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Roberta Matuson
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Roberta's Recent Publications

The Magnetic Leader

Employees don’t work for companies; they work for people. The more irresistible you are as a leader, the more pull you have for employees to want to stay and for your customers to remain loyal. Read Excerpt

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Roberta's Recent Publications

Talent Magnetism

Your company is only as good as the talent you keep. Learn the new rules for attracting top talent and getting them to stick around. Excerpt

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Suddenly in Charge

Honored by the Washington Post as a Top 5 Business Book for Leaders.

Learn how to manage up, down, and succeed all around... Excerpt

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Suddenly in Charge

Learn how to save your company millions by improving the quality of your hires, while improving productivity. Slash costly employee turnover.

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Resources

It's The Year 2011... Do You Know Where Your Workers Are?

Close your eyes and try to visualize what your workplace will look like in the year 2011. If you envision a sea of cubicles filled with motivated employees, you are in for a huge awakening!

Here's the reality: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of available jobs is projected to increase by more than 22 million. The civilian labor force, however, is only projected to increase by 17 million. This suggests we will be approximately 5 million workers short of keeping up with job growth over the next 10 years.

It's no secret that aging baby boomers are getting ready to set sail on their retirement journey. We also know that there will not be enough workers to take their place. It's tempting to put your head in the sand and not worry about this until the time comes, but that shortsightedness may sink your ship when the Perfect Labor Storm hits.

Prepare your ship, improve your office environment

It's going to take a lot more than money to keep the talent you already have onboard. Now is the time to ask employees what you can do to improve the workplace. A great way to accomplish this is through climate surveys and focus groups. Resist the temptation to do these on your own. It's unlikely you will receive honest answers. Once you've received the data, communicate the results to employees and begin to formalize a plan to make positive changes.

Get rid of dead wood

You are probably thinking, "Why would I want to get rid of people if they will be hard to replace?" It's simple. Most organizations have at least one or two people who don't pull their weight. Everyone knows it. Employees spend huge amounts of energy working around these individuals and picking up their slack. Eventually, your star employees will tire. They will search for an opportunity where they don't have to carry others on their back and you will be left with more than one or two vacant positions.

Shore up your team

Take a look at your staffing. You may think you are saving boatloads of money by not filling open requisitions. But how long will employees be willing to work two jobs for one salary? To succeed in business you have to be able to go the distance. Burning out your employees will only result in an injured workforce. Partner with a trusted recruitment firm or hire a contract recruiter to avoid further damage.

Map out your course

Take a close look at your workforce to determine your strengths and weaknesses. Then put together succession plans that will help you further define where you need to augment your staff. Provide employees with training and development opportunities to ensure everyone is prepared to stay the course.

It's 2011 and you are happily sailing around the world while your competition is quickly sinking. At night you rest peacefully knowing your organization is in tiptop shape to weather this storm.

Testimonials

"Roberta's guidance has dramatically increased my ability to pull in and retain the talent we need to take our organization to the next level. She's proven to be a trusted advisor and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend her to other CEOs who are looking to accelerate..."
Tom Hopcroft, President & CEO
Mass Leadership Technology Council

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"The coaching that Roberta Matuson provided for one of our retail store managers renewed the manager’s excitement in her work, provided her with increased skills in the selection of new employees and gave her the tools she needed to better manage her staff..."
Mary G. Rahal, VP, Human Resources and Administration
Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries, Inc.

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"Roberta was able to clearly define our project objectives and the methodology that we needed to reach those objectives. Roberta helped us pinpoint the root cause of our problem by using in-depth probing techniques that gave her access to important data we did not have..."
Amy Waryas, Director, HR
The Boston Beer Company

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"Roberta worked with us to create a comprehensive onboarding program. With her guidance, knowledge, and expert HR advise we have successfully launched our company-wide training initiative. We now assimilate new hires into the company more effectively than ever..."
Ted Winston, Co-Owner
Winston Flowers

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"When it comes to management of people, Roberta sees through all the noise and gets right to the heart of the matter..."
Mark Spitzer, President
Photonic Glass Corporation

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"As we have grown, Roberta has provided continued support to help us work through complicated personnel issues while allowing us to focus on other areas of our business. Our employment practices truly support our business goals..."
Paul M. Zavracky, Ph.D., Former President and COO
MicroOptical Corporation

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"Roberta has saved us time and energy on situations we may have needlessly wrestled with. We consider her a partner and look for her guidance often. Roberta has provided a welcomed service to Six Red Marbles..."
Sarah Smith White, President
Six Red Marbles

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"Roberta was tenacious about keeping us focused on completing our project on schedule. The finished project was comprehensive, professional and passed the scrutiny of legal experts. I would definitely use Matuson Consulting again..."
John Blake, Former COO
Advanced Results Marketing

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"Roberta has been a tremendous mentor and coach to me over the past year. She has partnered with me on multiple professional development fronts, as well as helping me through some very challenging situations. I found Roberta to be wise counsel!"
– Allison DiSiena, VP of Recruiting, Marketing, Interactive and Creative Services Division, 24 Seven Inc.

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"Roberta Matuson was our answer. She met with us, developed a plan, walked us through the process to record our policies and procedures. She helped identify areas where policies were non-existent. She then developed and produced our employee handbook. We still use it today..."
Tim Slattery, CEO
CFSmail.com

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"Roberta presented an engaging and informative webinar on “Managing Up in a Top Down World” for Northeastern University’s alumni. This thought provoking session provided practical strategies for navigating office politics and building effective relationships for career advancement. Roberta’s extensive expertise and knowledge of workplace trends was apparent as she skillfully answered a wide range of questions from participants. Her well-organized presentation made it easy for the audience to commit to implementing her advice."
Michele Rapp, Associate Director
Northeastern University

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"Roberta’s ability to provide new leaders with insights on matters that few are willing to discuss is refreshing and will serve our members well. As a CEO, I'm especially impressed with her ability to quickly distill difficult situations and provide pragmatic advice that can be quickly and successfully implemented."
Aradhna Malhotra Oliphant, President and CEO
Leadership Pittsburgh Inc.

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"I have had the opportunity to experience Roberta Matuson’s “fast track” coaching. Her candid, succinct and concise approach provided positive reinforcement toward my professional goals."
Cheryl Schondek, VP of Food Acquisition and Supply Chain
The Greater Boston Food Bank

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