Weekly Recap September 9, 2011 | Leadership & Management
In case you are catching up on your reading or just joining us, here are our top stories for the last two weeks, August 27 - September 9, 2011. Check out the hot topics in Leadership & Management.
Quote of the week
"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other."
John F. Kennedy
We’ve all witnessed the havoc and felt the pain created by problem co-workers. Ironically, the biggest mistake managers make when managing problem employees is avoiding the problem. They stay away from the employee and place added burdens on other employees whom they trust. This leads to a whole host of other bigger problems.
We all like a good scary movie every now and then (well most of us do anyway!), but nothing is scarier to a CEO than hiring someone who appears to be perfect for the job, and then finding out quickly that he or she is a nightmare. Everyday we see organizations use hiring practices to avoid.
Robert Half recently surveyed 1,400 chief financial officers (CFOs) to publish their report CFO Concerns: What Are the Top Challenges Facing Today’s Financial Executives? Suprisingly, they identified retaining and motivating top talent as a top concern right up their with managing healthcare insurance and controlling costs.
Manpower recently released their annual Talent Shortage Survey, in which they identified the 10 toughest jobs to fill in US. With 25 million Americans out of work or underemployed it might be hard to believe that any employer is struggling to fill positions. But surprisingly, Manpower reports that 52 percent of the employers in the survey are having trouble filling jobs. In the 2010 survey, only 14 percent of companies reported problems filling jobs. Now the percentage has nearly quadrupled.
Featured Case Study
Branch managers of Loomis seemed to have mastered all aspects of the business: technical, logistical, and operational. The company was making money. So no issue, right? Wrong!