AMBASSADOR UPDATES

TJ’s advice on the challenges and market changes relevant to SME construction companies searching for talent on the West Coast.

Frequency: every month or two (see archive).

May 4th, 2022

TJ Kastning

Our busy economy blesses and curses us with zero unemployment for qualified candidates. Everyone (good) has more work than they know what to do with and the challenge of finding the right team members has become the new key to delivering great solutions, in any field. How then should you recruit in this kind of […]
May 1st, 2022

TJ Kastning

Unless someone is unethical there is not a proper situation where someone is surprised to be fired. Leading up to being fired the individual should be informed of their deficiencies, coached, and remedial goals set. A good manager cares about the success of their people and if people are being surprise fired then that speaks […]
April 26th, 2022

TJ Kastning

We have a couple bookshelves stuffed with excellent wisdom for employees (and me) to read. Most of what I’ve learned over the years comes from books. If you consider the life altering and improving value books have, it is incredible you can buy them so cheap. Inexpensive books are one of the wonders of modern […]
April 19th, 2022

TJ Kastning

HOW DO YOU RETAIN VALUABLE TEAM MEMBERS? I write this sitting at Coeur d’Alene Coffee, a local cafe known for friendliness. They know everyone’s name and consequently people always smile when they enter and they have a loyal contingent. Employees need the same personalized attention to feel known, to feel cared for, understood, and to […]
April 7th, 2022

TJ Kastning

Culture – in business – is how we manage the process of negotiating values, and it all begins with the vision. As a leader, you never intend to have a toxic culture, and no leader necessarily believes their culture style is toxic. It is all quite subjective in reality. Finding the candidates that align with […]
March 21st, 2022

TJ Kastning

A good hiring process is a rigorous and disciplined affair. Recording the interviewing team’s opinions of the candidate, derived from a consistent set of questions, is key to evaluating your interviewing prowess, or lack thereof. Immediately recording opinions, before debriefing and persuasion, is important. With objective ranking of candidates you can determine the quality of […]
March 18th, 2022

TJ Kastning

We have interviewed thousands of candidates. Here is our concise advice for extracting the most value from interviews, not in order of importance.
March 18th, 2022

TJ Kastning

Employee satisfaction in their work relies on three factors, per the excellent book ‘3 Signs of a Miserable Job’ by Patrick Lencioni. Consider the flip side of these three points. How are people to be motivated to sacrifice, in any way, if they feel their work is unnecessary or trivial? This goes for senior executives […]
March 18th, 2022

TJ Kastning

Do you trust your subordinates to replace you? Why? Why not? We hear many hiring authorities complain about the employees that THEY HIRED and THEY MANAGE. Some realize their complaints are in part a reflection of their own leadership ability and rise to the challenge, others flounder, wondering why people don’t perform as expected. Our […]
March 8th, 2022

TJ Kastning

Let me tell you a story about your perfect interview. It’s a short and simple story. You make it look easy. That is how you nail the interview.
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