KNOW | TWELVE, FEBRUARY 2020
Involving Employees in the Hiring Process
Traditionally, hiring decisions have fallen solely on the shoulders of the employer. And, for owners of small, but growing businesses, this responsibility is a major cause of stress and pressure.
Here at Delegate, we rely on our employees to help out with the hiring process, and it has been a game-changer. In this quick read from Entrepreneur.com, there are several key takeaways that we thought you’d be interested in!
1. Involving current employees in the hiring process increases accountability
Tip: Set a list of both skills and cultural criteria for new hire evaluations. Once this criteria is established, have current employees measure each candidate on their own. Then, get together in brainstorming sessions to discuss everyone’s pros and cons. Gathering varying opinions during the hiring process will help leaders make more effective hiring decisions.
2. Involving employees connects employees with company success
Tip: Employees who refer new hires feel proud when those hires succeed in their positions. This makes them feel like an integral part of the team and reinforces that their opinion matters. To further entice employees, use a recognition software like HighGround to recognize them for their contributions.
3. Involving employees eases the on-boarding process
Tip: Allow employees to meet potential new hires at some point during the hiring process. This can occur during interview rounds or right before you make an offer. No matter what timeline leaders choose, it’s crucial to encourage relationship-building so everyone feels comfortable and ready to jump into work together.
4. Involving employees Makes for a stronger cultural fit
Tip: When getting employees involved in the hiring process, give them time to consider candidates alone and then with other team members. This ensures that they'll get a 360-degree view of the candidate's cultural fit before making their final suggestion.
For more insight, check out the full article! - Entrepreneur.com
How to Reach Your Goals- 100% of the Time
Now that 2020 is underway, how are your resolutions/goals coming along? In this quick read from Strategic Coach® , we learn some simple ways to stick to your guns and accomplish your goals without fail! Here are a few key takeaways:
1. Visualize a new reality in Technicolor
The more details you specify, the more your mind takes ownership of the result. Be as specific as possible in your goals and visualize the end result on a regular basis.
2. Choose your words wisely, and write them down
Goal setters who write down their goals are even more likely to have success getting to where they want to be. There’s a brain-to-hand connection that comes into play, and no, the digital route doesn’t achieve the same effect.
3. Watch for strategic by-products
These are the surprises, the unexpected things that happen off to the side, on the way to achieving a specific goal. All you need to do is develop the ability to notice them.
4. Set goals in all areas of your life
Your life has many different dimensions. Goals are the fuel for growth in all of these areas—personal health and fitness, relationships, business growth, personal finances, and teamwork are just a few.
5. Set a realistic time frame
Once you have a clear vision and have filled in the details, your mind needs a deadline to take it seriously. As Dan Sullivan says, “A goal without a deadline is just a slogan.”
Take a look at the full article for more tips and insight into crushing your goals! - Strategic Coach®
Knowing When It’s Time for a Rebrand
Businesses often need to rebrand, and it can be a result of many reasons, including international growth, new management, a bad reputation or an outdated image. Whatever the reason, it’s important to create a stellar brand that people will remember. Check out this great read on the top 10 reasons to consider a rebrand for your organization. Here are the main points:
58% of small businesses are already operating internationally. Consider how your branding translates to international markets and make changes accordingly.
Is your message positive? Does it compel customers to take a look further at your organization? Consider changing slogans to call customers to action.
3. New CEO
Has your leadership team undergone changes since your last branding update? Consider whether the branding is still consistent with your values and that it accurately represents your leadership team.
4. Outdated Images/Content
We all know how quickly markets change- is your brand keeping up? Does your logo feel old? Slogan seem outdated? Keep an eye on the market for trends, and do your best to keep up with current trends.
5. Bad Reputation
Even the best organizations go through “less than great” seasons, and slip-ups can create a bad reputation. Consider a rebrand after a negative experience to spin it into a positive.
6. Mergers, Acquisitions and Demergers
Again, change is inevitable. Use these as opportunities to freshen up your brand, again making sure that it is consistent with any leadership/values updates.
7. Changing Markets
Keeping with the “change” trend- make sure you are paying attention to the ever-changing market, and that your brand is keeping up.
8. Corporate Identity Development
This one can be tricky. When your brand as originally developed, were guidelines clearly defined and followed by all? Are your fonts, logos and overall brand consistent across the board? No? Time for a rebrand- and a “followed by all” branding guide.
9. Too Similar to Another Brand?
Even if not a direct competitor, if your brand is too similar to another, consider switching things up to avoid brand confusion.
10. Development and Acquisition of New Brands
If you’ve acquired new companies that you are trying to tie into your brand, consider how an “umbrella brand” might help keep things streamlined and consistent across the organization.
We hope these have been helpful tips! For more specific examples, head over to read the full article. - Entrepreneur.com