Eric Harkins is the President and Founder of GKG Search & Consulting, a Minneapolis-based consulting firm that helps organizations get talent, keep talent, and grow talent. He is the author of the new book, Great Leaders Make Sure Monday Morning Doesn’t Suck!
[1:00] Great culture starts from the top!
[2:45] A little bit about Eric and what he does for his clients.
[4:25] Eric considers himself pretty lucky that he got to work with some bad leaders!
[5:30] Never let A players work with C players. What does Eric mean by that?
[6:45] Eric always asks leaders: How do you create a culture that high-performers want to be a part of?
[9:55] You can change culture by focusing on changing Monday.
[11:05] You have to let your low-performing key players go. It’s a hard pill to swallow.
[13:55] How do you create a culture of high-performers?
[17:55] We are in a highly competitive world, which means there’s a lot more pressure to perform as a leader.
[21:45] Being a manager is one of the best jobs you can have in your career… when you are working with highly motivated and top-tier people.
[25:35] Notice your words: do you often use “we,” as in we the company or “they,” as in they the bosses.
[29:55] Eric gives you a different perspective on how you should be looking at turnover.
[33:15] One of Eric’s clients realized that half of their leaders wouldn’t fit into their long-term solution model.
[36:05] Your highest performing person might not make for a good leader!
[38:55] Leadership really isn’t that hard. We as people just like to make it harder than it needs to be.
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Great Leaders Make Sure Monday Morning Doesn’t Suck: A guide to building great workplace culture, by Eric Harkins