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Professional Development

The Best Way to Effectively Lead as a Manager: Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

June 27, 2016

Managing people is no easy task. It requires a good attitude, people skills and the ability to build trust throughout an organization. Managers are tasked with the dichotomous responsibility of managing and leading. They must both negotiate the organization’s bottom line while fostering a healthy sustainable workforce.  Key to...

The Multi-Generational Workforce: A Top Problem for CEO’s

June 8, 2016

One of the hottest topics right now I’m seeing with many of my clients is how to manage multi-generations in the workplace. It is the first time the workplace has seen so many generational “forces” all at once. Today’s workforce includes Pre-Boomers (Born 1925-1945), also known as The Silent...

A Review of the Top Nonprofit Career Development Trends Today

May 20, 2016

Globally, the workforce is getting older while also getting younger, creating the perfect conditions for leadership challenges. And that means, no matter where an employee works around the globe today, they probably work for an organization struggling to retain its talent. According to Deloitte’s Human Capital Trends 2016 report, 28%...

How to Avoid Problems When You’ve Been Promoted Among Your Peers

May 2, 2016

A previous colleague reached out to me last week asking for advice. She had recently been promoted and now was in charge of her former peers and friends. She had worked at this company for several years and because of that, had built strong friendships with her team—both inside...

How to Fall in Love with Job Descriptions…Forever

April 14, 2016

Over the course of my career and consulting with clients, it is not very often I come across professionals that actually like job descriptions. In fact the mere mention of job description development makes most Human Resource professionals cringe and find reason to change the subject. I, on the...

Why a Mentor Program is Best for your New Hires

February 3, 2016

As a manager, I’m sure you have brought on quite a few new hire employees. Some of these employees, when beginning employment, can “jump right in” and become a part of the team. However, others may take some time to adjust to the new culture. To assist in culture...

Who Are You? How Are You Communicating Your Best Self?

January 8, 2016

As a consultant, I often go to organizations and provide advice and counsel to leaders at varying levels in the organization.  For a good number of clients, that advice is at the management level and higher, and I don’t have regular communication with non-supervisory employees.  So while visiting a...

Need Vs. Want: What’s Getting In Our Way?

January 4, 2016

Each turn of the calendar to January has always brought to me a renewed energy, excitement and focus. Unlike my daughter who laments taking down the Christmas decorations and while I love having them fill our home with warmth, joy and tradition, I look forward to the tree going...

Best Tips to Study for Professional HR Certifications

October 7, 2015

PHR & SPHR vs. SHRM-CP & SHRM-SCP: What’s the Difference Between these HR Certifications? In several industries, professionals have the option to obtain certifications in their area of expertise. Many companies require certifications as insurance that their employees have the knowledge necessary to perform the job they were hired for. In the...

How to Attract and Retain the Best Employees for Your Business

September 10, 2015

While on client site, sitting in Leadership meetings, attending training, there is always one key initiative all companies are talking about right now: How do we attract top talent and, how do we get those people to stay? There is a war on talent happening in today’s world and...

Career Paths: A Best Practice for Retaining Top Talent

August 7, 2015

Why Every Organization Needs Career Paths As leaders, you probably know that hiring the best talent is often your greatest competitive advantage. After you hire the right talent, how do you convince them to stay? A key retention strategy organizations should consider is to outline career paths. Why? It’s simple:...

Coaching vs. Mentoring…What’s the Difference?

June 16, 2015

I recently watched a movie on television called Coach Carter.  In this true story, Samuel L. Jackson plays Coach Ken Carter, a well-groomed, highly respectful, professional basketball coach who steps into Richmond High School in California in 1999 to coach the high school team.  Coach Carter finds the team...

Department Review: Making the Most of Your HR Function

June 15, 2015

At Helios we work with many organizations to conduct effectiveness and compliance audits of their HR Department, which includes a set of interviews with executive team members and employees at all levels of the organization.  One of the first questions that we always ask of all interviewees is, “in...

Four Ways to Best Coach and Develop Your Direct Reports

June 9, 2015

Have you ever been faced with staffing a project and knowing that the team members with the most experience do not have the bandwidth to complete the work? In these situations you are often faced with the thought of risking the quality of work versus risking the potential sanity...

The Best Ways to Retain Top Talent in Any Business

May 30, 2015

We hear a lot about the idea of retaining our top workforce. HR Professionals often promote formalized retention plans, rewards and recognition systems, enhanced performance management programs and clear career paths as tools to help ensure you keep your valuable employees. To design and implement all of these programs...