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Oct 20216

Gauge Opportunities - A Quick Tip

by Jon Grannis, 2 weeks ago

Like the surfer selecting the right wave, people encounter endless opportunities for growth and must decide whether the opportunity is worth the inherent risks involved. Some opportunities may involve moving to a new country, working with colleagues with different backgrounds, or taking on a new role.
Sep 202110

Build a Foundation for Growth - A Quick Tip

by Jon Grannis, 6 weeks ago

Oftentimes, behind the scenes tasks are overlooked as being nonessential; however, they are a vital component to the health and productivity of the team. It takes the combined efforts of many types of skills and talents on a team to create the shared successful fruits of their labor.
Aug 202126

American Diversity: From Exclusion to Inclusion

by Jon Grannis, 2 months ago

So when and how did this focus on diversity and inclusion as business issues get started in the USA? Most people point to the mid-1960’s when the civil rights movement led to the passage of the anti-discrimination laws which ultimately changed American business practices. But...
Aug 202113

Seek Transformation - A Quick Tip

by Jon Grannis, 2 months ago

You may need to consider restructuring your team if you find that you have lost efficiency, passion or focus.
Aug 20219

Leading with Integrity

by Jon Grannis, 2 months ago

When it comes to creating a culture of integrity, what your managers say isn’t nearly as influential as what they do.
Jul 202129

Getting the biggest bang for your budget just got easier!

by Jon Grannis, 3 months ago

Get your team the training & support they need... to effectively succeed! All government entities get 20% off Sollah programs through 9/30/2021. The Sollah team is happy to announce our 2021 Semi-Annual Government Sale!
Jul 202127

Bet you've heard this phrase lately...I'm Stressed!

by Jon Grannis, 3 months ago

Stress is the body's reaction to any change that requires an adjustment or response. It reacts to these changes with physical, mental, and emotional responses. In simple terms, stress occurs when something is impacting us… mostly based on the fear of the unknown.
Jul 202116

Now's the time to really listen to your employees.

by Jon Grannis, 3 months ago

Now's the time to really listen to your employees. Have you ever taken the time to really listen to your employees/staff? I mean really listen? If you have, you know that their feedback can be tough to swallow.
Jul 20219

Driving organizational change on diversity dynamics is never easy!

by Jon Grannis, 3 months ago

We can all be super heroes... that's the truth! Whether it's helping a colleague on a failing project or being an ally in supporting our non-binary staff. That's the stuff of heroes.
Jul 20211

There's been a sharp drop in male mentors... what are they afraid of?

by Jon Grannis, 4 months ago

There's been a sharp drop in male mentors... what are they afraid of? Results from a recent LeanIn.org survey found that 60 percent of male managers are uncomfortable participating in a common work activity with a woman, such as mentoring, working alone, or socializing together.
Jun 202111

Sollah releases new interactive tool for legal/illegal pre-employment questions!

by Jon Grannis, 4 months ago

Asking the right questions is your single best way to get the right kinds of information during the interview... the kinds of information that will lead you to the best hiring decision.
Jun 20212

Find the Missing Ingredient - A Quick Tip

by Jon Grannis, 5 months ago

On the surface, a desert appears sparse and desolate. The harsh conditions do not seem conducive to growth. Yet, on the rare occasions that rain soaks the desert, it becomes a plethora of color and life - often overnight.
May 202126

Five Common DEI Strategy Implementation Mistakes

by Jon Grannis, 5 months ago

Having a diversity, equity and inclusion strategy in place within an organization is fantastic! But having a well-planned and result-driven program that is getting results is never implemented without careful planning. Here are some common mistakes we've seen organizations make in the name of 'diversity.'
May 202124

Overcome Obstacles - A Quick Tip

by Jon Grannis, 5 months ago

Identifying your project’s sunlight (or energy source) is key to being able to find the way around obstructions in your path.
May 202110

Sobering stats about mental health in today's workplace...

by Jon Grannis, 5 months ago

COVID-19 has left it's mark in so many ways. It's hard to quantify the pain, grief, sadness and loss. But the impacts of this pandemic will be felt for a long time.
Apr 202121

DEI’s Role To Support Employees Following Violence

by Jon Grannis, 6 months ago

Over the past several months, episodes of violence and the media storm that followed has left many employees in our diverse workforce coming to work feeling scared, stressed and fearful. The events are bringing up many conversations about unconscious bias and being respectful.
Apr 20219

Be Open to How Work Gets Done

by Jon Grannis, 6 months ago

Sled dogs such as huskies and malamutes are elite competitors. These dogs perform in harsh winter conditions, love working together as a team, and can travel as far as 100 miles a day. This intense effort requires racing sled dogs to consume 10,000 calories a day.
Mar 202119

