It’s a New Normal. Are You Ready to Get Employees Skill-Ready?

“You will lose key employees and customers if your people are not talent-ready.” Jeannette Seibly

In October 2020, the World Economic Forum released its report of the top 15 skills for 2025. While 2025 may seem a long way off, it’s not.

As you read the list note software development, cybersecurity and technology are not at the top of the list. Instead, it’s about creativity, problem solving, analytical thinking, and innovation.

It is critical companies develop these necessary skills today. Waiting until 2025 won’t work since your company will be left behind its competition. Start training at the top and cascade down now. This reinforces the skills training since your executives and managers will set a positive example.

3 Key Issues Often Overlooked

  • Discrimination practices will get in the way when designing individual training goals. Insert into your leaders’ job descriptions, “training and coaching the next leaders include each and every person!”
  • Failure to budget and use that money for training tells customers your business is not ready to be their vendor or contractor.
  • Hiring, coaching, and managing are much easier and less expensive if you hire and promote based on job fit. This requires using objective data on a consistent basis. Not everyone has an interest in learning and using the new skills appropriately.

Here is the “List of the Top 15 Skills” (click here for the full report):

(Note: most of these are considered “soft skills,” which are often ignored.)

  • Analytical thinking and innovation
  • Active learning and learning strategies
  • Complex problem-solving
  • Critical thinking and analysis
  • Creativity, originality, and initiative
  • Leadership and social influence
  • Technology use, monitoring, and control
  • Technology design and programming
  • Resilience, stress tolerance, and flexibility
  • Reasoning, problem solving, and ideation
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Troubleshooting and user experience
  • Service orientation
  • Systems analysis and evaluation
  • Persuasion and negotiation
Are you ready? Happy employees are well trained in all aspects of their work.

5 Key Factors to Prepare Your Company for Success

  • Create a strategic plan for ongoing training and skill development. Make sure your budget includes consistent communication reminders on how to use these new skills!
  • Develop skill levels (basic, medium, and advanced) required for different job responsibilities. For example, non-tech salespeople need systems awareness but don’t need advanced systems analysis and evaluation.
  • Select trainers who are shining examples of using these skills (internal and external). They must be able to engage participants and answer questions. Otherwise, your leaders and employees will lose interest.
  • Provide easy-to-access workshops, videos, coaching, and 1:1 training to reinforce skills. Ensure manager/executives receive the training first. This will set an example for all team members.
  • Encourage team members to work in cross-functional groups and rotate who leads the team. This will expand everyone’s knowledge on how to apply these new skills in different situations.

©Jeannette Seibly, 2021

Jeannette Seibly is The Leadership Results Coach. She has been an award-winning executive coach, management consultant, and keynote speaker for over 28 years. She is an expert in guiding leaders and their teams to get unstuck and achieve dynamic results. Contact Jeannette for a confidential conversation.

A Note about Getting Your Employees Talent-Ready from Jeannette. 2021 is not business as usual and employees are frustrated with the lack of new opportunities for skill development. (Yes, even your newly hired team members.) Now is the time to develop everyone, from the top-down, to expand their skills and knowledge. It gets team members excited to come to work each day!  Need help? Yes, we all need help from time-to-time. Contact me!

Are You Ready to Make 2021 Amazing?

2021 is just around the corner … are you ready?

Are You Ready to Make 2021 Amazing?

Recently I enjoyed my end-of-year conversations with clients and business associates. From some, I heard about their off-the-charts year! They excelled!

Being curious, I asked why? At first, they focused on external factors. But with some guiding questions, they uncovered the inner beliefs they had transformed. They had stopped viewing themselves from a limiting perspective and stopped doing things that didn’t support their forward movement. Overall, they had their best year ever.

Here Are the 7 Key Points Shared

1. Self-Care. This was #1 on everyone’s list! Need I say more?

2. Gratitude. Each person was thankful for their inner growth and the results they achieved by staying focused on doing the right things.

3. Shifted Beliefs from “I Can’t” to “I Can.” This may sound like a simple mind shift. But it’s not always easy to do since it reflects a big internal change. At first, many were not present to this shift. They attributed their success to external factors (e.g., presentation style, being in the right place at the right time, openness to learning, etc.). The truth is, success is an inside job. They had transformed the little voice in their heads from “I don’t know if or how I can do it” to “I can do it and I did it!”

4. Held a Strong Inner Conviction When Challenges Appeared. When each person shifted to I can, their brains automatically focused on the “how to get it done.” They didn’t concentrate on the obstacles. Most got in communication with the right people that could help them succeed, including their coach. They didn’t entertain, “it’s too much work,” “I don’t have the money,” or “my boss wouldn’t approve.” They just stayed in focused action.

