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Talent Management

Eliminating Performance Appraisals

Ed Lawler | Posted 04.01.2014 | Business
Ed Lawler

Of course, even the best performance management system cannot make all managers effective at setting goals, coaching, and giving feedback. The answer for them is not eliminating the appraisal system; it is eliminating them.

The Real Cure for Employee Engagement May Surprise You

Val Matta | Posted 03.28.2014 | Small Business
Val Matta

Employee engagement may seem like a huge mystery, but the cure actually lies in the little things you do that accumulate to larger results. There's a huge red flag employers are overlooking -- they simply don't understand what employee engagement is.

Women in Business: Q&A with Cathy Benko, Vice Chairman, Managing Principal and head of Corporate Citizenship at Deloitte

Laura Dunn | Posted 03.30.2014 | Business
Laura Dunn

Cathy Benko is Vice Chairman and Managing Principal at Deloitte LLP. Cathy is renowned for being among the first to design and implement a systemic r...

What Should HR Leaders Focus On in 2014?

Ed Lawler | Posted 03.27.2014 | Business
Ed Lawler

The most important thing that HR should focus on in talent management is assessing the skills the organization needs to implement its strategy, and the plan for recruiting and managing that critical talent.

Rating and Ranking in Performance Appraisals

Michele Masterfano | Posted 02.03.2014 | Business
Michele Masterfano

In many companies today, performance appraisals are all about what is going wrong. That should be turned around, so that there is more of a conversation of what is going right, and if it isn't, how that can be fixed.

A Baseball Lesson in Building Culture and Managing Talent

Dov Seidman | Posted 12.23.2013 | Sports
Dov Seidman

In our era of "Moneyball," quant jocks, and $100 million-plus payrolls, the story of how one baseball team found a more enduring competitive advantage offers a valuable playbook for Little League coaches, corporate chief executive officers, and leaders of all organizations.

Things Bosses Shouldn't Say... But Do

John Friedman | Posted 12.22.2013 | Business
John Friedman

Do these sound familiar? What have you heard (either directly or indirectly)? Anyone willing to share things that they said and later regretted?

Watch Out Walmart: The Germans Are Coming... and They Pay Well

Chris DeRose | Posted 10.22.2013 | Business
Chris DeRose

How does ALDI prepare the average twenty-something college grad for the rigors of leadership judgment and detailed operational responsibility? District managers at ALDI are the product of a full year of training.

5 Keys to Making Your Internal Coaching Service a Success

Jenny Garrett | Posted 10.19.2013 | Business
Jenny Garrett

The thing to remember is that internal coaching is not appropriate for every situation and external coaches can still be used for specific interventions, for example CEO's and Directors typically do not use internal coaches.

Are You a High-Performing Pain in the Neck at Work?

Robyn Greenspan | Posted 06.01.2013 | Business
Robyn Greenspan

Given a choice between an "A-Player" with a bad attitude and a "B-Player" with a good attitude, senior managers overwhelming choose disposition before qualifications.

Job Interviews: Users Beware

Ed Lawler | Posted 06.01.2013 | Business
Ed Lawler

The greatest cost of job interviews is not the wasted time of the interviewer, it is the fact that they are poor at identifying how effective applicants will be if they are hired, and they can easily lead to lawsuits.

Building the Truvia Brand: The Sweet Taste of Success with a Woman's Touch

Dr. Sasha Galbraith | Posted 05.05.2013 | Business
Dr. Sasha Galbraith

How do you take a brand and turn it from nothing to number two in less than five years? Zanna McFerson did just that with Truvia.

As President Obama's Executive Coach...

John Mattone | Posted 03.02.2013 | Business
John Mattone

As I have observed President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner go "back and forth" in an apparent attempt to avoid the "fiscal cliff," I am left with the inescapable conclusion that the U.S. government has few outstanding leaders.

The Most Important Job Interview Question

Anthony Tjan | Posted 10.04.2012 | Small Business
Anthony Tjan

n. As soon as you have the sense that you have a qualified candidate, start balancing your interview mode with sell mode. Explain why you and your firm make sense for the candidate, why you are a natural choice. Then ask the most important question -- would they choose you?

The Secret to Finding and Attracting Top Tech Talent in the Midst of a Shortage

Jamey Jeff | Posted 11.24.2012 | Small Business
Jamey Jeff

With top technical talent in high demand, companies have to get creative in order to attract high quality candidates. Easy to say, harder to do, right?

Preventing the Loss of Key Talent

Ed Lawler | Posted 07.08.2012 | Business
Ed Lawler

Jobs don't have a worth; individuals do, and at a time of economic expansion it is particularly important that individuals be paid what they are worth in the market. How about long-term employment relationships and job security?

The Paradox of High-Potential Employees

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 06.25.2012 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

To retain high-potential employees, the conventional wisdom is deceptively simple: identify, develop, and nurture them. But translating this into action is much more difficult.

What Business Can Learn From the Jeremy Lin Story

Paul Gorrell, Ph.D. | Posted 04.17.2012 | Business
Paul Gorrell, Ph.D.

Lin's story underlines the importance of knowing the quality of an organization's talent and finding ways to empower individuals to become breakout stars who can demonstrate their very best.

Stop Bashing HR

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 03.20.2012 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Let's figure out what it will take to accelerate the transition that most HR functions truly want to make, and how line managers can make the journey with them, side by side.

Managing in the Age of Gaga

Paul Gorrell, Ph.D. | Posted 01.26.2012 | Business
Paul Gorrell, Ph.D.

If we really believe that we are on the "Edge of Glory," most of what we experience at work will end up seeming like the edge of mediocrity. This is the challenge of managing people in a time of extreme narcissism.

Better Angels at Work

Paul Gorrell, Ph.D. | Posted 01.15.2012 | Business
Paul Gorrell, Ph.D.

Leaders today need to act more like "first among equals" and work within team structures to experience heightened levels of success.

The Root Cause of All Corporate Performance

John Fox | Posted 11.05.2011 | Business
John Fox

Could it really be that simple? That's the second question I asked Tom FitzGerald, resident expert in corporate transformation. Here's the synopsis of my recent interview with him.

Keeping Great People With Three Kinds of Mentors

Anthony Tjan | Posted 10.18.2011 | Business
Anthony Tjan

Few firms think as carefully about mentorship as they should. So for most companies, a wake-up call on the basics of mentorship is in order.

Get Your Piece of the Merger Dividend

Ron Ashkenas | Posted 08.28.2011 | Business
Ron Ashkenas

Post-merger/acquisition integration is like a change project on steroids. There is an overwhelming amount of work to be done with insufficient time and resources available to do it.

Want a Higher Performing Team? Act Like a Talent Agent

Fred Whelan and Gladys Stone | Posted 08.10.2011 | Business
Fred Whelan and Gladys Stone

We all know how important it is to develop your people. Many companies place a premium on how effective you are in helping your people grow and may base part of your bonus on it.