At a recent professional conference I attended there was a lot of talk about high potentials.  Specifically, how to best measure potential versus actual performance (good luck getting managers to understand the difference).  The idea of identifying high potentials (HiPos) is critical for a couple of reasons: If you are going to do good succession […]

When a consumer brand, especially a national one, looks for new hires, they are doing more than acquiring talent. They are making an impression on their customer base as much as any other piece of advertising.  That in and of itself is not a revelation (or, at least it shouldn’t be).  Rather, consider how much […]

I am going to write about an issue with political ramifications while doing my best not to be political, so please accept these thoughts in that light. One thread going through the proposed ban on legal immigration to the U.S. is the effect it will have on the tech industry.  Those companies are concerned that […]

I’m always curious to hear of innovative (or, crazy, depending on one’s viewpoint) methods of increasing employee engagement and productivity.  I wrote about a year ago about a company in Seattle where the CEO increased the minimum wage to $70,000 (and they are still doing just fine).  And there are some companies that provide a […]

Something I hear frequently from clients is, “I wish I had a day/week/month to see my candidates do the job.  Then I would make fewer hiring mistakes.”  It is, of course, an intriguing idea.  We test drive cars before we buy them.  Why not try out people before we hire them? There is a long […]

The business world is both transient and stable.  People and priorities change, but as long as the organization is in existence it has processes that continue on.  When the information gets disseminated is becomes institutional knowledge.  We often connect this with an individual (When Maria leaves we are in trouble because she has so much […]

I could fill up this post with examples of CEOs that got raises when the performance of the company they were running got worse.  But, that’s too depressing. Rather, here’s a story about Tim Cook and other Apple executives getting their pay cut because the company did not hit its numbers.  Sure, Cook and the […]

I have some family owned businesses as clients.  They do have an extra critical dynamic which makes them different from other businesses.  As one owner said to me when trying to make a difficult retain/fire decision about a family member, “If Pat goes and then works for a competitor that would make Thanksgivings very awkward.” […]

I cannot tell you how many times I have worked with a client who has told me some sort of story about how they promote from within, but have a problem with the supervisors and/or managers not being able to let go of wanting to do the technical work instead of managing the technical work.  […]

Like many other businesses, baseball has undergone a significant change in how it uses data to evaluate talent (see Moneyball).  As with all paradigm changes, this has encountered a fair amount of resistance, but now every team in the league uses some form of analytics to better understand their players’ strengths and weaknesses. Sports teams […]

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