 “Want to achieve an amazing year? Hire a coach to stop you from believing in your limitations.” Jeannette Seibly

5. Developed a Mindful Resilience. When failures or major mistakes occurred (and they did), they didn’t sugar coat them or hoped they would magically go away. They knew hope was not a strategy. Instead, they did the work to complete any problems with integrity.

6. Aligned Their Goals with Their Values. Several had to get real about “how” to conduct their business due to the pandemic. For example, one inquired into what she needed to change to be happy. She found a program that pulled her out of her comfort zone and enrolled as a student. Naturally, as she transformed, so did her clients. 2020 was her best year ever!

7. Got Real About Job Fit. When your work responsibilities align with who you naturally are, amazing results can happen. As an executive coach for the past 28 years, I love getting people unstuck and in action for real results. I use the PXTS assessment as the first step in the 90-minute process with my clients. Afterward, most are ready to pursue their dreams and goals with clarity. For example, I recently worked with a super salesperson who was suffering burnout. Why? He believed he had to be a sales manager to grow his sales team! His sales suffered and turnover was high! The PXTS results showed his strengths were in selling, not in managing people! He immediately felt a big-huge-tremendous sense of relief. My coaching to him: Go sell! Stop trying to be someone you are not. When you’re ready, we’ll talk through how to build a sales team that excels.

 Where are you stuck? What do you need to move forward and have 2021 be amazing? Contact me for a free confidential conversation. You, your career, and your business goals will thank you!

©Jeannette Seibly 2020

Jeannette Seibly is The Leadership Results Coach. She has been an award-winning executive coach and keynote speaker for 28 years. She is an expert in guiding leaders and their teams to get unstuck and achieve dynamic results. Contact Jeannette for a free confidential conversation.

A Note About Achieving Success in 2021 from Jeannette. Getting out of your own way can be a challenge. We’ve been conditioned to do things a certain way and view ourselves from a limiting perspective. Make 2021 your year to let go and achieve amazing career and business successes.

Don’t forget to hire a coach to accelerate your growth and keep you focused on the right things for an amazing 2021!

How to Raise Your Visibility and Get Positively Noticed

Business-savvy bragging builds natural confidence and attracts new opportunities.

Everyone would like to believe that working hard and getting assignments done on time will get them positively noticed.

But the truth is, it doesn’t!

Bosses think, “Of course s/he gets things done on time…it’s what I pay her/him to do.”

If you want to be considered a high-performer and/or leader, you need to step up your visibility in a positive way.

6 Keys to Get Positively Noticed!

1. Learn How to Brag! Bragging or self-promotion in a business-savvy manner makes a big difference. Saying you’re great, wonderful, and fabulous only has your boss (and others) stop listening to you! And, seen as a braggart! Instead, get the book, “It’s Time to Brag! Business Edition” and raise your natural confidence and ability to brag to become positively noticed?

2. Talk with Your Boss. Whether you like your boss or not, s/he is the key to getting positive attention. Have a weekly 1:1 meeting, come with a written agenda, ask questions, and listen. When you’re discussing what’s working and what’s not working, make sure you don’t blame or complain. Instead, this is the time to listen, learn, and offer solutions.

 Questions to Create a Dialogue (remember…listen more than talk!)

  • What is your opinion about …?
  • Can you help me understand …?
  • What do you recommend …?

3. Be a Solutions Provider. Come prepared. Read agendas and minutes from previous meetings before scheduled meetings. This allows you to listen and hear new ideas offered by others. This simple preparation will help you develop the ability to create win-win-win outcomes. And, help build a positive reputation.

 Questions to Uncover Issues/Concerns (remember…. listen more than talk!)

  • “What is your #1 concern right now?”
  • “Tell me more about it.”
  • “Why is this important?”
  • “What solutions do you recommend?”
  • “How can I help you achieve this goal?
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4. Create Positive Relationships. Integrity, communication, and speaking well of others are important when creating good relationships. This will also enhance a positive visibility. And, while you may not agree with someone or frustrated by their actions, take the higher road. Make sure to get both sides of the story without passing judgment. Plus…don’t burn bridges.

5. Hire a Coach. When you move up the company ladder, old habits can become bad habits. And worse, you may not even be unaware of them! (aka blind spots) Hire the right coach to uncover the bad habits and build the good habits, skills, and mindsets needed for positive visibility.

6. Build a Results-Oriented Team. “Only 10% of teams achieve intended results!” (Prichard) Bragging about your team and your results will have you gain high visibility.

Here are 3 ways to do it:

Remember, hard work alone isn’t enough to get positively noticed and valued. Use these 6 keys to raise your visibility and get positively noticed.

