HR News & Trends

From Our New Chief Analyst: Get Ready to Rock the Boat With Me


Dear Colleagues,

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Rob McIntosh, and I am the new Chief Analyst with ERE Media (which includes ERE, SourceCon, TLNT, and The Fordyce Letter).

I have been a sourcing and recruiting leader for more than 18 years (covering 30 plus countries), most recently as head of Talent Acquisition with McKesson. Some of you might be scratching your heads wondering — “Why would a guy trade corporate life with the likes of McKesson, Avanade, Deloitte, and Microsoft to join ERE Media as its Chief Analyst?Read more…

HR Basics, Recruiting and Staffing

Hiring Wisdom: A New Job Is a Really Big Deal – For Them AND You

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Whether it’s a first job, the tenth job, or a promotion (even a lateral one), a new job is a big deal.

That’s why a new employee’s first day is the perfect opportunity for you, as the manager, to leverage the power of first impressions and ensure the company gets a positive ROI on the time and money it took to recruit, select, and train your new hire. Read more…

HR Management, Leadership

Here’s Why Most Managers Really Suck

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If you’ve read any significant amount of literature on management, you’ve likely come across the Peter Principle – that people will get promoted to their own level of incompetence.

The idea is that people are promoted to management positions because they’ve proven to be successful at the core function of their current job, not because they’ve been successful at the core function of their new job – managing a team of people.

There are a lot of things that can happen when people who aren’t very good at managing people assume management positions. Today, we’ll look at just three: Read more…

HR News & Trends

Weekly Wrap: The 15 Scariest Issues Employers Are Facing This Year

Who can possibly resist something that touts the Scariest Employment Challenges of 2015: 15 Issues Employers Cannot Afford to Ignore?

Not me. This is something I can really dig my teeth into, and it is an annual survey report put together by XpertHR, the website that provides online compliance tools and guidance for HR professionals.

It’s also a pretty good analysis of workplace trends, and that’s important to remember despite the provocative title. As I pointed out when I wrote about this report last year, I get lots of surveys and reports that have ominous-sounding titles, but most don’t hold up to focused scrutiny. Read more…

Talent Management

How You Can Keep Your Employees Happy in 2015

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Data suggests that 70 percent of employees are disengaged.

To put this in perspective – 70 percent is considered barely a passing grade by most educational institutions.

That’s an unacceptable statistic for long-term growth and success.

Regardless of what type of business you are in, people (human capital) are your biggest asset.  People operate your business, service your customers, and help drive innovation, allowing you to compete in a competitive marketplace. Read more…

Training & Development

Why Personal, Instructor-Led Training Will Never Completely Go Away

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The ways we learn have changed dramatically since I entered the workforce 20 plus years ago as a member of Generation X.

Back in 1991, when I graduated from college, computer-based training (CBT) was the new, hot trend! The next big step was that learning moved online.

For the digital natives, known as Millenials, and Generation Z coming behind them, they will never know life without technology embedded – including in the ways they learn. They don’t know what life (or learning) “offline” is like. Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

Bill Belichick’s Super Bowl-Winning Philosophy: Just Do Your Job


The New England Patriots defeated the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game last weekend, earning them a trip to the Super Bowl  this Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks.

Super Bowl XLIX (that’s 49 for non-Romans) will mark a major milestone in a historic journey by the Patriots team and their head coach, Bill Belichick.

Belichick stands to become the first head coach ever to appear in six (6) Super Bowls, and with a victory over Seattle, can become the only coach to ever win four (4) of them.

In addition, New England Quarterback Tom Brady will be making his record-breaking sixth start in a Super Bowl, and if he wins, he will join the elite ranks of NFL legends Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana with four victories in pro football’s biggest game. Read more…

Classic TLNT

The No. 1 Thing That Job Seekers Really Do Wrong

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Editor’s Note: Readers frequently ask about past TLNT articles, so every Friday, we republish a Classic TLNT post.

I was asked recently by a job seeker: “How do I zero in positions that I’m qualified for and, those that I will be challenged by?” (and a shout out to Michael Kubica, MBA for the question).

After going back and forth with Mike, I think the question is really: “How do I get a job that will use my skills and that I will actually find interesting?

Most people don’t really want to be “challenged” – they use the word “challenged” or “challenging,” but when push comes to shove, what most people want is a job where they feel like their contributions are valuable to the organization, and, they’re using the skills they are best at. Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

10 Ways to Get Employees to Step Up and REALLY Own Their Job

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Every employee who works for you will eventually arrive at a crucial intersection, if they haven’t already.

At that point, you hope they turn right and buy-in to your leadership and the vision and values of your company. Turning that direction means that they see a future for themselves with your organization so they’ll invest themselves fully and go all-in.

Unfortunately, some will turn left and quit on you without actually quitting. They’ll take on the “me against the machine” mindset and begin looking for shortcuts and ways they can do just the MDR (Minimum Daily Requirement) that it takes to fly below the radar and avoid getting called out or fired. Read more…

TLNT Events, Webinars

TLNT Webinar: Influencing Behavior and Getting to “Yes”

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You’ve come up with a great new approach to a problem, or a new process that will make your team so much more efficient. The problem? You need to get buy in from different people who may not share your priorities.

Ever wished there were steps you could take or words you could say that would increase the chances of someone saying “Yes” to your suggestions?

In the last 30 years, psychologists and researchers have started to come up with some answers, and taken an interest in the subject of how people make decisions, and what impacts the decision-making process, too. They’ve discovered that there are specific behaviors and approaches that we can use to have more influence on the behavior of  people around us.

The secret you need to know

The secret is understanding all of factors, external and internal, that impact the way people make decisions.

Learning more about the psychology of influence and how decision biases work can help us communicate more effectively, influence behavior and persuade our audiences. It can also help us recognize when these tools are being deployed to influence our own decision making and give us greater insight into the factors that affect the decisions we make for ourselves.

Join our free webinar on Thursday, Feb. 26 for a practical session on proven tools and techniques to influence people’s behavior and increase the chances they’ll say “Yes” when you need them to.

During the webinar, our expert speaker, Paul Herbert, will address:

  • Social Psychology principles including reciprocity, commitment and consistency, social proof, and consensus;
  • Decision biases like the Decoy Effect and the Endowment Effect;
  • Ways you can leverage these principles and biases to be more successful when you’re presenting ideas;
  • How to know when the tools are being used on you to nudge your decision making.

Who should attend?

This webinar will be valuable for any professional who needs to sell an idea, get buy in or plans, or simply increase the chance of getting to “Yes.” If that’s you,  join us on Thursday Feb. 26.

The webinar will fill up fast. Register for free to reserve your seat now.

Registration Link:

Date/Time: Thursday, Feb. 26 at 2 pm Eastern/11 am Pacific

Sponsored by:  Insperity 

Can’t attend? No problem! Register for the webinar and you’ll receive a link to view the video recording the next day.