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Remembering the Work of So Many “Average” Heroes in Boston

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Today is a solemn day of remembrance and tribute.

Our U.S. headquarters is located near Boston, and several of our employees are regular runners of the Boston Marathon. Last year was a brutal, heart-wrenching blow to all of us, but of course, no more so than to those who lost loved ones or survived the horrific events one year ago today.

In honor of those who remain Boston Strong, I’d like to focus on the average people. Read more…

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The 5 Attributes of High-Performing Employees

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Adding a new person to your workplace team is always a gamble.

Usually you can’t tell by looking who will consistently deliver top-notch performances that make the entire team shine — as opposed to who will just show up and do an average job.

Realize that “average” does not mean “bad.” As I discuss in my book SuperCompetent, average (competent) people define the norm and provide the benchmarks by which we recognize high performance. They do their jobs adequately when directed, and you can depend on them for most things. Read more…

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Like Ringing a Bell: How to Bring Out the Best in Employees

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To your employees, you are Pavlov’s Bell, for better or for worse.

I was reminded of this during a conference presentation. Two men in the audience, both senior level executives, made their presence known. One because his face was frozen in a dour, grouchy expression, and both men because of their cynical perspectives on issues we discussed. Read more…

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Hiring Wisdom: It’s Smart to Anticipate the Needs of New Hires

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Put yourself in the role of a new hire.

You are going to start a new job in a week or two and, while the anticipation builds, you wonder about all kinds of things and think of a lot of questions.

As that person’s new manager, you can turn that anticipation into a positive onboarding experience that starts the relationship off on best foot possible, if you will: Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing, Talent Management

If Google Doesn’t Care About Hiring Top Graduates, Should You?

From the HR blog at TLNT.

By all other accounts, you probably aim to hire the best people for your organization.

This includes targeting those who went to elite universities, were top of their class, and come with a bevy of recommendations from professors and advisors. But, do top grads always equate to the best workers? Not according to Google.

In a recent  conversation with the The New York Times, Google’s head of people operations, Laszlo Bock, outlined what Google really cares about when it comes to hiring — and it has nothing to do with going to a top-tier school or earning a perfect SAT score. In fact, Bock asserted that students who traditionally have an “easier” time earning top grades are taught to rely on their talent, which makes it hard to fail gracefully. Read more…

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March Madness Might Be Over, But Workplace Competition Is Not

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The annual NCAA basketball tournament that just ended this week is an exciting time for sports enthusiasts, and March Madness pools have become an integral part of office culture for many companies today.

Even for non-sports fans, the hype around the games can be a great way to build energy in the office and motivate employees during the lull that often settles in at the end of winter.

It would be great if there were events like March Madness all throughout the year to keep energy up in the workplace. Read more…

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Employee Engagement: Managing in the Big Leagues

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In a sure sign that Spring is finally here, another season of Major League Baseball is in full swing.

For everyone officially back to work — players, coaches, umpires, etc. — this is the start of a long six months (Major League Baseball clubs typically receive 3-4 off days a month, or roughly 20 each season).

We’ve discussed how NFL players’ determination stems from their internal desire to be not just great, but among the elite. This isn’t to suggest that baseball players are any less motivated, but they need to withstand the demands of 162 games and living out of a suitcase from March to October to perform their best on the field. Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

Pixar and the Secrets of Managing Creative People

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If you don’t find Ed Catmull’s Creativity Inc. difficult, you are not reading it right.

The book is an engaging and easy to read story; however its best lessons are subtle and challenging.

Catmull is co-founder of Pixar, the studio behind Toy Story, A Bug’s Life and Monsters Inc. He has a keen interest in simple, well-informed insights. His thoughtful revelation is that simple well-informed insights often lead you astray. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

What Does Talent Want? A Strong Brand and a Great Place to Work

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A look at LinkedIn’s recently released Talent Trends 2014 report provides some interesting data about what’s on the minds of today’s professional workforce.

As the study confirms, we live in an age of unprecedented transparency: “More job opportunities are viewable online, and the available context – information on the company, its culture, and the team including the hiring manager – has never been richer.

LinkedIn’s platform itself proves this point, and this ever-increasing transparency is certainly changing the landscape of talent acquisition. It asks to us to consider how the talent, people, are approaching and considering new careers. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

Love at Work? Don’t Freak Out – Here Are 3 Ways to Get It Right

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Love at work. If you’re in HR and reading that statement, likely you shuddered, even just a little.

Usually, “love at work” means some kind of relationship gone wrong, necessitating a new policy about relationships in the workplace, etc.

But new research out of Wharton (and reported in Knowledge@Wharton) shows, rather, we should be encouraging love at work, particularly a form of love called “companionate love.” Read more…