Leverage Surveys to Better Select Virtual Teams

This guest post was written by Angela White, her bio is below. In this post, she offers some excellent advice on putting together virtual teams. Businesses are widespread when it comes to the areas they operate, sectors they cater to, and geographic regions they work in. Managing a large workforce in a single area is …

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A brief lesson from Peter Drucker on picking people repeated

Peter Drucker, management guru extraordinaire, tell the story of General George C. Marshall, who had a remarkable record of putting people in the right job at the right time during World War II. Marshall appointed approximately 600 people into positions, most had never commanded troops, and he ended up almost without a failure. Why was …

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From the Archive: Lessons on Talent from Theodore Roosevelt

When struck with a bout of writer’s block I reach back into the archive and find something I thought was good. This piece makes that grade.  Theodore Roosevelt was known for his bold leadership during his presidency. He is considered to have had one of the most successful and talented administrations. A major reason for …

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Future Friday: Letting employees select the new boss

What if you had a way to get company leaders based on their ability to interact with peers rather than their resume? Would you be interested? A company named Tiny Pulse, led by David Niu, thinks they have developed a way to select leaders that is more effective than traditional methods. They crowdsource them. Collaborative …

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Is Culture a “bias” trap?

I read an interesting post by attorney Daniel Schwartz of Shipman & Goodwin LLP. In his post Schwartz references a WSJ article called ‘Culture Fit’ May Be the Key to Your Next Job. The article, by Rachel Feintzeig, talks about the interviewing practices of companies as they try to find candidates with the right cultural …

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Three HR posts for Thursday

As I occasionally do I point out some interesting and informative reads to you in order to educate you and give you a break from my writing. Today, I have three great posts that cover training, ergonomics and the changing workweek. #1 The first post comes from Kristine Sims at Constangy, Brooks, Smith and Prophete, …

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“Hiring for fit” may cause you legal problems

Let me start off by saying that I believe that it is important for most people being hired into an organization have a “fit” with the culture of the organization. However, if the assessment of “fit” is just a subjective evaluation then you could be headed to court. Background Attorney Robert LaBerge, of Bond Schoneneck  …

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Is judging someone’s grammar a good hiring test?

I recently came across an article in the Harvard Business Review titled I Won’t Hire People Who Use Poor Grammar. Here’s Why written by Kyle Wiens. He is the CEO of iFixit, the largest online repair community, as well as founder of Dozuki, a software company dedicated to helping manufacturers publish documentation. Wiens describes why …

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Four Fundamentals of Selecting the Right People

Many people think that the nature of recruiting (or as it is called today “talent acquisition”) has changed because of the use of modern tools such as social media. Nothing could be further from the truth. Just because you look for people by using a modern set of tools does not change the fundamental and …

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Let People Decide on Whether They Want to Work For You

  Here is a germ of an idea based on the concept of Meet and Seat, an application used by KLM Airlines to allow passengers to select whom they sit beside based on a social media profile. Let people decide whether they want to work for you based on who already works for you. Meet …

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