In Three Critical Conversations That Boost Employee Engagement, we described three types of conversations that provide managers with valuable information about how to bring out the best in each employee.
But, there are more conversations you need to have:
- The Expectations Conversation;
- The Aspirations Conversation; and,
- The Preferences Conversation. Read more…
Mr. Spock has died. He lived long, and prospered.
Of course, Star Trek‘s Mr. Spock, the character, will still be around because fictional people never really go away, but Leonard Nimoy, the wonderful actor who brought Spock to life, will not. He died Friday in California at age 83.
Trekkies will know this, but in the Star Trek universe, Spock was from the planet Vulcan, a place where a strict adherence to logic had helped Vulcans rise above personal emotions that had once threated to wipe out their civilization. It also made Vulcans the perfect aliens to have “first contact” with the human race (depicted in the film Star Trek: First Contact) in 2063.
OK, I know, I know – what does all this have to do with talent management and HR, anyway? Read more…
Let’s be clear about this: You are rapidly running out of time.
Yes, February is nearly over, and that means your opportunity to take advantage of our early bird rate and get $300 off the regular price to attend TLNT’s High Performance Workforce Summit in Atlanta May 6-7 is nearly over, too.
I keep saying this, but it’s true — not only is this a great bargain with the early bird discount, but the High Performance Workforce Summit is a great opportunity to find out from some of the very best HR thinkers and practitioners just what it takes to build, and maintain, a high performance workforce in today’s turbulent marketplace. Read more…
If you were among the millions of movie fans around the world who tuned in to the Academy Awards on Sunday, you may know that the title of this post refers to a line from one of the films nominated for Best Picture.
Whiplash involves a relentlessly cruel bandleader who takes extreme measures to encourage (or crush perhaps – it was hard to tell – therein lies the brilliance of the film) the hopes of a young student musician aspiring to become one of the jazz greats.
The movie poses lots of questions about how far people will go to achieve their dreams, and the motivations of others who support those dreams. Read more…
In case you haven’t been on the Internet in the last 36 hours, Patricia Arquette is being celebrated for more than just her Oscar win for Best Supporting Actress in Boyhood.
During Sunday night’s live Academy Awards telecast, the seasoned performer stood up for women everywhere, making a rousing plea to take action about the notorious gender pay gap.
The problem of pay disparity between men and women in Hollywood was already in the public eye thanks to the high-profile cyber-attack against Sony last December. Read more…
In an article sure to inspire a good bit of negative “kids today!” comments, The Wall Street Journal recently published an article on a “kinder, softer” approach to performance management and the performance review process.
Here’s an excerpt:
Accentuate the positive has become a new mantra at workplaces like VMware Inc., Wayfair Inc., and the Boston Consulting Group Inc., where bosses now dole out frequent praise, urge employees to celebrate small victories, and focus performance reviews around a particular worker’s strengths — instead of dwelling on why he flubbed a client presentation… Read more…
Way, way back in the summer of 2010, right after launching TLNT, I referred to Dave Ulrich as “an all-around HR Guru” and said he was “one of the greatest HR thinkers of our generation.”
This was probably a bit of an understatement.
The Harvard Business Review describes Dave as “one of the world’s leading human capital/HR experts,” and he certainly is, but he is also a Professor of Business Administration at the University of Michigan and best-selling author of books such as The Why of Work: How Great Leaders Build Abundant Organizations; and, HR from the Outside In: Six Competencies for the Future of Human Resources.
Yes, Dave Ulrich is as close as you get to an HR legend — and that’s why he’ll be speaking at TLNT’s High Performance Workforce Summit May 6-7 in Atlanta. Read more…
Joe Smith (not his real name) is interviewing for a sales representative position with XYZ Manufacturing Company.
They ask him questions about his experience and background, and eagerness to sell. He shows enthusiasm and excitement for the job, and gives examples of successful past experiences.
Joe seems like a good fit, and he’s hired. But after a while, it becomes apparent that Joe’s not performing as he should.
He’s been given a quota of $500,000, but he’s only doing $300,000 in sales, despite the fact that he has a good territory and has undergone extensive sales training. His demeanor is relaxed and laid back, and he shows little passion or motivation.
What went wrong? Read more…
Today’s workforce is increasingly multigenerational due to the existence of three generations — Baby Boomer, Generation X, and Millennials (Generation Y).
A major challenge managers face is how to manage and motivate collaboration between their multigenerational employees. Such a diverse generational mix creates challenges for managers trying to adapt to the work styles, perspectives and motivating factors of each generation.
Bridging the gap between generationally diverse employees can be a difficult and stressful task. Read more…
Editor’s Note: Readers frequently ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday we republish a Classic TLNT post.
Before we get right in and answer this question, let’s all get on the same page.
What is “Poaching?” Wikipedia defines it this way:
“Poaching has traditionally been defined as the illegal hunting, killing or capturing of wild animals, usually associated with land use rights.”
It can also be a cooking term, like “Poached Eggs” or “Poached Salmon,” but that’s not what we’re talking about. Read more…