Talent Evolution Blog by Margaret Graziano

Talent rEvolution Blog by Margaret Graziano

Magi Graziano on the path of the female founder

Deciding to launch my first company was one of the boldest decisions I’d ever made. I was young and naive and immensely ambitious. Like all entrepreneurs, the road to success was straight up a mountain–challenge after challenge. Looking back on it now, though, it’s interesting how much of a role my gender played in creating extra barriers at every step of the business. Leading up to the “IGNITE POWER: Awakening Feminine Leadership” conference, I wanted to reflect on a few of those moments, and how they were formative in my leadership methods now.

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“True belonging doesn’t require us to change who we are; it requires us to BE who we are.” – Brene Brown

Employee engagement, empowerment and optimizationWe as women will know we belong in leadership when we no longer need to change who we are to be promoted, given positions of influence, or to be recognized for our contribution visually and financially.

Historically, women have had to create an invented form of leadership where they come from only masculine energy and leave behind what may be their more natural aspects and traits of leading from the feminine.  Leadership—and the executive suites and boardrooms—have largely been male-dominant territory, deeply-rooted in valuing the masculine only. The landscape is changing, as organizations are beginning to value creating cultures of trust where innovation and creativity are desired and needed. Continue reading

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Awaken Feminine Leadership is coming to 1440 Multiversity, in Scotts Valley Ca on May 2-4!


In this 2 night / 2 day Retreat you learn to access your full power as a female leader.

You get connected to your internal guidance system and gain real power from within.
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Generation X

Growing up during the age of divorce, the GenXer may have been a latchkey kid, and often entertained, ate and did their homework by themselves while their parents worked.

They watched their parents become workaholics, and assessed these priorities were awry; they vowed that things would be different when they became parents. They have experienced WWII bureaucracy blow up, been burned by government failings and lack of insurance, and were around during the birth of the Internet.  Continue reading

Business unit leaders and managers are better equipped to do their job when they understand their people and what turns them on and off. Knowing this is only half the battle; doing something about it is what’s really important. The workforce is the company’s internal audience, and that audience is diverse. Appealing to this diverse audience requires the ability to mirror their needs and wants, and blend those with your company’s role and career offerings.

An effective way to demonstrate a talent mindset is in the hiring process. Define the purpose and passion in every role. The right person will be attracted to that purpose and passion. To engage your audience, you must sell them to come onboard, and continue to sell them to stay.

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Maximize Your HR Effectiveness workshop

Many companies—from multinational mega-corporations to neighborhood markets—are still using outdated hiring techniques. Clinging to the ways of the past when constructing a workforce leads to high turnover, stagnant engagement from staff and quarterly reports in the red.

In some cases, it is as if they are staffed by a host of HR drones, these businesses are going about the practice of hiring in a completely automatic, unconscious manner. Solving the hiring problems of the 21st Century requires a spirited, connected system that makes selecting the right candidates for the job easy.

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Conscious hiring is about creating workforce alignment, where employees choose to work for the organization because they are excited about the work, and employers hire and nurture the best employees, creating a better bottom line, lower turnover, and increased employee retention and engagement.

Let’s look at 10 of the ways conscious hiring can lead to better employee retention for your organization.

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Employee selection (and the use of assessments) is one of the fastest-growing sectors in human resources. Assessment tools of various sorts are used to evaluate everything from candidate motivations, values and behaviors to communication style, personality traits, skills, mental agility, and organizational ability. Knowing your needs and what the market offers enables you to choose the right assessment. Before engaging with assessment tools, ask yourself some questions: What does the job require? What do you want to measure from your applicant pool? What types of tests are available? Continue reading

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