What, The Bell Curve Lives?

Dan Carusi Dan Carusi, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, T+D, Talent Strategy

Just when I thought the performance ratings and the dreaded bell curve were dead, the Washington Business Journal announced that a major government contractor in Washington, DC is doubling down on the bell curve.  But wait a minute; this is not just your typical bell curve, but a new extreme level for assigning managers’ performance quotas. The new rating system …

How To Source: Lesson One – Where’s Your Shadow?

Kelly Dingee HR, Kris Dunn, Sourcing, Talent Strategy

Sixteen years ago, I threw down my HR/Recruiter hat and became a sourcer. Part-time at first, full-time within 2 years.  Telecom was my playground and my mentor was… well, there were no mentors, no one to shadow.  It was the dark ages of sourcing where we all read, trained and tried to find our way. Teams of sourcers? Non-existent. Most recruiters …

Can You Afford a Competent Squatter?

RJ Morris Change Management, Culture, Recruiting, RJ Morris, Talent Strategy, Uncategorized

If there is one thing that just screams out fun, it’s when someone hits you up at an after-work happy hour for HR advice.  That’s sad stuff—it’s not like we are doctors and someone wants advice about an achy knee.  Still, it happens.  Recently, just as I was going to dive into a nice bourbon, a young team leader cornered …

Kobe Bryant and Paying Above Market Compensation

Guest: Kent Pritchett Compensation/Cash Money, Executive Search, HR & Sports, Making Offers, Performance, Salary Caps, Sports, Talent Strategy, Total Rewards

If you follow professional sports, you probably know by now that Kobe Bryant returned to the NBA in December, played six games, and has been back out with injuries since then.  Bryant hasn’t really made any substantial on-court contributions to his team—the Lakers—since tearing his Achilles tendon last April (while my game is not quite as high-flying/scoring-centric as Kobe’s, this is the injury I …

Two plus Two Equals Stupid

Dan Carusi Dan Carusi, Recruiting, Talent Strategy

A good friend of mine (let’s call him Joe) who is well respected in the Talent Management & Learning profession, considered a thought-leader in the industry and has helped transform numerous cultures, was recently in search of his next gig.  Timing was in his favor—right as he was deciding to pursue a new opportunity, he was contacted through LinkedIn by …

3 Things HR Looks For In An Employee

Tim Sackett 60-Second SPHR, Audacious Ideas, Bad HR, Candidate Pool, Culture, Diversity, EEO, Employment Law, Good HR, Hiring Bias, Interviewing, Profiles, Recruiting, Talent Strategy, Tim Sackett

Have you guys seen all of the selection tools that are out nowadays? It’s crazy.  You can select employees based on almost any personality trait, level of intelligence or emotional intelligence, physical ability, etc. Basically, you decide what you want, and someone, somewhere has already developed that tool.  It’s a great time to be in HR and Talent Acquisition! Here’s …

Talent Management, 1989 Style

Dan Carusi Business Development, Candidate Pool, Change, Coaching, Dan Carusi, Employee Coaching, Generations, Influence, Learning and Development, Race, T+D, Talent Strategy

Once upon a time, in 1983, a track & field team was formed at a small division III school in Northeast, PA, named Moravian College.  Like most new athletic programs, recruiting was difficult with the absence of a championship and lack of big-name athletes.  The head coach, well aware he would not land the High School State Champion, decided to …

Working Hours Based on Personal Working Cycle?

Paul Hebert Paul Hebert, Performance, Pop Culture, Talent Strategy, The HR Profession

Editor’s note: This is the first of three in a series of posts we’ll be running at FOT about workplace productivity, based on a national poll conducted by Red Bull and Harris Interactive. FOT + Red Bull = pretty interesting. A national poll conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of Red Bull North America surveyed U.S. workers and exposes lack …

“Employees Are Our Most Important Asset”

Steve Gifford Always Be Closing, Audacious Ideas, Culture, Good HR, HR & Marketing, Influence, Innovation, Performance, Seat at the Table, Steve Gifford, Talent Strategy, Training and Development

It’s on your website, and it’s in your handbook.  You’ve heard an executive say it to a crowded room.  It’s just vague enough that it’s hard to disprove, but doesn’t really commit the company to anything. Want to get the attention of everyone at the table? Ask this: What’s the last major program we launched to optimize this asset? Because, …