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What Industries Will be Starving for Talent in 2012
9 Things That Motivate Employees More Than Money
Candor, Criticism, Teamwork

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January 2012  

Message from Our President, Sandra James 




Ringing in the New Year is a precise moment, all of the remaining momentsSandra Headshot in Blue Jacket are "up for grabs" they await defining!  While we seek new opportunities, we prepare.  As we acknowledge our lofty goals, we keep our actions focused, relevant and specific to their success. With both our new and loyal clients, we look forward to ringing in notable moments throughout this year.  Along with the entire Private Eyes Team, I wish you a fulfilling and prosperous New Year!

What Industries Will be Starving for Talent in 2012?


The year flew by mostly because it was a very, very busy one.


Although the economy continues to face many challenges, the startup and tech industries are very much alive.  The IPO window slightly opened up for companies like LinkedIn, Pandora, Groupon, Zynga, and Carbonite. We saw monster rounds of funding for companies like Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox. The appetite for seed and angel investing was extremely active. Tech incubators and accelerator programs kept popping up.  


It was also a very busy year for hiring at startup companies, as you know, and it doesn't look like that will slow down in 2012. We've certainly seen opinions on both sides of the fence as to whether or not there is a tech bubble or 2012 will be another active year of investing. I'm an optimist and I believe the pace of investing will remain consistent.  Yes, some companies will fail, of course, but others will scale and grow their teams at a steady clip.


Hiring the best of the best is an absolute must if you are going to build a successful company.  You will need to be prepared to compete against big companies with deep pockets and other up-and-coming startups that  

also have blue chip investors and a game-changing idea.


So, what are the most competitive areas for talent these days?  Here's a look:



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9 Things That Motivate Employees More Than Money  


Motivation is considered the key to success by many. The ability to be motivated and motivate others is a must in the business realm. Listed below is an article that describes some methods on how to do so: 

The ability to motivate employees is one of the greatest skills an entrepreneur can possess. Two years ago, I realized I didn't have this  skill. So I hired a CEO who did.



Josh had 12 years in the corporate world, which included running a major department at Comcast. I knew he was seasoned, but I was still skeptical at first. We were going through some tough growing pains, and I thought that a lack of cash would make it extremely difficult to improve the company morale. I was wrong.


With his help and the help of the great team leaders he put in place, Josh not only rebuilt the culture, but also created a passionate, hard-working team that is as committed to growing and improving the company as I am. 


Here are nine things I learned from him:


Be generous with praise.
Everyone wants it and it's one of the easiest things to give. Plus, praise from the CEO goes a lot farther than you might think. Praise every improvement that you see your team members make. Once you're comfortable delivering praise one-on-one to an employee, try praising them in front of others.


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Candor, Criticism, Teamwork 


We've all been there: trapped in pointless meetings where participants are afraid to speak honestly. We twiddle our thumbs through diplomatic PowerPoint presentations, waiting for the meeting to end so that the real conversations-which usually happen in private-can begin.


The desire to avoid conflict is understandable, but it's one of the most debilitating factors in organizational life. Lack of candor contributes to longer cycle times, slow decision making, and unnecessarily iterative discussions. A too-polite veneer often signals an overly politicized workplace: Colleagues who are afraid to speak honestly to people's faces do it behind their backs. This behavior exacts a price.


My team interviewed executives at six top banks to gauge their teams' level of candor. We found that the teams that scored the lowest on candor saw the poorest financial returns among those banks during the recent global economic crisis. In contrast, groups that communicated candidly about risky securities, lending practices, and other potential problems were able to preserve shareholder value. 


Indeed, in our research at more than 50 large companies over the past three years, we identified "observable candor" as the behavior that best predicts high-performing teams. But asking people to be candid in the absence of a supportive organizational culture is a challenge. We believe that forthrightness should not just be encouraged but required. We've developed three techniques to help coworkers at all levels interact more directly:





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Sandra James
President, CEO
Private Eyes, Inc.