force.

As an example, he cites the Microsoft antitrust case from about 20 years ago. Had our government not stepped in and filed that suit, Microsoft’s overwhelming power may have been able to warp or hinder the growth of our open internet economy.

How can we regulate innovation without stifling it?

Werbach purports that effective regulation:

  • Must start with a conversation between regulators and innovators – to determine what each party wants to achieve.
  • Must leverage data generated by the Internet of the World to transparently, yet securely, identify what the market performance is.
  • Must be more algorithmic (i.e., regulations should be data-driven and evolve along with the new markets they control).
  • Must have adequate accountability mechanisms. The government should set goals, and then give the industry opportunities to meet them, by providing transparent data and explaining how they’re complying with established guidelines/rules/laws.
  • Must start with trust. For regulation to be effective – without effectively killing innovation – regulators and innovators must trust one another to be honest, sustain communication and live up to commitments.

Drive innovation with intelligent staffing.

As a leading national staffing agency, Exact Staff can provide the talented people and smart staffing solutions to turn your innovative ideas into reality.

To develop the best strategy for your organization, we invite you to schedule a free workforce consultation with us. Together we can assess your needs, brainstorm options and design creative solutions to meet your workforce or hiring challenges.

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Make Everyone Around You Great by Inspiring Them

05/19/17 9:30 AM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Employers | Leave a Comment
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You’re smart. Proficient. A flexible thinker. And an excellent leader.

But do you inspire your employees to greatness?

The word “passion” is commonly defined as a “strong and barely controllable emotion.” In organizational leadership, passion is the fuel that ignites success. It motivates you and your team to act. It’s the intangible difference separating “good” from “great.”

Inspiring others starts with passion, but it also requires positive habits and sustained practice. Here’s how to move the needle in your company, and stir everyone around you to realize their potential:

Do the Hard Stuff

Sustained practice – often of things you’re not great at – is needed to “level up” in any aspect of your professional life. Lead by example, exerting focused effort to improve your skills.

Share Yours

Passion is contagious. If, as a leader, you are focused and enthusiastic, and you share that energy with others, it will be reflected back to you.

Promote a Culture of Practice

Exceptional performance starts with great habits. Help your employees develop those positive habits by:

  • Giving them the time they need. Provide ample opportunity for employees to repeat actions that promote real behavior change.
  • Setting the bar high. Creating a sense of shared expectation around the minimum standards for practice.
  • Creating a community. Establish groups to connect with and support one another in their sustained practice.

Practice Mindfulness

Meditation does more than clear your mind; it helps you recognize and overcome feelings of uncertainty, resentment and the urge to procrastinate. Teach everyone (including yourself) to start each day with a minute or two of silent mindfulness. The practice refreshes your mind and refocuses your attention on the things that move you closer to your goal.

Teach Employees to Enjoy the Journey
Success is as much about the voyage as it is the destination. Remind your employees to relish being in the moment – not just “doing.”

Another Way to Inspire Greatness in Your Employees?

Provide the staffing support they need to do their best work. With a full complement of national staffing and placement solutions, Exact Staff can free your core employees to focus, innovate and perform at their peak. Schedule a free consultation today to learn more.

 

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6 Tweaks to Your Morning Routine that Will Transform Your Entire Day

05/17/17 3:19 PM | By :Exact Staff | Categories : Job Seekers | Leave a Comment
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Good morning! You woke up full of enthusiasm. You were determined to make a productive start and get a ton accomplished by 10:00 a.m.

But then your keys weren’t where you left them.

And a new construction zone made you 15 minutes late to work.

And your Inbox was flooded with emails demanding your attention.

…what was all that about a “good” morning?

Everyone has those occasional days where good intentions quickly evaporate due to circumstances beyond our control. But thankfully, there are many things you can control to ensure you spend your morning hours productively! Today, Exact Staff shares six tweaks to your morning routine that will maximize your energy and focus – and transform your entire day:

Hydrate with lemon water.

Lemon water encourages your gall bladder to release bile into your stomach, kickstarting your metabolism. Lemons are also packed with nutrients, including vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants. Squeeze the juice of a whole lemon (half a lemon if you’re under 150 lbs.) into a full glass of water, and drink it to fuel a natural physical and mental energy spike in the morning.

Get moving.

As little as 10 minutes of exercise has been proven to release GABA, a neurotransmitter that soothes your brain gives you a more positive mindset and enhances self-control. Add a little physical exertion to your morning routine, and you’ll set a positive tone that lasts all day.

Eat protein.

Your body fasts overnight. Give your brain and muscles the fuel they need to perform by eating a protein-rich breakfast. Healthy options include cottage cheese, eggs, protein shakes, almonds and Greek yogurt.

Spend time with your loved ones.

Carving out a few minutes for those you love in the morning will help you connect emotionally. Even short conversations, if they’re meaningful, can sustain a positive mood for hours.

Skip the screen time.

When you’re checking news and social media, starting text conversations with friends, and reviewing work emails while you should be getting ready, the multi-tasking can backfire. It’s fine to check your phone after breakfast and address urgent issues. But while you’re trying to get ready and get out the door, stay focused on accomplishing your morning routine.

Write down a daily to-do list.

Create a prioritized list of specific tasks you need to accomplish.  Ask yourself, “What activities and priorities have the most heart and meaning for me today?  What do I need to accomplish, to stay on track with my top priorities?” Start with the tasks that are the toughest (but essential to accomplish), and work down to things that would be nice to get done, but aren’t a true priority.

Get you and your team off to a better start each day with the right staffing support.

Up against a deadline? Need to staff up for a big project? Want to build your core team? Our national staffing agency provides a full complement of staffing and placement services to increase focus and productivity, and get every day off to a great start.

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