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Bamboozled!

I have a tall privacy fence surrounding my backyard. The ally is paved and not particularly charming and i just prefer not to look at it when i am out in the garden. But this isn’t about my fence,  it’s about making sure the right people are on our teams and in our organizations. But let me take you back to my garden for just a moment: When i bought my house i brought with me a container of bamboo, and because it met some criteria i deemed important at the time- sleek, beautiful, green, tall- i planted it. That was five years ago and today the bamboo is pushing itself up through the pavement in the ally,  obstructing the gate which can no longer open or shut properly and generally pushing its way around my “organization’ with little regard for the rest of us. That pervasive problem is similar to what occurs when we fail to use our hiring intelligence. Having the wrong people- bullies, incompetents, attitudinal disasters, makes it very difficult for other things to grow. And we must be prepared to deal with that fact if we don’t take the time up front to select wisely and train and mentor accordingly. At this point, in attempting to remedy the poor choice i made five years ago, i have four options: Quarentine the bamboo; allow it to take over the entire garden; sell the house and pass the problem on to someone else- or GET RID OF IT.

Clarity of vision and purpose makes hiring a whole lot easier and using learning tools to identify personal style preferences and values can help to ensure the right people are growing together.

Design your ’09

For most people January marks a time for new beginnings, fresh starts, resolutions and fabulous intentions. Professionally, it may inspire you to think about your aspirations, successes and setbacks and to consider creating a plan that will make the New Year a GREAT Year!

Frequently when people approach personal or professional development planning it is from a reactive position. The desire for change is born from an experience about what is not working. This is to be expected as we are wired to respond to pain (physical and emotional).  We are all pretty clear about what we don’t like or don’t want, and yet rarely do we give conscious though to what it is that we DO want. Let’s take that pain analogy a little further. If you put your hand on a hot stove you will, without thinking about it, pull it away, likely uttering an expletive or two. But if, instead, you were asked to set your hand upon something that you really want to touch, discover, take hold of, you’d probably stop and really have to think about it.

Making a mindful decision to work on ourselves is more wisely approached by considering what it is that we want more of. That involves a deliberate investigation into our beliefs, values, mission and vision. From there one can imagine the success measures, or indicators that would let us know we had met our objectives. After that it is a matter of thoroughly assessing where we are right NOW. And this is where assessments and feedback become our best friend.

The Leadership Skills Inventory Assessments (LSI-S) is one such assessment created to support individuals and  groups in determining a benchmark for their personal and organizational leadership […]