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The headline in the Washington Post told the whole story: “Study finds that basically every single person hates performance reviews.” Thanks goodness. I thought I was the only one. The article was commenting on a research study in which university staffers were asked to rate their feelings about an earlier performance review. Continue Reading…Filed under Talent Development | Comment (0)
Being a manager is not the easiest job in the world. “Thank you, Captain Obvious,” I hear you mutter. Seriously, it’s important to recognize what a tough role it is and that since the economic downturn and sweeping workforce changes that followed, it’s become even crazier. As managers, we’ve learned to operate with Continue Reading…Filed under Talent Development | Comment (1)
I consult on talent management and the most common question I get from clients, friends, and even people I meet playing golf is: “What do you think about strengths-based development?” Maybe, like these people, you’ve read the books on strengths-based development or taken a personal survey to identify your talents. Based on workplace Continue Reading…Filed under Leadership Development, Talent Assessment, Talent Management | Comment (0)
In my previous blog Are You Getting Women in the Door but Not on the Elevator, I discussed why traditional career progression pathways are not serving women well, and seven ways organizations can begin to change the status quo. Since then, I’ve taken part in several forums on women and leadership. I’ve listened Continue Reading…Filed under Leadership Development | Comment (0)
Think about this. A leader holds a meeting that lasts 1 hour. The comments made by this leader are so destructive that a 2-hour “water cooler” discussion among 3 or 4 employees ensues. After venting and complaining, each employee returns to work 1/2 as enthusiastic as before and 2x as likely to look for Continue Reading…Filed under Leadership Development, Talent Management | Comment (0)
In a 2013 study of how companies assess their high potential talent and senior executives, the authors noted that 82% of respondents said they used assessments to guide development of high potentials, while only 50% used assessments to identify high-potential individuals. This finding is not surprising to those of us who consult on Continue Reading…Filed under Leadership Development, Talent Management | Comment (0)
Go to any college admissions testing site, like the ACT, and you will be struck by the lack of preparation of many students. You’ll see kids running in late, breakfast in hand; some without pencils and IDs; and others desperately trying to find the right calculators. Wait long enough and you’ll see many Continue Reading…Filed under Talent Development | Comment (0)
High potential programs bring value to the individual participants, by helping them reflect on their leadership strengths and areas for development. Such programs impact all the teams and communities the participant works with, and have a positive impact on the efficiency of the participants in their current or future role. These programs are Continue Reading…Filed under Talent Management | Comment (0)
At times we see leaders advocating a person for advancement simply because at some point he or she designated as “high potential.” Despite no clear evidence of the capabilities required for success in the role being discussed, the “high potential” label is sufficient to get the person considered. When someone says an employee Continue Reading…Filed under Talent Management | Comment (0)
I hear the question all the time: Why don’t we have more women in leadership positions? In 1950, the labor force participation rate of women in the US was around 34%. Today, that rate is almost 47% and the US Department of Labor projects that by 2025, it will climb to 58.1% (compared Continue Reading…Filed under Leadership Development | Comments (2)