How to Assess Leadership in an Interview

Ben Olds Always Be Closing, Ben Olds, Recruiting, Uncategorized

When I was a kid, my favorite athletes were always the small, less-athletic guys who got by on hustle. Why? Because I was a small, less-athletic guy whose very limited athletic success was only do to hustle. When everyone else outgrew me and my hustle wasn’t enough to make the team, I started playing music. My favorite musicians were the …

What You Can Learn From the Great White Buffalo

Ben Olds Always Be Closing, Ben Olds, Employee Coaching, Good HR, Guest: Ben Olds, HR

We all have them—those rockstar employees who are the “go-to” for every hairy problem and on the short-list for every succession plan. Many of us can rattle off 10 of these “A-players,” with little trouble differentiating between them and the “B-players” who are solid employees and coming along nicely but clearly in a different league. All of us could likely …

Embracing Competition in the Workplace

Ben Olds Audacious Ideas, Ben Olds, Driving Productivity, Employee Engagement, Employee Relations, Good HR, Guest: Ben Olds, HR, HR & Sports

The other day, I was listening to a friend discuss what a competitive equestrian she was growing up. As I am wont to do when fake-listening to someone wax stories of yesteryear, I started daydreaming. I couldn’t help but think: Why do people compete at riding horses? Equestrian is an artform, isn’t it? Who was the first narcissist who sat …

Admitting Imperfections Can Be So… Perfect

Ben Olds Audacious Ideas, Ben Olds, Coaching, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Guest: Ben Olds, Leadership, T+D

It happened again. We spent two weeks putting everything we had into preparing a pitch for organizational consulting work to a potentially huge client, and—once again—were shot down. This wasn’t unheard of. Any career in consulting is going to be rife with rejection. But it always stings a little bit when you see 150 hours of your work poured down …

Stop Teaching People How to Give Feedback

Ben Olds Audacious Ideas, Culture, Guest: Ben Olds, Performance

Want a feedback culture? Join the club. But how does HR help create this? Most organizations start by teaching managers how to give feedback effectively. The logic follows that if they have the skill, then they’ll go around giving all sorts of helpful feedback to readily receptive employees who will use it to improve and pay it forward in a …