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Wages continue to rise – expect more

November 3rd, 2018 by Mike Kestly

Average hourly earnings for production and non-supervisory workers increased 3.2 percent from a year earlier, following 2.8 percent in September The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey called for an increase of 200,000 jobs. Average hourly earnings for private workers advanced 3.1 percent from a year […]

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Creativity is Measurable

October 15th, 2018 by Mike Kestly

Many professionals are incredibly creative – they just don’t realize it. Don’t assume you can’t do something before you even try. Children are too smart to make this mistake. They’re creative because they follow their natural impulses. Adults just need a good atmosphere that promotes their […]

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“Full Employment” and Inflation

October 4th, 2018 by Mike Kestly

Wikipedia describes full employment as the level of employment at which there is no cyclical or deficient-demand unemployment. Some (economists) reject full employment and see inflation as being a likely consequence. Does this mean that when hiring, you are contributing to inflation?  And will this result […]

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The Competitive Advantage of Conflict with Diversity

August 8th, 2018 by Mike Kestly

What happens when an argument breaks out between team members? Arguments can be bad, and they can be good – really good.   Conflict, almost any conflict can be uncomfortable or it may be an enlightening and thought provoking match because it may allow you to […]

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Selection: A Few Things to Remember

July 31st, 2018 by Mike Kestly

If you are reading this, you probably already know quite a bit about selection. Selection can be difficult to define. Selection is different in every organization. I am a student of all that is selection, and am particularly fascinated by assessments, i.e., psychometric instruments, that focus on […]

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Leadership Skills – like Hiring, Motivating, Promoting, and (when necessary) Firing

July 25th, 2018 by Mike Kestly

Have ever hired someone that didn’t work out? You know it can be difficult decision like “now what?” Do you pump more money and time to convert that person into a productive employee? You have sunk costs already and adding more $ is probably not the […]

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Registration for the A2Y Chamber Leadership 2.0 2019 – now open

July 17th, 2018 by Mike Kestly

The first class is February 27 and then one day a month every month thru June. You will learn more about yourself, network with leaders from around the community, learn from some great presenters. More info: http://www.a2ychamber.org/foundation/leadership-2-0/ Class Schedule (save the dates): http://www.a2ychamber.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/2019-A2Y_Leadership-2-0-Info.docx

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How important is “hiring” the right people?

May 19th, 2018 by Mike Kestly

WE know that selecting new employees can impact the future of your (any) organization – right? IF you were to personally bring a “dud” into the group, what can you do about it? Coach them to be better? Promote them into another department? Fire them and […]

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The Competitive Advantage of Diversity and Conflict

January 4th, 2018 by Mike Kestly

What happens when an argument breaks out between team members? Arguments can be bad, and they can be good – really good.   Conflict, like this, can be uncomfortable or it may be an enlightening and thought provoking match because it may allow you to get […]

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Hiring and “Ban the Box”

October 20th, 2017 by Mike Kestly

In a recent HR Exec blurb about “Selection,” issues are tossed around like a salad. The last couple of paragraphs are the most interesting to me – read about it here.  

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