‘Tis the season for setting goals. The natural momentum around January and the start of a new year often inspires people to make changes and take action. Not only is goal setting an important piece to living a full life, but it’s a crucial component to leading effective teams and driving remarkable results.
Each year, Team Corker gets together and maps out our upcoming year. But before we think about our goals, plans, or upcoming deliverables, we take some time to reflect on the past 365 days. To guide our reflection process we use the following questions our friend Paulina shared with us back in 2014. They’ve been so great that we continue to use the same ones to help us find focus each new year.
In a world that glorifies the go-go-go, it’s easy to overlook one of the most important pieces of leadership: managing your energy. Working overtime, dealing with an overflowing inbox, and working on the to-do list that never ends are touted as badges of honour, but the truth is that it’s difficult to make good decisions - and nearly impossible to lead a team - when you feel depleted. Your team needs a leader who is alert, focused, and present. So what does it take to make that happen - and to inspire your team to do the same?
Here’s the truth: your employees want training. One of the biggest reasons for turnover in the workplace is a lack of training and development. Employees are 42% more likely to stay at a job when they’ve received the appropriate training. In-person, instructor-led corporate training has been regarded as the holy grail in the corporate world; it’s been considered the most impactful and sought after development opportunity in one’s career. This in-person training can come in the form of an in-house workshop, seminar, or attending an external conference or course.

 - from the recruiting team looking for your top talent.

It’s easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day operations of running a business. There are always fires to put out, concerns that require immediate action, and a to-do list that needs to happen yesterday. In the midst of the hustle, it’s easy to overlook a crucial component to your company’s success: investing in your people managers. But neglecting the long-term development of your managers will end up costing you - especially when your top talent starts looking elsewhere. As a recruiting team, this is what we’re seeing when we talk to your managers:

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