What Do “Temps” Mean to Your Organization?

Part of your job (probably one of the most significant parts of your job) as a company leader is to be an emotional anchor. You, plus some other key company leaders, ARE the culture. You are aware of how you’re seen by others. It’s not about ego or vanity, it’s about LEADING. You choose your… Read More »

Everything is Changing? Again?!!!

The best strategy for labor deployment is, like many aspects of our business lives, evolving every day. But talent acquisition strategies are not just evolving, we now have front-row seats to fundamental and enduring changes to our landscape. Seismic activity at this level generally creates winners and losers. Which fork in the road should I… Read More »

The Wall

Those who buy a drill, it is said, are not interested in a drill.  They are in need of a hole.  Given this perspective, what is the purpose of your business?  If you really drill into this question (pun intended) don’t you eventually identify profit as the reason for the existence of the business?  Without… Read More »

Of Moats, Knights and Knaves

A thousand years ago a plant manager would protect his facility from dragons and black knights with a well-constructed castle, knights in shining armor, faithful steeds, and a wide moat.   Our 11th century manager would be exposed to familiar headlines: Pestilence, war, natural disasters, and Lord Trump somehow getting lost in the forest in the… Read More »

The Value of “Partnership”

Employees, especially those who are unskilled and working for modest wages, have a view of their jobs that departs radically from the attitudes of previous generations. Baby boomers are more inclined to see inherent value in showing up on time, working to complete the assigned task, and advancing the ball on behalf of the company.… Read More »

Workplace Diversity: What’s the Big Deal?

You run postings for your open positions.  They are posted on your web site.  You offer a referral bonus.  Surely everyone, regardless of nationality and gender, knows you’re hiring!  You have some people on staff who aren’t from this country.  What’s the big deal?!! Utah has a remarkable history of welcoming those from other cultures. … Read More »