Derek Murphy

Derek Murphy is CEO of TBC , a global assessment company with over four decades of experience, specializing in 360s and survey customization. Our hosting platform, TruScore®, allows you to manage all of your talent management assessments in one central location. Contact him at derek@boothco.com .

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Setting Company Culture? You Better Understand Employee Motivation

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Editor’s note: TLNT is continuing an annual tradition by counting down the most popular posts of this year. This is No. 40. Our regular content will return in January.

People in the business community love their clichés.

There’s no ‘I’ in team,” “work smarter, not harder,” and my personal favorite, “think outside the box.” Ugh.

When it comes to describing a workplace culture, clichés are abundant here as well — especially with our open-door policies and expectations of giving 150 percent (how is this even possible?). These general statements don’t provide the employee with a lot of useful insights into what it really means to work, and fit in, at the company in question. Read more…

HR Basics, HR Management

Onboarding: Helping New Workers Know They’ll Become Something Big

Onboarding

Remember those first-day of school jitters?

You were nervous with anticipation and, as a result, probably slept very little wondering where your classes were and what your new teachers were like (stickler for rules or laid-back and fun)? That’s not even considering all the social issues that arise such as who would be in your class and where you would sit for lunch at the cafeteria.

We all hoped that those first-day jitters ended as soon as we received our high school and college diplomas, but as I’m sure you’re aware, that is not the case. Whenever one starts a new job, they are faced with those exact same apprehensive feelings. Read more…

Talent Management

High Potentials: You Need to Feed Your Stars or Kiss Them Goodbye

give-way-high-potential

I recall with sincere fondness the memory of playing certain childhood games – Sorry, Monopoly, LIFE, and one of my personal favorites, Chutes and Ladders.

Now, each of these has messaging, or themes, that could be related in some fashion or another to Corporate America – risk/reward; entrepreneurial spirit; getting ahead with good deeds and jobs well done; dropping down a few rungs on the ladder for our mistakes, etc., etc.

However, I’ll spare you my trite connections (Connect Four!) on these beloved games, and instead turn my attention towards the world of the hungry, hungry High-Potentials. Read more…

Culture

Setting Company Culture? You Better Understand Employee Motivation

Motivation11

People in the business community love their clichés.

There’s no ‘I’ in team,”work smarter, not harder,” and my personal favorite, “think outside the box.” Ugh.

When it comes to describing a workplace culture, clichés are abundant here as well — especially with our open-door policies and expectations of giving 150 percent (how is this even possible?). These general statements don’t provide the employee with a lot of useful insights into what it really means to work, and fit in, at the company in question. Read more…

HR Management, Leadership

The Eternal Debate: Can Managers Learn to Lead, and Leaders to Manage?

leaders-vs-managers

Leadership and management should be linked together, not separated

Leaders are celebrated, while managers are often criticized, but a combination of the two could be just what the economy needs.

There’s been an ongoing debate for the past five decades, and I’m not talking about Medicare or why the Chicago Cubs haven’t won a title since 1908. This debate has to do with leaders and managers. Read more…

Talent Management

Internal or External? Why You May Benefit Promoting From Within

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Let’s say there is a skills gap in your company. If budgets allow, your first inclination might be to hire someone from outside the company to close that gap.

After all, there are some people who know how to look great on “paper,” and a stunning resume can make any company leader salivate over the potential of hiring a “rock star” employee.

While that philosophy works in certain situations, new research suggests promoting a current employee because they may actually perform better than hiring an external candidate. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

Do You Push or Do You Pressure? How Managers Can Find the Right Balance

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At risk of sounding like a yoga teacher or a self-help guru, I think most people strive for balance. We want city budgets to be balanced, our football teams to find balance as a cohesive unit, and most of us aspire to have some type of work-life balance.

Now we could hold a healthy debate around your definition of work-life balance vs. mine, but I’m not sure if that would be a good use of anyone’s time. Instead, I’d like to take a closer look at finding balance as it relates to a very specific leadership skill – Push/Pressure. This competency can be an extremely difficult leadership area for some to master.

In short, push/pressure in the workplace setting is where managers and leaders need to strike the right balance between pushing for results, and the amount of pressure they’re applying to reach those results. After all, the need to use pressure to achieve results is often a fact of life in organizations. Read more…

Talent Management

Night Owl or Early Bird, It Helps to Know When You Are Most Productive

night owl

The early bird catches the worm.

I hate that phrase.

I find it irritating because of the origin behind it, the idea that in order to succeed you must wake up and get to work early. I’m going to have to disagree with this concept.

I’m a night owl. I have little desire to be up at 6 am, unless I absolutely must. I’ve tried many times in my career to be like the rest of the working population by being a morning person and one of the first to work. That concept got old real fast. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

Distraction or Stress Reducer? Why a Dog-Friendly Workplace Might Work

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I can’t help but notice the abundance of articles dedicated to workplace stress.

Bottom line: Workplace stress is a very real phenomenon that can bring about an array of health concerns. It’s no secret that stress is a major contributor to employee absenteeism and low morale, which can result in a substantial loss of productivity.

But what can we, the business leaders, do to help lower stress levels? Reduce the amount of work given to an employee?

Sure, that sounds all noble in theory, but let’s be realistic, deadlines are there for a reason and work needs to be accomplished. Sometimes reducing the workload really isn’t a feasible option.

Before you throw your hands up in frustration and increase your own stress levels, maybe you should turn to man’s (or woman’s) best friend. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

Avoiding the Summer Brain Drain: How to Keep Your Staff Refreshed

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We may have conflicting views on politics, movies, and choice of beer, but when it comes down to it, the whole country can agree on one thing – it’s hot outside.

Living in Colorado, I’m not quite as accustomed to a steady supply of 100-degree days. But whether I like it or not, this is our current reality and it can have a lingering impact that isn’t just about sweat.

Some in the medical community have said weather could have a direct correlation to our moods. According to an article on MSN.com, researchers have been investigating the relationship between weather and temperament since the early 1970s, around the time the song Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head was released. Read more…