Tim Sackett

Tim Sackett, MS, SPHR is executive vice president of HRU Technical Resources, a contingent staffing firm in Lansing, MI. Tim has 20 years of HR and talent background split evenly between corporate HR gigs among the Fortune 500 and the HR vendor community – so he gets it from both sides of the desk. A frequent contributor to the talent blog Fistful of Talent, Tim also speaks at many HR conferences and events. Contact him here.

Articles by Tim Sackett

Classic TLNT

The No. 1 Thing That Job Seekers Really Do Wrong

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Editor’s Note: Readers frequently ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday, we republish a Classic TLNT post.

I was asked recently by a job seeker: “How do I zero in positions that I’m qualified for and, those that I will be challenged by?” (and a shout out to Michael Kubica, MBA for the question).

After going back and forth with Mike, I think the question is really: “How do I get a job that will use my skills and that I will actually find interesting?

Most people don’t really want to be “challenged” – they use the word “challenged” or “challenging,” but when push comes to shove, what most people want is a job where they feel like their contributions are valuable to the organization, and, they’re using the skills they are best at. Read more…

HR Insights

Want a Smooth Running Organization? Then Stay in Your Lane

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I think there are two types of people in the world:

  1. People who stay in their lane;
  2. People who don’t stay in their lane.

The first group, lane stayers, are the type of people who follow a natural life path. Basically, these are the people who don’t push the natural evolution of their lives — I started at this company. I worked my job. In a certain time I’ll get promoted. There is a sequence of life that I’ll follow, and for the most part, things will work out. Read more…

Talent Management

Feedback Is the Ultimate Leadership Sucker Test

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I think I might be on the cusp of the next great employee feedback mechanism for leadership.

I’ve been thinking about this concept for a long while. You see, for years I’ve had the opportunity to test out my various theories on employee feedback. I’ve watched my own feedback theories change over the years, but they always were grounded in people truly want feedback about their performance.

That is mostly true. People do want feedback about their performance. Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

The One, Single Trait That Separates Great Hires

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For 20 years, I’ve been hiring and firing people.

I’ve been lucky enough to have some great performers, a bunch of good performers, and an also a few crappy performers. It seems like every time I turn, someone has an answer for me on how to hire better.

For years I have given the advice that if all else fails, hire smart people.

It’s not a bad strategy. For the most part, if you hire the smartest ones of the bunch, you’ll have more good performers than bad ones. I’m talking pure intelligence, not necessarily book smarts. Read more…

Best of TLNT

Why HR Needs to Start Worrying About Retention Again

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Editor’s NoteIt’s a TLNT holiday tradition to count down the most popular posts of the year. This is No. 9. Our regular content will return on Monday. Happy New Year!

Yes, 2014 will be the year retention returns to HR.

Retention almost died during the Great Recession. For almost 10 years, HR pros were able to roam the halls of their organization and almost never had to worry about the issue of retention.

There weren’t many jobs. Most people in times of hardship, hunker down and don’t move. It was like a perfect retention storm! Read more…

Best of TLNT

Why Your Best Performers Usually Make the Worst Leaders

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Editor’s NoteIt’s a TLNT holiday tradition to count down the most popular posts of the year. This is No. 28. Our regular content will return on Jan. 5, 2015. 

We all make this mistake, and we’ll continue to make this mistake.

It’s the same old story: One of your employees performs really, really well, and because of their performance you move them out of the position they are in and put them in a leadership position. Then, they fail and become a lousy performer. Read more…

Best of TLNT

Six Things You Need to Know to Be Really Great at HR

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Editor’s NoteIt’s a TLNT holiday tradition to count down the most popular posts of the year. This is No. 30. Our regular content will return on Jan. 5, 2015. 

The one great thing I love about going to HR and talent conferences is that you always get reminded about what really good HR should look like.

It doesn’t mean that your shop will be there, but it gives you something to shoot for. Read more…

Talent Management, Training & Development

5 Things You Must Know About Developing Employees

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I think we try to deliver a message in organizations that all employees need and want to be developed.

This is a lie.

Many of our employees do want and need development. Some don’t need it; they’re better than you. Some don’t want it; just give me my check!

Too many of our leaders truly believe they can develop and make their employees better than they already are. This is a lot tougher than it sounds, and something most leaders actually fail at moving the needle on. Read more…

Classic TLNT

The No. 1 Reason You Should NEVER Drink at an Office Party

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Editor’s Note: The holiday season is here, and TLNT is again getting into the spirit with some classic past holiday posts. Look for them until Christmas Eve.

An old Tibetan monk once said: “A drunken mouth speaks a sober mind.”

I don’t know if that was actually said by an old monk or just something someone’s grandfather said, but in terms drinking at an office function, it rings as true today as it did when whoever said it, said it.

The ironic part of the statement is that people will go to great lengths to say the opposite. “Oh, Tim, please understand I didn’t mean that you are completely incapable of everything – it was the whiskey talking – I don’t really believe that.” Read more…

HR Insights, Recruiting and Staffing

Why It Makes Perfect Sense For You to Hire a Hustler

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Hustle (via Merriam-Webster): “To sell or promote energetically and aggressively.”

Hustle (via Urban Dictionary): “Anything you need to do to make money.”

Hustle (via Sackett): “Getting sh*t done with a smile.”

I’ve been thinking a lot lately on what really makes someone successful. I know folks who are completely brilliant, in a way most of us can’t even comprehend, both intellectually and creatively. I know why they’re successful. Read more…