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Work/Life balance has been debated so often that it has become a tired cliché and lost its significance. Those who prescribe to its existence suggest one must recognize the four life quadrants, work, family, friends and self, and weight them equally to achieve real balance. Recent developments have pointed to work/life rhythm as an alternative. This concept points more to an ebb and flow rather than constant balance where all components are equally stressed or relaxed...

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If this month did not end as well as you had hoped, or you are looking to find ways to ramp an already good month for the remainder of the year, then you need to look inward.  By that, I mean your most likely underutilized asset - your people. If you are like most companies, you have had some success in hiring over the last few years, but also can look back on a few hires...

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Earlier this month I had the privilege of meeting Marcus Buckingham and hearing him speak about his latest book, “The Nine Lies About Work” (A Freethinking Leader’s Guide to the Real World). Not only was Marcus an engaging and interesting speaker with a great sense of humor, he challenged my thinking (and the thinking of the people I’d invited to join me) about many long-held beliefs about the “right way” to do business. I encourage you...

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Awareness of mental and emotional health has been increasing in recent years. People are finally recognizing how their emotional health is directly and intricately tied to every aspect of their lives: from their physical wellbeing to relationships, to their work. Improving your emotional health is akin to improving your overall life and wellbeing. However, it's not just individuals who can benefit from learning and implementing emotional health; businesses also have a lot to gain when...

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It would be great if every employee worked as hard as they could every day to improve their job performance. It'd be even better if they knew exactly which areas to focus on and what steps to take to improve lackluster goal achievement metrics. Alas, most employees do not have this innate ability, which is why addressing job performance is such an important aspect of the human resources discipline. Why Review Job Performance at All?   Sitting down...

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When searching for a new job, how often do we visualize the perfect "dream job" and then "sit on it" (Ready, Aim, Wait!)? At the other end of the spectrum are those who react immediately, without taking the time to prepare and plan for what they really want and need (Ready, Fire, Aim!).    The best approach probably lies somewhere in between. Finding that "balance" between planning and action will help each of us reach our "Hire...

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Every manager at one time or another will need to train employees on key business essentials, from workplace expectations, to how to conduct PI Behavioral Assessment™ "readbacks," to equipment operations or procedure changes. The problem with many training programs is a lack of planning for maximum effect. Whether training is a two-hour informational meeting or a week-long affair, planning is necessary to ensure a measurable improvement in employee development.  In order to plan effectively, consider these...

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Categories: PI Assessment

Not a lot has changed in the world of Human Resources over the last 20 years. Sure, we’ve seen a raise in the profile of the function -- it's for the most part no longer seen as a purely admin department, relegated to the back office and palmed off to a COO who has little understanding of the discipline. And yes, we have seen growth in areas such as learning and development, employee relations, rewards...

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Categories: Talent Optimization

When I set out to define organizational culture (aka corporate culture, workplace culture, business culture), I started by researching dozens of existing definitions for the term. What I found was that, although a seemingly endless amount of definitions exist on the web, most of them have common themes. From these common themes, I came up with what I feel to be a universal definition, written below: Organizational culture is the sum of shared values, norms, and...

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This week I was honored to speak at new networking event series in Baltimore called “In Good Company”. My topic, “Shaping Company Culture”. When thinking about culture it became clear that this is a term that needs definition. Culture is (according to Merriam Webster) – “the set of shared attitudes, values, goals and practices that characterize an institution or organization”. So, when we talk about shaping company culture, we need to determine what shape we want to...

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Categories: Company Culture