Category Archives: Talent Management

Managers as Coaches, Part III: Asking Great Questions

August 18, 2015   

At this point in the series on managers as coaches, it’s time to remind you how important this is. My first article in the series made the case for taking the coaching approach – it just works. Now you need to also understand that if you get this whole coaching thing right, you’ll be ahead […]

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Managers as Coaches, Part II: How Coaches Listen

August 18, 2015   

I hope the first article in this managers as coaches series drove home the first important point I wanted to make, which is that coaching is the approach in which your managers should be trained to bring out the best of all employees. But if you’re like many, you may still be wondering exactly what’s […]

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Managers as Coaches, Part I: Why Coaching?

August 18, 2015   

As a talent management professional, you know how important it is to make sure the managers in your company have the skills to bring out peak performance from their direct reports. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again here: Your middle managers are the key to your organization’s successful future, but they’re overburdened […]

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The Enthusiastic Workplace, Part IV: Camaraderie

July 9, 2015   

The opening article of this four-part series set the stage for what it is that workers need from their employers to feel enthusiastic about their jobs. The second article explored details of equity and fair treatment while the third article drilled down into six aspects of achievement. In this fourth and final installment of the […]

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The Enthusiastic Workplace, Part II: Equity

July 7, 2015   

“Enlisting the willing cooperation of a workforce in achieving the aims of an enterprise is impossible unless people have a sense of elemental fairness in the way they are treated.” ~ The Enthusiastic Employee, page 11. In this second article of the four-part series on enthusiasm in the workplace, the focus is on the first […]

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The Enthusiastic Workplace, Part I: What Employees Really Want

July 6, 2015   

Is your company an enthusiastic workplace? Do employees come in chomping at the bit, raring and ready to give each day at work their peak performance? I can practically hear the responses out there among some of you: “Are you kidding?” or “Anything but!” or “In my dreams, maybe.” And there’s the first problem right […]

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What Analytics Should Mean to You

May 28, 2015   

Big Data is shaping up to be the buzz trend of the 21st century with the widest-ranging implications and impacts. I can’t think of a single aspect of business where it won’t come into play in some form, including talent management and HR. This is one of those areas where talent management and HR could […]

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Prepping First-Time Managers

May 27, 2015   

When you read a statistic from the Corporate Executive Board that nearly 60% of frontline managers underperform during their first two years (source), it makes you wonder what’s really being done in companies to prepare employees for their first crack at management. Apparently, not nearly enough. It’s an all-too-common story: Companies take great workers and […]

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Training Rage: Counter it with a Solid Business Case

April 27, 2015   

As a learning professional, you know your trainings and learning programs are serving an absolutely vital function in boosting the performance of your workforce. You know this, but what do you do when the rest of your company doesn’t seem to be convinced? In fact, what’s more frustrating than your own company resisting your training […]

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Women in the Workforce: Recent Trends

April 15, 2015   

Actress Patricia Arquette, in accepting the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress at the 87th Academy Awards ceremony on February 22, said these impassioned words: To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and […]

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