When I say "anti-social HR," what does it mean?

Would you describe your HR as “anti-social”?

I’ve been leading workshops for a not-for-profit group called Priority Two for about 10 years. Recently, I was leading a workshop of about 20 people, all with years of experience working in professional and administrative careers, who now found themselves seeking employment. Many of them had not sought employment for a decade or more. During our group discussions, the term “anti-social human resources” came up.

“What do you mean?” I asked them.

They stated that many companies’ HR representatives do not provide them with a great impression of the company. They said that the job functions, duties and responsibilities are not available or well-defined. They told me that success in the position could not be explained by HR representatives. There was no passion or excitement for the company and its direction. There wasn’t a clear agreement on exactly what the interviewer hoped to achieve during the interview. And finally, they mentioned the “HR black hole” – the experience of sending information to HR online and having it go forever unacknowledged.

NASA didn't realize they illustrated an all-too-familiar HR process.

NASA didn't realize they illustrated an all-too-familiar HR process.

How would your company stack up?

Have you recently reviewed your business plans to ensure you have a staffing plan? Are your current and future employees a functional fit for your short- and long-term business success?

Focus on effectively running your company’s human resources functions is critical. But why?

Because ALL employees must contribute to the bottom line, and there is less room today financially to carry non-productive employees. Competition for the great, productive employee is at an all-time high. They may cost a bit more, but so can non-productive employees and turnover.

If the business does not do the upfront work to recruit effectively and lead employees through the strongest agreements possible, it may never achieve the desired outcomes and success for the owner. A strong human resources program in today’s business environment is required.

The need to recruit, hire, on-board, train and retain top quality management and associates to your company is more critical than ever.

If you want to learn more about putting a productive human resources plan together for your company, give our team at ThistleSea a call.

Have a great summer!

John

John D. Laslavic, LPBC, Receives 2013 PBCA’S Founders / Legend Award

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ThistleSea’s President Honored By North America’s Premier Professional  Business Coaches. The Professional Business Coaches Alliance (PBCA) recognized John D. Laslavic, LPBC, President, ThistleSea Business Development, Wexford, PA,  for his dedicated work and efforts in developing and improving the business coaching profession and his leadership in the growth of the Professional Business Coaches Alliance.

At its 2013 Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, Mr. Laslavic was presented with the First Founders/ Legend Award by PBCA’s founder Mr. John Deagan, LPBC, of Canton, OH and Mr. Jon Denny, LPBC, PBCA’s Owner & President, of Syracuse, NY.

This distinguished award recognized Mr. Laslavic for his support and significant contributions to the PBCA.  Mr. Laslavic has been associated with the PBCA organization since its early inception in 2005.  He has served multiple years on the Executive Leadership Team, has served as the organization’s first Director of Strategic Alliances, worked as a JumpStart Coach who mentored business coaches whom desired training and those developing their business coaching practices after receiving their PBCA organization Business Coaching designations.

He was instrumental in developing and earning the PBCA Black Belt designation, which is the highest designation recognized by his peers,  demonstrating superior business coaching, knowledge and service to his community and the over 100 Professional Business Coaches in the United States and Canada.

Mr. Laslavic also founded ThistleSea Business Development in 2005.  Currently, this growing firm has 3 Licensed Professional Business coaches.  He is actively involved and serves the membership of The Chamber of Commerce, Inc, Wexford, PA, as the Vice Chair, Board of Directors and the Chairman, Personnel Committee and volunteers his time assisting men and women in their job transitions through Priority Two.

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Wendy Lydon Receives Licensed Professional Business Coach Designation

Wendy Lydon, LPBC

Wendy Lydon, LPBC

Pittsburgh Area Woman Receives Licensed Professional Business Coach Designation

Wendy Lydon, LPBC Wexford, PA – January 6, 2011 -- Local business woman and business coach Wendy Lydon, LPBC, has completed advanced business coaching training with the Professional Business Coaches Alliance (PBCA), Canton, OH (www.pbca.com). She is vice president of ThistleSea Business Development, LLC, (www.thistlesea.com) a Pittsburgh, PA area business coaching firm where she has been assisting the firm’s clients since 2009.

The Licensed Professional Business Coaching designation requires over 50 hours of intensive classroom training covering all aspects of coaching and mentoring successful business owners in addition to nearly 100 hours of continuing education annually.

The PBCA is an alliance of the most highly trained professional business coaches across North America. Its members have helped hundreds of business owners to become more successful.

Ms. Lydon is no stranger to business. She has formal education and degrees in Business Management and Information Systems. Ms. Lydon has over twenty years of extensive background and expertise in business development, sales leadership and customer care in healthcare, group purchasing, association management, retail and distribution. She is a member of the Women’s Business Network and Pittsburgh Professional Women organizations.

