Want to keep your job? Learn 5 ways to grow.







By: Lou McAlister, Senior Consultant

You have a job you want to keep. Sometimes you think about quitting it to work in a nicer office, have a shorter commute, get a raise, or enjoy some of the perks you read about (nap pods, anyone?). Then you think about how hard it was to get the job you have and remember how much easier it is to get a job if you have a job.

It dawns on you that you don’t want just another job. You want a better job than the one you have. That better job may be just around the corner. And it may be well within your reach.

For both employers and employees, there are some complicated dynamics to hiring, training, retention, and separation. For the sake of simplicity, let’s just say that you’re in a decent job with a decent company and you don’t see the end coming yet. Still, you want some growth and some challenge. Maybe even some security.

Here are five ways to grow your job while you avoid stagnation, learn something new, deliver additional value, and either position yourself for a promotion, or build your resume for that next career step.

1. Be alert and tune in.

The reason some people always seem to be in the right spot at the right time is because Read more Want to keep your job? Learn 5 ways to grow.

How to be remembered

Stop Being a Wallflower and Standout from the Crowd – The von Restorff Effect

By: Lou McAlister, Senior Consultant

There they sit. Stacked in piles of high-quality paper, neatly printed and carefully crafted by professionals to look exactly alike. Or, perhaps, they’ve been fed through the company system and squashed into a format that makes all the data easy for the HR staff to access.

In either case, they’re resumes, and they look as identical as possible. All of the candidates have been reduced to a common denominator and made to blend together. Odorless. Colorless. Tasteless.

That means that you look just like everyone else. If you think that reduces your risk, in some sense, you may be right. In another sense though, it increases your risk by a large margin.

The problem is Read more How to be remembered

Arkansas Business Leaders Survey Results Show Slight Optimism






By: Mike Stafford, Managing Partner and Senior Consultant

The results are in! Click here to see what other business leaders in Arkansas have to say about the economy, jobs and the future for Arkansas businesnses, in an article by Roby Brock from Talk Business.

A few takaways:

  • 56% said revenues would increase slightly during the next 6 months, with another 8% saying revenues would increase significantly.
  • Just 16% said revenues would stay the same, and a combined 20% expect revenues to decline.
  • However among the health care sector, just 24% expected increased revenues with 64% saying finances would decrease slightly or significantly.
  • 40% of business leaders expect significant or slight employee hiring. 35% see no change, while 24% expect a slight decline in headcount.
  • 41% expect to increase slightly their capital expenditures in Arkansas, while 31% expect no change. Just 17% expected to decrease cap ex spending.

See the full artilce here.

10 Reasons Why You Should Hire Athletes







By: Lou McAlister, Senior Consultant

Do you still harbor the myth of the dumb jock? No doubt, you have plenty of examples where someone is so focused on being great in a sport that they display all the characteristics of the typical dumb jock. However, there are many more examples of athletes that perform exceptionally well outside of their sport and achieve high levels of success.

Here are the Top 10 Reasons Why You Should Hire Athletes: 

10. Athletes are goal-oriented. Athletes set goals – often goals that are apparently unattainable. Sometimes we call them “stretch goals.” Because of those goals, athletes also practice techniques that help them see themselves succeeding. Athletes know exactly Read more 10 Reasons Why You Should Hire Athletes

Leadership Skills – 4 Steps to Building a Productive Team







By: Lou McAlister, Senior Consultant

The New York Times has at least 8 professional sports teams to cover, 6 of which are in the middle of competitive seasons. And yet, it was an out-of-season baseball team from the Midwest that captured major space on the front page of the Sports Section recently. Why did the St. Louis Cardinals become a feature story instead of the hometown Yankees or Mets?

In a word – team. The Cardinals announced that they were trading, or otherwise disposing of, players that made key contributions to their success during the last few seasons. They were announcing the promotion of young players likely to be the new heroes for the organization. They were announcing the re-assignment of players to better match their playing skills to positions on the field. In short, they were doing what they always do. Now, that isn’t news in St. Louis, but in New York…

Even a quick review of the Cardinals’ record, reveals an organization that is a great example of high-performance teambuilding at its best. Team building is one of the most important leadership skills to develop and it applies to more than just sports teams.

4 Steps to Building a Productive Team

1.         Find good people

Sometimes this is expressed as recruiting the best athlete, the smartest talent, or the best and brightest. That isn’t the whole story, though. It really boils down to Read more Leadership Skills – 4 Steps to Building a Productive Team