Performance & Personality

Being Smart Isn’t Enough to Succeed

Note: This article is part of an occasional series dedicated to exploring the contribution of human capital assets (people!) to the valuation of a business. Welcome to The New ROI: Return on Individuals. Previous articles in the series can be found here. ∼∼∼∼∼ Why do some…

Fail Fast and Take the Heat Out of Failure

I recently met with a client responsible for organizational development in the financial services sector who was seeking ideas, information, and input from ImagineNation towards cultivating a “fail fast” organizational culture. It caused me to explore what might be some…

Feeling Overwhelmed? Take a Focus Break

The human resource leader’s role is rapidly evolving with ever-changing technology. Many of the responsibilities which formerly fell to HR departments have become automated. Chatbots answer employees’ questions regarding company benefits. Employees may be responsible for enrolling themselves in health…

5 Ways to Make It Safe for Others to Speak Up

The reality of hierarchical social systems is that people hold deeply ingrained, taken-for-granted beliefs that it’s dangerous to speak up or disagree with those in power… It’s up to leaders to foster the climate of psychological safety required to overcome…

How to Work With a Micromanaging Boss

If you haven’t worked for a micromanager, you’ve heard about them. Employees buzz about these bosses over lunch, complain about them around the water cooler, and chew them up at the dinner table with their family. At the worst situations,…

Short Takes to Better Job Ads and Reviews

The following are selections from the Humetrics blog. Performance reviews made simple Performance reviews are a universally dreaded exercise. However, regular feedback is required to build an engaged and committed team. Here’s a way to skip the forms and awkward…

To Build a Better Business, Hire Ramen Eaters

To build a corporate culture that’s as energized and agile as a startup, hire ramen eaters. “I meet these ramen eaters everyday,” says Amy Neale, VP, senior business leader with Mastercard. “These people are tough, ready to hustle and eager…

4 Ways to Manage People You Don’t Like

Sooner or later, you’re going to be put in charge of a project, team, or department where you’ll discover that you’re working with someone who “rubs you the wrong way.” Sometimes you know why. Often you don’t. When explaining that…