Short and Sweet 2: How has running affected my business?

Short and Sweet 2: How has running affected my business?

Welcome to the 2nd episode of Short and Sweet, FocusCore's video blog.

People are often surprised to hear that I used to be a big fat guy. It wasn't until I came to Japan and started working in sales that I started and found my passion for running.

Short and Sweet 1: Thank you!

Short and Sweet 1: Thank you!

Hi and welcome to episode #1 of Short and Sweet, FocusCore's video blog, my name is David Sweet, Managing Director of FocusCore. Episode #1 I want to say thank you; we just have celebrated our  8th anniversary, and it's thanks to you, our customers, and everything you've done to help us be successful in the market.

After the Training

After the Training

This week I was honored to again be doing leadership training for some of Amazon’s global leadership team. Not only were there employees from Seattle, but also Europe and Asia joining as well. Much of what was covered emphasized DiSC for communication skills within a leadership teams. One of their objectives, which is an excellent objective that many companies find challenging, is how to retain what was learned.

Health & Wellness: If it isn't sustainable, is it valuable?

Health & Wellness: If it isn't sustainable, is it valuable?

For losing weight, there may be many ways to shock your body into responding, but that isn’t the sustainable method for long-term health and wellness. Long term, it’s constant exercise you enjoy doing, with components of aerobic, strength, and stretching. 

50 Common Interview Questions and Answers

50 Common Interview Questions and Answers

These here are 50 common questions at an interview, especially for changing jobs. Before you read along how to answer, take some time to answer them yourself first, so you can compare them with the answering tips ready for you. Also, note the questions in bold are important ones you must be able to answer.

If you are more comfortable reading in Japanese, click here. (日本語版はこちら

5 Steps to Implement Recruitment Processes/採用プロセス〜5つのステップ〜

5 Steps to Implement Recruitment Processes/採用プロセス〜5つのステップ〜

If a recruitment process like Topgrading can help companies like GE and Honeywell be the best, then it would make sence to model and implement into your organization.

ゼネラル・エレクトリックやハネウェルなどの企業が、トップグレーディング採用術などの採用プロセスを導入することで、最高のパフォーマンスを発揮できるなら、同じメソッドがどんな企業にだって適用できるはずです。

 

Recruitment processes are imparative for making the right hire. Personally, I like Topgrading, but the point is to have a process that you and your team will follow.

採用プロセスは、雇用において一番の選択をするためにはとても重要なものです。今回はアメリカ出身のスマート兄弟が発案した、最高の自在を採用する「トップグレーディング採用術」についてお話ししますが、重要なのは「採用チーム全体が同じプロセスに則って動くことができる」という点です。それを念頭に話を進めましょう。

Interview Testing & Assessments

Interview Testing & Assessments

It is rare to go through an interview process without having some sort of test or assessment.  Candidates need to understand how to take them and employers need to know what they mean.  Assessments enhance the knowledge of a candidate, but are not used to replace an interview. Also, they help set an objective set of criteria that a candidate must meet to enter a company. They are not used to assess final judgment on a candidate as it is against labor laws in some countries. 

Marathons

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Marathons

    In a marathon, at kilometer 30, there is a phenomenon called "the wall." At this wall, the body, which stores enough sugars to keep going for about 30 kilometers, stops moving. Runners who have completed more than a few marathons, at certain times in their career, experience this wall. Paula Radcliffe, who holds the world record for the fastest marathon run by a woman, hit the wall in the 2004 Olympics. She faded, and then stopped, slumping down on the pavement next to the spectators, crying. Hitting that wall is not a pretty sight.

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5 Steps to Topgrade Your Company

5 Steps to Topgrade Your Company

If Topgrading can help companies like GE and Honeywell be the best, then it would make sense to model and implement into your organization. 

Topgrading, a recruiting methodology developed by Brad and Geoff Smart in the U.S., has found great success with many blue chip companies for the past 30 years. The process systematizes how to hire and retain employees that are “A Players,” rather than accepting B and C Players, which are often classed as mishires and then later, after spending much energy, time, and money, are fired.  When you want to hire sales professionals, Topgrading really brings the best sales professionals to the forefront. 

