Archive | December, 2010

When you are in HR, nobody cares

It’s frustrating. It’s infuriating. In fact, it’s enough to drive you away from HR entirely. There you are, moving behind the scenes of the company, getting stuff done, making things happen, helping keep the company on track when… Wham! You make a mistake and everyone just can’t wait to join the Anti-HR bandwagon. Hell, even […]

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10 Principles of Employee Engagement

Employee engagement is specific. We cannot sustain engagement all the time and everywhere. When we talk about engagement we need to ask: Who is engaged, with what,  for how long, and for what purpose? Employee engagement is connection. Connection is the key.  When we disconnect we disengage. Employee engagement is the art and science of […]

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Three Wishes for Workplaces in 2011

As we swiftly glide toward the end of 2010, many of us in the blogosphere turn our thoughts to the changes we wish would come true in the New Year ahead. In this post, in keeping with an age-old tradition, I will make only three wishes. At the same time, I will keep in mind […]

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What Does the Number 60 Mean to You?

This is the percentage of top performers who plan to leave their company in the next year, according to research. 60%!!! Out of one million employees, 600,000 of them will quit. And these are your high performers. How many of these employees will be yours? It’s been hard to avoid the fact that rumor has […]

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Job Hunting In the Hidden Job Market (Video)

Did you know that traditional job searches leave you at a disadvantage? Why? Simply put, there are a lot of unadvertised jobs that you are overlooking everyday. If you do not know about these hidden jobs. its because you have been looking in the wrong places. Its time to do something different! In this video […]

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SMART Job Hunting

As we glide into the Holiday Season, here is a gift from me to all job hunters: five practices that will make you a SMART job hunter. S = Sales: Why would an employer hire you? Because you are sold…on You! You told the best story. The story of Who You Are. And what you […]

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It’s all about chemistry

When Trish told me that she wanted to host a themed Carnival of HR around Game Changing moments in your life/career I was thrilled. It’s a great idea and while the posts could get quite personal, what are blogs if not personal reflections of who we are, our lives, and our thoughts? But then, as […]

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Confusion About The War For Talent

I was at a family reunion where we were talking about recruiting issues. They were mentioning that despite unemployment numbers, they still had a hard time finding the right people for the most critical positions that were open. And it isn’t a question of technique, or pay or anything along those lines. It’s a situation […]

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A Not-So-Obvious Listening Skill: The Minimal Encourager

Half the time when I share this well-used skill listening skill with someone, the response (unsaid or not) is, “Yeah, that’s obvious.”  I usually smirk or roll my eyes when it’s said.  Amazing how that stops the conversational flow and gains attention. FYI:  Effective coaches mix being really supportive, most of the time, with being a tough egg, on occasion. As […]

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