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Employee Engagement and Productivity

By Stephen Lynch on Aug 14, 2018

I was recently asked to write a guest article for another software company here in San Francisco. They wanted to know how I would answer the following 2 questions:

Topics: Management
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5 Secrets from Global Experts on How to Grow Your Business

By Andrea Salinas on Aug 8, 2018

It's difficult to keep pace with all the great business literature published these days. Here are some quotes from top thinkers to help you gain their most practical, actionable insights:

1. Tracking Metrics

Jim Canfield, Author, Managing Director at CEO Tools

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The Three Categories of Metrics that Drive Growth

By Andrew Ritchie on Jul 31, 2018

There are many ways of categorising metrics, (often called KPIs or Key Performance Indicators). They can be arranged by industry, functional area and role type, to name just a few. Researching KPIs in these categories can be helpful in identifying the metrics that are appropriate to take advantage of your team’s strengths and resolve the challenges that they face.

Topics: KPIs
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The Power of Finding Your Core Purpose

By Andrew Ritchie on Jul 24, 2018

To really get the best out of your people and be the best organisation you can be, you need to give your people a compelling reason to work for you, beyond simply earning money.

Your core purpose is not about what you do or how you do it, your core purpose is why you choose to be part of this business and it defines the difference you want to make in the world. Together with your Big Hairy Audacious GoalTM and Core Values your Core Purpose forms the long term vision that you have for your organisation.

Topics: Strategy
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The Meeting Facilitator's Role

By Stephen Lynch on Jul 17, 2018

In my opinion, the meeting facilitator’s primary role is to optimize meeting productivity. Well-structured meetings chaired by a competent facilitator can help keep attendees focused and engaged, hold people accountable for performance, support the decision-making process, and assign clear tasks to advance progress. Before giving you some of my recommendations for meeting facilitators, let’s review The 5 P's of Productive Meetings:

Topics: Meetings
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Don't Be Fooled By Survivorship Bias

By Stephen Lynch on Jul 11, 2018

I remember the first personal development book I ever purchased. It was called “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David Schwartz. I was going through a low point in life and the promise on the book jacket jumped off the bookshelf: “Millions of readers have acquired the secrets of success through The Magic of Thinking Big. Achieve everything you always wanted: financial security, power and influence, the ideal job, satisfying relationships, and a rewarding, happy life.”

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Beware the Nantucket Sleigh Ride

By Stephen Lynch on Jul 3, 2018

As a young boy, I was enthralled with Herman Melville's book “Moby Dick”. The daring tale of Captain Ahab and his crew hunting the giant albino sperm whale captivated my boyhood imagination.  

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Lynch on Hiring, Part III: The Topgrading Face-to-Face Tandem Interview

By Stephen Lynch on Jun 26, 2018

As I have written previously, when hiring for any role in your company, it is vital that you follow a proven process. That’s where the Topgrading methodology made a huge difference for me. I learned to follow a disciplined hiring methodology to significantly increase my chances of hiring A-Players for every role.

Topics: hiring growth
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Lynch on Hiring, Part II:The Importance of Reference Check Interviews

By Stephen Lynch on Jun 19, 2018

Reference Check Interviews are a vital step in the hiring process, and many employers conduct this step poorly, if at all. My firm recommendation is that reference checks must be conducted before any hiring decisions are made. No reference check interviews = No job offer. It’s that simple.

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Lynch on Hiring, Part I: How To Interview and Hire A-Players

By Stephen Lynch on Jun 12, 2018

As I have written previously, when hiring for any role in your company, it is vital that you follow a proven process. That’s where the Topgrading methodology made a huge difference for me. I learned to follow a disciplined hiring methodology to significantly increase my chances of hiring A-Players for every role.

Topics: hiring growth
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