What is talent?

  The term “talent” is used a great deal in HR. We have talent management, talent acquisition, talent reports, people are referred to as “talent” and they are managed by talent managers. I ask the question “What is talent?” because I don’t necessarily have a good definition. 10,000 hours Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers, popularized the …

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Dealing with Prima Donna Star Performers

  Introduction Every organization has to rely on its talent to succeed. But sometimes you have to deal with someone who has taken on the persona of a “prima donna” and thus may be difficult to deal with. Guest blogger Dave Clemens provides us with some advice of dealing with these employees. Every organization has …

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Behaviors That Can Get You Fired

 I have no intention of creating a list of behaviors that can get you fired. If you want to see that go read your employee handbook. This post is more of a reaction to another list that was published on January 10, 2012 in CBS  Money. The article is entitled 5 behaviors that can get …

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5 HR Lessons to Start the Week With

 I read a lot of other blogs. I like to pass on the good reads to you. Here are five that I think provide you with some five HR lessons for you to start your week with. The first lesson is one of unintended consequences. I got this one by reading Ben Eubank’s Upstart HR post …

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Human Resources Should Be About Improving What Works

In HR we quite often get caught up in discussions about the disciplinary process. What to do with poor or marginal performers? Sometimes we even discuss firing “adequate” performers, see The HR Capitalist’s discussion entitled More than Jack Welch: Should We Fire Everyone Who’s Doing an “Adequate” Job? Typically in HR we advise supervisors to counsel, …

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Terminations- Getting Riskier

One of the things I advise clients and HR students is to not let poor performing or trouble-making employees stick around too long, and a recent article on CNNMoney.com has given us good reason. The article, entitled “Employees From Hell”, points out that recent court cases make it easier for problem employees to preempt or …

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