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The Fallacy of Hiring for Culture Fit

I was talking with an executive team about the high voluntary and involuntary turnover their organization was experiencing in recently filled leadership roles. The execs’ conclusion (or excuse) for the cause of the turnover was that the exiting leaders “just didn’t fit our culture.” They felt that they just needed … Continue reading The Fallacy of Hiring for Culture Fit

The New Talent Equation: Hire Slow, Lead Easy, Develop Intentionally, Fire Fast

In 2014, I had the privilege of visiting Facebook headquarters to learn how this rapidly growing and innovative firm leverages talent to drive results.  When we were talking about their approach to talent, our host said that Facebook, “hires slow, manages easy and fires fast.”  My reaction was, “Wow! That’s a brilliant … Continue reading The New Talent Equation: Hire Slow, Lead Easy, Develop Intentionally, Fire Fast

Training is a Dead End

Why employees are avoiding Training and eLearning in droves Consider the results of a Corporate Leadership Council survey of 1500 managers in 53 organizations around the world: 76% felt that their Learning and Development function was ineffective or very ineffective in helping them achieve business targets Only 14% would actively … Continue reading Training is a Dead End

Culture and Scaling Up: Creating an Intentional Culture

Lessons from 2015 Culture Leaders of the Year I gained some new insights on Organizational Culture (and reinforced some previous ones) listening to a panel discussion with four finalists in the Pittsburgh Technology Council’s Culture Leaders of the Year from 2015. Much of the discussion centered on the question, “How … Continue reading Culture and Scaling Up: Creating an Intentional Culture

Why Employee Engagement Is Not Enough

Why Culture Trumps Engagement Every Time Work on the importance of worker “morale” began in the 1920’s.  Morale morphed into job satisfaction in the 1930’s.  Conclusions about the impact of job satisfaction on key business results varied greatly over the ensuing decades, depending on how satisfaction was defined, the measurement … Continue reading Why Employee Engagement Is Not Enough

Lessons from Google’s High Performance Culture

What makes Google the #2 Most Admired Company in Fortune’s 2015 rankings?  Does their unique organization culture play a role? Gaining answers to these and other questions was the force behind a Culture Benchmarking Trip to Silicon Valley in which I participated. The purpose of the trip was to unearth … Continue reading Lessons from Google’s High Performance Culture

Making a Difference: Intentional Development in Action

The ultimate leadership development investment not only increases the capacity and capability of leaders but also provides a return to the organization in terms of meaningful results.  We just completed a project with a client that achieved both. The Situation:  A mature and growing business wanted to assure their continued success.  … Continue reading Making a Difference: Intentional Development in Action

The Millennial Paradox . . . or Hype?

Yes, generations differ.  However, I don’t think that all the hype about Millennials and the differences between generations is all that helpful or meaningful. The Hype:  The cited differences between generations are often quite small and the wide range of individual differences within a generation are often ignored;  the distributions … Continue reading The Millennial Paradox . . . or Hype?

Top Signs That You Are NOT Taking a Strategic Approach to Talent

Google “Strategic Talent Management” and you will come up with about 2 million hits. The discussion about STM is reaching a fevered pitch online, in blogs, and at conferences.  Approaching talent from a strategic perspective is more than just a hot topic. It is a significant evolutionary step up from … Continue reading Top Signs That You Are NOT Taking a Strategic Approach to Talent