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 . . . . a little respect.  According to an article in HBR “The Leadership Behavior That’s Most Important to Employees”, demonstrating respect is at the top of the list.   The article goes on to say that “. . . even when leaders know that showing respect is critical, many struggle to demonstrate it.”  There is even a multi-step process provided on how to demonstrate civility/ respect with your employees.  WOW! What is the definition of respect?   Quite simply, according to the Urban Dictionary – “To treat people in the manner in which you expect to be treated. To show consideration for another person’s feelings and interests. An attitude demonstrating that you value another person”.  The interaction between and employee and manager is at its…

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At The Mpower Group we are strong proponents of Competency Based Talent Management.  One of the greatest assets most organizations have is their talent, yet few companies make the investment in that asset relative to other investments.   A large part of our consulting practice in fact is focused on helping organizations build capability and competency through Competency Based Talent Management (“CBTM”).   We look at CBTM as a system that needs to be managed as such.  We also believe that, at its core, is a well- defined competency model that helps employees understand what behaviors are required to be successful in their role.  One element that is often a given, is Performance Management.  Companies have built elaborate systems and spent millions of dollars to evaluate employees on…

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Most of us can look at anything we “buy” on behalf of our company and see that we have opportunity for improvement.  We may have too many suppliers, not enough suppliers or not the “right” suppliers.  Whatever the situation, as Sourcing professionals it is our job to ensure that we have the best set of suppliers that provide the most value to our business partners. I recently read an article published in HBR from Michael Porter (remember Porters Five Forces Model) & James Heppelmann entitled “How Smart, Connected Products Are Transforming Competition”.   The article explores the introduction of smart, connected products as a game changer that is “ushering in a new era of competition”.  The article points out that information technology is revolutionizing products” (no…

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Over the last few years, I have sat through my fair share of commencement speeches. From my perspective they were inspiring – filled with stories and examples of the importance of a college education and how hard work and perseverance will someday pay off. Those speeches painted a “picture” of what every graduate imagined life would be like after graduation except that the “picture” isn’t even close to the reality they face.

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