“Do you like essential oils?” Is NOT a Legitimate Interview Question!

William Wiggins candidate experience, EEO, Employment Law, Hiring Bias, Hiring Managers, HR, Interviewing, Learning, Policies, Recruiting, Risks, Talent Management, Talent Strategy, Working With Recruiters 2 Comments

After being twenty minutes late for our long-awaited connection, she opened the conversation with: “About me, prior to coming here, I worked at a day spa.” “Do you like essential oils?” “I feel like we’ve met before?” “Oh, November is your birthday? That’s Sagittarius, I’m a stereotypical Capricorn.” “Do you have any pets or young children? Good, because we work …

A Hidden Pool of Talent That None of Us Think of!

Tim Sackett Candidate Pool, Compensation/Cash Money, Culture, Current Affairs, Employee Coaching, Hiring Bias, in the news, Pop Culture, Talent Management, Talent Strategy 1 Comment

There’s a restaurant in Minneapolis called All Square. They make square grilled cheese sandwiches. They do not have any problems finding employees! Why? They only hire people who have been formerly incarcerated. Yes, you just read that correctly. They ‘only’ hire people who have spent time in prison for committing a crime. You know how you and I won’t hire someone …

Your Future Boss Thinks You Suck

Kris Dunn Business Development, Career Advice, Change, Change Management, Coaching, Employee Coaching, Employee Development, HR, Influence, Leadership, Managing People, Talent Management, The HR Profession 2 Comments

At some point in the future, all of you reading this site will get a new boss. Most of you will have 5-10 new bosses over the rest of your career, which is reflective of how chaotic work is for our generation and the general pace of change. Some of those new bosses are going to have manageable expectations. But …

A Management Truism: The Very Best Lessons Usually Come From Very Bad Managers

John Hollon Business Development, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Employee Coaching, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Harassment, Leadership, Managing People, Talent Management 1 Comment

Here’s a management truism to remember: You learn a lot more from a bad boss than you do from a good one. I was struck by this when I came across an old “Corner Office” column in The New York Times. It was a Q&A with Dawn Lepore, the now-former chairwoman and CEO of Drugstore.com, and she had a lot to …

I’m Not Sensitive, You’re Just Wrong

Kris Dunn Assessments, Performance Reviews, Retention, Talent Management 1 Comment

“I’m very laid back. I only care about two things:   1) everyone on earth and their opinion of me, and 2) the crushing psychological weight of being alive.”   –author unknown ______________________________ Let’s say you’re a hiring manager trying to fill a key position. You think you might want to know how well someone can take feedback? Of course …

Good Leaders Give Bad News, Bad Leaders Avoid It at All Costs.

John Hollon HR, Leadership, Offboarding, Pop Culture, Talent Management, Workforce Management Articles

I’m always amazed at how so many leaders can get so far in management without learning one of the basic tenants of management. It’s this: Good leaders have to give bad news. Patty Azzarello learned this back when she became the youngest general manager in Hewlett Packard (HP) at the age of 33, and she reminded me of this basic …

Microlearning’s Macro Mistakes

Kylie Quetell Coaching, Communication, Employee Coaching, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, HR, HR Tech, Learning and Development, Organizational Development, Performance, Talent Management, Talent Strategy

Microlearning is one of the newest (cough, cough) hot topics in professional talent development. You will hear about it over and over again spouted by professional trainers as a way to make themselves sound knowledgeable and hip. Frankly, you have likely been hearing it for years. People talk about it at conferences, write articles, and use the jargon to sell …

3 Leadership Lessons Before You Drop-Kick Your Garmin

Kathy Rapp Career Advice, Change, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Development, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Influence, Kathy Rapp, Leadership, Learning and Development, Managing People, Organizational Development, Performance, Talent Management, Talent Strategy, wellness

I received a Garmin fitness tracker for Mother’s Day this year. This gift followed a Peloton bike for my wedding anniversary.  And before you think my husband is not so discreetly saying there’s more of me to love than he would like – I asked for both fitness gadgets (ok, the bike is not really a gadget given it costs …

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It Always Pays to Help Employees Build on Their Strengths

John Hollon Books, Business Development, Career Advice, Career Paths, Coaching, Culture, Employee Communications, Employee Development, Talent Management, Training and Development

If I’ve heard it once I’ve heard it a hundred times while listening to managers give performance reviews to their employees – “Here are the areas you need to work to improve on.”  It sounds like a really smart thing to do, doesn’t it? After all, don’t we all want to improve on our weaknesses? Well … no. Although it would …

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True Sign of a Great Leader > How Well They Protect PTO

Dawn Burke Dawn Burke, Employee Coaching, Leadership, Policies, PTO, Talent Management, Vacation

To me, there is one way to know if a leader is worth their salt.  It is something I don’t recall seeing in leadership books, white papers, or in training sessions.  To me the simplest way to see if a leader is doing their job is to ask team members one question: “Did you use all your PTO last year?” …