Top Performer Profiling

2011-03-05

10 steps to hire the right person — the first time

By Drake Editorial Team

Hiring an employee is like making an important investment decision, with the candidate representing the capital: human capital. Like any investment decision, you want to make the right choice — the first time.

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2011-02-14

The power of performance profiling

By Drake Editorial Team

Performance profiling will bring a greater performance focus to your organization. The emphasis is on having your people focus on action that directly impacts the desired key results...

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2016-07-11

How to hire the right talent

By Marsha Lindquist

You probably think good talent is hard to find these days. You may even be frustrated with, and tired of, the process you have to go through every time you need to add help...

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2015-03-11

Seven tips for hiring ‘a players’

By Richard J. Bryan

Your business doesn’t run itself. The quality of your organization depends on the quality of your team, and a motivated, energized staff is the key to companywide success...

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2014-10-01

Hiring smart

By Lisë Stewart

Have you ever been charmed by an applicant? Hired a friend or family member and been disappointed? Kept poor performers long after they should have been asked to leave?..

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2014-07-08

High performers: how to get them,...how to keep them!

By Steve Schmidt

High-performing employees are something every small business owner should dream of finding and hiring into his or her company. After all, high performers are confident, multi-tasking team players...

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2014-05-07

How to keep your top talent

By Joel Garfinkle

Despite unemployment and staff cutbacks, studies indicate that over 80% of global business leaders believe that "people issues" are even more important today.

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2016-11-08

Workforce retention: how to keep your best employees

By Debbie Zmorenski

The first two steps in becoming a talent-management organization involve attracting and hiring right-fit/best-fit talent. After this has been achieved...

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2016-10-19

Focus on: high potential talent

By Drake Editorial Team

The key to an organization’s growth strategy and success is identifying and attracting high-potential talent...

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2016-10-03

Who are your top performers? the balloon theory

By Neil I. Clark

Recognizing top performers is vital: They need to be treated differently than the rest because they are special. Everyone is different, of course, but some are more different than others.

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2016-10-03

Identifying high-potential talent in the workplace

By Drake Editorial Team

The key to an organization’s growth strategy and success is identifying and attracting high-potential talent...

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2016-07-19

Defining talent in a downturn

By Dr. Robin Stuart-Kotze

The sharp downturn in the world economy has changed the nature of the talent business. It’s suddenly gone from frantically trying to recruit bright and able people to focusing on keeping and developing them.

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2016-07-14

Six powerful metrics to view your talent impact

By Dr. John Sullivan

Explore six simple business metrics by themselves are enough to give you a snapshot but accurate view of talent’s business impact...

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2016-02-26

What employers must do now to drive and sustain high performance

By Kevin Martin

All organizations need to be prepared for attrition in two key groups — high performers and those soon eligible to retire — as well as talent shortages in specific disciplines and geographies...

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2012-03-09

Why good leaders learn from their mistakes

By Drake Editorial Team

John C. Maxwell once stated. "A man must be big enough to admit his mistakes, smart enough to profit from them, and strong enough to correct them." When we talk about Leadership, Taking Ownership is the most...

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2012-02-13

The pros and cons to outsourcing your HR functions

By Michelle Ganuelas

Outsourcing your HR can benefit your company tremendously but like any project, there may be some concerns that linger before you come to a decision.

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2012-01-27

Why self-awareness and personal honesty is critical to career success and happiness

By Laura Plant

There are countless resources out there providing job finding tips. They have taught us the do’s and don’ts of resume writing, the importance of customizing our cover letters, how to network and navigate the job boards.

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2011-11-23

Engagement is an inside job

By Jim Clemmer

When faced with major organizational problems, managers often hire consultants to help provide a solution. The consultant will usually interview people, run focus groups, and gather input from a variety of sources.

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2011-11-16

15 ways to motivate and influence employee behaviour faster

By Mark Holmes

Knowing how one’s role contributes to the organization’s overall success is a key longer-term motivator and morale builder.

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2011-11-01

Lessons learned from Steve Jobs

By Drew Stevens

Steve Jobs the influential and well respected leader of Apple has passed but his passing leaves many lessons for all. Vision – having a purpose is what life is all about. Live your life with purpose and intentions.

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2011-10-18

Empowering success in complexity

By Drake Editorial Team

One in six IT change initiatives such as ERP and CRM systems turn out to be money pits, with cost overruns averaging 200% and schedule overruns of almost 70%, according to Bent Flyvbjerg of Oxford.

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2011-10-06

Creating chaos to develop a high-performance organization

By Matt Shlosberg

We spend a lot of time developing leaders we can rely on to run our organizations, make the right decisions, and get things done...

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2011-10-06

How to retain sales talent in a competitive market

By Dr. Marilyn Manning

Like many others, your company may have recently gone through a host of significant changes, possibly the introduction of entire new product lines or merger and acquisition. 

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2011-10-06

What you need to know for career survival in the 21st century

By Dr. Clinton O. Longenecker

Competitiveness at the University of Toledo conducted an executive development program several years ago with a group of senior managers from a host of manufacturing and service industries.

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2011-10-18

Four ingredients to sales success

By Tim Connor

There are four significant areas when it comes to consistent high sales performance.

