HR Management

HR Management, Talent Management

Timely Feedback Always Matters – Especially When It’s For the Good

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Seth Godin is one of my favorite “short form” bloggers.

Generally, his posts offer pithy insight and advice in short, easily digested posts. Here’s a nugget from a recent such post:

The best way to change long-term behavior is with short-term feedback. The opposite is not true. We rarely change short-term behavior with long-term feedback… If you want to reward (or punish) short-term behavior, don’t do it down the road.” Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Tim Sackett’s HR 101: The 10 Mistakes You Never Want to Make in HR

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I thought it was time that I randomly start listing mistakes we make in human resources and letting those coming into HR know what not to do.

So, here you go, enjoy!

These are the 10 mistakes you don’t want to ever make in HR: Read more…

Global HR, HR Management

What Work in the Mideast Taught Me About Building Business Relationships

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“I heard you had a tough time getting back to the airport after the HR Leaders Conference in Lagos.”

That was followed by at least a half-hour of further discussion concerning our recent travels. There was no rush to get to the “meat” of the meeting or what it was about.

The next time we got together, the discussion centered around housing and where to live in Dubai, which was followed by a conversation about tuition payments and our past experience working together on an HR panel.

It took a half-hour to actually get to get to the crux of this meeting. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

What Do You Do When Creating Change Backfires?

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Creating change in the workplace? Your employees better be engaged first.

Creating change within the work environment can be a difficult task. Often, the employees who most need to reassess their habits are the ones who are the most resistant to HR and management’s efforts to introduce some new energy and perspective into office operations.

What’s more, the need for change isn’t always on the micro level, with a single member or particular subset of staff. Companies occasionally find they need to reevaluate the entirety of their work cultures, and in those cases, the complexity of the undertaking becomes even greater. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

How Those Who Challenge You Help to Make You More Successful

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Are you feeling uninspired and stuck at work? Perhaps it’s the people around you.

It’s nice to have colleagues who support us and are of like mind – they boost our confidence and allow us to relax. We develop a network of people with whom we like to work because we know their styles and they know ours.

It’s comfortable and expedient and it works. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

What Do You Do When Your Boss Is Completely Unreasonable?

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I’d just interviewed for a new HR job, and a friend asked how it went.

It was good,” I told her. “I really liked the hiring manager. He seems like a reasonable guy.”

You see, I rank “reasonableness” as a top leadership trait. An unreasonable boss makes work extremely challenging and in all the ways I don’t care to be challenged. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

Time to Be Honest: Are You Really an “Askhole” Boss?

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Are you an “askhole” boss?

The actual definition of an askhole is someone who constantly solicits feedback or opinions, and then goes ahead and does whatever they were going to do in the first place, basically treating the feedback that you solicit as if it were never given is being an askhole.

Sad to say, bosses are very often guilty of this.

The signs of being an askhole boss are so common, that it can be hard to identify through self-assessment, so I’ve taken a moment to define some of the characteristics so that leaders can more accurately reflect on the issue. Read more…

HR Management

A Good Reminder of Why You Always Need to Have a Backup Plan

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It seems to me that everything that happens to us is a disconcerting mix of choice and contingency.” — Dame Penelope Lively, British author.

On the morning of Feb. 15, 2013, a fireball ripped through the sky above the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, exploding 18 miles up after leaving a streak of fire tens of miles long.

The minor asteroid, which was about the size of an apartment building, was actually the second to have visited the Siberian region in a little over a century: 1908′s Tunguska meteor, which was about the same size, fortunately fell to Earth in an uninhabited wilderness, blowing down and charring 800 square miles of timber. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Yes, Dad’s DO Have It a Lot Easier in the Workforce

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Max Shireson, the CEO of mongoDB, turned in his resignation this past week.

That announcement in itself isn’t really that big of a deal, CEOs turn in resignations every day. The reason he turned in his resignation is huge. I’ll let him tell it in his own words from a letter he sent to mongoDB’s workforce:

Earlier this summer, Matt Lauer asked Mary Barra, the CEO of GM, whether she could balance the demands of being a mom and being a CEO. The Atlantic asked similar questions of PepsiCo’s female CEO Indra Nooyi. As a male CEO, I have been asked what kind of car I drive and what type of music I like, but never how I balance the demands of being both a dad and a CEO. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

Why Aren’t We Training More Managers to Manage Virtual Teams?

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Notwithstanding Yahoo’s end to employee telecommuting, the global trend toward virtual workplaces is accelerating.

Surveys vary widely on the percentage of companies with remote workers — from about 30 percent in some surveys up to SHRM’s finding that nearly half (46 percent) of all companies have at least some contractors, freelancers, or remote workers who rarely, if ever, come into the office.

Another estimate predicts that in a year, 40 percent of the global workforce will be virtual.

Whatever the numbers are saying, it’s undeniable that more and more workers are working remotely, and this is creating a challenge for recruiters. Read more…