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What’s in your Toolbox? Welcome a New Employee

Onboarding an employee is a key time that sets the tone for the work relationships to follow. Inherent in hiring a new employee is the reality that you’re short-handed. Given that, onboarding can all too often be haphazard rather than intentional. Employees’ first days and weeks with a company are defining their relationships, goals, and directing their paths with an organization. Here are three practices for welcoming every new hire: Send a welcome message. It doesn’t have to be formal or wordy, but send an email welcoming the new staff member and expressing that you are looking forward to working with him or her. If you were part of the interview process, include a specific trait that sto

Don't Over-Apply...

If you’re in the midst of a new job search, Cheryl Hyatt offers some importance guidance in a recent interview with Fast Company’s Jared Lindzon about the importance of not over-applying within one company.

Why A Vacation Is the Best Thing You Can Do for Your Career

Americans do not take their vacation days. One study found that Americans leave half of their vacation days unused. Another study noted that over half of the workforce feels overworked and nearly a third report that they don’t have time to reflect on their jobs or performance. Many of us feel that working without break is a sign of dedication; however, overwork will hurt, not help, our job performance. Any athlete knows that rest and recovery is key to achievement and growth. Work is no different. We’re reluctant to take a much-needed vacation, but often find that it is during these breaks that we discover our biggest and best ideas. If you haven’t made your summer plans yet, take our advice

Where Are You Going—And Who Will Help You Get There?

Does your staffing in key roles align with your strategic plan? Summer is an excellent time to take advantage of the break in activity to invest in strategic planning. At Hyatt-Fennell, we can help you review your plan, analyze whether the right people are in the right roles to achieve the plans you’ve committed to for future success. We bring decades of experience, which we pair with a commitment to listen to our clients and their needs. Our counsel will always be rooted in understanding what you value. Give us a call today to schedule a time to begin the conversation. You can reach us here.

What’s Wrong with You? How Knowing Your Shortcomings Can Enable Success

What did you learn in business school? The Muse recently posed that question to Harvard MBA students. One grad, Ellen Chisa, shared: “People often know what they’re good at (it got them where they are!). Unfortunately, things won’t always go well in your career. How you react and recover impacts everyone around you. One of the best things I did this year was answering these two questions honestly, for myself: ‘What is my worst self?’ and ‘When does my worst self come out?’” Read the entire list, full of nuggets of wisdom, here.

Harnessing the Power of Habits

Your day is nothing more than a collection of habits. From sorting through morning emails to afternoon coffee breaks, daily rhythms pace our days. Those habits shape the efficacy of your professional career. Some habits are intentional additions, but most evolve naturally through a combination of your situation and your personality. It doesn’t have to be that way. Summer brings with it a lot of disruption to routine. People go on vacation. School is out of session. You can take advantage of the changes to your routine to intentionally integrate new habits that will benefit your professional life. We have a few suggestions you can choose from: Regular networking lunch Meditation Sending a tha

Search Spotlight: Vice President for Academic Affairs

Are you considering a new position? The professionals at Hyatt-Fennell bring a knowledgeable background and nuanced approach to every search in order to make effective matches. We are assisting in a number of searches this summer, including: Director of Athletics (Deadline: July 16, 2018) Emory & Henry College, Emory, VA Dean of the Daniel L. Goodwin College of Business (Deadline: July 16, 2018) Benedictine University, Lisle, IL Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs (Deadline: July 16, 2018) Cabrini University, Radnor, PA Vice President for Enrollment Management (Deadline: August 1, 2018) Emory & Henry College, Emory, VA Vice President for Academic Affairs / Dean of the Faculty (

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