4 Questions to Evaluate Your Own Leadership

Wendy Loewen

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It struck me recently that, as leaders, we need to apply the hiring lens to ourselves. Like most organizations, at ACHIEVE we choose the people we hire very carefully. We want employees who are committed to working collaboratively, identify with our values, and demonstrate integrity with their actions. Beyond our hiring process, we regularly give feedback to ensure these expectations … Read More

Insights for Motivating Employees

Eric Stutzman

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[Excerpt from The Culture Question] One of the problems with motivation is that we often don’t consider who actually wants the work to be done. It is typically a leader who wants work done in a particular way or within a precise time frame. It is their motivation that is the impetus for action. Many leaders provide negative or positive … Read More

How to Hire for Talent and Aptitude

Eric Stutzman

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Excerpt from The Culture Question: At ACHIEVE, we have discovered that ensuring employees find meaning in their work begins at the point of first contact: during the interview process. We have dramatically changed our hiring processes over the years. Through trial and error, and observations in our own personal journeys, we have come to appreciate that a person’s innate talent … Read More

In Sickness and in Health – At Work Too

Eric Stutzman

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A friend of mine was recently fired because he had to take time off for a medical procedure. He originally thought he would be off for three days, but after the procedure the doctor advised him that he shouldn’t work for two weeks. When he explained this to his boss, he was fired. Aside from whether his boss’s response was … Read More

How to Define Organizational Values in Your Workplace

Eric Stutzman

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Excerpt from The Culture Question: We find Patrick Lencioni’s book The Advantage particularly insightful, and much of what we write here is inspired by his ideas.4 In our work with clients around defining values, we focus on the following two categories: DNA values: Values that make an organization fundamentally unique. Target values: Values that an organization wishes were true, but … Read More

A Leader’s Job: Finding Meaning in Helping Others Find Meaning

Mike Labun

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Do you find your work meaningful? There are undoubtedly many factors that influence whether you find meaning in your work – the balance between time spent alone vs. time spent with people, your stress level, and even the degree of novelty, creativity, and physical activity all seem to play a role. It’s important that the job fits with who you … Read More

Why Alignment with Purpose Yields Great Results

Eric Stutzman

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I recently rented a car and got a powerful lesson in alignment as part of the deal. Not wheel alignment, but alignment with purpose – at least that’s the way I interpreted it. The person who served me did several things incredibly well: she greeted me in a friendly and genuine way, and then went straight into business. She had … Read More

Leadership Lessons from Unlikely Places

Wendy Loewen

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The Paper Chase is a 1973 film that sets a great example of how not to build a team. The movie is based on the 1971 novel of the same name; it shows a group of students who are completely overwhelmed with the workload of their classes at Harvard. They are humiliated by their professor, Charles W. Kingsfield Jr., who … Read More

How to Take the Sting out of Feedback

Wendy Loewen

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Recently, a friend stated that she is working to see feedback as a gift, and I think she is right to try and see it that way. However, she explained that it isn’t always an easy gift to graciously accept – feedback is often hard to welcome and isn’t on many wish lists this season. Feedback places people in a … Read More

8 Key Questions for a Better Performance Review

Eric Stutzman

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As I’ve written about previously, I’m not a fan of the annual performance review. There are so many ways to get it wrong, and very few ways for it to be useful. So, I have been searching for an alternative. Through trial and error over the last number of years at ACHIEVE, we’ve come up with an alternative approach that … Read More