You Can Live Without SHRM, Trust Me…

Jessica Lee Jessica Lee, Leadership

I talk a lot of junk about SHRM – and there are plenty of reasons to make jokes (if you care to, revisit some of the reasons by going here, and here, and here). But this isn't about poking at the SHRM beast with my little dagger. Let's stop and have a quiet moment of reflection. What do you get …

Leadership is Amoral, or Why You Want Them On That Wall…

jasonseiden Jason Seiden, Leadership

So, someone Twitters a leadership quote by Bennis. I jump into the fray with a leadership quote by Kotter: “No one has yet figured out how to manage people into battle. They must be led.” The first someone Twitters back. She’s not sure that taking people into war should be considered “leadership.” To which I say: Like hell it shouldn’t. …

HR: 4 Simple(?) Steps to Improving Your World…

jasonseiden Jason Seiden, Leadership

They’re baaack… The former chairman of NASDAQ, Bernard Madoff, arrested for fraud. The Governor of Illinois, arrested for corruption. Merrill Lynch CEO, John Thain, requests a $10 million bonus after a fire sale. (Maybe he was jealous that Lehman’s CEO, Dick Fuld, got himself punched in the face?) Republic Windows’ union holds BofA over a barrel for daring to do …

Hey Jerry Jones: Individual Talent is Often Overrated

Josh Letourneau Joshua Letourneau, Leadership, Performance

Dallas Cowboys hype – that’s what the 2008-09 NFL regular season was all about, especially early on. Nearly everywhere on the roster was individual talent at the top of its class. In particular areas where there was room for improvement, Jerry Jones (Team Owner) invested diligently on the free agent market.  The focus on individual talent was so paramount that …

Competency Modeling: Will You Please Put Some Courage Into Your Process?

jasonseiden Engagement and Satisfaction, Jason Seiden, Leadership, Performance

Quick: on a scrap of paper, jot down the most important element in a competency model. Wait. Hang on. Managers, professionals, and non-HR’ists, let’s define what a competency model is for you first, shall we? It’s a fancy term for this dialogue: “Give me someone who is a good communicator/natural customer advocate/strong delegator and I’ll turn that person into a …

Hey! I Know stuff!

Maren Hogan Leadership, Maren Hogan

Wow. I just finished having lunch with a very smart, very accomplished woman with about 20 years of experience in a high demand field. You might be asking yourself, why would such a woman want to have lunch with someone with less than two years of experience in recruiting (the newbie in recruiting, I like to say or if you …

Lying On Your Resume – It’s Going to Get You, But It’ll Wait Until You’ve Arrived…

Kris Dunn Engagement and Satisfaction, Kris Dunn, Leadership

We live in a culture that wants to pump things up a bit beyond reality, don't we?  Look around and the evidence is everywhere – plastic surgery, wall street earnings and, of course, performance enhancing drugs.  You're Hans.  I'm Franz.  We're here to… you guessed it…. pump you up… It's true in the talent game as well, as it's become …

Leadership – Do You Like It Steady or Flashy?

Kris Dunn Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Kris Dunn, Leadership, Succession Planning

Here's a personal question.  When you think about the right personality fit to run a company in the CEO spot, do you like your leader steady or flashy?  I'd define the steady CEO as focused on execution, not PR.  The steady CEO doesn't necessarily look for the limelight or media spotlight, preferring to keep their head down and focused on operational …