Was Gladwell Wrong About Outliers? The Latest on Practice and the 10,000 Hour Rule

Kris Dunn Audacious Ideas, Coaching, Learning and Development, Talent Management 1 Comment

If you’re a high-end, progressive HR, recruiting or talent pro, you know about the 10,000 hour rule, a research area made popular by the Malcolm Gladwell book Outliers. The seed for the 10,000-hour rule was a 1993 study of violinists and pianists which found that accumulated practice time rose with musical prowess. On average, top-ranked violinists had clocked up 10,000 hours of …

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 …

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 …

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 …

The Killer HR App – Your Face

Paul Hebert Conferences, Employee Coaching, Employee Communications, Employee Engagement, employee experience, HR, Influence, Paul Hebert, Performance

Almost 20 years ago I read a book that made me want to see around corners and over the horizon. That book was called “Unleashing the Killer App.” Far from a perfect book – but for me at the time, with my background and exposure to technology – it was an eye-opening read. It really reinforced the need to constantly …

Performance Management Isn’t A Manager’s Job

Paul Hebert Paul Hebert, Performance, Performance Reviews

Along with employee engagement, performance management is the current “it” girl in the HR world. Posts, tweets, articles, speeches, and studies are plentiful…and contradictory. We have one camp saying you shouldn’t do performance management and the other side saying we need more of it! No middle ground it seems. From my point of view, I see performance management following the …

Relationships Are Not Happening On Apps (Dating Apps Excluded)

Ben Martinez Ben Martinez, Performance

There continue to be many HR Tech tools and apps sprouting up that claim to make it easier to give feedback and guidance to people. While I’m a big fan of more transparency, when it comes to conversations about performance or just giving clear guidance, these conversations…wait for it…should happen in person. The HR Tech tools out there sound good …

You Already Have AI in Your Company – Time to Energize It!

Paul Hebert A.I., Culture, Employee Engagement, Employment Branding and Culture, Engagement and Satisfaction, Managing People, Paul Hebert, Performance, Recognition

This post will be both intellectually deep and shallow. It will follow the rules of the quantum world – it will take both paths simultaneously – blog quantum superposition if you will. It will be intellectually deep because I’m pulling from a piece that was posted recently on the Edge.org which describes its mission as: “To arrive at the edge …

Our Companies Are Sick. #1 Advice on How to Get Well? Fire.Them.All.

Paul Hebert Employee Coaching, Employee Development, Employee Engagement, employee experience, Engagement and Satisfaction, Good HR, Managing People, Paul Hebert, Performance Reviews

Bad management is a chronic corporate illness. And it’s an epidemic. Bad management reproduces quickly in today’s world because in many cases (especially in public companies) performance is measured on a quarter to quarter basis and some of the fastest ways to achieve short-term goals is through fear and intimidation. And managers who use those arcane techniques are the people …

Why Do We Need Artificial Intelligence In Talent Acquisition?

Tim Sackett A.I., Smashfly, Tim Sackett

Ahead of the HR Technology Conference, we are seeing a bunch of new releases about artificial intelligence products for talent acquisition. It’s not unlike every other year at HR Tech, companies love to launch their new stuff at the biggest events. For some reason, though, this A.I. stuff seems a bit different. When we look at any technology we have …