Performance & Personality

5 Tips For Using Recognition to Make Your “B” Players Soar

Companies used to embrace the idea of showering top performers with praise and rewards as a way to boost productivity. The thinking was that since these employees want to be here, they will work harder with more encouragement. However it can become difficult to encourage incentive goals for employees who are so aware…

They Don’t Trust the Boss, But They’ll Rent a Room to a Stranger

How important is trust for an organization? In a survey by Interaction Associates, over 80% of employees said being effective in their work requires a high degree of trust in their co-workers (85%), boss (82%) and direct reports (81%). For any organization to grow, innovate and succeed, having trust is key. Yet, a…

Candidates Can Now Leave Ratings For Recruiters Online

Not quite an “uberization” movement, but now you can be rated for your services as a recruiter. Treat a candidate well, five stars for you. Spam a candidate, one star! Completed is a newish professional networking website that wants to make it easier to rate and rank, not just recruiters, but all business professionals. It’s a…

Being a ‘Selfless Giver’ Can Be Bad for You

Recognize This! – Givers find energy when they give in self-protective and personally meaningful ways, and when they are recognized and reminded of how their contributions matter. It’s not just about giving and taking anymore. Recent research by Adam Grant and Reb Rebele shows that the type of giving matters – specifically whether…

6 Steps Every Company Can Take to Develop Women Leaders

This is second of two parts on gender diversity in leadership positions. Today’s article offers some steps organizations can take to develop future women leaders. Part one is here. ———— Between 2015 and 2016, the percentage of women in the corporate pipeline improved, but so slightly there was effectively no change. As the…

When ‘Please’ and ‘Thank You’ Aren’t Enough

Saying “please” and “thank you” is one of the most fundamental communication strategies we use to project our own intentions and gauge the intentions of others. That is why it is crucial to use them in the workplace — arguably, with no exceptions. This is not a tall order however. Most people, when…

Women May Be Better Leaders Than Men, So Why Aren’t There More?

This is first of two parts on gender diversity in leadership positions. Today’s article discusses the current lack of women leaders, the reasons why, as well as describing the benefits women leaders bring to an organization. Part two, offering solutions, will post tomorrow. ———— The most recent allegations of sexual harassment by management…

Rewarding People For Results Is a Mistake

Beware of people who say things like, “I’m the sort of person who likes to get things done.” They almost always make this remark when trying to impress an interviewer, colleague, or manager. The implication is that while all the losers around them are busy being losers, these are the stars of your organization. Often, though, they’re…

Collaboration is the Culture of Success

No matter how far reaching a leader’s vision or how brilliant the company’s strategy may be, little will be realized if not supported by the organization’s culture. Analyzing the team’s lack of success a few years ago, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers took management to task saying, “I think we have…

Are You Meeting Expectations Yourself?

You only need a simple, three point scale to evaluate job applicants as well as the performance of your present employees: “Will not meet expectations” or “Is not meeting expectations” “Will meet expectations” or “Is meeting expectations” “Will exceed expectations” or “Is exceeding expectations” Before you can do this though, you need a…

5 Ways to Check References to Avoid Toxic Employees

Have you ever attempted to check references before hiring, and run into a brick wall with the former employer giving you only name, title, and date of employment? If so, that’s understandable because they fear lawsuits. On the other hand, the former employer may give a glowing reference. And only later you find…

Why HR Can’t Lead Cultural Change

Edgar Schein and the subject of organizational culture are forever linked due to his pioneering efforts in the field. His hallmark book, Organizational Culture and Leadership, has been a resource for more than 30 years. Ed shared insights from its recently released  fifth edition during an interview at the Human Synergistics Ultimate Culture…

When Everyone is ‘Above Average’ No One Is

Note: This is the last of three articles dealing with managing performance and compensation in the post-ratings organization. Monday’s article discussed the broad issues raised when ratings are eliminated. Tuesday’s article presented the case for ratings. ———— Perhaps you have heard the following sentence described in a conversation about performance management, ratings, and…