Articles tagged 'HR management'

Classic TLNT

The Steve Jobs Effect: Do “Jerk” Bosses Always Rise to the Top?

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

A disturbing news trend I’ve been seeing during the last several months since the untimely death of Steve Jobs is the rise of the “jerk” boss – an aggressive, in-your-face, even insulting management style being necessary to not only get the “best” out of people, but also to rise to the highest career levels.

This Washington Post article makes the point well, elucidating why it is that people in power choose the path of the jerk: Read more…

Talent Management

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…

Culture, Leadership

Building The Big T — Why It’s Critical That You Can Trust Your Team

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How do you develop the level of trust in your employees that’s required to inspire productivity and empowerment? I believe it starts with self-awareness.

If your organization suffers from low productivity, don’t automatically blame your employees; take a look at yourself first.

If you don’t trust your people to do their jobs well, ask why. Did you make poor choices when you hired them? Are you still learning how to maximize their skills and abilities? Read more…

HR News & Trends, Legal Issues

U.S. Senate Once Again Rejects Paycheck Protection Act

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By Ilyse Wolens Schuman

As expected, U.S. Senate supporters of the Paycheck Fairness Act (S. 2199) failed to muster the 60 votes needed to advance the bill to a floor vote.

This bill would have, among other things:

  • Expanded damages available under the Equal Pay Act (EPA) to include potentially unlimited compensatory and punitive awards for wage discrimination; Read more…
Leadership, Training & Development

Want a Competitive Advantage? Get Your Team to Make Faster Decisions

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Can your team make a decision?

I was recently thinking about a moment in my career that taught me several things about team decision making.

It was many years ago in my staff meeting. I had opened a topic for discussion that I knew the members of my staff disagreed strongly about. Read more…

Compensation, HR Basics

A New Fad: States, Local Governments Hiking the Minimum Wage

Managers and HR professionals will have to deal with very modest pay increases in 2011. (Photo illustration by Dreamstime).

By Gregory Hanscom

A centerpiece of President Obama’s current legislative agenda is raising the federal minimum wage.

While many doubt a bill raising the federal minimum wage will be passed by Congress, President Obama’s call for such legislation has spurred many states and municipalities to act.

In Pennsylvania, two state senators, Daylin Leach and Mike Stack, just introduced legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $12.00 and prohibit businesses from paying workers who receive tips an amount less than the state mandated minimum wage. 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…

Culture, Leadership

Why Your CEO Must Also Be the Company’s Chief Culture Officer, Too

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Whether your business is large or small, if you are the CEO, you are also the CCO — the Chief Cultural Officer.

Culture matters. It is what makes the difference between a thriving, profitable, and growing business and one that is lethargic and struggling.

The CCO who takes on the creating, shaping, and development of the company’s culture will see a highly productive and happy workforce who produce significant bottom line results. Read more…

HR Insights

What Do You Do If You Don’t Get Along With Your Boss?

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So what if your boss is the person you don’t get along with? It’s like we just don’t click, and neither of us is talking about it. Should I be the one who brings it up? Wait until my boss does? Or just go look for another job?”

These questions about communicating with the boss are some of the most frequent issues trainers hear from learners in our interpersonal skills programs.

The answer? Like so many other things, it depends.

Here’s the qualifying question: In most situations, does your boss seem like an emotionally stable person? If so, then give open, direct communication a chance to work. Read more…