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It’s not luck of the Irish, it’s Midwest common sense.

The Midwest continues to defy the national unemployment rates and organizations rooted here understand that true talent is always scarce. Some people say that this can be explained by how the labor force is structured in our region and the local distribution of industries. Others chalk it up to just dumb luck.

Happy New Year!

The beginning of a new year is always exciting. It finds me looking forward to the opportunities and challenges ahead and, of course, setting those daunting Big Hairy Audacious Goals. Raising the bar and committing to tangible results is a healthy exercise for our team, as it provides a road map for the things we

Who Do You Go To?

Last month we talked about career derailers and this month is dedicated to advancing your career by aligning your relationships with your goals. Whether you are building a work team, a network of trusted advisors and / or selecting mentors it's essential that you choose wisely. Ironically, a friend, advisor and customer (all the same

Career Derailers

What’s a career derailer? Imagine or remember your first promotion. First, you got the team leader role, then a better title and a raise. Then on to department manager -- you are on top of the world -- then something happens. Questions are asked about whether you can think strategically, whether you have what it

Be the CEO of Your Career

Your organization's success depends upon its people and effectively utilizing human capital. Aligning competencies, culture, and direction is everyone's responsibility. Last week I facilitated a workshop titled, "Be the CEO of Your Career". The audience was predominately senior level developers who are navigating through the expert career ladder versus the management career ladder. It's

TEAM BUILDING: Is it Worth Your Time?

Sometimes team building exercises are a success and others are a huge waste of time. The key is to choose the right game or exercise that aligns with your objectives. If done correctly, professional development, clear role clarification, improved collaboration, or better communication are a few benefits that you may achieve. The place to start in

Got Talent? Why It’s Important to Build Bench Strength

Recently, I've been asked to discuss “bench strength” with a few organizations. All companies need to develop the next generation of leaders if they want to survive, let alone thrive. Unfortunately, few companies master succession management. In a study by the Corporate Leadership Council, 72 percent of companies predict they'll have an increasing number of

Professional Sector Staffing Shifts into High Gear

We have a “spring” in our step! The professional sector of the staffing industry is experiencing a significant uptick. On a whole, the economy gained 216,000 jobs in March, according to a recent CNNMoney.com article, and the unemployment rate continues to drop now at 8.8%, the lowest level since March 2009. As a thermometer of the

Aureus Group Annual Hiring Trends Survey

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in January that job gains exceeded job losses for the first time since December 2007. In fact, job losses have steadily decreased from a high of 8.5 million in December 2008 to the lowest level since the series began in 1992. Is this a sure sign the economy is

2011 Talent Strategy and Workforce Planning

Internal shifts in strategy and external market pressures are so accelerated that often planning feels as obsolete as fax machines. And planning using yesterday’s information is not insightful or predictive enough. Although the majority of organizational leaders are certainly vocal about the pain caused by not having the right people on the bus, they still