Posts in the "Talent Management" Category

  • Sure, research shows that anywhere from 25 – 75% of employees leave their jobs due to poor “organizational” or “cultural” fit.  It follows that employers must do a much more rigorous job of screening for fit during the recruitment and hiring process.  If you screen out candidates that don’t “fit” with your organization, you’ll make better hires! […]

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  • Tuesday:  Very excited.  Received the job offer I was hoping for.  It doesn’t pay as much as some of the other offers on the table, but the hiring manager really “sold” me on the company.  I should have lots of opportunity to grow and make an impact!  Can’t wait to start next Monday! Monday:  First day was […]

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  • Karate masters teach students to use their opponents’ strength against them in combat. They know that often, a strength can also be a weakness. Think about yourself. What is your greatest strength? Then consider the following two questions: How has your strength helped you achieve success? Examples: Jane Manager climbed the corporate ladder because of […]

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  • Here’s a perplexing story someone just shared with me… After nearly three decades as a technical manager at a large corporation, a guy has become newly retired…but involuntarily. According to my source, here’s how it went down… The manager’s company was bought out by a competitor. A boss from the new parent company called this […]

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  • You know who they are. They’re the employees who squirm when you mention having a coaching discussion with them. They’re always “busy” when you want to talk about their development or give them some feedback. And when you do get a coaching meeting scheduled, they placate you by nodding their heads compliantly – or sit […]

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  • Richard Branson, the king of Virgin, gets bored easily. According to a recent blog by Gary Bourgeault, Branson channels this “problem” into a positive by “getting himself into numerous businesses that he can spread himself around in.” It hasn’t held him back too much. It makes me think, what other “weaknesses” or problems can leaders […]

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  • I just read a great BusinessWeek article that reminds companies that their recruitment and selection processes are marketing tools. More companies should remember this. You can enhance or erode your company’s brand by the image you convey at each step of the recruitment and selection processes. Think about it. Every prospective candidate is a customer. […]

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  • Sales managers often ask salespeople what they have in the “sales prospecting funnel”. The funnel is a prospecting tool used to predict how much new business a salesperson will bring in over the next few months. The idea is that salespeople who “fill their funnels” with a high volume of quality sales leads typically end […]

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  • What separates good leaders from great leaders? And does the business world have truly great leaders – those legendary, “championship” leaders who are the Tiger Woods and Michael Jordans of their professions? In today’s issue of USA Today, an article by Erik Brady shows that elite athletes share common threads. (Article: Soul of a Champion) […]

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