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Jul 13

Email Heroes – Are you one?

For most of their careers, my parents could never check their work email at home.  It did mean that they probably stopped working when they got home, unlike most professional employees today.  My parents also rarely made it home at 5 pm and worked in the office many Saturdays and Sundays when the work needed […]

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Jul 10

The Story That Wins Becomes The Truth

In HR we hear a lot of stories. We love to tell ourselves we are hearing the truth from one side and a lie from another side, but the reality is both sides are stories with a little truth and a little lie built in. We then ‘measure’ who we feel is telling more truth […]

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Jul 6

HR and Recruiting are not Rocket Science!

I hear one thing over and over from people who read my stuff or see my presentations: “It’s not rocket science.” It happened just last week. Some HR guy sent me a message and said, “I don’t get it?” Meaning, he didn’t get what I was trying to say like there was some deeper meaning […]

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Jul 5

The Most Important Question You’ll Ever Ask a Hiring Manager

How are those hiring manager “intake” meetings going? You know, those meetings you have with a hiring manager every single time they have an opening.  You sit down with your hiring manager, face to face, and ask them a page full of questions.  Why is this position open? What would make a candidate most successful […]

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Jun 21

The Key Trait of Every Great Employee #SHRM17

For twenty years I’ve been hiring and firing people.  I’ve been lucky enough to have some really great performers, a bunch of good performers and also a few really crappy performers.  It seems like every time I turn, someone has an answer for me on how to hire better.  For years I have given the […]

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Jun 2

Maybe we got this Culture Fit thing all Wrong! #WorkHuman

So, I’m sitting on a plane flying back from the WorkHuman conference and I’m going through my notes. Here’s one of the things I wrote down: “Instead of culture fit, what if we focused on culture contribution…”  I don’t even remember who said it that sparked me to write it down, but I loved it. […]

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May 22

Turns Out, Millennials Actually Don’t Want Your Feedback!

It’s conference season and I got a chance to see the ever-popular, Marcus Buckingham.  Marcus has the great English accent, high energy and great leadership content to share. He’s strong every time I’ve seen him, going on way too many times at this point in my life! Here was the money-shot quote Marcus dropped on […]

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May 15

‘Short-timer’s’ Guide to Getting Fired (Dead employee walking edition)

You know what happens when someone is on the path to being fired?  They start doing all kinds of strange things.  They’re actually fairly easy to spot, and if you follow these rules and guidelines you will be able to pick them out or know if it’s you that is about to be terminated. In […]

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May 5

The One Thing That Will Have The Most Positive Impact to your HR Career #TSLive17

I just got back from attending the Halogen TalentSpace Live 2017 conference. Halogen is the industry leader in Performance Management. Great product, great tools for your hiring managers and organization. On the first day of the conference, it was announced they would be acquired by Saba. Saba is the industry leader in Learning, so it […]

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May 4

Stop Creating HR Metrics! You Already Have What You Need #TSLive17

I was out at Halogen’s TalentSpace Live 2017 event this week speaking to great HR pros and leaders. Halogen is the king of performance management and they just announced their merger with the king of Learning, Saba. Together, they have a pretty great 1-2 punch for organizations to check out. TalentSpace Live brought in Patty […]

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