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Terry McKenna
Kure Beach, NC
Helping organizations & individuals realize their potential
Interests: Beach, Travel, Working out, Reading, Personal Development, Pittsburgh Steelers
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Rely too much on common sense, and you can expect to see common results. Start thinking about what you want, instead of what common sense says is the reasonable thing for you to expect. * Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at Terry's Blog
When it comes to employee development, there is little correlation between time spent coaching and employee performance. It's less about the quantity and more about the quality. * Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Terry's Blog
For better or worse, culture and leadership are inextricably linked. * Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Terry's Blog
Having a job that provides autonomy, allows you to use your strengths, and promotes your learning and development. It's at the heart of intrinsic motivation. * Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Terry's Blog
1) If you ask the wrong questions you're guaranteed to get the wrong answers, and, 2) When you ask the question differently, you look for the answers in different places. * Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Terry's Blog
The hardest three words to say is not "I love you," but, "I don't know." Until you can admit what you don't know, it's virtually impossible to learn what you need to. * Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2018 at Terry's Blog
Take advantage of patterns in the data. That's where the opportunities reside. * Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at Terry's Blog
Small investment in employees leads to poor operational performance, which leads to lower financial performance, which leads to even lower investment in employees. Healthy investment in employees contributes to operational excellence. This results in higher sales and profits, which allows for greater investment in employees. * Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at Terry's Blog
"Trying to get everyone to like you is a sign of mediocrity. You'll avoid the tough decisions, and you'll avoid confronting the people who need to be confronted. -Colin Powell * Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at Terry's Blog
Good goes bad in a hurry. The level of performance that qualifies you as a winner today can make you a has-been tomorrow. * Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2018 at Terry's Blog
"The other day I was walking my dog around my building - on the ledge. Some people are afraid of heights. Not me. I'm afraid of widths. -Steven Wright * Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at Terry's Blog
If you're serious all the time, you'll wear out before the truly serious stuff gets done, and if you don't regularly appreciate the small wins, you will never appreciate the big wins. * www.terrymckennabooks Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2018 at Terry's Blog
Research indicates that multi-generational workforces are more productive and have less turnover than companies without age diversity. * Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2018 at Terry's Blog
Everyone in your company should be responsible for recruiting top talent into the company. Attracting top talent is too important to assign to a single department like HR. Make it easy for your employees to recruit top talent. Give each employee a stack of index-sized cards to give out when... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2018 at Terry's Blog
Why should someone work for your company? What does your company offer that would: 1) attract top talent, 2) inspire great performance, and, 3) make people want to stay? How you answer these three questions will have a direct impact on your recruiting and retention results. * Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2018 at Terry's Blog
People are very clear on what they want at work, and they fundamentally want the same things. When it comes to an ideal job, most of us are looking for a career, a community, and a cause. These are important motivators whether you're 20 or 60, working in engineering or... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2018 at Terry's Blog
Organizations and responsibilities are changing rapidly, requiring employees to constantly upgrade their skills. The desire for frequent discussions about development is one reason many organizations are moving away from annual performance reviews: A yearly conversation isn't enough. * Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2018 at Terry's Blog
Evaluate leadership candidates contextual intelligence or CQ. Can they see the big picture? Can they connect the dots? Can they think systemically? CQ is a critical component of leadership given the complexity of management today. Without it, you have trouble prioritizing and thinking about what your team should be working... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at Terry's Blog
Come up with as many ideas as possible to a problem or opportunity. Then put your ideas under scrutiny, and basically try to kill them off. If they are unkillable, then keep going with them. * Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2018 at Terry's Blog
To all the Vets, those who came home and those who didn't, and to our military, a sincere and heartfelt thank you! Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2018 at Terry's Blog
The best way to cultivate and reinforce an organization's culture is to lead with behaviors and take actions that promote those behaviors. * Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2018 at Terry's Blog
The most valuable talent you can bring into your organization is an "idea person." In order to keep ahead, you need to be able to access and use your creative ability to help your organization address its challenges by continuously coming up with new ideas. * Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2018 at Terry's Blog
Our world is in constant motion, ever changing with greater velocity. The only way to master change is to be constantly learning. Is your organization a learning organization? * Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2018 at Terry's Blog
Keep questioning your assumptions because even good assumptions may go bad. If you constantly ask yourself questions that challenge you to evaluate what you do, how you do it, and who you do it for, you will automatically be ahead of your competition. * Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2018 at Terry's Blog
Everything happens to us for a reason. Everything is predetermined. There are no accidents in life. So, when something bad happens to you, you need to take a pause, step back, and ask yourself a few questions: "Why is this happening to me? What purpose does this situation serve? What... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2018 at Terry's Blog