Sunday, February 23, 2014

Employee Development Planning - The #1 Resource in an Organization

All growth depends upon activity. There is no development physically or intellectually without effort, and effort means work. - Calvin Coolidge

A well-thought-out plan provides your employees with opportunities and clear direction on how to increase their skills and advance their careers. And with a more expanded skill set, they have more tools to help your business forge ahead. It's a win-win for you and your staff.   An employee development plan or program shouldn’t be created off the cuff. The following are steps to take when developing plan.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Winter, Polar Vortex - Stay Motivated!

I live in West Michigan and have enjoyed several relatively mild winters the past few years.  I run outside year round as I find it to be the most effective exercise for myself.  Running keeps me balanced through out the year and consistently clears my mind to tackle challenges and opportunities that arise.  In 2014, while we started to have a few rough snow days, this year seems to be more intense and longer lasting.  With the local schools closed, plows running around the clock, and a general safety slowdown in travel, the schedule of running has become more challenging.  Beyond the schedule, I have found motivation to be more difficult than normal, have maintained on track, and offer the following: