Is There A Good Way To Fire Someone? No, But Don’t Ever Do It By Phone


Editor’s Note: As I wind down my stint as Editor of TLNT — yes, I’m going to be leaving next month— I wanted to share some of my favorite posts. Here’s one from September 2011. If there’s one thing that struck me this week about the firing of Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz, it’s this:…

How Do HR’s Challenges and the Organization’s People Priorities Stack Up?


I love great graphics. Great graphics can really make a point. They can help people digest complex data points and make sense out of the numbers. Quantum Workplace’s new report, the State of Employee Feedback, does all of these things. The things I found most interesting about the data, however, was not about the state…

Traits That CEOs and Executives Look for When They Hire


You may or may not be in the market for a new job. Yet, what executives look for when they staff their organizations suggests as much about the priorities and personalities as the new hire’s own. So if you intend to set up a strategic partnership with them, sell to them, socialize with…

Worth Remembering: You Never Stop Learning To Be A Better Manager

Do good

Editor’s Note: As I wind down my stint as Editor of TLNT — yes, I’m leaving next month — I wanted to share some of my favorite posts over the years. Here’s one from our first month back in June 2010. Here’s a lesson worth remembering: No matter how long you have managed people,…

Hiring Wisdom: Why Do You Tolerate Mediocre, Underperforming Employees?

Bad employee

Have you ever noticed how we humans tolerate all kinds of things on a daily basis? Commute traffic, nosey neighbors, and crying babies on planes are just a few that come to mind. But if we weren’t able to tolerate these every day annoyances and acted out somehow, people would probably think we’re…

Leadership Today — It Takes an Entirely New and Flexible Mindset


“Ray, you deserve a “D‑” for your performance today. You rambled for 50 minutes. It was obvious to all of us that you did not prepare at all because there is no way you could have and been that disorganized at the outset if you had prepared. We told you this prospect has been…

You Can’t Keep Faking It! 3 Ways to Fully Commit to Making Successful Change

Time to change

Stop faking change! Stop paying it lip service and not taking supporting actions. Commit to change or don’t even bother. Change is hard. It’s why I blog a lot about it here, and here, and here. Oh, and here, too. I write about it a lot because how you navigate change impacts whether you will succeed or fail….

It’s Sad We Don’t Send Out Rejection Letters Anymore


Editor’s Note: As I wind down my stint as Editor of TLNT — yes, I’m going to be leaving soon — I wanted to share some of my favorite posts from over the years. Here’s one from March 2014. I was thinking about this today because, a) I have gotten my fair share of…

Are HR Measures Really Too Soft and Subjective?


By David C. Forman In his new book, Fearless HR — Driving Business Results, argues that HR cannot move forward until it directly addresses the historical perceptions that have constrained its standing in organizations. He identifies five specific biases, and one is that “HR Measures are Too Soft and Subjective.”  He examines this view in terms…