HR to CEO: About this Goal Alignment Problem, It’s Not Me… It’s You

Sean Conrad Don't Feed the Vendors, Engagement and Satisfaction, Influence, Performance, Sean Conrad

While we all know that goals and goal alignment are important – in a lot of organizations, goal management just isn’t getting executed the way it should be. I often see cases where goal management practices exist and are used to a point, but there’s a big breakdown when it comes to adoption by the executive suite. Let’s say your …

Stacked (Raging) Ranking: Turning Performance Management into a Cage Match

Sean Conrad Don't Feed the Vendors, Performance, Sean Conrad

Stacked Ranking….just the words alone make my blood pressure spike. Not only is the name bad (does this sound like something your employees want to participate in?) but the process of stacked ranking is seriously flawed. It’s a totally ineffective approach if you want to improve employee performance.  While some may say that a model like this is needed to …

Are You Ready For Some Football? Your Players Won’t Take You to the Playoffs Without Development…

Sean Conrad Leadership, Sean Conrad, Succession Planning

What do Tom Brady, Rich Gannon and Steve Young all have in common?  Let me give you a hint. It’s not just their NFL all-star status.  It’s their similar early-career history.  Each of them had a lackluster start to their careers.  They were not necessarily high performers with their first teams (or in college, in Brady’s case) and little was done by …

Mushrooms, Grapes & Michael Scott – The Good, Bad & Ugly of Goal Management…

Sean Conrad Driving Productivity, HR Technology, Performance, Sean Conrad

It’s no secret that I love analogies.  Most of us have heard the one about employees being like mushrooms, I’m sure. “Keep ’em in the dark and feed them bull…umm…fertilizer.” This comparison got me thinking about conventional talent management practices that all too often reinforce this notion that the employee is disconnected from the company – kept in the dark. …

Why Automate Succession Planning When You Do it Like the Mob?

Sean Conrad Sean Conrad

Automating traditional succession planning is a waste of time when you do it like the mob. Why do you need software to help you with succession planning if your model is “Sonny got whacked – get one of his guys to take over.”  You don’t. With the org chart replacement model, you basically look at Bob Importantguy, Executive VP of Incredibly Important …