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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
In this 21st century world of virtual, remote, contract, and a host of other types of workers, it can be difficult at best to keep your company ahead of key State and Federal compliance issues. Don’t rely on what you think you know, join host Steve Cape as he explores the issues created by this new workplace landscape of telecommuters and independent contractors.
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I often hear this from executives:
“My managerial team needs to be more strategic. I have managers who are fine at executing, but they are not strategic.”
Clearly articulating what those managers should be doing to be more strategic is often difficult.
What is strategy? What does it look like? What does it sound like? Read more…
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…
Organizations struggle to quantify the impact engaged employees have on business results.
Intuitively, it’s a no-brainer — engaged employees cost less and produce more. It’s that simple.
Many studies and reports support that hunch: engaged companies have stronger levels of profitability, and retain their employees.
So, why do most organizations have difficulty quantifying that impact? Much of it is because of the process. Read more…