©Jeannette Seibly 2020

Jeannette Seibly is The Leadership Results Coach. She has been an award-winning executive coach and keynote speaker for 28 years. She is an expert in guiding leaders and their teams to get unstuck and achieve dynamic results. Contact Jeannette for a confidential conversation.

A Note About Getting Positively Noticed from Jeannette. Again, as mentioned in this article, grab the book, “It’s Time to Brag! Business Edition”, hire a coach, and follow the above-referenced tips. These will get you the positive visibility needed to be promoted, improve job satisfaction, and make more money!

#1 New Release on Amazon: The Secret to Selling Yourself Anytime, Anywhere: Start Bragging

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

#1 New Release on Amazon: “The Secret to Selling Yourself Anytime, Anywhere: Start Bragging!” by author, Jeannette Seibly

Aurora, CO – October 7, 2020. In addition to celebrating 28 years as a leadership coach and business consultant, Jeannette Seibly’s newest book, The Secret to Selling Yourself Anytime, Anywhere: Start Bragging! was recently noted as “#1 New Release” on Amazon.

“Learning how to brag has helped 100’s of people win new jobs, careers, promotions, and pay increases. We’ve been taught from a very young age that bragging is wrong. But if you don’t learn how to brag or promote yourself, you will have a difficult time selling your experiences, education, and achievements,” commented Jeannette Seibly.

Jeannette Seibly has been a leadership coach and consultant for over 28 years, and previously worked in manufacturing, insurance, and agri-business. She’s guided the creation of 3 millionaires, helped 100’s of business professionals excel in their current careers or find the right careers (known as ‘job fit’), plus she’s guided companies through the complexities of hiring the right person for the right job the first time.

According to Gallup, over 70% of people today are in jobs that don’t fit them. “This causes many people to get stuck, miscommunicate, and hurt team success. It’s not conscious. It’s simply they don’t fit the job they’ve been hired to do.” Seibly stated. “I help companies and professionals get real and focus on ‘job fit’ to impact a person’s professional success and the company’s bottom line.”

About Jeannette Seibly & SeibCo, LLC
Jeannette Seibly is The Leadership Results Coach and Founder & Managing Director of SeibCo, LLC. She has been an award-winning executive coach, business owner, and keynote speaker during these past 28 years. Her expertise is guiding leaders to get unstuck and achieve unprecedented results. Jeannette loves the positive difference the right coach can provide leaders, business owners, and business professionals. Her expertise has been and remains on people management: hiring, coaching, training, and managing people for unprecedented results.

To schedule an interview or discuss your business challenges, contact Jeannette Seibly at 303-917-2993. Or, visit SeibCo.com for additional information.

SeibCo, LLC Celebrates 20 Years in Business

Contact: Laurie W. Anderson, Anderson & Associates Public Relations, 303-758-1118

SeibCo, LLC Celebrates 20 Years in Business;
International business consultant also launches new website, new book

HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO — Oct. 16, 2012 — Jeannette Seibly, principal of SeibCo, LLC, is not only celebrating her 20th year in business, the successful business consultant is celebrating 20 years of transforming hiring practices, people and business strategies. With her help, several dozen companies have seen million dollar results and three millionaires were created.

Seibly has more than 34 years of experience in leadership, business and management development, the last 20 years with her own business consulting firm. To her clients, she is a presenter, trainer, facilitator, business advisor, executive coach, mentor and author of more than 100 articles about leadership, people/business strategies and strategic hiring for business owners.

One of the clients she works with is a property management company with properties across the U.S. “I have worked with the President and CEO for several years to transform their hiring practices and business strategies,” explains Seibly. “As a result, the company has increased net operating income by 17 percent and is positioned for significant growth during 2013. My goal is to continue delivering million dollar results like these to my clients. They appreciate my ability to identify roadblocks and help them blast through these walls to produce unprecedented results.”

To commemorate her company’s anniversary, Seibly has launched a new website, www.seibco.com, that’s packed with strategic tips to assist executives and owners of mid-sized businesses (revenues of $1-$30 million). Visitors to the website will be able to order copies of Seibly’s latest book, Sharpen Your Hiring Results, in November. Currently,  Hiring Amazing Employees and It’s Time to Brag are available.

Sharpen Your Hiring Results is a follow-up book to Hiring Amazing Employees with new techniques and tips that are especially effective in this recovering economy.

Seibly has been honored with numerous awards over the years including the Leadership Award from the National Association of Women Business Owners, Business of the Year from Colorado Business Women, and an Outstanding Woman in Business nomination from the Denver Business Journal. She received her Master’s degree in communications and her Bachelor’s degree in public and personnel administration from Michigan State University, and has been headquartered in Colorado since 2003. Seibly can be reached at 303-660-6388 or JLseibly@SeibCO.com.