Basing Talent Management Practices on Purported Generational Differences Are Not Effective I’ve never been a fan of generational stereotyping – from Morris Massey’s frenetic exhortations on “What You Are Is Where You Were When” to the current media hype on Millennials, Xers and Boomers. The stuff maybe somewhat entertaining but … Continue reading It’s Time We Moved Beyond Generational Stereotyping – Here’s How
“The next time someone calls me a Millennial, I’m gonna punch them in the nose!” That was the exasperated response of a bright, successful 30-something young professional when someone commented that “all Millennials crave attention.” Like many, she was offended by being put in a box with which she did … Continue reading The Degrading and Useless Practice of Generational Stereotyping
My experience assessing talent within companies typically shows that high-performing, high-potential talent often makes up a small percentage of most organization’s total workforce, typically 10 – 15%. That observation has been confirmed in a global research study on workforce productivity conducted by Bain & Company. The study established that, on … Continue reading Top Companies Leverage Their Best Talent to Drive Results: Here’s How
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
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
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
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
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?