Category Archives: Talent Management

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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More Pathways to Stronger Workplace Relationships

January 31, 2015   

I recently wrote about Strengthening Relationships in the Workplace with Better Communication because it seems that a huge percentage of workplace relationship problems stem from poor communication or an overall lack of communication. But there a lots of other ways to strengthen workplace relationships in ways that will prime your organization for greater success. Here […]

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Wanted: Better Career Support from Higher Education

January 31, 2015   

President Barack Obama is trying to do what he can to make higher education more accessible to more people, from trying to make community college free to anyone who really wants it to coming up with new metrics that will help people choose which institution to attend when the time comes. Of course, it would […]

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Sleep and Productivity: Making the Critical Connection

January 31, 2015   

Ben Franklin famously said, Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise. This advice has been echoed through the ages, and many have noted the advantages of early rising and encourage developing it as a regular habit. That’s all well and good, but you can also go to bed early, […]

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Increasing Productivity: Minding the Big Picture AND the Little Picture

January 31, 2015   

Most people would love to boost their productivity, and the management at your organization wouldn’t mind that at all either. Why does it seem so difficult? A main reason why many people fail to see results is because they don’t realize there are two different levels that need attention. Focusing on one to the exclusion […]

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Getting Serious About Succession Planning

January 28, 2015   

I’ve written previous about the importance of succession planning (see Injecting “Success” into Succession Planning). The business case for robust succession planning is clear in terms of employee development, streamlining turnover, and promoting from within. The basic process of succession planning is simple enough – figure out what you need, see what you’ve got, and […]

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Lessons from Lincoln: When Conflict is Good

January 22, 2015   

Most people don’t enjoy conflict, which is why in many cases conflict is avoided like the plague. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the workplace. Think about it – how often has conflict been dealt with openly in your experience as an employee? I’m guessing the answer is rarely, if ever. But when we […]

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Now Trending: Honesty

January 17, 2015   

When Billy Joel put the song Honesty on his 52nd Street album in 1978, he probably didn’t have the workplace in mind. But the refrain of this popular hit is becoming a mantra among an increasing number of organizations. Honesty is such a lonely word Everyone is so untrue Honesty is hardly ever heard And […]

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