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09
February
2016

Hitting the gym can benefit your career!

Hitting the gym can benefit your career!

I was in the gym the other day, trying to mind my own business while doing sit-ups (well attempting to do them), when I overheard a conversation between a personal trainer and the trainee. It went something like this: 

02
February
2016

GREAT REALITIES OF MANAGEMENT: It's Not Your Fault, But It's Your Problem...

GREAT REALITIES OF MANAGEMENT: It's Not Your Fault, But It's Your Problem...

As we look back on our focus in January about measuring leadership and think about how it connects with our February focus on Social Capital, we’re thrilled that Kris Dunn has allowed us to republish one of his posts from HR Capitalist that we think ties both concepts together quite nicely. Thanks Kris for showing leaders that you got to get it done through others- it’s not what you know, but what they know- and that is how you’re measured…

26
January
2016

Measuring Leadership in the Classroom

Measuring Leadership in the Classroom

Schools love to measure things. With accountability being the buzzword in educational circles, measurement has become an even greater priority. However, we often fall trap to measuring things that are easy to measure, not because they are the most important things. Leadership is one of those important things – we all want it – that has been notoriously hard to quantify. How do I know that I have a teacher who is a leader?

19
January
2016

Should we measure leadership by popularity?

Should we measure leadership by popularity?

“The culture of any organization is shaped by the worst behavior the leader is willing to tolerate.”

What departments and/or managers do people in your company clamor to get into? What drives this clamor? I’ve seen it before. No one wants to work in finance, but everyone wants to be in marketing. Or everyone is trying to figure out a way to work for manager A instead of having to report to manager B. What is driving the popularity of the department or the person, and should we pay attention to it? Is the number of people who want to work for you a good way to measure your leadership strength?

12
January
2016

Before You Can Measure It, You have to Define it: What is Leadership?

Before You Can Measure It, You have to Define it:  What is Leadership?

We’re talking about measuring leadership here at Horizon Point this month.  In an increasingly prove-it-to-me through data world, one of the things that we don’t do a good job of measuring, and I wonder if we ever really will, is leadership.   It’s so complex. 

06
January
2016

Measuring Leadership- How many hurdles do you have?

Measuring Leadership- How many hurdles do you have?

“If you can’t measure it, then you can’t manage it.” Peter Drucker

When you talk to people about selecting anything, especially people or talent, they are usually going to advocate for a multiple hurdles approach. This means you don’t just look at the resume and hire based on it, you have several steps in your hiring process all of which come together to help you make the best hiring decision.

05
January
2016

Where have all the good boys gone?

Where have all the good boys gone?

I’ve written a lot on girl power topics-

But men are important.

Very important. 

29
December
2015

Thank you for a great 2015!

Thank you for a great 2015!

2015 has been a great year for Horizon Point Consulting thanks to our wonderful clients and partners! We have been fortunate to meet and work with some great people and organizations, partner with innovative companies, and continue our own professional development to better serve our clients. 

22
December
2015

Saying “No” to Something is Saying “Yes” to Something Else

Saying “No” to Something is Saying “Yes” to Something Else

A key to creating career and personal success is to realize that in order to live your mission, there are many things in which you have to say “no”.

15
December
2015

Why you should schedule a "Think Week" to begin 2016

Why you should schedule a
I was away at a SHRM Leadership Conference in DC the week before the Thanksgiving week. Although I miss my husband and my kids fiercely when I'm away, man I can get stuff- tasks, thinking and planning- done when I am free of the distractions from home and the office through plane rides and quiet hotel rooms.
08
December
2015

The Best Books of 2015

The Best Books of 2015
We, at Horizon Point, love a good book or two. Here are our recommendations for you to consider for your 2016 reading list and/or ideas as gifts to give this holiday season:
01
December
2015

What do teachers really want for Christmas?

What do teachers really want for Christmas?

It’s that time of year again. As you prepare to do your holiday shopping, don’t forget about the wonderful teachers in your life! With that being said, where do you begin? What do teachers really want for Christmas?

24
November
2015

Count Your Problems and Be Thankful

Count Your Problems and Be Thankful

An employee of yours is late for the third time this week; you know you are going to have to have a discussion with him. Your company has had a stellar year. Now you’re worried about what size check you are going to have stroke to Uncle Sam come April 15th. A customer calls mad because their name was spelled wrong on a letter you sent to them. You realized you sent a marketing piece to print containing incorrect numbers. To top it all, your computer crashed and, ouch, you don't have your files backed up.

17
November
2015

Scholarship Search – Where do I begin?

Scholarship Search – Where do I begin?

Whether you are a freshman in high school or closing in on your junior year, scholarship searching should be at the top of your to-do list. Paying for college is expensive and scholarships are a great way to help soften the financial blow for students and parents.

27
October
2015

How Simulated Work Environments Can Drive Performance in the Classroom, and Ultimately the Workplace

How Simulated Work Environments Can Drive Performance in the Classroom, and Ultimately the Workplace

Continuing with our theme this month, we wanted to reflect on performance management in another arena – the classroom. After all, students are future employees and shouldn’t performance management in the classroom prepare them for performance management in their future careers?

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