Organizational Development

Don’t Just Hire People; Hire Assets!



This was simply one of the many seminar topics covered during the International Door Association EXPO this week. Indianapolis had more going on than just the Final Four!

Presenter: Mark McManus, Door Boy; IDEA Board of Directors

People are the most valuable assets of any successful door company. Hiring and training are not guesswork among high performing businesses. Using the tools available to you and some quality hiring skills can enable you to avoid many common problems associated with managing people, and give you a head-start on your competitors. This session discuss ways to turn job applicants into top assets for your company.

Visit to see the other sessions that were offered. It may just make you think about defining some new goals for your Business.




5 Tips For Motivating Employees

What can you do to keep employees motivated, even when times are tough? Try these 5 tips:

Tip #1: Act as a role model and help inspire employees to identify what they are passionate about at work; then provide them with some projects in their area of passion or interest – a happy employee is a motivated employee!

Tip #2: Clearly define the organization’s vision, mission and strategy as well as the goals and objectives of each employee (and include your employees in the crafting of these). Make sure everyone on your team understands the key role they play in contributing to the success of the department. Ensure each employee is in alignment toward the overall strategy so your group can work as a team and help each other out. Positive team energy will help motivate everyone.

Tip #3: Empower your employees to succeed and delegate challenging and meaningful work – in general, people want to succeed and they want to continue learning and growing, so provide them with opportunities.

Tip #4: Work with each employee to create their own personal development plan. Then, provide them with coaching and mentoring and help them increase their skills and their sense of competence and accomplishment.

Tip #5: Monitor the progress of your employees towards accomplishing their goals and objectives – then provide rewards to reinforce positive behavior, increase their sense of progress and keep them motivated. This can include recognition in front of peers and other rewards that don’t cost a lot of money but are meaningful to the person.