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2011-10-05

What are you looking for?

By David Huggins

If a key position on your organizational team is vacant right now you are really lucky!

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2011-10-01

When performance lacks

By Drew Stevens

Many organizations deal with employees that do not perform to standards. One of the most frustrating things for managers and supervisors is to have employees that continually repeat the infraction.

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2011-09-28

Successful coaching and council which is best - part 1

By Drew Stevens

All outstanding managers engage in coaching on a daily basis and counseling on an as needed basis typically we can say that coaching is the proactive manner to help support the mentoring provided to employees.

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2011-09-15

Unlocking the morale issue

By Drew Stevens

The largest issue for any organization large or small that stumps growth is worker productivity. With economic volatility currently impacting profits, productivity issues can wreak havoc already on the brink of zero margins.

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2011-09-13

Why most training fails

By Jim Clemmer

Most organizations use their training investments about as strategically as they deploy their office supplies spending. And the impact on customer satisfaction, cost containment or quality improvement is just as useless.

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2011-09-03

Cross functional team harmony - part 2

By Drake Editorial Team

Cross-functional teams are being used increasingly in organizations to improve coordination of interdependent activities among specialized subunits. 

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2011-09-08

Bad to worse - 6 ways to kill workplace productivity

By Drew Stevens

The problem with organizations today is with leaders that cannot lead and workers that have little passion. Rather than repair the issue, leaders place band-aids on surgical incisions.

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2011-08-17

Five criteria to identify high potentials in your organization

By Samuel B. Bacharach

Today’s organizations find it challenging to locate and put in place a new generation of leadership that is both proactive and pragmatic. By what criteria, however, do we decide whether somebody is a high potential...

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2011-08-17

Raising accountability

By David Klaasen

There is no hiding place in small and medium sized businesses. Everyone plays a critical role and needs to pull their weight; yet directors and business owners regularly complain about a lack of accountability...

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2011-08-17

Critical link between employee & customer happiness

By JoAnna Brandi

The only way you can consistently and reliably create happy, engaged, committed and loyal customers is by creating and nourishing a work environment. Positive customer experiences are directly related to...

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2011-07-12

Got meaning? Seven drivers to leverage meaning at work

By Dave Ulrich

In the last few years, many leaders have been playing a corporate version of "Whack-A-Mole." Every time a crisis pops up - like the need to cut costs, keep customers, or outsmart competitors - they move quickly to beat back ...

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2011-07-28

Team building magic, part 5

By Drake Editorial Team

If you are leading or a member of your organization’s executive or leadership team, take action to transform your own team. Nothing speaks louder than the action you take...

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2011-07-12

Leveraging senior teams in the new economy

By RHR International

The new economic “normal” is going to call for tough decision making and very hard judgment calls to keep analysts, shareholders and the board happy...

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2011-07-07 09:37:57

Team building magic, part 2

By Drake Editorial Team

A high performing team is a team that performs at an elite level, achieving extraordinary results, time and again. Team building is not seen as a separate activity but is integrated into every action, interaction and communication.

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2011-06-01

The importance of customer service

By Drew Stevens

There are many reasons why a business will fail. Much research is available to denote which factors are the most important, however, it appears that most business fail because they lack focus on the organization’s most vital asset – customers.

 

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2011-06-05 21:20:06

Great leaders grow profits

The more comprehensive a company’s leadership development efforts, the better its financial results in terms of shareholder return, growth in market share, growth in net income, and return on sales.

 

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2011-07-05

Interview questions to prepare for

By Drake Editorial Team

How to prepare for an interview. 15 most commonly asked interview questions and the perfect answers.

 

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2011-05-18

Interview with Lisa Thompson

By Ben Gottlieb

Lisa Thompson is the Branch Manager for Drake International’s Calgary office. Lisa’s team consists of seven people, and she has been working with Drake for almost three years.

 

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2011-05-20

Team spirit built from the top

By Jim Clemmer

Strategic plans, marketing, technology and capital investment are clearly important, but emotional commitment of the people using the tools and executing the plans is what determines whether companies sink or soar.

 

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2011-04-20

The leadership evolution

By Dave Ulrich

If you Google the word 'leader' and 'leadership', there are 487 million hits. That's an awful lot of information.

 

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2011-04-18

The changing face of reward

By Drake Editorial Team

"We are looking for stars. We want people who are flexible and don’t want to be pigeonholed into one area or function." - Multinational IT organization

 

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2011-04-29

Maximize your profile, part 1

By Dr. John Demartini

"Building Your Profile" in business is very much about building your profile in life. It is through "pushing yourself to be your own personal best" that people around you will start to admire and follow you.

 

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2011-04-15

Developing high tech leaders is different

By Drake Editorial Team

You've all heard it from your colleagues in high-tech firms. “Our people are smarter. Our pace is faster. Our technology changes more quickly. It's just harder to develop leaders”.

 

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2011-04-14

Bill Pollock: Drake's founder & chairman

By Drake Editorial Team

Bill Pollock was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and is the youngest of 9 children. He was awarded a scholarship to the University of Manitoba at the age of 16, and received his Bachelor of Commerce at the age of 20.

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