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Building Trust
Key Ingredient for Successful Leadership

The head of ElectroScientific once said, "Trust is the grease that keeps
an organization going." Trust is a key factor needed for effective

What if you woke up one morning to find your hard-earned retirement
savings just went up in smoke-worthless. The Enron fiasco had a greater
impact than most people realize. Because of Enron, managers and
executives now face greater scrutiny and have a harder time proving their

This fact is highlighted in a survey conducted by Chart Your Course

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Retain Employees
Employee Retention Tips Designed to Reduce Employee Turnover

Keep Your Promise List

Employees often gripe that companies do not keep their promises. For
example, who has been promised a promotion, education, or a new
assignment? Keep a list of these promises and make sure they are
fulfilled or at the very least keep the person posted on their status.

Get Out of Work Free Card

A Perkins franchise in Minneapolis stages contests for servers and
kitchen crew and provides them a get-out-of-work-free card. The
restaurant employee chooses any manager they want to work one of their
scheduled shifts. It is done in a good-natured, fun way. The results
generated build better camaraderie and help managers understand the
challenges of each position through this unique "Walk a Mile in My Shoes"

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July 26, 2007 Atlanta

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Retention Institute in Atlanta on Thursday, July 26. The seats are
filling fast. Also, the price increases July 1.


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Comments about Generation X, Y and Baby Boomer Generation

"I find that several of my bosses (esp. other woman) have ultimately
found me a threat. And sometimes the better I performed or the more
earnest I seemed to "be part" of the team, the faster I earned my way to
the unemployment line."

I could not agree more. I was taught that you do your best and make your
contribution to improve the effectiveness of the organization you work
for. When I work with other people of my generation (Gen X) this is what
we do, we look for the best ideas and implement them. When I work for a
Baby Boomer, talent, skill, and dedication are a threat. I've actually
been confronted about coming in extra hours to get a project done. Raise
a new, better way of doing things with a baby boomer and all you get is

And as for women in the workplace, I have only ever had one male boss and
I can tell you women treat women subordinates worse than I've ever seen
any boss treat anyone else. Most of the women I work for won't work for
another woman and with good reason.

Let's face it, the baby boomers were coddled by the world war II
generation, who didn't want to see them go through the hardship they went
through. They expect an easy path and all for them, if you have an idea
or are talented, rather than embrace this as a virtue or something to
support for the greater good of the organization, they're the first to go
at you like snakes.

"Many Gen Xers resent the Baby Boomers and feel they are the single most
destructive generation EVER to have thrived in America, and that they
have, Locust-like, destroyed everything they personally didn't like or,
worse, threw a monkey wrench into the works just to see if they could, or
for the challenge."

Yeah, total spoiled bast@rds. "The Worst Generation" if there ever was

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Employee Retention Seminar

Growing Worker Shortages Becoming a Crisis
Seminar Addresses Strategies for Employee Retention

Atlanta, GA (June 7, 2007) The high employee turnover rate and the
growing demand for skilled workers is creating a crisis for the majority
of employers across the United States. It is getting more difficult to
find and keep talented workers. As a result, organizations placing more
effort in creating better places to work to retain their employees.
Strategies enabling you to retain your best and brightest are available
at the upcoming workshop, Here Today, Here Tomorrow, being held in
Atlanta on July 26. The one-day seminar sponsored by Chart Your Course
International and People Skills International will be held at the World
Trade Center Club at 303 Peachtree Street from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Greg Smith, president of Chart Your Course International and author of
Here Today, Here Tomorrow, says that "Unemployment is the lowest it has
been since 2000 and estimates show 48 to 65 percent of the workforce is
dissatisfied with their current employment situation and could leave for
better positions as the economic situation continues to improve. To keep
their workforce intact, employers need solid strategies for employee

The Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Wall Street
Journal website recently completed the Job Recovery Survey. The key
findings revealed 64 percent of employees said they were extremely likely
to begin or increase the intensity of their job search. An additional 19
percent said they were somewhat likely to increase their search.

"U.S. businesses spend over $200 billion annually recruiting and
replacing employees," says Karla Brandau, president of People Skills
International and authority in Culture Integrity. "It would make sense
for companies to reduce the money spent replacing employees by spending
the money to retain employees, thus reducing training time for new
employees. When good employees are retained, productivity and innovation
increase as you climb the ladder together rather than putting
productivity on hold as you step down a rung or two to get new employees
up to speed. By retaining your best and brightest, you will reduce
expenses while you make faster progress toward increased market share and
organizational effectiveness."

Greg Smith is the CEO and founder of Chart Your Course International, a
performance management consulting firm located in Atlanta, GA. Smith has
provided advice to many of the "Top 100 Best Places to Work" and served
as an advisor to the U.S. Army Surgeon General. His message is
international as he has traveled to and worked with businesses in 22
countries. He is a former Examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National
Quality Award, which is awarded each year by the President of the United
States. He also was selected by the Human Resource Executive Magazine as
one of the nation's "Top-Ten Rising Stars" in Human Resource Management.
He has authored eight books including 401 Proven Ways to Retain Your Best
Employees. His book is available on http://www.401ProvenWays.com and

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Comments about Generation X and Baby Boomers

Boomers had it the best in this country and the fact is they lost touch
with the difficulty of struggle. Most of them inherited land, money and
or businesses from there parents and did not have to struggle the way
their parents did. they have no respect for their children and treat them
as if they don't count. Most baby boomer employers fores workers into
unpaid overtime or expenses and will not compensate. when I started in
the work for back in 1989 I work for the parents of baby boomers and it
was a grate work environment. the boss treated the workers with respect.
Now that the baby boomers have taken over its a mess. Employers are
mistreating, harassing, abusing ,and over working their employees. This
is creating a more then hostel environment in the workforce. Theirs other
issues as well. In all its a mess.

From Greg Smith, President, Chart Your Course International

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Top Threats
When asked what they believe to be the top threats to their company's
success in 2006, the five most common responses among more than 900
executives were:

72% Competition
67% Health of global economy
60% Inability to attract and retain top talent
59% Company's reputation
48% Inability to develop new products and services
Source: Accenture, New York

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President & CEO
Chart Your Course International
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Fax: 770-760-0581

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