Retaining and Engaging Top Performers with Career Management

It’s 8:30 pm. There’s a list of customers who need to be called back, the new product line is about to ship, and you need to decide to either sign a lease, or let that new office space go. Just then, you learn that a key employee has given notice, and will be leaving at the end of next week. As the business owner, you wonder how to find more time to get everything done. You love talking with customers […]

What I learned from a purple cow

Being Remarkable

Hi! It’s Andy here. As Actionable’s Managing Editor and Community Manager we may have interacted on social media. I decided to take advantage of Chris being away this week to hijack post on the blog. At Actionable we really try to walk our talk. For the past few months we’ve been running Actionable Workshops internally. Once a month or so the team will convene online (we all work virtually) and try one of the workshops we offer. Last week I stepped up […]

The truth about working from home

You know those ubiquitous memes floating around, the ones that centre on an occupation and then include different images depicting “What my friends think I do”, “What society thinks I do”, etc.? The final panel is always the reality—“What I actually do”. They’re meant to be funny, but they also do a great job of highlighting an outsider’s perception of a particular job versus the reality. I’m not sure if anyone’s created one of those for people who work from […]

Turn the dreaded Performance Review into an Engagement Tool

Image courtesy of the Institute of Management. “In the world of organizational life, there’s no single discussion that causes so much fear and dread on the boss’s side and so much anger and resentment on the direct report’s side than the performance review” a Forbes article states, listing the “10 Biggest Mistakes Bosses Make In Performance Reviews”. The Wall Street Journal goes as far as asking organizations to “Get Rid of the Performance Review!” because it “destroys morale, kills teamwork and hurts the […]

Why now? Why like this?

earth around the sun

This quote from The Warren Buffett Way has stuck with me since I first read it a few years ago:
“‘Often’, he notes, ‘profitable business returns might not coincide with the time it takes for the planet to circle the sun.’”

I love it. Why do we assume that targets should be annual? That meetings should be