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8 Qualities of Remarkable Employees
5 Reasons You Need to Meet in Person
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March 2012  

Message from Our President, Sandra James   

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 Daylight Savings Time and the first day of spring signal the First Quarter will soon come to an end.  We can now begin to measure the progress that is being made toward the goals we have set forth.  And, time remains our valuable ally when we continue to assess and fine tune our activities so effectiveness and efficiency are always part of the day to day equation.  We all benefit from time well spent!            

8 Qualities of a Remarkable Employees


Great employees are reliable, dependable, proactive, diligent, great leaders and great followers... they possess a wide range of easily-defined-but hard to find-qualities.

A few hit the next level. Some employees are remarkable, possessing qualities that may not appear on performance appraisals but nonetheless make a major impact on performance.


Here are eight qualities of remarkable employees:


1. They ignore job descriptions. The smaller the company, the more important it is that employees can think on their feet, adapt quickly to shifting priorities, and do whatever it takes, regardless of role or position, to get things done.


When a key customer's project is in jeopardy, remarkable employees know without being told there's a problem and jump in without being asked-even if it's not their job.


2. They're eccentric... The best employees are often a little different: quirky, sometimes irreverent, even delighted to be unusual. They seem slightly odd, but in a really good way. Unusual personalities shake things up, make work more fun, and transform a plain-vanilla group into a team with flair and flavor.


People who aren't afraid to be different naturally stretch boundaries and challenge the status quo, and they often come up with the best ideas.


3. But they know when to dial it back. An unusual personality is a lot of fun... until it isn't. When a major challenge pops up or a situation gets stressful, the best employees stop expressing their individuality and fit seamlessly into the team.


Remarkable employees know when to play and when to be serious; when to be irreverent and when to conform; and when to challenge and when to back off. It's a tough balance to strike, but a rare few can walk that fine line with ease.


4. They publicly praise... Praise from a boss feels good. Praise from a peer feels awesome, especially when you look up to that person.


Remarkable employees recognize the contributions of others, especially in group settings where the impact of their words is even greater.




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5 Reasons You Need to Meet in Person  


When the daily avalanche of emails and voice messages gets overwhelming, it's so tempting to retreat to my office and start typing replies and returning phone calls. That's one of the biggest mistakes I can make.  

No matter what industry we're in, we're all in the people business. We'll only be successful if we really get to know our customers and colleagues. Many of my tech marketing clients are so busy that they now prefer texting to even emails or calls. Skype, WebEx and audio calls are convenient and create the illusion we're actually having a meeting -- but nothing beats the power of a truly personal, face-to-face connection. 

What can you learn from an in-person meeting that you can't from a virtual one? 

1. You're off the record.  In Silicon Valley and many other places, there are few private offices. Many of my clients work in cubes and can't have private telephone conversations with me or anyone else. This means that when I talk to them on the phone, I might not get to hear the most important information they can share: the unique team dynamics or executive's personality quirks that would make or break our ability to match an expert consultant. Over sushi or a latte or a walk around the block, my clients can let me know more -- with more color -- than they can over the telephone or in an email.  

2. Make use of not-so-small talk.  Most business conversations are focused on solving a problem quickly and efficiently, while business relationships are built when people take the time to share and learn more about each other. That happens more naturally in person than over the phone or in an email. What cements a bond between people? Small talk about a favorite team, passion for pecan pie, parenting challenges, and the other bits and pieces that make us unique and interesting.   



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California Credit Reports  

The federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and the state Consumer Credit Reporting Agencies Act define and regulate consumer credit reports and authorize the use of consumer credit reports for employment purposes, pursuant to specified requirements. The FCRA provides that it does not preempt state law, except as specifically provided or to the extent that state laws are inconsistent with its provisions.

Existing federal and state law specify the procedures that an employer is required to follow before requesting a report and if adverse action is taken based on the report. Existing federal law provides that, subject to certain exceptions, an employer may not procure a report or cause one to be procured for employment purposes, unless prior disclosure of the procurement is made to the consumer and the consumer authorizes the procurement, as specified. Existing federal law further requires, subject to certain exceptions, an employer, before taking any adverse action based on the report, to provide the consumer with a copy of the report and a written description of certain rights of the consumer.


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Sandra James
President, CEO
Private Eyes, Inc.