Tips from the Top - July 2017

Articles

How to Correct Interviewing Myopia!

TAB Members consider that recruitment is one of their biggest challenges.

So let’s look at one of the major safety nets to help stop you plummeting to depths of the Valley of Recruiting Failure, Interview Bias.

Owners of small and medium size enterprises have, at one time or another, done their own interviewing - it’s common for the boss to be involved at some point.

Bosses are the best and worst interviewers. The best, because few people in the company share their passion, vision, ‘war stories’ and how new people really will make a difference in their growing expanding organisations. The worst, because they are biased.

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Going the Extra Mile with Suppliers

On our board, everyone pays great attention to their customers.  We manage relationships to keep them on side so that they think of us when they want to buy - after all people buy from people.  But our ability to supply is often dependent on our suppliers.  As we are their customers, do we expect them to do the running, manage us, keep us sweet and keep us wanting to buy only from them?  How often are we making sure those relationships are managed and prices are kept lower, materials come to us first and deliveries are on time?

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No Effective Culture, No Effective Business!

Having a successful business can be achieved in many ways but if you have an effective culture the journey can be much easier.

However, there is groundwork to be done, foundations that must always be in place, reviewed, updated and developed continually to ensure the best results. This is through having a great culture in the organisation - the blood that runs through the veins of the organisation, the DNA of the organisation, and without it the road to success will always be difficult, inconsistent and often unsustainable as the organisation grows ...

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How to Correct Interviewing Myopia!

TAB Members consider that recruitment is one of their biggest challenges.

So let’s look at one of the major safety nets to help stop you plummeting to depths of the Valley of Recruiting Failure, Interview Bias.

Owners of small and medium size enterprises have, at one time or another, done their own interviewing - it’s common for the boss to be involved at some point.

Bosses are the best and worst interviewers. The best, because few people in the company share their passion, vision, ‘war stories’ and how new people really will make a difference in their growing expanding organisations. The worst, because they are biased.

Read more

Going the Extra Mile with Suppliers

On our board, everyone pays great attention to their customers.  We manage relationships to keep them on side so that they think of us when they want to buy - after all people buy from people.  But our ability to supply is often dependent on our suppliers.  As we are their customers, do we expect them to do the running, manage us, keep us sweet and keep us wanting to buy only from them?  How often are we making sure those relationships are managed and prices are kept lower, materials come to us first and deliveries are on time?

Read more

No Effective Culture, No Effective Business!

Having a successful business can be achieved in many ways but if you have an effective culture the journey can be much easier.

However, there is groundwork to be done, foundations that must always be in place, reviewed, updated and developed continually to ensure the best results. This is through having a great culture in the organisation - the blood that runs through the veins of the organisation, the DNA of the organisation, and without it the road to success will always be difficult, inconsistent and often unsustainable as the organisation grows ...

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Quick Tips

Log In a Lot

Make sure you know your log-in credentials for every single piece of equipment that requires passwords (machines, servers, computers, tablets) and log in to them quarterly to make sure they still work. This practice will surface any hacking, fraud or ransomware situations so you can fix them. 

By : Steve Gilbertson, Electramatic

Cart Before the Mission

The problem with mission or vision statements is that as soon as they are hammered out and written down on paper, some companies assume they have been executed or achieved!

By : George Efthymiou, Royal Windows and Doors

Listen for the Competition

Your customers will help keep you competitive. All you have to do is listen to them. 

By : Kim Christie, TAB Winnipeg Board 401

Effectively Lead the Follower’s Needs

I have learned from Ken Blanchard that, when we lead people, we need to match our style to the needs of the follower.

If they need a great deal of support and not much direction, we are supportive. If they need a lot of direction and not just support, we are directive. If we delegate to these individuals or, worse, to the people who need both support and direction, we are not going to be effective.

Delegate to the people who are highly competent and have a high commitment. 

By : Rick Arthur, Rick Arthur CFO

Log In a Lot

Make sure you know your log-in credentials for every single piece of equipment that requires passwords (machines, servers, computers, tablets) and log in to them quarterly to make sure they still work. This practice will surface any hacking, fraud or ransomware situations so you can fix them. 

By : Steve Gilbertson, Electramatic

Second Chances

When looking to hire "second chance" employees (those who previously served time or were fired from other employers for cause), it is absolutely critical to have a built-in system of support. Otherwise failure is very, very likely. 

By : Randy Hunter, Hunter Mechanical

Cart Before the Mission

The problem with mission or vision statements is that as soon as they are hammered out and written down on paper, some companies assume they have been executed or achieved!

By : George Efthymiou, Royal Windows and Doors