Culture – Is it as Important as They Say?


The buzzword “culture” continues to be a hot topic of discussion. We hear often from clients who have the desire to objectively measure and shift their company culture. So, what is the big deal anyway? Culture goes beyond the warm, fuzzy feeling that employees get when they step into the office. Company culture even incorporates much more than the office location, benefits provided or the dress code required. It is related to the behavior of every individual within the organization and the … [Read more...]

Preparing for the Big Transition: Succession Planning


Many transitions and changes occur in business. Mergers, acquisitions, restructurings, downsizings and closings are a few, but one that many companies are facing or preparing for these days is Succession Planning, replacing their key executives and employees in critical roles. As Baby Boomers — the oldest and, up to now, the largest workforce generation — begins retiring, their leadership positions are left waiting to be filled. This generation has actually been one to work or plan to work … [Read more...]

What Does My Boss Mean by, “Work on Your Executive Presence?”


As part of an organization that is called upon for coaching services, we often hear managers say, “He needs to improve his executive presence” or “She has high potential and is a good performer, but her presence could slow down her progression in the company.” Countless articles are published on executive presence, but it still remains a fuzzy, elusive concept. We can recognize it, especially when it is lacking, but find it difficult to articulate. So, what do bosses mean when they say, “You … [Read more...]

4 Crucial Mistakes in Your Cover Letter


You’ve spent so much time creating and perfecting your resume. The time comes to submit it and you do the right thing: you tweak it to reflect the key words that will speak to that specific company and position. You are undoubtedly getting that job, right? Well, maybe … maybe not. Have you carefully looked at your cover letter? Is your cover letter undermining all of your good effort? Often job seekers overlook the cover letter because they don’t believe anyone looks at it. The fact is that … [Read more...]

Can We Really Manage the Pace of Change?


It’s a game-changing question. And traditional top-down leadership is no longer the answer. At OI Global Partners, we believe that “change is the new black” and certainly the new normal. The companies that will not only survive but thrive are those that can shift their thinking away from “change management” to “changing the way we manage,” allowing them to adjust to this new normal. A few crucial tips for making the shift: Build Trust Now. Without this foundational “Behavior of a Cohesive … [Read more...]

LinkedIn Recommendations: Strategies For Credibility

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First of all, let's not confuse recommendations with endorsements. Endorsements can originate from anyone you're connected to, whether they have first-hand knowledge or not! Recommendations, on the other hand, are written by LinkedIn users who do have first-hand knowledge of you from a variety of possible scenarios: You managed him/her You reported to him/her You were senior to him/her, but didn't manage them They were senior to you, but didn't manage you directly You worked with … [Read more...]

Critical Skills Graduates Need for Today’s Workplace – But Often Are Lacking

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For new college graduates, entering the job market is an exciting time. As a recent graduate, there are many skills I learned in school that I was excited to apply to my first job, and yet I found there were many important skills I had not considered. Beyond tactical skills that apply directly to my job description, there are five critical skills that I found important to success in my post-graduation role.  Teamwork: In most cases, a job immediately following college requires you to work … [Read more...]

What Is So Important About Talent Management?

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You may be tired of hearing about this, but our businesses and communities are going through a transition of generations. In Charlotte, NC, we hear about this a lot, but the fact is companies need to be not only aware of this transition, but making preparations for this transition. The biggest generation, Baby Boomers, is now more serious than ever about seeking a time for retirement, as well as how each will define this stage of life. Different from their parents, most are looking for some … [Read more...]

6 Steps to Build an Effective Team


Building an effective team is an ongoing challenge for all managers. Just when you think you have the right team, and they6 steps to build an effective team are performing at top capacity, life changes. The goals of your organization changes, one of your team members leaves, a business crisis emerges, and you are faced with a team out of balance. 1. Stop and take a breather. Unfortunately, many managers immediately go into survival mode and start reacting to the situation. It’s important to … [Read more...]

Common Challenges for First-Time Managers (and How to Overcome Them)


Congratulations! You’ve been hired for or promoted to a management position for the first time in your career! This truly is Common challenges for first-time managers an exciting day. It’s also a day that changes…everything. You were once the rockstar subject-matter or technical expert in your last role and, because of your success, they’ve asked you to lead others and coach them to be as good as you are. Yet, if you’re smart (and I know you are) you realize the being a manager, especially … [Read more...]