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What We Mean When We Say “Talent”

We catch a fair bit of grief in HR for using the term, Top Talent. The problem, of course, is that talent means different things to different people. Folks cannot… Get the Rest

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What Isn’t Leadership?

What is leadership, anyway? Ask 100 companies, and you’ll get 100 answers, all describing different leadership models. If you break down each of these models into its competencies,

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Facts of (Work) Life: “Manager Pass-Through”

I wrote about the manager pass-through in 2011.  It's an important fact of life in every organization, so I'm writing about it again today. Here's the trick: Imagine

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What Kills a Cat but Makes a Leader?

“Curiosity killed the cat.” This friendly little ditty told to children across the country is intended to squelch the wandering mind of young kids so as not to

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How Do You Lead Today’s Rock Stars?

The NBA Championship is over, yet there is a lot of chatter about the tense relationship between LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers coach, David Blatt.  After observations

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How to Know if Your Team is High-Functioning

Want an easy way to delineate between high- and low-functioning teams? Look for disagreements. Don’t see any? Then you’re probably watching a low-performing team. High-functioning teams have lots of

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No Expectation Leadership

I've been known to have been a leader who has really high expectations.  I'm not easily impressed or satisfied.  I'm not saying I'm right... well, I'm usually right,

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What I Learned From Deflategate

Watching this Deflategate saga unwind on every watercooler, barstool, and Facebook post has been enlightening. When the story first broke before the Super Bowl, I found it comical...

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A 3,000 Year Old Piece of HR Advice

Too many posts and pundits are ready to sell you the newest, greatest and most cool thing to help you do HR better. Yet, I’d suggest that in many

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Connecting To Humans At Work

I’ve been on a tear for the last couple of years to get companies – no, reset – not companies – PEOPLE (companies are NOT people) to approach