As unemployment continues to dip throughout the country, organizations are making difficult choices to fill job openings. No matter what the employment climate is like, it can be very tempting to just hire the best candidate that is in front of you. Rushing into making a bad hiring decision, however, can cost an organization in a number of ways. First, there is the financial cost of hiring the wrong fit, which can run into the thousands or even millions of dollars. Second, is the potential negative impact to the organization’s morale and productivity. Trying to correct the mistake of hiring the wrong person can lead the rest of the team to become dissatisfied or disengaged. Any organization can fall victim to selection and interviewing mistakes. Read on to find out some of our proven tricks to circumvent these common blunders:Read More
Countless organizations use competency models to outline the key knowledge, skills, abilities, and aptitudes (KSAAs) they want to see in their individual contributors, managers, and executives. Competency models provide a structured framework for defining and developing those KSAAs that have the biggest impact on an organization’s performance. When used effectively, they become a roadmap to improved organizational effectiveness. When used ineffectively, they can lead to a lot of wasted time, energy, and expense.
Over the years, we have found that there are 7 common traps that organizations fall prey to when developing and implementing a competency model in their organization.Read More
We all grew up hearing the Aesop tale of the Tortoise and the Hare. Some have misguidedly assessed that the moral of that story was “slow and steady wins the race.” However, if you look a little deeper, the true moral of that story was how over-confidence ultimately leads to peril. From the boardroom to the political pulpit; from the courtroom to the football field, we all have experienced stories of how seemingly “unbeatable” teams suddenly snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. In dismay, we seem to utter, but they were “too big to fail;” “too great to lose.” We often pause, stunned, and ask ourselves “How could this have happened?” The answer to this question at the end of the day is quite simple. We have all seen, time and time again, how the mighty have fallen victims to perhaps the greatest sin of all, the sin of hubris.Read More
Are you looking for new and exciting ways to develop your employees? Would you like to maximize your training dollars? How about build a culture of feedback and mutual accountability? Sounds too good to be true? Welcome to the concept of Team Coaching. It accomplishes all of this and more. Please enjoy this Case Study on Team Coaching.
At Apex we decided to look at how one’s Best Day at work changes over time. Everyone’s needs are slightly different, but we were interested in how age and life-cycle accounted for the differences. So we have decided to share two stories: one from a 24 year old, freshly graduated intern and one from a 46 year old grizzled vet. Please take a look and let us know your thoughts on the topic.
Why do you spend so much time reading resumes and so little time investing in your people? Be honest, almost all of you know that is true. When I work with Leaders/Managers, I always ask “raise your hand if you spend more than 50% of your time ‘managing’ and ‘developing’ verses doing your own job. Maybe 1 in 50 raise their hands. When I ask “how much time do you spend,” the answers average out to less than 20% of the time.Read More
Team Coaching is one of the coolest new things to hit the field of OD in a while. It is something that Apex is increasingly being asked to do by our clients and something we are really passionate about creating and implementing with our partners. There are different approaches and some call it Group Coaching (see www.Badergroup.com), but however it is implemented…Team Coaching Works!Read More