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Study: CHROs Are Crucial Allies For the CEO — and, Potential Successors

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The Korn Ferry Institute recently released a report that looks at the leadership traits of “best-in-class” executives, and the important relationship between Chief Executive Officers and Chief Human Resource Officers.

The report CEOs and CHROs: Crucial Allies and Potential Successors (authored by Dave Ulrich and Ellie Filler) confirms that for C-suite roles technical skills are just a fraction of what makes for successful leadership, and that executives in the top 10 percent of pay for their function tend to have leadership styles that motivate employees, develop future leaders, and create appropriate cultures. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

11 Burning Questions I Have About SHRM’s New Certification Program

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Can someone in-the-know please answer my questions?

  1. What’s the real difference between HRCI’s certification program and SHRM’s certification program?
  2. Per the Internet and life, a competency is a set of defined behaviors that provide a structured guide enabling the identification, evaluation and development of the behaviors in individual employees. Has the new SHRM certification program been validated as an instrument that accurately measures competencies? Who validated it? How does the SHRM test differ from HRCI’s exam? Read more…
HR Insights, HR Management

Tim Sackett’s 10 Essential Rules For an Awesome Office Holiday Party

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It’s fast becoming that time of year when you’ll be invited to office holiday parties across the world!

This is one of my favorite times of the year. Let’s face it — I’m married and 40-ish, and the holiday office holiday party is one of the few times a year I have a “Get Out of Jail Free” card.

What!? You want to do shots? Well, I shouldn’t, but I want to be a ‘team’ player. You know me!Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

The Power of Feedback in Improving Employee Performance

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I’ve got a cool story for you about the power of sharing feedback — both positive and negative.

A while back, I wrote a letter to the president of my credit union (let’s call her Sarah). I wanted to let her know about a teller who was consistently cold and impersonal. Whether she was waiting on me or another member, she would have this sullen, “I hate my job” expression.

I never saw her looking friendly or happy. Ever. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

When Are We Ever Going to Get That Kinder and Gentler Workplace?

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I have this recurring fantasy that corporations of the future will be kinder and gentler.

I know there’s danger in judging the world according to my personal experiences only, but nevertheless, experience tells me it’s not too nice out there.

I wish it were nicer. For example …

Earlier this week, TLNT published an article (Five Big Social Media Red Flags to Avoid From Potential Hires) about screening applicants using social media. I’m not a huge fan of the practice, but so what? Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

Tim Sackett’s HR 101: The Six Degrees of Thought Leadership

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I’m not sure when this started, but recently I’ve been introduced as a “Thought Leader.”

At first, it was flattering. Wow, a ‘Thought Leader’! I wasn’t sure what it meant, but it sounded cool.

You mean, I’m a “Thought Leader” like Steve Jobs? Well, slow down Sparky, not quite like Steve Jobs. Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

Why Micromanagement Can Sometimes Be a Good Thing

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On a flight home last week, I started thinking about the many different bosses I have had.

From my first job stocking shelves at the local Wal-Mart to save up for my first car – a Pontiac Grand Am sedan, if you are curious – to my current position as VP of Strategy and Industry Relations at Ceridian, I have been blessed in the sense that for the most part, my bosses have gotten progressively better as I advanced in my career.

As I was thinking about these different people, I asked myself what made me like them and enjoy working for them? Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

The Things That HR Pros Have to Secretly Deal With

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I really don’t give a hoot if you’re extroverted or introverted, the fact of the matter is I’m sick of you focusing on yourself and how others can pander to your every whim.

You want to know what real HR Pros have to secretly deal with every single day? Idiots like you!

Yeah, I said it. I don’t care that you’re a Millennial, or that you’re a Baby Boomer, or that you’re gay, or straight, or both. I don’t care that you need to leave every other Tuesday for some religious reason, or that you sneak out every Friday to meet someone who is not your spouse. Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

What a Brand New Employee Needs from You Most

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I’ll tell anyone who’ll listen that I’m a proud cynic.

The definition of “cynic” varies slightly from dictionary to dictionary, but most say something along the lines of “distrustful or scornful of others’ motives.”

However, I think that’s a little harsh. I prefer to define my world view as a pragmatic recognition that most people most of the time will behave to further their self-interests. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

How HR Can Become Talent Gurus – and Build Credibility in the Process

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During five years of international HR consulting for a range of organizations, I noticed that companies of all sizes (from small businesses to the global Fortune 100) had something in common: When HR was perceived by others to deliver the most value, it was when it was firefighting — responding to issues and “fixing” them.

Human Resources is most often operationally oriented, providing support for transactional processes, like hiring, performance reviews, and compensation reviews.

It’s this kind of focus that has prompted some experts to call for the splitting of HR departments. Read more…