September 12th, 2012

Another Take on Job Interviews: It’s All About Your Gut Reaction

Every day, you can find a lot of out-of-the-box tips, philosophy, and conventional wisdom when it comes to how you should handle job candidate interviews. Mel Kleiman, the CEO of Humetrics who also authors the “Hiring Wisdom” posts every Monday here on TLNT, says that there is one simple but basic question that…

Is a “Casual Conversation” About a Parent’s Health Enough to Trigger FMLA?

By Eric B. Meyer Last month, in this post, I addressed a recent opinion in which the court held that the words “Emergency Room,” when uttered by an employee to his employer, are enough to put the employer on notice — at least initially — that the employee needs leave under the Family…

The Leader as Storyteller: 10 Reasons It Makes a Better Business Connection

By Paul Smith “Every great leader is a great storyteller.” — Howard Gardner, Harvard psychologist I’ve had the opportunity to deliver a presentation to Procter & Gamble’s then-CEO A. G. Lafley four or five times in the decade he held that position. The first time was unforgettable. That day I learned a valuable lesson…

Ask Barb: Interview Follow-Ups

Dear Barb: What is your position on following up after interviews? I’ve asked many recruiters and recruiting agencies alike about post interview policies and I get varying answers – only to reach two basic conclusions: There seem to be few standards. I ask and customize my approach based on the guidelines for each…

Building the Ideal Team: Sometimes, It Takes Change – and a New Org Chart

Are you leading the team you need? Or leading the team you have? Last week. I wrote a post about recognizing if you have someone on your team who is not strategic enough. You keep hoping that they will become more strategic. I can tell you how that play ends — they won’t. If…

The Steve Jobs Effect: Do “Jerk” Bosses Always Rise to the Top?

A disturbing news trend I’ve been seeing during the last several months since the untimely death of Steve Jobs is the rise of the “jerk” boss – an aggressive, in-your-face, even insulting management style being necessary to not only get the “best” out of people, but also to rise to the highest career…