Leadership: In Building Trust, Character Matters
by Gary Cohen - Apr, 2010
What if you did something shameful in front of your employees or they found something out about you that you would prefer not to be known? How might your story unfold? You are multifaceted, and there are more dimensions to you than most people know. In fact, there are parts of your character that are unknown to you because the circumstances have not presented themselves yet for you to discover–or you may have a blind spot t...
Gen Y Employees, Felons, and Constructive...
by David Lee - Apr, 2010
Gen Y Employees, Felons, and Constructive Feedback Do you want your team members to welcome your constructive feedback—rather than defend against it or resent it? Do you want to help create an environment that inspires excellence and frowns on mediocrity? If so, you can benefit from two very diverse sources of excellence: 1) a non-profit organization that rehabs hardened criminals with a 90% success rate 2) a c...
What Companies Can Learn From the College Admissions Process
by Barbara Safani - Apr, 2010
I recently spent two weeks touring college campuses with my daughter. I quickly became fascinated with the process...everything from the information sessions to the student guided tours to the admissions requirements made me think about what hiring authorities at companies could learn from the college admissions process. What struck me on these tours were six things that schools practice routinely that you would think would...
If You Don't Find Me First, You're Too Late
by Lou Adler - Mar, 2010
There are three basic types of metrics that should be used by recruiting departments to see how well they’re performing. Historical metrics like cost per hire and time to fill, tell you where you’ve been, but not where you are or where you’re going. While the trends of these are important, the information is too late to take preventative action. Process control metrics like interviews per day and job postings viewed and...
The Strong Personality Safeguard
by David Lee - Mar, 2010
The Tale of a Smart Leader Just recently, while doing a program on recognizing and working with different personality styles for a management team, I heard a great example of self-awareness from the leader of the team. We'll call him Jack. Jack, a senior level manager, scored very high on the D, or Driver dimension for the DISC profile, which means he tends to communicate in a very direct, bottom line-oriented way. H...
The ABCs of Success at Work
by Shweta Khare - Mar, 2010
Here are the ABCs of success at work – this is how I make the best of work at my workplace! A Attitude – When I wear my confident-happy-attitude at work; that is who I am that day. When I wear my ‘can-do-anything’ and ‘I-am-Successful-at-what-I-do’ attitude; that is who I am that day. I am always aware of the fact that my attitude defines who I am. My attitude at work and towards work has helped me make my workdays a ple...
Sourcing the 85 Percent Who Are Not Actively Looking
by Lou Adler - Mar, 2010
If you follow these five steps you will find more top performers within hours: 1. Put the employee value proposition (EVP) in the ad title as a tagline. Here are two examples of before and after ads and the impact of this change. A hospital group in Northern California ran an ad for nurses with this title on a nurse job board: “Flight Nurses – Sacramento, CA.” It had few responses between Thanksgiving, 2009, and Feb. 5,...
Employers: Why Use a Recruiter In This Market?
by Harry Urschel - Mar, 2010
Why use a recruiter when I’m getting plenty of resumes from my ads and job postings? In times of economic downturn companies often decide that one way to “save” money is by eliminating fees to recruiters when looking for new employees. Why shouldn’t they? After all, they post an ad online, or in the paper, and there’s a much larger stream of applicants than they’ve had in the past. “Why pay a 20% to 30% fee when I see...
Any Lines You Won’t Cross? - Integrity Matters
by Dawn Lennon - Mar, 2010
Business is about survival. If you don’t make a profit, it’s curtains. Every day, we make decisions that can make or break our companies, often testing our ethics and integrity. It‘s a reality I had to face. You don’t really know how a business works until you’re in it. For 17 years, I was a commercial horse breeder. I knew absolutely nothing about breeding, foaling, racing, or selling when I started. I learned a little...
Managers Who Don’t Manage - Taking Issue
by Dawn Lennon - Mar, 2010
Fear of employees. Way too many managers have a case of it. From what I can see, it’s highly contagious. That’s the issue. Businesses hire managers to make sure the right work gets done in the right way. Managers don’t actually do the work (usually), their employees do. So, the manager’s job is to set direction and clear the way. Problem: Too many managers don’t manage. Guess they’re just too scared. It’s epidemic. T...
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