How Well Do You Know Your Direct Reports?

Jack Welch said it was the most important meeting on his calendar.  Steve Jobs did it by walking side by side around the Apple campus.  Coaching legend Bill Campbell started and ended it with a hug.  The Metiss Group calls it the most important leadership practice any leader can apply.  “It” is the one-on-one meeting … Read more

Make Recruiting Everyone’s Responsibility

When leaders are asked what their greatest talent challenge is, most will say it’s finding “good people.”  Regardless of the economic conditions, hiring managers can never find enough top talent. Human behavior dictates talented people normally hang around other talented people.  If there are top performers on a team, there is a very good chance … Read more

Use Questions, Not Statements

Too often when direct reports come to leaders with a problem, leaders speak using statements when questions are often a much better choice. When a direct report comes to a leader with an issue, solving it for them makes the leader the choke point for future problems and does little, if anything, to develop the … Read more

Be Wary Of Loyalty Liabilities

Every leader can tell you about the hard working, tireless group of employees that helped them start their business. The leader realizes they would not have experienced success without the contributions of these loyal workers. Unfortunately as the business matures and changes, the people with whom they started their business are not necessarily those with … Read more

It’s Time To Update Job Accountabilities

As we draw near the close of the first quarter, it is a great time to update job accountabilities. All direct reports should have a job accountability matrix capturing the job’s activities, priorities, and success factors.  Job accountabilities are often used in lieu of a job description that lists the job’s requirements and expectations. Whether leaders … Read more

Be A Passive Participant In Interviews

Most leaders admit to being poor interviewers, often because of biases. Interviewing is a learned skill and is something hiring managers typically have had little or no training. Those leaders who conduct their own interviews often miss much of the candidate’s response (verbal and non-verbal) as they prepare for their next question or process the answer … Read more

The Metiss Group Celebrates Their 25th Anniversary

Charlotte, NC (March 9, 2020) – The Metiss Group, the preeminent provider of talent solutions for entrepreneurially minded leaders, is pleased to announce their 25th Anniversary and the completion of their relocation to the Charlotte area. TMG’s President, Cyndi Gave, started the woman-owned company in 1996 in Metro Detroit.  Cyndi’s background includes, HR, Workplace Behavioral … Read more

Challenge Direct Reports To Continuously Develop

In his book “The Shallows: What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains”, Nicholas Carr argues that our reliance on the Internet is changing how our brains operate.  As we become more reliant on the Internet, and electronics in general, our brains are required to do less memorization and deep reading.  With facts and data being … Read more

Characteristics Of Strong Core Values

Peter Drucker was hailed by Businessweek as “the man who invented management.” Drucker was a prolific writer publishing over 39 management books and countless articles.  One of Drucker’s famous quotes was “culture eats strategy for breakfast” emphasizing the importance of core values in an organization.  In 1994, Jim Collins and Jerry Porras continued the core values mantra in their … Read more

How Well Do You Know Your Direct Reports?

Now, with more employees remote or virtual, it is important to connect on a personal level with direct reports.  It’s a widely accepted fact that people who have healthy personal relationships have greater trust and are more willing to extend themselves than those who have lesser relationships.  It then makes sense that leaders who want extra effort from … Read more