Hiring Carefully Does not have to Mean Slow

Jon Stein, founder and CEO of Betterment, wrote an article in Fast Company called How to Win the Talent War. In this article Mr. Stein was talking about start-ups, but the points he made are applicable to all companies. He makes a distinction between three different types of candidates: A-players, brilliant misfits and future stars. …

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Fostering Innovation

Ever had a great idea? Ever had that Eureka moment when an innovative idea just popped into your head? Most, if not all of you, will say “yes.” However, writer Steven Johnsonsays that is not really the way it occurs. In his new book Where Good Ideas Come From he explores innovation and the creation …

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My Biggest Career Mistake

I get asked occasionally, well quite often really, how I got in the human resources field and then consulting. Like many people in the profession my age I “fell” into it. I have written about it some before at Down the Rabbit Hole: My Career in HR. The other day however, I was asked what …

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The Top Five Soft Skills Necessary for the HR Professional

I was interviewed the other day as an HR “expert.” Naturally I was flattered. I am a sucker for an ego play. They wanted to talk about what it is like to be in HR and what does it take to get there. There were a number of questions, and I will have the podcast …

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Skill Shortage? Stop Complaining and Do SOMETHING!

In a recent issue of the Atlanta Business Chronicle writer Randy Sutherland reported on a panel discussing the hiring situation in the Atlanta area. In a panel discussion called “Jobs of the Future” at the Atlanta SHRM conference the panelist talked about the fact that despite high unemployment there remain over 2000 high tech jobs …

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Good Retention Takes More Than Money

In a post at Compensation Cafe writer and strategist, Derek Irvine, talked about the importance of money in retaining good employees. He pointed out that while money is important to retention it is not the only thing that is important. In discussing a Wall Street Journal article Derek points out that recognition is also a …

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Your Intelligence: Fixed or Fixable?

In his book Drive, Daniel Pink tell us about Dr. Carol Dweck, a psychology professor at Stanford University. She has been studying motivation and achievement for many years. He said that her signature insight is that “… what people believe shapes what people achieve.” I believe this too. I am not sure how signature this …

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Carnival of HR: The End of Summer Edition

The labor day weekend is upon us and kids are returning to school. There is time to get one more carnival in before things return to “normal.” In this case it is the Carnival of HR. The Rainmaker Group hosted this time and it is full of fun stuff. You can toss the ball and …

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How to Improve Your Job, Your Business, Your Life

Mackay’s Moral: A Person without knowledge is like a house without a foundation. Harvey Mackay is a favorite of mine. I have read several of his books and I read his weekly column all the time. I find him a continual source of knowledge, wisdom and common sense. The column which is the inspiration for this post is …

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Fixing Messes That You Create: Incompetence or ???

In a recent BNET newsletter there was an article on the 9 Signs Your HR Manager is Terrible. The sixth of the nine reasons was entitled “He only fixes messes… that he created.” The article explains that you know you have a poor HR manager when he/she lets things go so long that they become …

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