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HR Insights, Talent Management

Growing Your Career: Let Your Goals Be the Rudder That Guides You There

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A headhunter called this week and their client is interested in me for a CEO role. Never really thought of myself at that level. I don’t know if I should call back. I want your thoughts. Current role VP, Operating Committee member, etc.

Need to discuss this opportunity. I have a job offer but it would require me moving to Charlotte. Current situation: working as HR Manager for six plus years, no movement and none in sight.

Received a resume which showed 4-5 roles with same job title: Recruiting Manager.

This past week was career advice week. This is how it started. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

The 7 Habits Of Remarkably Likeable HR Managers

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Ripped from the pages of Inc. magazine’s recent article,  7 Habits of Remarkably Likeable Bosses, I give you … something slightly different:

The 7 Habits of Remarkably Likeable HR Managers!

Here they are:

  1. They are named “Kay.” Have you ever really not liked someone named, Kay!? Kay just seems like a friendly lady with at least three cats and grandchildren, a whole lot of grandchildren. Kay is helpful. Kay will give you a hug when you need it. Kay brings in really good comfort food with funny names like “Redneck Bunt Cake.” Read more…
HR Insights

Over the Line: Why Pressuring Employees to Donate Is a Bad Idea

From the HR blog at TLNT.

I used to work for a woman named Linda, who reported to a woman named Lisa.

I didn’t care for Linda too much, and I cared even less for Lisa.

I thought Lisa was disingenuous, kind of sneaky, and overall not to be trusted.

Perhaps I was wrong. Perhaps she was simply beleaguered and overwhelmed in the way that young managers can be, and being young myself, I couldn’t see it. Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

Leadership and Narcissism, or Things We Can Learn From Kanye West

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Few musicians are as successful, or as polarizing, as Kanye West.

For the uninitiated, West is a giant in the modern music industry. He is the fifth most nominated and eighth most award-winning artist in the history of the Grammy Awards, holding 51 nominations and 21 wins, as well as countless accolades from the American Music Awards, MTV Music Awards, Billboard Awards, and others.

As successful as West has been, however, he is equally well known for his hubris, including choice quotes to the press (“…respect my trendsetting abilities. Once that happens, everyone wins”), inflammatory tweets (“…the second verse of New Slaves is the best rap verse…OF ALL TIME IN THE HISTORY OF RAP MUSIC, PERIOD.), and, of course, the infamous Taylor-Swift-microphone-stealing incident, the apology for which he later recanted. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Yes, It’s Time to Finally Bid the HR Generalist Goodbye

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I do not have time for LinkedIn or any of that, but I DO make time for my pedicures. Super serious HR lady at #gbrshrm.”

This was one that I saw posted last when someone was asking what HR could do that would create more employee engagement. The big answer: “company picnic.”

Robin Schooling’s posted the comment the other day concerning an HR person who told her that she does not have time for LinkedIn and other stuff, but she makes time for pedicures. Both these Facebook comments give insight into the mess that HR finds itself in today. Read more…

HR Insights, Recruiting and Staffing

The Dirty Little Secret of Talent Sourcing No One Ever Talks About

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Yesterday I read yet another article about how to catch a Purple Squirrel, and right on cue, it got on my damn nerves.

Of course, employers want to hire good (even great) workers. Of course, that won’t happen by accident. And of course, no one wants to expend more resources than necessary to get an employee up and running.

But here’s the unvarnished truth — the “dirty little secret” of talent sourcing, if you will:

No matter how efficient the hiring process, no one knows whether or how well a new hire will work out. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Technology

Tech Insights: How Dirty Data Is Slowing Down Good HR Analytics

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All the great new analytics tools work from the assumption that we have clean data.

Even when we just do a simple analysis, such as “employees by location,” we are presuming that all the data has been input, that it is accurate, and there are no duplicates.

As it turns out, much of HR’s data is pretty bad. Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

Building a Brand By Building a Culture of Positive Reinforcement

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“All their training is based on positive reinforcement. We keep fish throughout the area and as part of our training routine, we reinforce and reward with a fish. This is how we train them to master a maneuver.“

This comment was from the trainer that trains the sea lions at Disney. I’m a big fan of certain channels such as Animal Planet, Discovery and my all time favorite, National Geographic.

This episode was centered around the trainer and how he puts these animals through their paces for the shows at Sea World. As foolproof as this positive reinforcement is, some will wash out and will not make it. However, the vast majority of them perform their routine flawlessly Read more…

HR Insights

The Bossy Factor: Great Hiring Means Going Beyond College Frat Brothers

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I don’t know much about fraternities.

I am too young to have seen Animal House and Revenge of the Nerds, and I was well into my HR career by the time Mark Zuckerberg came around and tried to democratize campus life through technology.

I just assume that most fraternities are full of young dudes who want to get their drink on. That sounds right, doesn’t it? Read more…

HR Insights

Managing Emotions on the Job: The Best Reaction is Usually No Reaction

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Back in the days when I made my living as an editor, I used to go to a good number of conventions.

One afternoon, while on the phone with an author (let’s call her Jane), the conversation veered to one of these upcoming meetings.

Without warning, Jane said, “I guess Pierre [my boss at the time—not his real name], will be dragging out that ratty black jacket he always wears. God that thing is awful. I wonder where he got it? He’s the worst dresser I’ve ever met.” Then she was silent.

And I was dumbstruck. Read more…