Category: Management Insights

The Best Leaders Manage by the Art of the Nudge

WHEN I’M ASKED what my biggest accomplishment is, I always point to my first job as a senior executive responsible for an entire department that had been tagged by corporate as being terribly underperforming — so underperforming, in fact, that they were considered one of the very worst units in the entire company. I was

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The Bad Things That Happen When Companies Take Too Long to Hire

I’VE HIRED A LOT of people over the years, more than I can count, but the one constant in all that hiring is a simple question: Are we taking too long to hire? Yes, I’ve been accused of that before, especially when I was recruiting journalists for a newspaper in Hawaii, a place that people suddenly

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It’s Time to Give Up the Ghost on Employee Engagement

AREN”T WE ALL SICK and tired of employee engagement? I know I am. I’ve been writing about it for years (here’s one from July 2010), and the story never changes. A great many consultants and companies have gotten involved in helping organizations get more engaged employees, and a great deal of time and money has been spent.

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It Doesn’t Take a High-Priced Consultant to Teach You How to Manage Millennials

I’VE SAID THIS BEFORE, but it bears repeating: Good management — smart, savvy, people-focused management — is at a premium and getting harder and harder to find. And if you think I’m wrong about that, here’s the latest evidence to prove my point. Two of the bibles of the business world — The Wall Street Journal and Fortune magazine magazine — recently

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Online Job Ads: They’re a Really Crappy Way to Find the Best Candidates

HERE’S A CONFESSION: I hate online job ads because they’re a crappy way to find the best candidates. On the one hand, my recruiter side loves the fact that a smart, well-focused Internet job post can pull in a boatload of candidates for a position. It’s a great way to get a bunch of resumes in short order.

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If You Aren’t Hiring For Soft Skills, You Just Aren’t Hiring Right

YOU’RE NOT ALONE if you are a little fuzzy on the definition of “soft skills” in the workplace. Here’s one that I like from a website called SearchCIO: Soft skills is a synonym for “people skills.” The term describes those personal attributes that indicate a high level of emotional intelligence.” Why soft skills really matter In other words, according to

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A Troubling Sign of Our Times: The Continuous Job Seeker

HERE’S A NOT-SO-SURPRISING statistic that speaks volumes about the world we live in: More than one-third (37 percent) of employees are always looking for their next job opportunity, according to a global study by ManpowerGroup Solutions. These never-ending job seekers are referred to as “Continuous Candidates” in Manpower’s new report titled Always Looking: The Rise of

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