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Permission to Speak – Leadership Blog – Laurie Genevish on Performance Improvement and Assessments


Permission to Speak

Leadership Video Blog & Podcast

Hosted by Leadership Communications Expert Kelly Vandever

Permission to Speak is the video blog and podcast that loiters at the intersections of leaders who want their people to speak up, technology that facilitates connections, and results that serve an organization’s higher purpose.

Our guest for this episode:  Laurie Genevish

Laurie Genevish is a Performance Improvement Consultant and president of The Performance Difference, a firm that helps companies reduce employee turnover and improve productivity by analyzing hiring

and skill gaps, determining performance success factors, and implementing plans for individual, team and company development.

She has a great understanding performance improvement and appreciation of what it takes to truly make a productive and sustainable workforce. Laurie helps companies like Marlin Leasing, Freshii, and HeatTek reduce employee turnover, improve time to productivity, and make sure they put the best people in key roles.

When Laurie is not helping clients succeed with their workforce or being a mom. She can be found working towards her first-degree black belt or climbing mountains.

Topics Discussed:

– Laurie literally got hired (and into her career choice) as a result of a conversation in an elevator!

– Performance improvement consultants help companies with issues like having a problem keeping employees in a particular role and aren’t sure why, not knowing who their future leaders are, having a team that isn’t working well together, forming a new team for an important project

– Benchmarking employees

– Succession planning

– Create a mutually beneficial workplace

– Unintended consequences of “how we are” as leaders

– The Harrison Assessment

– Paradoxes

– It’s not just about the manager understanding the employees, it’s also important for employees to understand the manager so they can better manage up

– Ask employees or other trusted individuals for feedback, ask for insight so you can grow as a leader

– If you’re not someone who normally asks for feedback, and they don’t give you feedback, that’s an indicator of something about your leadership style too

– Leaders need to pay more and more attention to who their successors are going to be

– A lot of leaders will be retiring soon, get ahead of the game

– In the next 5 years, 30% of the workforce will be retiring and 70% of it will be leadership

– Assessments give you information that you can’t get just talking to an employee

– Business is about the numbers but you can’t get there without the people

Questions answered:

Can an assessment help me be a better manager?

Can an assessment help me with staffing?

What’s the most important issue that leaders will be facing in the next 5 years?

Why is succession planning important?

Why will succession planning be important within the next 5 years?