November 12, 2012

Holiday’s at Work… Decorations Abound (Part 1)

It’s already mid-November. Where the heck did the year go? But alas, the holidays are approaching – unless you are at any retail store where the holidays have firmly arrived. Anyway… Navigating the muddy water of work-appropriate holiday celebrations is always a struggle. I’ll be highlighting three different holiday-related situations…
November 8, 2012

What is Talent Management?

If you are a manager, you have probably started to hear grumblings about “talent management” approaching as people start planning for the New Year. And then rolling your eyes because you have no idea what HR actually means when they want to manage the ubiquitous “talent” in your organization, other…
October 4, 2012

“Ignorance is Bliss”

I am a big fan of CBS Sunday Morning – in fact, I DVR it every week to be sure I never miss an episode. I have learned so much from the show over the years because they report interesting and quirky news stories that you cannot find anywhere else.…
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October 1, 2012

5 Ways to Become a Strategic Hire

The best candidate doesn't always get the job. In fact, rarely does the top candidate win the position – instead, they are beat out by someone else. A strategic hire. A better interviewer. A more likable person. A friend of the hiring manager. And so on. Companies have to hire in their own best…
September 17, 2012

Performance Management 101

So you are back from the summer slump and heading into the busiest time of the year – fourth quarter. And for most employees, fourth quarter means one thing is coming… performance reviews (otherwise known as annual reviews, bull&h!t feedback updates, and so on). Depending upon where you work, performance…
September 13, 2012

Performance Improvement Plans (PIP)

Performance Improvement Plans, or PIPs, tend to be one of the most veiled “secrets” that Human Resources keeps… it’s the bad, secretive “tool” that all employees dread. But that’s not what PIPs are supposed to be, and hopefully sharing some transparency will help you figure out what to do when…