Why do Great Managers Matter? A Statistical Lesson

Paul Hebert Influence, Leadership, Learning and Development, Managing People, Performance, Talent Management 0 Comments

My Bachelor degree is in statistics. Actually “Quantitative Business Analysis,” which is fancy for statistics. I loved the idea of using math to “predict” outcomes and prove hypotheses. My senior paper attempted to use a variety of statistical methods to predict the outcome of football games. I’m still not retired, so you can judge how well that analysis worked. Got …

Microlearning’s Macro Mistakes

Kylie Quetell Coaching, Communication, Employee Coaching, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, HR, HR Tech, Learning and Development, Organizational Development, Performance, Talent Management, Talent Strategy 0 Comments

Microlearning is one of the newest (cough, cough) hot topics in professional talent development. You will hear about it over and over again spouted by professional trainers as a way to make themselves sound knowledgeable and hip. Frankly, you have likely been hearing it for years. People talk about it at conferences, write articles, and use the jargon to sell …

Focus! Maybe An Accountability Partner Would Help

Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, Career Advice, Change, Change Management, Coaching, Communication, Culture, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, HR Tech, HR Technology, Innovation, Kathy Rapp, Learning, Learning and Development, Mental Health, Performance, Talent Management, Training and Development, wellness, Work Life Balance, Workplace Flexibilty

I am a big believer in the power of focusing. “Focus and finish” is a phrase you’ll hear me say to myself, my daughter – and perhaps occasionally to my husband. Most of us in the HR space know year-end and the fast start once January 1 rolls around = bust your a$$ while everyone else is taking time off. …

This Is A Call – Will the Workplace Moderates Please Stand Up? (5 Types of Extremists That Kill Your Company)

Kris Dunn Employee Relations, Employment Branding and Culture, Kris Dunn, Performance

This is a political rant – for about 10 seconds – then it’s going to become a workplace rant. I watched pieces of the GOP and the DNC conventions, and one word came to mind – #bullies. If you want airtime in the political process, you have to be at the extreme.  Extreme democrats are called socialists by the GOP. …

Hello 3-Day Weekends!

Kathy Rapp Audacious Ideas, Benefits, Change, Change Management, Compensation/Cash Money, Corporate America, Culture, Current Affairs, Diversity, Driving Productivity, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, HR, Onboarding, Performance

If you’ve been in the workforce for 20+ years, you probably grew up thinking working longer hours meant you were more productive, or helped you advance your career. I spent many years arriving at and leaving an office in darkness. Microsoft has put a bit of data behind the fact longer hours do not equate to higher productivity (or happiness). …

Developing Your Team: Three Types of People (And Why You’re The Problem)

Kris Dunn Coaching, Driving Productivity, Employee Coaching, Influence, Kris Dunn, Performance

Note – Was in Boston this week training a great group of managers in Coaching Skills from our Boss Leadership Series, and this topic came up.  So I tracked down this past post and am republishing for those 21 managers.  Enjoy team and good luck back at your location! You wish your team would accept greater responsibility. Why don’t they …

The Hassle of Performance-Based Pay

Kylie Quetell Compensation/Cash Money, Hourly Hiring, Managing People, Metrics, Payroll, Performance, Performance Reviews, Policies, Training and Development

Are performance-based pay structures worth all of the hassle? It feels like the amount of effort that goes into these pay structures might not be worth the squeeze.  Typically performance-based pay requires the measurement of key performance indicators. That means that I’m paying someone to measure all of the “stuff.” That’s fine for me because as we know, you can’t …

Never Let Your Boss Tell You How Other People Feel About You Without Forcing These 2 Questions…

Kris Dunn Kris Dunn, Leadership, Performance, Workforce Management Articles

Dateline: Somewhere in Corporate America. The Scene: A C-Level is telling the HR pro who reports to him what another C-level thinks about her performance (hint—it’s not glowing). The Mistake: The HR Pro in question thinks that since the C-Level reporting the feedback is supportive of her (it’s the other guy with the problem, right?), she doesn’t have to challenge him …

Employee Improvement Plans: Should They Always Be Viewed as a Death Sentence?

John Hollon Communication, Employee Coaching, Employee Development, HR, Managing People, Performance, Talent Management, Training and Development, Workforce Management Articles

Did I miss the memo? When did the venerable Performance Improvement Plan — a managerial non sequitur that often has little to do with performance OR improvement — morph into the more concise but equally Orwellian “Corrective Action?” I bumped into this new terminology for what most managers lovingly refer to as a “PIP” a couple of weeks ago when …

Warming The Bench

Mark Fogel Managing People, Mark Fogel, Performance, Retention, Sports

A quick prelude to my discussion today: Enes Kantor, the former NY Knick center rode the bench almost all of this NBA season before being traded to the Portland Trailblazers, who had him play significant minutes during the playoffs. It’s a little hard to feel too sorry for him receiving $17 million in compensation to keep his seat warm until …