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Human Resources

Preparing for a Termination Meeting

Getting your Ducks in a Row

Most managers take a lot of time and expend a lot of energy in ensuring that they have done their due diligence when deciding to terminate a poor performing employee.  Important stuff for sure.   Paying some attention to the actual termination meeting itself is also important but often overlooked. The goal should be to get through the meeting without anyone feeling tortured or beat up, and with all parties leaving with their dignity intact.  Here Read the full article…

Written by Deanna Hunter

On November 25, 2015

Getting Better at Giving Feedback

Practice Makes Perfect

Giving feedback is something that many people struggle with.  We usually fear it because we assume it will create conflict, make someone feel bad, and it is just uncomfortable in general.    At work, not providing feedback can have lots of different effects – pretty much all negative.  Check out my post on this topic at for a quick reminder of some of those negative impacts. The thing is, giving feedback is a skill you Read the full article…

Written by Deanna Hunter

On September 21, 2015

Case Study: Conducting a Pulse Check Survey

To identify the way forward for a small company

The CEO of a small company I have been working with was interested in what his employees were thinking and whether there were any hot button issues that could be resolved in order to keep his team engaged.  The organization had just doubled in size, from 11 to 24 in less than six months, and was continuing to grow. The CEO knew that retention of his current high performing team was critical to achieve some incredibly top Read the full article…

Written by Deanna Hunter

On June 9, 2015

FAQs: working with Ridgegate Consulting…

Everything you wanted to know &
WEREN'T afraid to ask!

I’ve met with a lot of very interesting business people over the last few months.  Over a cup of coffee, we’ve talked about all kinds of things.  The best way to double the size of a company in three months.  How to handle a sticky ‘sick leave’ situation with an employee.  How the slow-down in the economy is impacting their business.  And why the heck millennials are such a pain in the !@#$!@#. Those same Read the full article…

Written by Deanna Hunter

On April 4, 2015