Move From Conflict to Growth - A Quick Tip

by Jon Grannis, 7 months ago

If you have a conflict, reflect on the possible cause(s) and related areas of growth that will help to improve future communication.
Feb 202112

Link Different Points of View - A Quick Tip

by Jon Grannis, 8 months ago

In the history of the US, the connection of the east and west coasts via the Transcontinental Railroad had a profound impact upon the country.
Feb 20219

Do the Right Thing! Supporting Ethical Behavior in the Workplace

by Jon Grannis, 8 months ago

Most of us take pride in having a strong moral compass. We do our best to take the high road when presented with a moral or ethical challenge.
Jan 202113

Sollah Interactive Releases eLearning Course for Mandated Reporters of Child Abuse & Neglect

by Jon Grannis, 9 months ago

This interactive course provides an overview of the definitions, requirements, and protections of the CA Child Abuse & Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA) – legislation originally passed in 1980 – as it relates to corporate human resources professionals and to front line business supervisors.
Jan 202111

Sollah Interactive Releases "My Story" (Racism is Real)

by Jon Grannis, 9 months ago

Racism and racial bias are real. They can be subtle. Or blatant. Either way, racism deeply impacts those who are the target of the racist act, statement, or attitude.
Jan 20219

Are You Prepared for Unusual Interviewing Situations?

by Jon Grannis, 9 months ago

Even with the best preparation, you still may encounter situations that go beyond normal. Maybe a candidate just can’t think of anything to say, or talks too much, or even has misrepresented his or her qualifications.
Jan 20215

Sollah Interactive Releases New Program to Help Beat Workplace Racism

by Jon Grannis, 10 months ago

ALL IN!™ Beating Racism in the Workplace presents “real world” workplace scenarios along with strategies for helping participants recognize and respond effectively when they encounter various diversity dynamics.
Jan 20214

Sollah Interactive Announces Acquisition of Employee University’s 1 on 1™ Training Program

by Jon Grannis, 10 months ago

Sollah Interactive Announces Acquisition of Employee University’s 1 on 1™: Informal Employee Performance Review Training Program.

2020 POSTS

Dec 202028

Encourage Greatness - A Quick Tip

by Jon Grannis, 10 months ago

Creating powerful teams with high impact does not happen in a single day. The foundation of great teams comes from a vision and respect for people that builds over time. Building a great team requires on-going daily respectful interactions that support each other.
Dec 202015

Custom Training Is Easier Than You Think!

by Jon Grannis, 10 months ago

Sollah is content rich and format agnostic. For self- directed learning, we design for all training platforms and help you aim your message and fulfill your learning goals by taking into account your ultimate objectives, specific requirements and the needs of your audience and facilitators. For workshops and classroom needs, we provide full instructional design services, train-the-trainer sessions, training delivery and implementation support.
Nov 20209

Giving Thanks Isn't Just Lip Service

by Jon Grannis, 11 months ago

It's around the holidays that we typically wax nostalgic. We remember friends, family, co-workers, pets... you name it. The holidays tend to give us a chance to pause and reflect.
Oct 202014

Explore Unchartered Territories - A Quick Tip

by Jon Grannis, 12 months ago

Working on diverse teams with divergent points of view, creates opportunities for a different kind of courage. This kind of courage is the willingness to have difficult conversations respectfully and in doing so, to form deeper team bonds that build inclusion and engagement for all team members.
Oct 202010

EEO - Affirmative Action – Diversity & Equity, Inclusion – An Overview

by Jon Grannis, 12 months ago

As organizations focus on the implementation of diversity, equity & inclusion programs they sometimes, mistakenly, assume that there is no longer a need for EEO or affirmative action/affirmative employment efforts. This can be a serious error as each program contributes to the organization’s success in different ways.
Sep 202010

Top Tips for Working on Diverse Teams

by Jon Grannis, 13 months ago

Diverse teams with members from different backgrounds will offer an even greater variety of expertise and personalities. While it may take an increased amount of respect and awareness to work in concert, the team has a greater potential for victory.
Aug 202031

Challenge What Needs To Be Changed - A Quick Tip

by Jon Grannis, 14 months ago

There are times when faced with the choice of following the rules or fighting for a principal such as equality, that a fight against the rules is the right action to take.
Aug 202020

Past Behavior is a Reliable Predictor of Future Performance

by Jon Grannis, 14 months ago

If you’re like most managers, your greatest need is for a system of interviewing that doesn’t force you to rely on a gut feeling or your intuition. You want a system that enables you to gather the right information and use it to make informed hiring decisions. You want a system that has built-in predictability, so you know that the person you hire will be successful on the job.
Jul 202027