9 Finger Guitarists & 1 Handed Pitchers

9 Finger Guitarists & 1 Handed Pitchers

Let’s embrace our hippie mind for a bit: put on some new age music, the space music, the music of the spheres or maybe even some Rolling Stones. If you’re in Colorado, you may light up. For the rest of us, we will be content to center into our own being.

Write a Letter

Write a Letter

In this time of email and texting, we forget the power and gravitas of the humble, hand-written letter. It used to take time to send and receive a mail. For that reason, a bit more effort was involved in the crafting of letter. Letters, the ancestor to that speedier youth email, still had a light, conversational tone. Some letters would be drafted and then rewritten, but more often than not, a letter was written out and then mailed. The delete key was unavailable. What you wrote took you down the page. The causal speaking through words to a specific reader — an audience — gave writing a singular focus. 

Childhood Room

Childhood Room

This section ask you to remember your childhood room. The reason to you go back and write about this is it is one of the first places of your memory. Your room was your first place. Like in a movie or a novel, the setting is important and plays a part in the developing drama. It was important that War and Peace was in set in Russia or The Tale of Two Cities in London and Paris or Luke’s training with Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back was on Dagobah. 

Exercise

Exercise

Our present time, even with all its shortcomings, is mindboggling outstanding: more people on the planet can live better, healthier, and longer than any other time in history. The vehicle you have to move you around this quality life is your body and you must care for it to maintain a long, productive life. If your body goes, it becomes increasingly more difficult to think, create, and dive into new endeavors that enhance your own life and the people around you. For that reason, I consider this section one of the most important.  

Simple Greetings

Simple Greetings

When my son graduated from high school, the teachers asked the students to write “thank you” cards to their parents or guardians. When my wife and I received ours in the mail, we were touched. Only four sentences in length, it was appreciative and warm.

Be Quiet!

Be Quiet!

Quietly, spend some quality time with yourself. If you can, spend a whole day alone, in quiet. Henry David Thoreau went out into the woods to live deliberately and find quiet. That is difficult to do in this day and age where most of us work and are guided around by our mobile phones and email.

No News is Good News

No News is Good News

Imagine two people in a silent room. Both of them are down, depressed. Then one tells a joke and laughter starts. You can feel the energy in a room change and lighten. The feeling of the room changes and the energy is contagious. We’ve all been in a room where someone comes in and the energy of the room brightens. Of course, there are times when the energy in the room is zapped by a certain person entering too. 

Break Your Watch

Break Your Watch

Many people are enslaved by time. They go about their day glancing at their watch or smart phone. I know that I do! We have a buzz on our smart watch alerting us to run to the next phone call, get to the next appointment.  We live by our calendars and seek to hit ever meeting. There is nothing wrong with such a habit, but it is good to remember that it is a habit. For years you may have had the habit of wearing a watch without thinking about it. You just slipped it on after university, or maybe in high school, so that you could reach your classes on time and then forgot to remove it—even when going on vacation. 

Choices

Choices

Most of us are pretty good at putting together a plan. Often, come New Years, we scribble down a resolution or two. Even if we don’t write it down, we may have the plan mapped out in our mind. You might decide this year you’ll read a book each month or maybe not snack after 9:00 p.m. Or perhaps you’ve decided to sign up for an online writing course. Maybe it’s to sign up for a certification so you can earn that promotion at work.

Razor's Edge of Oblivion

Razor's Edge of Oblivion

The Sapri-Whorf hypothesis, developed by linguists in the mid 20th century, says that your thought influences your decisions and actions. Of course, like all theories, there is plenty of debate about how much words influences reality, but in effect, they do change how we live our lives.

The Fun Factor

The Fun Factor

Having fun is subjective. Some people find painting model airplanes fun. Others like to play with pictures on their computer. Some write exceptional blogs. Others can bounce a soccer ball on their feet hundreds of times. I know people who can bake and others that draw comics. One guy I know can play banjo. For me, I love to run hundreds of kilometers a month.