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Mar 1

Why do you still give out performance ratings?

Let me give you a quick breakdown of how 100% of your employees feel about the performance rating they will receive this year: Performance Rating on a 1 (you suck and should be shot) to 5 (we couldn’t live without you):  Rating of 5 –  The message you were trying to send: “We value your […]

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Feb 27

Would You Hire Magic Johnson?

(this is Magic and I at a recent MSU basketball game) You might not have paid attention to this because you’re not a sports geek, more specifically an NBA sports geek, but the Los Angeles Lakers just hired their most famous player ever, Magic Johnson, to be their President of Basketball Operations. If you know anything […]

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Feb 3

Dear Timmy: When Should I Leave My First Job?

Dear Timmy,  I graduated college a couple of years ago and took a job with a good company. I’m an engineer and I like my job and I like the people I work with, but I’m getting calls from recruiters telling me they can get me a lot more money. My question is, when can […]

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Feb 2

Employee Betrayal is Something You Never Get Over

You probably missed this recently, another lawsuit, another former employee ‘allegedly’ stealing company secrets and taking them to their new employer who just happens to be developing the same or similar product as their past employee. This one is interesting because it evolves one of the company that everyone in tech seems to want to […]

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Jan 16

Why do we still hate hiring older workers?

Over two years ago I wrote a post for Halogen’s Talent Space blog titled: The Gray Wave: Why Companies Refuse to Hire Older Workers. It was very popular when it launched and it still gets great traffic because apparently there are a ton of older people Googling things like “why won’t companies hire older people?” […]

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Jan 13

Real-World HR – A new eBook from @SHRM

SHRM recently launched a new eBook to help build more an awareness around what the SHRM competency model looks like in the real world of HR. I’m on pages 36 and 37 sharing my brilliance on how to impact the “Relationship Management” competency, make sure to check it out! Spoiler alert: I basically tell HR […]

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Jan 9

This Job Sounds To Good To Be True!

When I was 18 years old I packed up my 1979 Ford Mustang and drove 20 straight hours from Grand Rapids, MI to Laramie, WY to go to college at the University of Wyoming. My air conditioning didn’t work, the radio didn’t work well and I had a Rand McNally Atlas (look it up kids) […]

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Jan 6

Dear Timmy: How Do I Get Into Talent Acquisition?

I get asked a ton of questions via email. Some are from college students who ask a variety of things. Here’s a recent one: Dear Timmy, I’m a college student majoring in communications (editor’s note: why do college kids major in communications? Like 80% of college kids want to major in communications. You know there […]

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Dec 21

I’m Not in the ‘Love’ Business

It’s almost the end of 2016 for most people. Once Christmas hits and New Years coming a week later, it seems like most of the population just coasts through the end of the year. You know what happens at the end of each year? People begin to evaluate their life and their career. It usually […]

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Dec 20

The 12 Steps of Recovery for Passionate Assholes

I wrote a post last week titled, “The 5 Things HR Leaders Need to Know About Developing Employees“. In that post I had a paragraph: When I was young in my career, I was very ‘passionate’. That’s what I liked calling it – passionate.  I think the leaders I worked with called it, “career derailer”. […]

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