The Khorus Blog

[New Ebook] The Predictable Execution Checklist

Khorus Team

Posted by Khorus Team
November 15, 2018

The concepts of "strategy" and "execution," though often contrasted, are in fact inextricably linked. Any good strategy takes into account the executional abilities of the organization; likewise, the execution phase should never consist of mindless doing but instead stay attuned to strategic priorities.

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The 4 Levels of Employee Motivation

Joel Trammell

Posted by Joel Trammell
November 1, 2018

This article originally appeared in Credit Union Management magazine.

What motivates the employees at your organization to do their best work? Are they working just for a paycheck, or do they feel that they are making a positive impact in the organization—and on its customers?

Over the past few decades, the nuances of workplace motivation have been studied from every perspective imaginable: psychology, neuroscience, biology, organizational theory and more. Many of the findings have been counterintuitive, such as the fact that monetary compensation is one of the weakest motivators out there.

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It's Okay to Say No at Work

Joel Trammell

Posted by Joel Trammell
October 18, 2018

When employees say yes to every task and request, their work suffers—along with the performance of the whole organization.

Imagine you have a new marketer at your company. 

Up and running for a few weeks now, Sarah has impressed her peers and senior employees with her insight and work ethic. This morning, she’s got several requests in her inbox:

  • from her boss, to start digging in on a new research project;
  • from the sales team, for a piece of copy;
  • from the communications manager, for ideas for an upcoming email campaign—“if you have time,” the email says.

On top of that, she’s still got new-hire materials to read, the day-to-day minutiae of her role, and some ideas of her own she hopes to flesh out and present to her boss soon.

What does Sarah do?

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Ebook Release: What to Expect as a New CEO

Khorus Team

Posted by Khorus Team
September 27, 2018

A recent survey covered in Harvard Business Review showed that 68% of CEOs admit that, in hindsight, they were unprepared to take on the CEO role. That's not surprising when you consider that the role of CEO is quite unlike any other leadership position in the organization. It requires a unique and specific set of skills.

We're excited to announce a new ebook by Khorus founder Joel Trammell, What to Expect as a New CEO, written to prepare new and aspiring chief executives for five of the biggest hurdles they will face in the role.

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How to Guarantee a Hiring Failure

Joel Trammell

Posted by Joel Trammell
September 3, 2018

I thought black swans were rare, but a small nonprofit was apparently looking for one. They asked me to help them hire their next executive director, but when I read the job listing I was flabbergasted. They were looking for someone with years of experience in every facet of operating a nonprofit—from fundraising to grant writing to management and beyond -- with detailed requirements in each area.

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