Category Archives: HR Training

After the Performance Review: Preparing for the Year Ahead

After the Performance Review: Preparing for the Year Ahead thumbnail

 At their best, performance reviews should be the start of a two-way dialogue that will last the entire year. Here are some tips: Acknowledge that the performance review— while important— is a moment in time over the course of a year. One conversation is unlikely to change the course of history, so decide what groundwork…
Read More

Staying Present in a Performance Review – Key Tips

Staying Present in a Performance Review – Key Tips thumbnail

Even with effective planning, performance reviews can take many turns during the conversation.  Here are some common patterns that can occur in the conversation, and ways to keep things on track and focused on outcomes. Start with identifying projects or tasks that were key areas of focus for the year. Ask the employee what went…
Read More

Tips: Preparing to Give a Performance Review

Tips: Preparing to Give a Performance Review thumbnail

It’s time to evaluate your employees’ performance, and as with many important conversations, effective preparation is key.  Your first step should be to objectively reflect on each person’s contributions over the past year. Here are some tips: It is easy to consider only the past few weeks when considering performance—a recent win or problem can…
Read More

Respecting Diversity in a Time of Telework

Respecting Diversity in a Time of Telework thumbnail

A client shared an interesting story about a recent experience related to disability awareness and telework.  First, some background.  The organization has been working well remotely for several months.  Because the team has a good understanding of diversity principles, it follows the following ground rules: It is a cultural norm for team members to turn…
Read More

Developing Your Leadership Skills in Diversity and Inclusion

Developing Your Leadership Skills in Diversity and Inclusion thumbnail

As cultural dynamics change in an organization, it is important for leaders to continue their own development and training.  As a training category, “Diversity and Inclusion” is an important set of both principles and skills, and covers a wide range of topics, including: Generational Differences Unconscious Bias Workplace Culture Cultural Differences Discrimination Did you know…
Read More

Building Inclusiveness: One Conversation at a Time

Building Inclusiveness: One Conversation at a Time thumbnail

We are marking Black History Month at a unique time in our history.  Political upheaval and conflict, increasing COVID-19 case counts and the national changes that come with a new Administration draw our attention outward to watch the news and check in on family and friends.  Marking a diversity holiday can seem like a small…
Read More

How Do You Lead? Team Leadership Assessment

How Do You Lead? Team Leadership Assessment thumbnail

Successful teams generally have a successful leader–either out front or behind the scenes–guiding the way.  If you lead a team, here’s a quick assessment to reflect on how you are doing: Strengths – What strengths do you have in leading the team? How are these strengths reflected in the team’s culture or work? Outcomes –…
Read More

Triumphant Temporary Teams

Triumphant Temporary Teams thumbnail

When talking about team-building, a lot of attention is given to long-term intact teams. These may be organizational teams, sales teams, long term project or service teams–regardless of mission, they are designed to stay together for a long time. There is also power in the temporary team–convened to address only one specific problem or project….
Read More

Five Social Activities for Connecting Virtual Teams

Five Social Activities for Connecting Virtual Teams thumbnail

Every team needs a break!  Over time, people have grown comfortable with increased remote and virtual work–adjusting business practices and interactions to complete work at a distance.  It is also worth taking some time to build in some team level breaks and opportunities for social connection.  Here are five great practices we have seen work…
Read More

Lead Like a Pirate

Lead Like a Pirate thumbnail

Avast, me hearties, and listen well! In the lighthearted spirit of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, let’s envision the romanticized version of these rapscallions of the sea and reflect on their positive qualities. After all, pirate captains had to have masterful communication and leadership skills to steer a band of scurvy knaves to the…
Read More