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 …

Know Your Why–Gut Decisions and Your Career

Kelly Dingee Career Advice, Career Paths, Coaching, Culture, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, HR, Kelly Dingee, Learning, Learning and Development, Managing People, Office Politics, Organizational Development, Talent Management, The HR Profession, Training and Development

I feel like I should dedicate this post to PFP, a local gym my youngest daughter attends. My youngest has scoliosis, and in addition to being braced for a number of years by a phenomenal Orthotist, she’s been working out with a trainer to have an amazingly strong core. The best news–the workouts at PFP have been pivotal in reducing …

Is High Performance a Zero-Sum Game?

Paul Hebert Culture, Employee Development, HR, Managing People, Performance, Recognition, Retention, Talent Management, Training and Development, Workforce Management Articles

I read a lot of HR stuff about high performers. We all want an entire population of these employees at our companies. Adding more high performers means better overall results, which means better everything, right? Maybe not. Depending on your culture, you could be making it hard for the best performers to stay. As Long As It Helps Me A …

What’s Your Story?

Mark Fogel Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Managing People, Mark Fogel, Performance, Talent Management, wellness, Workplace Flexibilty

Everybody has a story, maybe more than one, impacting your work life. A few years back while attending the SHRM National Conference in Orlando, Heather Abbott, a Boston Marathon bombing victim, gave a rousing 10-minute introduction to the conference. An HR executive whose life was dramatically altered after losing a leg in the tragic event. She has recovered, moved on, …

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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 …

The 3 Types of Work/Life Balance You’ll Encounter in Your Career

Kris Dunn Culture, Labor, Managing People, Policies, Talent Management, Vacation, Work Life Balance, Workplace Flexibilty

I did an interview for an open position at a client yesterday–during vacation, on the beach. That probably tells you where this post is going. Go ahead and fire up the comments about feeling sorry for me. About how my priorities are out of whack. About how I need to take care of myself. I’m not going to go all …

Your Next Expert in Performance Management? Hire an Economist!

Tim Sackett Business Development, Change Management, Corporate America, Culture, Current Affairs, Driving Productivity, HR, Innovation, Managing People, Performance, Policies, Talent Management, Workforce Management Articles

From the world of unicorn employers (Google, Amazon, Facebook, etc.), our next great HR experiment has almost gone undetected. What is it!? The use of Economists to run employee performance management!  A recent article talked about a new trend of tech companies (Amazon, Google, etc.) hiring hundreds of PhD Economists for all kinds of roles: For example, Amazon runs a program …

All for One and One for All! Employee Engagement Peanut Butter.

Paul Hebert Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, Engagement and Satisfaction, HR, Leadership, Learning, Performance, Talent Management, Talent Strategy, wellness

I started my own blog in 2006. Not an actual OG but very close. Heck, I used to use Typepad for chrissakes. That’s seriously old school. And some of (most of) my posts since that time have been about employee engagement. I know this because every time I’m up to write on Fistful of Talent I panic because I may …

Can the Gig Life Be the Safe Haven for the Overqualified?

Kelly Dingee Career Advice, Career Paths, Kelly Dingee, Learning, Networking, Referrals, Risks, Talent Management

I hate the word “overqualified.” It has this nasty connotation because if someone has a depth of work experience, they can’t fit into a role. They have too many years of experience, too much seniority or too high-level of a title to do the job, at least that’s the vibe I get when someone tells me a candidate is overqualified. …

Here’s to the Crazy Ones: And Why You Don’t Deserve Them

Kris Dunn Coaching, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, HR, Innovation, Kris Dunn, Learning and Development, Managing People, Pop Culture, Talent Management, Training and Development

I’ve been doing a lot of performance work for some client companies lately. As you might expect, I’m trying to push the companies to get out of the mindset that the performance review transaction is the reason for the process. Repeat after me:  The reason you do any type of coaching or performance management is to migrate employees. If you’re …