As the economic recovery chugs slowly along, people wonder what they have to do to find work, and employers wonder what they have to do to find worthwhile applicants.
Yes, despite the huge numbers of people out of work, many organizations complain of a startling lack of qualified employees. In their book “The A+ Solution,” John Bell and Christine Smith argue that there are actions leaders can take to improve the employee pool, both in terms of existing employees and applicants, by helping the people who need jobs, many of whom require some kind of updated education or training. They offer three basic steps:
Being the king (or queen) is good, unless it isn’t, as attested by a host of literary and historical characters.
And once they are in the door, there is always the need for leadership inside the organization. Demographics indicate that there will be a huge need during the next few years. Individuals seeking to move up do so for a variety of reasons. But, some of them are actually hit full-face with the realities of leadership.
During the recent Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) International Conference on Fundraising, Thomas W. Mesaros, president and CEO of the Alford Group, and Sharon Moulds, executive director and CEO of the Chief Seattle Council of the Boy Scouts of America, said that being aware of those realities can help prepare would-be bosses for the job and even warn off those who might not realize what is entailed.
They said the following realities should be fully known and understood:
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