Performance & Personality

What Candy Crush Taught Me About Being a Good Manager

Business lessons can sneak up in the oddest of places. Even viral online games can give us insight into important organizational processes. I’m not afraid to admit it; I’ve been playing Candy Crush Saga off and on for a few months. For those unfamiliar, it is a highly addictive game where you work…

How Managers Can Set Up Employees For Victory

Do your managers set up your employees for the “Thrill of Victory” or the “Agony of Defeat?” If you don’t remember the commercial those phrases come from — and the image of the poor skier tumbling down the slope, personifying The Agony of Defeat — I’ll ask the question in a more standard…

Competency Modeling Is As Dated As A Jeans Jacket

What do competency models and jean jackets have in common? They both belong in the nineties, says Christy Panico. She’s assessment manager at Pinsight, a Colorado company that provides online job simulations. In her presentation at DisruptHr Denver in 2015, she challenged the use of competency models as “static and inflexible.” “Does your…

The Hiring Secrets of Top CEOs

Every company, especially a large one, makes every effort to recruit the cream of the crop. However, even a skilled sourcer will experience problems hunting for the right applicant with whom the company will achieve short-term and long-term goals. Sometimes companies’ CEOs successfully turn into recruiters and win trophies, i.e. outstanding candidates. But…

Do You Remember Everything You Did In 2016?

Recognize This! – Technology can help us look back at all we have done over the year, celebrating accomplishments and increasing our sense of meaning and belonging through work. The year’s end offers an excellent opportunity to look back at all of one’s accomplishments. Not merely for the sake of nostalgia, taking time…

The Top 5 Dumb Things That Hiring Managers Do That Hurt Their Recruiting Results

The talent management practice with the highest business impact, by far, is recruiting. But, a significant part of that impact will be reduced if your hiring managers do dumb things. Yes, hiring managers are the No. 1 contributing factor to hiring success, according to Bersin by Deloitte. Unfortunately, most hiring managers continue to…

The More You Use Data, the Better the Business Performs

Since joining Visier, I’ve been thinking a lot about the value of workforce analytics. I came to this organization because in my prior life as a researcher, my core focus was HR technology adoption and the value organizations derive from it. In fact, a consistent finding from the annual Sierra-Cedar HR Systems Survey (which I…

Your Performance Management Process Has to be Uniquely Yours

A recent review of performance management methods asked the question: what do the best performance management processes have in common? After reading the paper and reflecting on my own experiences, I decided the answer to this question is “nothing and everything.” Nothing in common The best performance management processes have nothing in common…

3 Steps to Making Feedback A Habit

The strongest way to make a new culture stick is by transforming new behaviors into regular habits. To really make feedback a part of your culture, follow these steps: 1. Training First, really make sure the behaviors your employees are forming are the right ones. You don’t want people to get into the…

Smaller Companies Are Just Better At Performance Management

Although my professional experience is in very large organizations, we now work with smaller clients. This work has helped to change my paradigm about those processes that organizations put in place to engage their workforce, and measure the progress of engagement. This revelation – that big companies try to mandate relationships between leaders…

A 5-Hour Day Works For This Company, Can It Work For You?

The American workforce has become lazy. I estimate, conservatively, that knowledge workers are four times as efficient as they were 20 years ago. That’s why I moved my company to a five-hour workday about a year-and-a-half ago. We work 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. with no lunch; then, we leave. For a beach…

What Happens When You Let Employees Design Their Own Jobs?

At this digital advertising firm employees are encouraged to constantly re-evaluate their interests — and their jobs. Recently named the fastest-growing company in Richmond, Workshop Digital was formed when Co-Founders Andrew Miller and Brian Forrester merged their two digital marketing firms. The 25-person company specializes in the competitive field of search engine optimization…

Is Your Culture the One You Want?

What’s the condition of your organization’s culture? Every organization has one. From a small business to a multi-national, it’s got a culture. From a team to a department to a division to a region to a country, it’s got a culture. Usually the culture of a business happens by default, not by design….