How to Screw Up the Management Off-Site

For decades, the leadership off-site meeting has been a favorite tool of management consultants worldwide. “We have issues, so let’s get the team together away from the office and fix… Get the Rest

Telling High Potential Employees That They’re High Potential

One of the cool things about writing at FOT is that I get to meet tons of folks from around the country. I often get questions from those

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Rude, Late, and Unprepared: How To Manage Up The Soft Skills of Your Team

Soft skills are defined as the "personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively and harmoniously with other people." In the workplace, this translates to an employee's ability

The Bad Stack of Pancakes in Talent Management

As my kids were growing up, I bet I watched the original Toy Story, where Woody first meets Buzz Lightyear….oh, about 653 times. Given other brutal options like

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Would You Pay a Bonus to an Employee to Keep them Skinny?

The world of professional sports gives us this great microcosm of compensation philosophy. Within professional athlete contracts, we find all kinds of crazy stuff. Depending on the sport,

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Labor Market Novelty and Candidate Confidence

I started off my week yesterday reviewing the typical brilliance from fellow FOT contributor, Steve Boese, over at his personal site, Steve Boese's HR Technology. Steve and I

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3 Things Great Recruiters (and Waiters) Never Say

Waiting tables got me through college, being a recruiter got me through my early years in Human Resources. I was much better at one than the other, which

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Confidence Gets You a Leadership Gig, but Humility Lets You Keep It

I've been spending a lot of time lately working on leadership evaluation and selection.  Specifically, we spent a bunch of time talking about how to make better talent

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“Do You Want To Be Here?” and Other Loaded Questions Heard From Managers of People

There's a list of questions somewhere. When your manager fires one of these questions at you, it's a signal of the following: --You're not as special to the organization

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Nike is Running an Epic HR Experiment

When I was a kid, I desperately wanted to work at Nike. It had to be the coolest workplace in the world. In my head, I imagined that