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The Most Important Conversation? It’s Sure Not the Performance Review

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It’s a lesson I learned while I was working toward an MBA: the most powerful business lessons aren’t the stories of success, but the stories of failure.

Yes, as good as it is to hear about Herb Kelleher and how he built the great workforce culture at Southwest Airlines, I got a lot more out of studying “Chainsaw” Al Dunlap and all the bad stuff he did while systematically tearing down companies (like Sunbeam) and their culture.

This is also true of business wisdom; I always learn a lot more from the bad advice I see popping up from so many so-called experts who have curious notions about what really matters when it comes to managing people and leading a workforce. Read more…

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Are You Googling Job Candidates? When You Do, Everyone Loses

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Years ago, I asked HR professionals to stop Googling candidates.

In short, it is dumb and lazy.

It is an unreliable and invalid way of discerning a candidate’s knowledge, skills and abilities. And I believe it might be an illegal hiring practice, although there is no legal decision or class action lawsuit against an employer in America to test that theory. Read more…

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What Great Leaders Know: Sharing Power Builds Trust and Loyalty

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This is not a deep psychology dive on ego and power in business leadership, which is a huge topic.

But I want to share some practical observations about how good leaders build a powerful team by sharing power, and how others build themselves up (falsely) by imagining they can hoard power personally. I am a fan of the former.

What I have found is that the people who imagine that they have more power than they do can’t distinguish between the fact that their role has power vs. that they are powerful personally. Read more…

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The Top 10 Reasons That Your Employees Really Quit

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Ever wonder why your employees really quit? A study of nearly 20,000 job quitters reveals some rather intriguing facts.

The data

The myth: 89 percent of employers believe that employees leave because of money.

The reality: 88 percent of employees leave because of things other than money. Read more…

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I’m Getting Really Tired of All the Talk About Employee Engagement

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Recently I came across a sponsored article in Fast Company, titled Happiness Secrets from the Staff of Delivering Happiness at Work. Apparently Zappos’ leadership team has launched a new consulting business on how to achieve Zappos’ fun culture — using fun culture as a measure of engagement.

Who knew? One picture in the article shows three employees with rubber noses. That’d go over well with customers interested in effective growth of their investment portfolio … Read more…

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What Exit Interviews Reveal About Why Employees Leave

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David Witt, writing in the Blanchard LeaderChat blog, recently highlighted the top 10 reasons why employees quit — from the employees’ perspective.

And, this is very different from the employer perspective in which “9 out of 10 will tell you it’s about the money.”

From a PwC study of 19,000+ employees who completed exit interviews with PwC clients, the results are clear: Read more…

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Work-Life Balance: A Bad Concept That Ignores The Real Problem

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Work-life balance is one of those concepts I love to hate.

Here’s why: The notion of work-life balance is artificial at best, and at worst, it’s a false way of describing a very serious problem that exists in our workplaces.

Work is part of life — no work, no money, and no money, no food or roof to live under or (insert other necessity of survival here).

Work and life aren’t separate; they never have been. Read more…

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What Is Employee Engagement? Here’s How It’s a Lot Like Marriage

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What’s the No. 1 most helpful (or most heard) relationship advice? I reckon it’s to remind people, “You can’t change the other person.”

And this is wise advice, indeed. Too many relationships fail because one person thinks they can change the other person’s annoying or downright disturbing habits or mannerisms over time.

This simply isn’t true. One person cannot change another. Read more…

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The 4 Most Common Misconceptions About Performance Management

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Performance management is vital in the workplace. It helps ensure that goals are being met effectively and efficiently by individual workers, teams and the organization as a whole.

Social networks have reinvented the way we interact on a personal and now a professional level. Socialization has greatly affected performance management and the way organizations can set goals, track progress and function in real-time. Read more…

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Hiring Veterans: They Want a Chance to Show How Great They Can Be

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Editor’s Note: This was first published on TLNT on Veterans Day 2011, but it seems equally appropriate to bring it back today.

I got a chance to spend some time this past weekend with a group of veterans and here’s what I came away with…

As HR/Talent Pros we are constantly looking for “silver bullets” when it comes to hiring. We’ll pretty much try to do almost anything it we think it’s going to bring our organizations better talent.

This is why I’m perplexed at the one huge talent miss most organizations are not fully invested into using – veterans! Think about the following benefits of hiring veterans: Read more…