Uncovering Your Company’s Top Talent

Your best source of top talent may be right under your nose. I’m often impressed by the results of a robust talent assessment process. Invariably, organizations that take the time and effort to do effective talent assessments create a clear picture of the overall capability of their organization. Invariably, robust … Continue reading Uncovering Your Company’s Top Talent

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Why It’s Critical to Be Even Better at Firing Than Hiring

During a tour of Google headquarters in 2014, our host described the impressive amount of time and effort the entire company put into hiring the best talent. However, he went on to proudly state that Google was even better at firing people. Why would the world’s #2 Most Admired Company … Continue reading Why It’s Critical to Be Even Better at Firing Than Hiring

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The Talent Abuse Epidemic

It may be due to benign neglect or to unenlightened leadership. It’s more likely the result of reliance on long-standing unproven or pop-culture practices that just won’t go away. I’m referring to the continued spread of talent management practices that detract from an organization’s ability to thrive. This epidemic continues … Continue reading The Talent Abuse Epidemic

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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

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