Throwing out the Bad Apples

Ed Baldwin Culture, Ed Baldwin, Employee Relations, HR, Lawsuits, Offboarding, Performance, Performance Reviews, Policies, Talent Management, Training and Development 0 Comments

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 1 Comment

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 1 Comment

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 …

Utilize Your Network as Free Consultants

Ed Baldwin Audacious Ideas, Career Advice, Ed Baldwin, Learning, Networking

Think about the best professional advice you’ve ever received. Where did it come from? A how-to YouTube video?  A TED talk?  Your spouse?  An executive coach?  Maybe a lawyer?  A book?  A keynote speech at an HR/talent conference?  Likely not. Or… from a fellow HR/talent colleague?  Yep, that’s what I thought. Networking is all the rage.  So are conferences, podcasts, …

7 Signs Your Employer Doesn’t Care About People

Ed Baldwin Bad HR, Career Advice, Culture, Ed Baldwin, Employment Branding and Culture, Good HR, Innovation, Job Seeker Advice, Old School, Recruitment Marketing, Seat at the Table, Uncategorized

As HR pros we all want to work for a progressive, forward-thinking company that values its people. A company that is recognized as a great employer – or dare I say one that treats their employees “as their greatest asset”. No HR or Talent Pro seeks otherwise. “Man, I just want to find a company where I’m a replaceable cog …