A Lesson on Letting Go

Ed Baldwin Ed Baldwin, Employee Development, Good HR, Learning and Development, Talent Management, Training and Development 3 Comments

Sometimes I learn things from my personal life and can apply that learning to situations I encounter in my work life. Sometimes it’s the other way around. I’ve personally never been able to keep my home life separate from my work life. I’m a continuous learner on both fronts. And I’m just not wired that way. One such lesson that …

Is Profit a Must for Great Culture?

Ed Baldwin Culture, Ed Baldwin, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, HR, Learning and Development, Retention, Training and Development 0 Comments

When I take a quick scan of any Best Places to Work list, I pessimistically always wonder whether these places would be on the list if they weren’t profitable.  Do you feel having a great culture mandates that you must also have a healthy bottom line? Does big profit always precipitate enviable culture?  While I haven’t taken the time to do …

Throwing out the Bad Apples

Ed Baldwin Culture, Ed Baldwin, Employee Relations, HR, Lawsuits, Offboarding, Performance, Performance Reviews, Policies, Talent Management, Training and Development

Everyone’s heard the phrase “a bad apple spoils the bunch,” but in my work experience, this hasn’t been true.  In my experience, it isn’t the bad apple that spoils the bunch; it’s the semi-bad apple. That apple that you think is just as good as the rest (or pretty close), until you realize it’s not just as good, and that …

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Hire the Overqualified to Maximize Talent ROI

Ed Baldwin Candidate Pool, Ed Baldwin, Hiring Bias, Hiring Managers, HR, Pop Culture, Recruiting, Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, Talent Strategy

Virtually all companies want to hire the very best talent available.  Most have some version of this statement proudly displayed on their careers page. But we all know that there are constraints in terms of the price you can afford to pay for that talent. That’s the crux of achieving your company’s talent strategy, maximizing the talent you bring into …

Bosses Behaving Badly: When Integrity Matters Most

Ed Baldwin Business Development, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Ed Baldwin, Employee Coaching, Employee Development, Good HR, HR, Leadership, Managing People, Pop Culture

How many of us have seen our leaders (C-Suite, bosses, the ivory tower, “the brass”) abandon their integrity when the going gets rough? Maybe they decided to cut salaries to shed costs without cutting their own, or they identified a sacrificial lamb to take the fall for what was their mistake. Perhaps they simply elected to flat out lie to …

Gandhi as Your Employment Brand Writer

Ed Baldwin Brand Ambassadors, Culture, Ed Baldwin, Employee Communications, Employment Branding and Culture, Recruitment Marketing

In today’s hot job market nearly all of us are trying to “build a better mousetrap so the world will beat a path to our door,” as the saying goes.  We are all authoring our employment brand, and trying to one-up our competitors.  And a lot of that work revolves around understanding and then documenting/describing our culture. Culture is such …

Fire With Grace

Ed Baldwin Ed Baldwin, Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Good HR, HR, Outplacement, Performance, Personal Conduct Policy

Grace is a word not often used in a business context. It should probably be used more. And even less so, grace is not something we typically associate with firing someone, taking away someone’s source of financial security, involuntarily. But we should. Because when it comes to firing someone, grace on the part of the employer is what’s needed most. …

Kicking It Old School

Ed Baldwin Bad HR, candidate experience, Change, Communication, Ed Baldwin, Employment Law, HR, Innovation, Interviewing, Old School, Recruiting

There is an email that occasionally makes the circuit in the HR community.  The content of this email is an amusing excerpt from a 1940’s transportation magazine article entitled Guide to Hiring Women. The point of this forwarded email isn’t about how atrocious the recruiting practices of women were in the 1940s, but rather to challenge its readers (recruiters, HR …

I’m Getting Too Old For This $***

Ed Baldwin candidate experience, Change, Ed Baldwin, Executive Search, Hiring Bias, Hiring Managers, HR, Interviewing, Old School, Recruiting, Selection, Uncategorized

My pre-interview checklist. Hugo Boss suit. Check (although it fits a lot tighter than I remember it fitting a decade ago). Conservative tie. Check. Polished shoes. Check. Ironed and starched shirt. Check. Fresh shave, cleared hair out of nose and ears. Check. And perhaps most importantly, investing several hours getting to know as much as I can about the slate …

The Career (and Life) Benefits of Going Global

Ed Baldwin Career Advice, Culture, Diversity, Ed Baldwin, Good HR, HR (& Life!) Advice, Travel, Uncategorized

I’ve had the really good fortune of traveling internationally for a good chunk of my career. It’s been a career filled with humbling and tremendous learning, derived from surviving the potent mix of immigration/border security lines, horrific plane meals, and profound cases of jet lag. In fact, I would go so far as to say that traveling internationally has played a …