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[ So Their Resumes Rock, Are They Also Good Fits? ]

December 27th, 2016

When Barnes & Noble announced it was parting ways with CEO Rob Boire, he’d been on the job for less than a year. The company spent millions of dollars to settle claims, after declaring Boire “wasn’t a good fit.” If the hiring team had connected the dots earlier, that big headache could have been avoided. […]

[ Neanderthal HR Policies: Why Are Businesses Living in the Dark Ages? ]

September 24th, 2016

Does that sound harsh? The truth is that Neanderthal HR policies can turn even the best companies into environments where not even cavemen or cavewomen would feel comfortable working. In my experience, about 95 percent of employees at all levels take their company’s best interests to heart and want to contribute to its success. Too […]

[ Judging by Their Treatment, Machines Are More Important Than People ]

June 20th, 2016

During the 30 years my consulting agency has worked with organizations to create high-performance work cultures, I’ve noticed a disturbing trend that isn’t confined to the field of engineering, manufacturing, or any other particular industry; it holds true in factories, offices, and other modern workplaces. While the details may vary, the overall situation is the […]

[ If Hiring Is Our Top Priority, Why Do We Keep Messing It Up? ]

August 21st, 2015

“Tell me about yourself.” “What is your greatest weakness?” “If you were me, why would you hire you?” “Where do you see yourself in five years?” Sound familiar? Of course it does. Chances are you’ve either answered or (yikes!) asked these worthless interview questions at some point in your career. Let’s face it — most […]

[ Are You Ready for Summer… Policies? ]

July 16th, 2015

Ah, summer. Are you ready for picnics, warm weather and a slower pace? And have you read the new dress code policy from Human Resources? “Now that summer weather is upon us, we’d like to take this opportunity to remind you of our summer dress code. Please be advised that the following are not allowed […]

[ Want High Performance? Make Sure You Treat Your Employees Like Adults ]

July 16th, 2015

You would never frisk family members for silverware after Thanksgiving dinner, but this is essentially how many employers treat their employees. Bag checks, security lines, stringent dress codes — pretty much any policy you would find in a public high school is sure to demean and demotivate workers. On the other hand, Netflix attributes its […]

[ Liberating the Walking Dead at Work ]

May 28th, 2015

A focus on tasks causes employees to feel expendable and not respected for their contributions. It zaps employee morale and kills your business by creating drone employees who do just what’s asked, who don’t innovate or show up with passion. Employees react by checking their brain at the door, waiting for orders, and doing the […]

[ Zombie Employees Are Killing Your Business, And You’re Creating Them ]

May 19th, 2015

If going to work feels like walking onto the set of “The Walking Dead,” leadership might be the cause of your office’s zombie apocalypse. Emphasizing the tasks you need employees to complete — instead of the end goals — can produce that effect. Traditional leaders are trained to be task-oriented, but this approach sucks the […]

[ 6 Tips for Building a Culture to Keep Your Best Employees ]

September 10th, 2014

Perks are nice, but research shows that great organizations create a culture where employees are valued and involved in every decision that affects them. According to a recent Gallup study, the most engaged employees synthesize most of the innovative ideas, create most of a company’s new customers, and have the most entrepreneurial energy. Building a […]

[ Talent Management on Manufacturing Revival Radio ]

August 22nd, 2014

This special edition of Manufacturing Revival Radio focuses on what could be the most critical issue to competitive advantage – Front Line Leadership.  Sue Bingham, Founder and Principal of HPWP Consulting joins a panel with extensive expertise as they take a deep dive into this vital subject. A critical data point uncovered during the discussion: Typically, […]

[ Workplace Culture: A Philosophy, Not a Checklist ]

August 5th, 2014

How do you determine your company’s workplace culture? If you approach it as another chore to cross off your to-do list, you may not be setting your business up for success. Developing a positive workplace environment can’t necessarily be broken down into items you check off and forget about.  Instead, by focusing on high performance […]

[ Why Employee Happiness Shouldn’t Be Your No. 1 Goal ]

July 17th, 2014

Chasing employee happiness is a shallow metric. Employee happiness comes from a culture that values and challenges employees. According to Sue Bingham, wanting your employees to be happy is fine, but emphasizing the things that make employees happy will only result in surface-level contentment and may lead to foundational problems in the future. Employee happiness […]

[ Throw Away Your Old Employee Handbook and Get Down To Business ]

June 19th, 2014

Recently one of our workshop attendees, Rick Richkowski of Definity Partners, posted a blog on his company’s website about his experience at our High Performance Leadership Workshop™. We love to hear how HPWP has made a difference in the lives of our attendees and wanted to share his experience with you….   By Rick Richkowski Imagine […]

[ Admiring a Fearless Frontline Leader ]

May 16th, 2014

It takes courage to be a frontline leader these days. With pressure for performance from above and daily challenges from a workforce they may or may not have hired, the job of a frontline leader is tough. Of all the positions in an organization, the frontline leader has the unique opportunity to influence the largest […]

[ Do You Need A Hiring Mulligan? ]

November 18th, 2013

How to Ensure You Won’t Need a “Do-Over” When Hiring Your A-Team For my fellow golfers out there, proceed to the next section, you won’t want to be reminded of this next part. For those of you unfamiliar with the score liberating act we call ‘taking a mulligan’, let me explain it to you. It’s […]

[ Is Your Culture Just a Poster on the Wall? ]

September 8th, 2013

“My team doesn’t get it – they never find things to improve on their own. I have to get involved, or tell them what they should be working on.” These were the comments of a frustrated manufacturing executive. I became curious and asked, “Do they know where you’re trying to go and what role they […]

[ 1975 Called: They want their leaders back! ]

July 20th, 2013

Can you recall the leader who changed your life? Wait a minute. I don’t mean the inspirational genius with a vision for the future. I mean the jerk who demonstrated all the leadership traits that you didn’t want to emulate. For me, it was when I was given my first shot at Plant Manager. Our […]

[ Don’t “Pizzazzle” Your Employees By Ed Robinson, President, HPWP Consulting ]

June 10th, 2013

Manufacturers are facing more challenges than ever before. Ed Robinson reveals the secret that will positively increase every metric in your organization.