HR Leadership & COVID-19

Hunter Lott HR extraordinaire with 1500 Vistage workshops over his 26 years of added value content Zoomed into Austin this week for a May 20th 2 hour morning workshop. Highlights were:

  • COVID-19 – follow CDC guidelines – you can’t get sued
  • Behavior & Value Performance new norm- written Behavior Standard: “Maintain positive work environment by acting and communicating in a manner so that your get along with customers, clients, vendors, co-workers and management.”
  • Leadership – over communicate, weekly 1-2-1’s, monthly emails “from the desk of”
  • Management – What are you working on, how can I help?
  • Sales team – Increase commissions, quarterly bonuses vs. decreasing – “Just Over” bonuses for all empoloyees
  • Working from home – evaluate productivity vs. busy – set, create OKR’s (objectives, key results) – weekly, monthly and quarterly
  • Re-opening gudielines:
  • Only keep you A & B employees, look outside for new talent

Ask yourself  – Why should an “A” player come to work for me?

  • Add behavior standard to your job description posts – make it fun
  • RIF’ed employees – Knowing what you know now about this employee, would you enthusiastically rehire him or her?
  • Re-open Checklist – CDC guidelines
  • Hiring “A” Players – Interview question – Favorite Audition Question

To do your best work how do you need to be managed?

If you want a copy of his talk or his slide deck, send me your email.

Stay safe,


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I grew up in Carlsbad, north San Diego County, lost my dad as a teenager, went into the USAF for four years and hired on with 3M in 1969. Received my AA from Santa Barbara City College, BA and Masters from Redlands University and after 33 plus years, I retired from 3M in 2002. As I look back on my life, I have been creating myself and developing my skill sets to be a business coach and a Vistage Chair. I am president of SEOT, a "personal improvement" consulting firm spending most of my time working with Central Texas executives running small to medium size for-profit companies who are focusing on improving their profitability greater than their competition. My area of interest is assisting senior executives in creating a better balance between business commitments and personal relationships. I also facilatate three leadership labs each consisting of a dozen owners, presidents and CEOs. We meet monthly both in a group setting as well as in a 1-to-1 coaching session. Our focus is to sharpen each others' skills in becoming better leaders, making better decisions and taking ourselves and companies to that next level. Who are we? My members are experienced top executives who recognize that they don’t have all the answers and who actively seek the company of successful peers—both to give and receive insights and ideas. My members mine the 200 plus years of chief executive experience that comes together in our monthly meetings and members are eager to offer their own experience and insights in the process. As a group, we spend our time exploring topics members can't discuss anywhere else. My members have many other places where they can engage in idle, "cocktail party" chatter. Our mission is to provide the setting for discussing the "undiscussable." Where or who can you go to for confidential, honest feedback to assist you in minimizing your personal "Worry List"?