Marketing Your Core Values and Culture

Guest blog written by: Lorrie Howard, Horizon Point Consulting How does your company market your core values and culture? What do candidates see when they look at your website? Are your values and culture emphasized during the hiring process? 76% of candidates want details on what makes the company an attractive place to work. (Glassdoor survey, October 2014) Nearly 80% of Millennials look for people and culture fit with employers, followed by career potential. (Collegefeed, March 2014) 77% of job seekers go to Company Websites to look for jobs. (Gallup State of the American Workplace Report 2017) If you’re not

Culture Eats Strategy for Lunch: 9 Takeaways from Adam Grant at #SHRM18

“The work of culture building is never done.  It’s always a work in progress.” – Adam Grant People were excited about the concert Tuesday night at #SHRM18, but I was giddy about hearing Adam Grant speak that morning.  The organizational psychology nerd in me was so excited to hear Adam Grant speak, and his comments did not disappoint. Top takeaways from his presentation all centered around company culture: 1. What got you here won’t get you there. Hire for cultural contribution (if you are a big company).  Cultural fit is still important for startups. I think most people miss Adam’s

Consider Cultural Contribution when Hiring

Guest blog written by: Lorrie Howard, Horizon Point Consulting  “Don’t let your organization become a cultural museum. Stop emphasizing culture fit; start valuing culture contribution.” – Adam Grant, author of Originals During a recent phone interview I had a candidate ask me how the organization I was recruiting for (who is currently going through a rapid growth period) planned to keep their culture intact as they grow. I explained that the company goes to great lengths to ensure that they are not only hiring the candidate with the right skills, but also the candidate who will best help to carry

Top Takeaways (so far) from #SHRM18

So far, #SHRM18 has proven to be an inspiration of ideas and people.  My top takeaways from the Windy City include: “Drama is emotional waste.”  @CyWakeman I love Cy Wakeman and her book, Reality Based Leadership.  In her presentation, Cy described how our brains are binary.  We toggle between the lower order brain, our ego, where drama exists and our higher order brain.  Our higher order brain allows us to focus on reality in order to respond in creative, innovative ways.   Cy’s message is that a leader’s main job is to toggle people up to the higher order brain by

Mental Health in the Workplace… What Can You Do?

Guest blog written by: Lorrie Howard, Horizon Point Consulting Recently I talked about authenticity during employee hardships. With recent events in the news, including the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, I wanted to dive deeper into how employers can help employees in need. Mental health is an ever-growing concern in our nation. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness: Approximately 1 in 5 adults (43.5 millions) in the U.S. experience mental illness in a given year. One in 25 of those Americans suffer a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits

6 Ways to Build Energy

“…every movement of your body, every emotion you have, and every thought that passes through your mind is an expenditure of energy. Just as everything that happens outside in the physical world requires energy, everything that happens inside requires an expenditure of energy.” From The Untethered Soul “Coach, I’m tired,” said one little boy to my husband on his 7-8 year-old baseball team. Practice had only been going on for ten minutes and they hadn’t even been running. To which my husband asked, “Why are you tired?” “Well, I played at the trampoline park all day.  I’m wore out,” he said. This

Your Title Should Not Define You

Guest blog written by: Steve Graham Job titles serve a purpose. Titles identify roles and responsibilities within an organization.  They should not define who you are. Many of my coaching clients have enjoyed successful careers, but they desire to make a change.  Too often, my clients are defined by their title and this makes it harder for them to make the desired change.   For example, a top performing sales professional may identify as, “only a sales person”, without understanding who they truly are.  What makes them a top sales performer is more about who they are than a title. What

The 2018 Edition of HR’s Biggest Pain Points

Each year at the Alabama SHRM State Conference, we survey participants to gain insights into what their biggest pain points are. Before I even looked at the data this year, my guess was that recruiting was at the top of the list or has at least risen to the top of the list. With the unemployment rate now lower than 4% national wide, the pain of finding talent is real. But what we saw in the results left talent sourcing/acquisition in the middle of the pack: Tied for the highest pain points were leadership training and employee development.  If we