“Joining forces with a group of successful and committed business coaches gives my clients not only the insights of my solid career experience, but also the expertise and talents of over 100 Licensed Professional Business Coaches across North America,” said Ms. Lydon. “In addition, I now have a range of tools and best business practices my clients can use to really enhance their business performance to move to the next level much more quickly.”

John D. Laslavic, LPBC , president of ThistleSea Business Development, commented, “We are extremely pleased to add the talents of Ms. Lydon to our ThistleSea Business Development team of licensed professional business coaches. She has a tremendous business background and the skills to help business owners reach their professional and business goals.”

Ms. Lydon’s offices are located at 7500 Brooktree Road in Wexford. She offers both one-on-one coaching and group coaching for business owners and a variety of training and business assessments. She and her family reside in Cranberry Township, PA.

About ThistleSea Business Development, LLC.

Established in 2006, ThistleSea Business Development, LLC is a business coaching, strategy development and training company based in the Pittsburgh area. It is the only service organization in the area comprised of a team of three Licensed Professional Business Coaches and also a certified Guerrilla Marketing Firm. ThistleSea Business Development also includes the divisions of CNICUS Buying Group, providing services that help businesses increase revenue, reduce expenses and improve their performance and Ketchfire, which focuses on the design and implementation of internet, web development and social media tools and strategies.

“Because your business should lead to Abundance.”

For additional contact information:

Wendy O. Lydon, LPBC, Vice President ThistleSea Business Development Phone: (724) 935-1930 Cell: (724) 316-7027 Email: wendyo@thistlesea.com Business Development Office 7500 Brooktree Rd., Suite 117 Wexford, PA 15090 Phone: 724.935.1930 Fax: 925.848.3266 thistlesea.com

PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: John D. Laslavic, LPBC, President ThistleSea Business Development, LLC Phone: (724) 935-1930 Cell: (412) 559-3503 Email: jdl@thistlesea.com Web Site: thistlesea.com

26 Reasons Business Owners Seek Help

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shoulder-pain

When Might You Want To Recommend Or Seek Assistance from A Licensed Professional Business Coach?

Many life events occur that impact business owners, business partners, business investors and business executives.  When should you seek help from an experienced business coach or mentor?  And why would you look for one?

ThistleSea Business Developments’ clients come from many different skills, educational backgrounds, careers, geographic locations and types of businesses.  But are there some things they have in common?  Yes, a few include:

  • A strong desire to succeed!
  • Knowledge that they might not know everything!
  • Some degree of lacking a completely clear vision of the future!
  • Experiencing some type of frustration, failure and/or pain!
  • A gradual or a sudden change of circumstances in their business or personal life!
  • An unending need or desire to learn more and get it right!

So what are some of the types of circumstances you might recognize in others or in your own business that could encourage you to recommend a business coach to another or seek assistance yourself?

Below are some reasons that we see at ThistleSea Business Development that might help you:

  1. Business is growing too fast for the owner to keep up with the changes needed.
  2. Owner losing control.
  3. Lack of business sales growth.
  4. Desire to sell and/or realizing the business has little value.
  5. Disputes within the business.
  6. Son(s) or daughter(s) taking over the reins of the business.
  7. Family issues in the business.
  8. Junior partner takes over the business,
  9. Business begins to fail after 16, 32 or more years of a successful business.
  10. Owner ends up in the emergency room because of the business pressures.
  11. Not enough income to earn a profit.
  12. Bank loan requirements that suggest a higher success rate when owners hire a licensed professional business coach.
  13. Owner cannot find employees who care.
  14. Owner 2 years in business and the business not working.
  15. A monumental mistake that puts their business at extreme risk.
  16. Owner failed in one business and not wanting to fail again.
  17. Looking for a new location to establish or re-establish the business.
  18. Retirement of a senior owner or partner.
  19. Co-owner not fulfilling their responsibilities.
  20. Theft of business assets by a co-owner or employee.
  21. Owner continues to self-sabotage.
  22. Competition from other businesses or individuals.
  23. Franchise model broken because of owner’s success.
  24. Added additional locations and owner(s) are out of control.
  25. Death of the owner or key employee.
  26. Loss of key customer(s) severely impacting revenue / cash flow.

If you are experiencing any of these situations in your business or others, be encouraged that there is help and these situations have answers and can be resolved for business improvement.

Our staff and allies at ThistleSea Business Development can help you identify the best way to start, resolve these issues and help you gain clarity and take action.  We encourage contacting us at 724.935.1930 for a free initial consultation.

By John D. Laslavic, LPBC, President

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