Differences Create Insights - A Quick Tip

by Jon Grannis, 15 months ago

When working on teams, having a different point of view can provide powerful insight, if people feel respected enough to share that idea. If the team lacks respect for individuals then great ideas won’t be shared. Being respectful of others’ points of view is the first step to developing powerful teams.
Jul 202013

Diversity & Inclusion - Glossary of Terms and Key Concepts

by Jon Grannis, 15 months ago

We are often asked about the 'formal definitions ' of the terms used in Sollah's video programs and eLearning courses. We work closely with our subject matter experts to present the terms used in our training materials as both legally correct and easy-to-understand. Here are some of the key terms and concepts we're most asked about.
Jun 202010

Be The First!

by Jon Grannis, 16 months ago

Bias (whether conscious or unconscious) can impact teams and with workplace as a whole. What can you do to combat it in your organization?
Jun 20201

Getting Back to Work During/After the Pandemic

by Jon Grannis, 17 months ago

The impact of the current pandemic has been felt by just about every business around the world. Organizations are navigating a broad range of issues that span from keeping their employees and customer safe to re-configuring business operations and getting things to a 'new' normal
May 20208

Invest Your Time for Others - A Quick Tip

by Jon Grannis, 17 months ago

On teams, it is important to be willing to invest time into the lives of other team members. We do this by learning about what they need and what obstacles they face and by then offering our assistance.
Apr 202016

Create Your Own Opportunities - A Quick Tip

by Jon Grannis, 2 years ago

When working on diverse teams, sometimes you have to create your own opportunities by putting forth new ideas, proposing collaborations, and building networks that will help accomplish your goals.
Apr 20206

Creating a Culture of Integrity

by Jon Grannis, 2 years ago

In an effort to educate employees about ethical business practices and regulatory compliance within the organization, many organizations are developing ethics and compliance programs. These programs encourage ethical behavior and compliance with regulatory requirements.
Mar 202025

Telecommuting: Making a Success of Working from Home

by Jon Grannis, 2 years ago

So, now you’re working from home. Awesome! Right? Working from home is great on so many levels. Not having to commute saves money and time. You can avoid the fish and popcorn smells emanating from the break room. And new technology tools make it simple to check in with office teammates.
Mar 202024

Overcoming Worries and Fears

by BK / DEV, 2 years ago

Our fears limit us. They hold us back. They keep us from living a positive, proactive life that embraces the good and decries that which needs to be changed. Fear-based decisions hurt us, and they hurt others who are affected by our decisions. The child who is never allowed to make decisions because we fear she’ll make the wrong decisions finally rebels and turns into the teenager from the black lagoon.
Mar 202023

Stress - Getting Perspective

by Jon Grannis, 2 years ago

Little kids run everywhere they go. Ever notice that? They don’t just move in a dignified way from room to room like we do. You get the impression that they’re afraid they’ll miss something exciting if they don’t approach life at warp speed. And they can be brought to a screeching halt by a colony of ants or a pile a leaves. If you catch us running, it’s because we’re late for a meeting.
Mar 202022

We Will Prevail. Together.

by Jon Grannis, 2 years ago

During these stressful times, Sollah Interactive is here to help. Whether it’s walking through training needs or simply for an ear to listen… we are here. We are open. We are present. We are prepared to help.
Mar 202011

8 Ways to Help Yourself During Stressful Times

by Jon Grannis, 2 years ago

When we feel that we have no control, many (ok most) people get frustrated, fearful and stressed. None of this helps to improve our interactions with others who inhabit this planet with us. But, we can all make a difference – large or small – to ourselves and others as we move through this challenging time.
Feb 202020

See Potential Contributions, Not Limitations - A Quick Tip

by Jon Grannis, 2 years ago

When working on teams, it is important not to look at limitations but instead at the potential contribution that each person can make – regardless of what kind of package that contribution comes in. This will allow you to maximize the skills and abilities of all team members. Action Step: The next time you interact with someone, ask yourself, what potential contributions do I see this person?
Feb 202010

Honor Unique Contributions

by Jon Grannis, 2 years ago

The individual brilliance of an employee is not always realized until a group comes together to collaborate. Working with other employees on diverse teams helps each team member to tap into their creativity, often producing ground breaking products and services that could only be discovered through collaboration.
Jan 202016

Q & A: The Impact of Harassment in an Organization

by Jon Grannis, 2 years ago

In order to reduce harassment claims in your organization, employers should establish, distribute to all employees, and enforce a policy that prohibits inappropriate behavior (including harassment), and communicates a procedure for making complaints.
Jan 20207

Adversity Creates Inspiration - A Quick Tip

by Jon Grannis, 2 years ago

Be patient when working on diverse teams so that together you are able to accept challenges and to grow from them.