Talent Primer – Are you Uncoachable?

Kris Dunn Performance

We’ve talked a lot about coaching for performance at The HR Capitalist (here, here and here for starters) and riffed about how employees will try to derail the process with sidetracks.  Although the tools I pitch are relatively simple and flexible to most situations, managers have to think on their feet to deploy them effectively.  Are you uncoachable?  Know anyone …

Talent Primer – The Cost of Reinventing Yourself

Kris Dunn Compensation/Cash Money, Engagement and Satisfaction, Generations, Salary Caps

Earlier this week I profiled the recent research concluding that today’s American men have less income than their fathers’ generation did at the same age, according to a new analysis by the Economic Mobility Project.  My conclusion?  That globalization has turned many jobs into commodities, which means those jobs likely get shut down and performed somewhere else over time.   As …

Talent Economics – Our Parents (on average) Made More Than Us, and It’s Complicated…

Kris Dunn Compensation/Cash Money, Engagement and Satisfaction, Salary Caps

Are we all destined to be George Costanza?  Offspring who never deliver on the dreams our parents envisioned for us?  There’s some hand wringing going on about the viability of the American Dream, as today’s American men are reported have less income than their fathers’ generation did at the same age, according to a new analysis by the Economic Mobility …

Performance Management – Can You Put Employees in Control of the “Meets vs. Exceeds” Equation?

Kris Dunn Engagement and Satisfaction, Performance, Recognition, Total Rewards

Last week I broke off a couple of riffs (this one and that one) regarding the difference between a Meets vs. Exceeds when evaluating employees via your Performance Management process.  I’ve probably said enough on the topic for at least a week – so I’ll give everyone a break – from my thoughts on the topic anyway… How about someone …

Talent Watch – “Meets” vs. “Exceeds” from the Employee’s Point of View

Kris Dunn Engagement and Satisfaction, Performance

A couple of days ago, I commented on Performance Differentiators that compared/contrasted the difference between a employee who "Meets’ expectations and one who "Exceeds" expectations.  Lots of quality comments followed, most tweaking the logic based on their experiences and perspective – which is good! One item I’ve been thinking about is how the normal employee views the Meets vs. Exceeds …

Talent Watch – What’s The Difference Between an Employee Who “Meets” and One Who “Exceeds”?

Kris Dunn Culture, Driving Productivity, Engagement and Satisfaction, Performance

One word – "Innovate" Two words – "Innovate" and "Create"  (I always think of the old "Think Different" campaign by Apple when I see these words). One of the hardest things to do related to getting a robust Performance Management system in place is develop the right kind of evaluation culture.   How do your managers rate employees?  Are they soft …

Talent Nugget: The Value of the Receptionist

Kris Dunn Always Be Closing, Culture, Recruiting

If you want to get upstream as a HR Pro, start reading Seth Godin.  Blog, books (some listed on the side), whatever.  Seth’s a marketing guy who understands the value of the brand in recruiting and talent. Case in point – One of Seth’s recent posts hits on the value of the receptionist (including value to your recruiting process): "Being …

Danny, The World Needs Ditch-Diggers Too…

Kris Dunn Candidate Pool, Culture, Sourcing

To quote Austin Powers, I’m a man, baby… As a guy, quoting movies is part of who I am… And I can work it into a HR/Talent blog entry… From Caddyshack: Judge Smails: The man is a menace! Cut that off! Music is a violation of our personal privacy! He’s breaking the law! Danny: I’ve always been fascinated with the …

Talent Watch – Best Available Athlete

Kris Dunn Candidate Pool, Recruiting, Sourcing

I have a recurring talent conversation with 3-4 colleagues I really like talking to – and it involves hiring generalists vs. specialists.  Simply put, once you get away from some very specialized positions in your company, are you open to finding the smartest available person to take the challenge you have or are you forever trying to match an overly …