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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

Of the four business opportunities – people, execution, strategy and cash – which would you say is the one common issue across all companies regardless of industry? People! To become a high-performing organization, you must address people issues before they get out of hand, because when your people leave, the cash bleeds. You can forget the strategy and the execution when you don’t have the right people or the cash. People issues can be measured in various ways,...

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Remember the playground chant, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”?  While logical for some, it is wildly false for others.  A core group of behavioral profiles can be harmed more deeply by words, or the lack of words, than a broken bone (B>A’s in PI speak).  A broken bone will eventually heal while the emotional scarring of words can last much longer for certain individuals.  Those of you...

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As the franchise industry continues its growth trends in 2018, Franchisors (companies that license their trademarks and methods) face an increased challenge to successfully identify prospective Franchisees (individuals that invest in a business to use a franchisor’s trademarks and methods).  There are many boxes franchisors need to check when vetting prospective owners, and for prospective franchisees, simply showing up with a check does not necessarily get one a ‘thumbs up’. Over this past summer, in preparation...

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There is a paragraph from Victor Lipman’s book The Type B Manager: Leading Successfully in a Type A World which fundamentally describes the challenges managers face in their roles. “People say many things about managers: He’s too demanding.  She’s too intense. He’s a great motivator.  Her team really likes working for her. You can count on him.  She gets things done. He’s a terrific leader.  She’s a real strategic thinker. He doesn’t know what he’s doing.  She doesn’t have a clue. But...

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