HR Insights

HR Insights, Talent Management

Having Great Talent Does Not Always Guarantee Great Results

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Ozzy is an 8-year-old golden retriever who loves to fetch our morning newspaper.

Although our driveway is nearly as long as a football field, he is relentless in his pursuit and always manages to find it and bring it to us at the front door even in a driving rain or total white-out blizzard. For this, we reward Ozzy with a jerky treat and a massive amount of praise.

We began training him to handle this chore when he was only a few months old and it took less than five (5) days for him to master it. It’s been a good deal for both parties ever since. Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

Can You Recover After Making a Bad Workplace Decision?

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Sometimes you make choices, and sometimes choices make you.” — American writer Gayle Forman

No matter where you stand in the company hierarchy, no matter how well you’ve done your due diligence, and no matter how careful you are before committing yourself to a course of action, sometimes you’re going to crash and burn.

Bad decisions are inevitable, and they’re rarely obvious except in retrospect. I’ve taken speaking engagements that, looking back, I shouldn’t have agreed to accept. It was a bad decision, and I wish I hadn’t done it. But I learned a lot through the process. Read more…

HR Insights

Someone Is Always Watching or Listening, So Make Your Message Clear

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Do I know you?

Someone commented on a picture that I posted on Facebook, saying to me that  “you look more and more like your daddy.”

When the person responded to that question, I was in for the surprise of my life. The woman grew up a few blocks from me, and yes, our families knew each other.

However, she proceeded to tell me a story of how she idolized my brother, who was a saxophone player. She is now a doctorate in music and known the world over for her music prowess. Read more…

HR Insights, Recruiting and Staffing

Hiring People Is Like Buying a Car: Do You Go With Flashy or Reliable?

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I’m going to put this into a car analogy.

Reliable is a Honda Accord or a Toyota Camry. Flashy is a Chevy Camaro or a Dodge Charger.

You really can’t be both. In the auto world, the closest thing to being both is a Tesla, and most people can’t afford one of those! Read more…

Culture, HR Insights

Want Lasting Change? It’s All About Making Waves at Work

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 It seems that the only constant these days is change.

We all have to navigate the changes that happen around us, but sometimes we also want to initiate change in our organizations and need to gain support from our colleagues to ensure the transformation succeeds. Here are a few tips on how to do just that from Patti Johnson‘s book Make Waves: Be the One to Start Change At Work and in Life. Read more…

Culture, HR Insights

You Can Frequently Boost Productivity by Simply Saying “No”

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Not just no, but HELL no.” — Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest’s response when asked to surrender.

In a corporate environment where a can-do, go-team attitude is important for both personal and team success, it can seem like you must say “yes” to every task thrust your way.

Sometimes, in fact, it seems impossible to say “no.” Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Five Ways to Help Prove HR’s Worth to the CEO

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In a recent interview, DDI General Manager Simon Mitchell commented that a high proportion of CEOs and board-level executives see HR as “the least strategic function” within an organization based upon a major survey conducted with a broad base of global leaders and HR executives.*

This kind of survey feedback should certainly be a concern to Human Resources departments around the world who tirelessly strive to add value to their business and drive it forward.

HR’s organizational role has never been more critical. HR is the human capital driver of the business strategy. Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

How to Tell If One of Your Employees Is Interviewing For Another Job

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A few weeks back, HR master Kris Dunn, fellow TLNT blogger Laurie Ruettimann and I did a series for SumTotal called HR Hangouts.

The concept was to get on a Google Hangout for 20 minutes and just talk about real HR things — basically, water cooler conversations for the modern world.

It was quick and easy. You can see the actual video below (it’s about 20 minutes, if you have the time). Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

HR Roundtable: How to Handle and Cope With Workplace Behavior

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The October HR Roundtable in Cincinnati gathered to discuss a factor of the workplace which is too often overlooked.

What is that factor? Behavior.

The reality of HR is that we are constantly surrounded by, and have to work with and/or address, the behavior of others. The Roundtable wanted to delve into this so that HR people would no longer overlook behavior, but own it and work with it. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Ebola Crisis Plan? Here’s What HR Should Do If They Get Asked About It

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Wait for it…

Any minute now some executive is going to come into your office and ask “you” what you’re doing about this Ebola outbreak!

I’m not trying to slight the importance and the tragedy that disease is creating in West Africa, because it’s horrific. But our American media is bringing this to hysteria levels in the States (see video below)! As of this writing, there are three (3) confirmed cases of Ebola in the U.S. and one death. Read more…