Articles tagged 'Communications'

Culture, Leadership

Today’s Most Important Strategy: Building a Culture of Agility

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What company in the world has not been going through sudden shifts from major, disruptive change?

Consumer technology companies, health care companies, automakers, and smart phone manufacturers are among industries whose very foundation is more like shifting quicksand. To survive and grow, and even regain competitive advantage, many companies are grappling with ways to transform their businesses in the face of radical change.

They are responding in many predictable and time-tested ways: Changing CEOs and leadership teams, shifting strategies, rolling out new product lines, amping up innovation, cutting costs and restructuring. Read more…

HR Management, Leadership

Dear New Managers: Here’s the Style That Drives Innovation

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Making the leap into management can be an exciting and challenging time.

Switching roles from contributor to leader can be a confusing proposition. You’ve done so great with your job that now you’ve been asked to stop doing it, and instead, to start using a different set of skills to supervise a team of people.

The knee-jerk reaction to the added responsibilities and altogether new situation might be to get out in front of your new team, take on more of the work that you’re already comfortable with, and set up processes designed to your habits and personality.

After all, that’s what got you the new promotion, right? Read more…

HR Insights, Recruiting and Staffing

Are We Just Getting Too Smart For Our Own Good?

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I read a quote the other day that reminded me that being dumb has never been so unpopular.

The quote was attributed to Diana Galbadon, the author of the Outlander book series, who said: “People ask me why I write strong women, and I say, ‘Well, I don’t like stupid ones.’”

Galbadon’s quip caused me to recollect how I once foolishly chided a manager for including “intelligent” in her job posting, because what’s the point of requesting a smart candidate? Who the hell doesn’t think he’s intelligent? Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

What Effect Do You Have on People? Are You a Net Positive or a Negative?

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At a recent event, I noticed the dramatic difference between an entrepreneur’s demeanor when he interacted with me, compared to moments later when he interacted with another person.

With me, Jack expressed enthusiasm and optimism for his start-up business (which, btw, I believe will be a game-changer for monetizing the social sharing of images on Pinterest and through other social media). As I asked him questions and listened intently, he eagerly shared new developments and spoke freely about his plans.

Then, a man who I’ll call Walter, came by and started to talk with Jack. Walter also knows Jack and knows that Jack’s business has tremendous potential. After shaking hands, he immediately asked Jack about his progress in a particular aspect of his business. Read more…

Talent Management

Hiring Wisdom: 10 Commandments of Employee Engagement

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With the holidays and a new year upon us, it’s a good time to pause, look at the big picture, and resolve to do even better in 2015.

In that light, here’s something to ponder: Other than a paycheck, do you give your employees good reasons to come to work each day?

Here are a few ideas to help you pump up employee engagement and make recruiting new hires easier too: Read more…

Culture, Recruiting and Staffing

Want Top Talent? It’s Why You Must Tout Culture on Your Careers Page

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As little as a decade ago company culture wasn’t even an aspect of candidate attraction.

Heck, it was hardly a term anybody was familiar with.

Today, company culture can be the make it or break it of your talent attraction initiatives. We now have cultural interviews, culture-centric job descriptions, cultural assessment tools, and your first line of defense, the culture career page. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

How to Get Employees to Talk Before They Decide to Walk

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It’s human behavior to want to move away from things that are not working or are starting to feel tough, or just too hard, because sometimes walking away seems like the easiest choice.

It’s true in life in general, and particularly true in the job market.

Positive shifts in the economy in most countries have naturally led to more role choices for talented people. They have options, and if a role or organization that is not delivering to expectations, it’s natural to explore other options. Read more…

Culture

Building a Framework For Cultural Change Through WE WIN

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A popular post I wrote for TLNT last year (The 9 Clear Steps to Organizational Culture Change) is still on the first page of Google search results for that topic.

I recently approached a training video company with course content based on that post and they felt culture is a topic best suited for top leaders. They explained that training video sales are higher if the content fits first line managers and individual contributors.

I explained the culture fundamentals that apply to top leaders also apply to work teams of any size since they are sub-cultures with behavior that’s also driven by cultural rules.

From that insight, the culture content was simplified and the WE WIN framework was born. Read more…

Classic TLNT

4 Rounds of Interviews? It Shows How Screwed Up Your Hiring Process Is

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

 I had a client recently that was undecided about a candidate after the fourth (4th) round interview.

They were thinking that maybe a fifth round would make the difference. I told them that it wouldn’t. In fact, it was a mistake to allow them to get to four.

Do you know what the fourth round interview says about your hiring process? Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

Tim Sackett’s HR 101: The Six Degrees of Thought Leadership

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I’m not sure when this started, but recently I’ve been introduced as a “Thought Leader.”

At first, it was flattering. Wow, a ‘Thought Leader’! I wasn’t sure what it meant, but it sounded cool.

You mean, I’m a “Thought Leader” like Steve Jobs? Well, slow down Sparky, not quite like Steve Jobs. Read more…