Jason Lauritsen

About the Author

Jason Lauritsen is an innovator, consultant and keynote speaker. His company, Talent Anarchy, builds cultures that fuel innovation. He is one part Human Resources Executive, one part sales guy, two parts entrepreneur, and a touch of community activist for flavor. He finds ways to make things happen. He is the co-author of the book, Social Gravity: Harnessing the Natural Laws of Relationships. You can contact him directly at Jason@TalentAnarchy.com, connect with him on LinkedIn, or tweet him @JasonLauritsen.

Compensation Will Be Just Fine Without Your Dysfunctional Performance Appraisals

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I have been calling for the death of traditional, scored performance appraisals for a long time. Today, there is a chorus of voices singing this same hymn. But, despite there being pretty clear evidence that this practice is fatally flawed, most companies persist, leaving their employees and managers to suffer from HR’s version…

Public Service Announcement: Please Ignore This Advice from SHRM


I think the SHRM weekly email distribution list may have been hacked because that’s that only acceptable explanation for what I found in my email box this week. The subject line of the email stared with “Employee Appreciation Day,” and that was enough to get me to open the email. The first bullet…

Whether You Believe It or Not, Your Policy Manual Is Evil


Try this logic on with me. If anything that makes a person feel worthless or of less value is evil (and perhaps you aren’t as dramatic as I am, so you can just say “bad”). And if many of the policies written in your handbook assume employees are some combination of incompetent or…

Work-Life Balance: A Bad Concept That Ignores The Real Problem

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Editor’s Note: Sometimes readers ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday. Work-life balance is one of those concepts I love to hate. Here’s why: The notion of work-life balance is artificial at best, and at worst, it’s a false way of describing a very serious problem that…

Can HR Gain Strategic Influence? Only If It Gets Real Skin in the Game


Human Resources has become the red-headed stepchild of the business world. It breaks my heart, but despite the fact that our role is to facilitate the management of the organziation’s most potent resource, we still aren’t taken seriously in far too many organizations. It’s not that we aren’t needed, because we are and…

Flipping the Script on Feedback: Teaching Employees How to Take It

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Once upon a time, I was charged with implementing talent management for the company where I worked. I eagerly took on the task and, with the help of a crafty consultant; we built an elegant competency-driven program. As with any good talent management program, this one required managers to engage in a competency…