Monthly Archives: September 2016

Managing Your Rock Stars

It’s exciting to bring a rock star into your company. No, no, not Mick Jagger. We are talking about someone big in your field, someone who is well known, with a lot of talent, in high demand…and you’ve got ‘em. You hire a rock star because they can do great things for you, but a […]

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Offboarding

Once you hire a new employee, the process of “getting them” is not completely over. The onboarding process gives them a strong first impression and can set the tone for their time with you, a time that can be shorter if you do not get the process right. Whether they are new to the workforce […]

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Don’t Just Employ the Employed

It’s no secret that unemployed people face discrimination from hiring managers. Given the large number of unemployed people out there, you are really limiting your recruiting pool by cutting them out of it. Do you really think that’s a good idea? A recent article by the World Economic Forum shows some of the challenges candidates […]

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Meetings Can Be Good (Or At Least, Not Bad)

We’ve written here a few times before about the costs of unnecessary meetings, some ways to avoid them, and ideas for making the meetings that you DO need more productive. A few years ago I stumbled across a very useful article that suggests some ways to increase the effectiveness of your meetings when you have […]

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Link Employee Objectives to the Mission

You want to get the most out of your employees, and they want to develop their skills while doing something meaningful. If you think about it, those are pretty complementary ambitions, so you should find a tool that satisfies them both. Setting objectives for your employees that are tied to your organization’s mission helps them […]

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Just Say No

Despite all the pushing we do to do more, more, more, sometimes you just have to say “no.” When the folks above you try to put too much onto your plate, there may be times when you need to push back. It might be your bosses, or shareholders, or even customers, but whoever it is, […]

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Helicopter Parents

An article last month in HRM Asia raised the issue of parents coming to their children’s job interviews. While the article drew data from the US and Canada, plenty of anecdotes from around Asia suggest that some parents get very, very involved in their child’s job search. On M*A*S*H, Radar O’Reilly’s cry of “Incoming choppers!” […]

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Extrinsic Demotivation

Authors from Plato to Daniel Pink (well, maybe not Plato) have talked about the importance of intrinsic motivation among your employees, that is, being motivated by their own interest in their work rather than by external factors like compensation and pats on the head. You get your best work from people, they say, when those […]

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Doubling Your Potential Workforce

Is your pool of potential leaders as big as it could be? If not — if you are only looking at a slice of the possible leadership talent — you may not end up with the best leaders you could have. An article a few years ago looked at various reports addressing the role of […]

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Have a Philosophy

Dave Packard, of Hewlitt-Packard fame, had a pretty amazing life. Back in 1958, speaking at a management convention, he shared some guiding principles for himself and the people working for him. It seems like developing some “rules of the road” for yourself will help guide your own actions and remove some uncertainty, and also make […]

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