Great Teams Need Great Managers

A study of sales teams and the need for great sales managers has revealed what I consider a truth about all teams: great teams need great managers. A blog post on the Harvard Business Review by Zoltner, Sinha and Lorimer entitled To Build A Great Sales Team, You Need a Great Manager discussed the experience …

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When It Comes to Leadership Companies Are In a World of Hurt

Talent Management Magazine reported the results of a leadership survey that presented eye-popping numbers on the lack of leadership many companies are facing in their future. The article, Many Companies Do Not Have Enough Future Leaders Onboard, reported the results of a survey done by OI Partners. They survey 212 large and midsized companies and found: …

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Five Great Reads in Human Resources Blogs This Week

I have done some reading today and I am passing on to you five blogs that I think are important reads. What a great guy I am. (Said blushing… well not really) This is not to say that there are not at least another 100 good blog posts out there to read, there are. But …

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Training IS Important

Rather than recreate something I wrote on training I figured I would point you to the article written for the Atlanta Journal Constitution for the HR Roundtable. It is entitled Now Is The Time to Step-Up Training. I write about how important it is for companies to train employees and supervisors even though economic times …

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OOPS in the Outback: Why Managerial Training is Important

Here in the U.S. we often talk about the importance of training for managers and supervisors. Most of us in HR realize that most companies get in “trouble” due to the things said and done by managers and supervisors. Well here is a great example of that. From Australia we have the Mayor of Mount …

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Highlighting a Great Recruitment Resource: VetJobs.com

Like many of you I receive a lot of newsletters. Some I read every time, some I scan, some I read occasionally and some I dismiss entirely or even delete them (despite that I signed up for it.) One of the ones I read occasionally comes from VetJobs.com. This time I read it thoroughly. It …

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"Sticky" Supervisory Training: It Has To Last To Make It Work

Attorney Mindy Chapman, who writes for HR Specialist, uses the term “click and stick” to describe what supervisory training in HR must be like. I love that term! Supervisors must understand why it is important to be trained in human resources. They have to sit down at the training table and understand that they are …

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Drucker on HR: The Knowledge Worker

This past weekend I happend upon a book called The Daliy Drucker: 366 Days of Insight and Motivation for Getting the Right Things Done. It is chocked full of quotes, insights and action items from the most prolific and most respected of management writers and consultants. If you don’t know who Peter F. Drucker is …

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Are You Ready for Gen X Managers?

An article in Chief Learning Officer describes research that shows there is a distinct skills gap between retiring Baby Boomer managers and the incoming Gen X managers. “New research by Personnel Decisions International (PDI) shows companies face a substantial employee skills shift, as 22.5 million baby boomers are on schedule to retire during the next …

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