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Unconscious Bias in Talent Management

February 8, 2016   

If you are human, you are biased. It’s the most basic point author and diversity expert Howard Ross has been making for years, most notably in his most recent book, Everyday Bias: Identifying and Navigating Unconscious Judgments in Our Daily Lives. How these biases affect the talent management process and what you can do about […]

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Managers as Coaches, Part IV: Giving Feedback

August 18, 2015   

One of the great things about coaching is its flexibility. It can be as general as it needs to be or as specific as it needs to be, such as addressing a problem or concern. And it’s an appropriate tool for employees at any and all levels of the organization as well. This will be […]

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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 III: Achievement

July 8, 2015   

In the previous article in this four-part series about what makes for an enthusiastic workplace, I covered the many different aspects of employee concerns around equity, from basic physiological needs to both economic and psychological needs. In part III, I turn to the concept of achievement and the role it plays in the life of […]

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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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Women and Leadership

May 29, 2015   

A few articles back I wrote about Women in the Workforce: Recent Trends, mentioning how women are working for major corporations but they aren’t leading them, with women holding only 16% of the director positions and only 4.6% of CEO positions at Fortune 500 companies. These statistics beg the question: What can women do to […]

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