Category Archives: Talent Management

Leadership Development: Keep it Happening ALL the Time

April 15, 2015   

Remember the concept of just in time? JIT originated as a production strategy popularized by Toyota to increase the return on investment by greatly reducing in-process inventory and all the costs that go along with it. Rather than having materials sitting around waiting to be used, companies got very specific and detailed around having materials […]

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When Perks Go Bad: Unintended Consequences

March 31, 2015   

Who doesn’t like a few perks with a job, right? After all, as talent management and HR practitioners, you know you have to offer a competitive package of compensation and benefits to attract and retain the top talent you need. But it’s also worth considering what can happen when you take perks too far. You […]

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Integrated Talent Management Basics

March 27, 2015   

In today’s rapid-paced business environment, it’s all too easy to forget one of the most important themes to emerge in the HR function of the last couple decades – integrated talent management. It’s the Holy Grail of what talent management departments and personnel should be about. Making it happen is no easy task, however, which […]

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Could You Fire a Family Member? Family Business Challenges.

March 25, 2015   

Could You Fire a Family Member? How to Handle Difficult Talent Management Challenges in Today’s Family Business Family business in America can’t be underestimated—these enterprises account for 50 percent of America’s GDP, 60 percent of employment in the U.S. and 78 percent of all new job creation. (Clark, 2014). It’s not just the U.S. where […]

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Better Executive Onboarding

March 24, 2015   

What could be more important than making sure a new executive-level hire is properly onboarded? And yet in many organizations, a surprisingly lax approach is taken in this vital process. The elements and features of robust executive onboarding are numerous to choose from. This article will offer some ways to improve it at your organization. […]

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5 Tools for Greater Self-Knowledge

March 9, 2015   

One of the most important things for all employees in the 21st century is to increase their level of self-knowledge, and this is especially true for anyone with either management or leadership ambitions. Below are 5 of the best overall tools to ratchet up your own level of self-knowledge about who you are and what […]

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The Personal SWOT Analysis

March 4, 2015   

Many people are familiar with the classic SWOT analysis, the 2×2 matrix with its four elements of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Interestingly enough, know one really knows the origins of this essential tool. Although often credited to Stanford University’s Albert Humphrey who used it back in the 1960s and 1970s, he does not claim […]

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Career Development: The Needs Assessment

March 3, 2015   

An important aspect of boosting employee retention and enhancing loyalty is showing how your company is committed to each employee’s career development path. One way to do that is to institute a career needs assessment process. It happens all the time – as people stay with a company, they may outgrow their position and eventually […]

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Think Globally, Hire and Train Locally

February 2, 2015   

When I last wrote about the growing skills gap in the American workforce (see Why Obama’s Free Community College Plan is a GREAT Idea), I referred to the Harvard Business Review article Who Can Fix the ‘Middle-Skills’ Gap? and how what the authors were calling for, a kind of patchwork quilt of efforts that would […]

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Now Trending: Accountability

February 2, 2015   

Mention the word accountability in organizations today and you’re likely to get some uncomfortable fidgeting, maybe even some rolling of the eyes. Why is that? In part it’s because of how accountability is typically positioned in organizations – it tends to only get talked about when things are going poorly. When accountability is discussed within […]

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