How-Tos Archives

Here’s a Way for Difficult Conversations to Be Less Difficult

If you’re like most people, you find yourself avoiding difficult conversations because you fear triggering a negative response and making the situation worse. Based on past experiences, you figure “Better not to bring it up and just suck it up.” What happens? You feel unsettled, and perhaps angry and frustrated. Also, if the…

On the Four Stages of Workforce Analytics, Where Are You?

When it comes to your HR projects list this year, put workforce analytics first. The talent management industry has been discussing workforce analytics for years, but 2016 witnessed some of the biggest leaps toward true big data capabilities. Organizations are moving from the simplest stages of workforce data analysis—”descriptive and diagnostic” analytics —…

How Millennials Can Manage An Aging Workforce

Google “managing millennials” and you get millions of results. Google “millennial managers” and fewer than 10,000 results show up. As James Lundquist, director of talent development at PRADCO, told a Cleveland DisruptHR audience, “There’s a lot of people out there talking about how to manage millennials, but nobody seems to be talking about…

Help Your Board Make a Successful CEO Hire

The Center for Creative Leadership has estimated that “failure” in senior leadership positions has increased in recent years. As the senior partner for a boutique career transition firm, working exclusively with senior executives, I have been a witness to a large number of executive exits. We assist in transitioning these same executives into…

How to Handle a Know-It-All To Get What You Need

Know-it-alls walk the halls at every level — from the basement to the executive floor. It’s not their title or expertise that’s the problem. Most everyone welcomes helpful information or experience when solving a problem or seeking innovative ideas. The know-it-all label comes from a person’s communication style and attitude — that is,…

Your Hiring Process: A Trip Down the Red Carpet or an Episode of Survivor?

There’s no doubt that hiring qualified people is important. Having top-notch talent who do quality work will help your company reach its goals. Unfortunately, in an effort to get hiring right, some companies have made their selection process an obstacle course. Take, for example, a prominent company in Seattle. It’s a great place to work….

4 Ways to Repel Top Talent With Scarce Skills

Let’s acknowledge that, despite our widespread desire to offer a great candidate experience to every applicant for every role, talent acquisition functions simply aren’t resourced to do so. Like every business and family, we have limited resources within which we must operate. One option for managing this budgeting challenge — the traditional HR…

Why Your Organization’s Purpose is Important to Your Culture

Purpose. It’s a trending topic for businesses today. A quick Google search of the phrase “company + purpose” produces a whopping 700 million results. Harvard Business Review has published more than two dozen articles on the subject last year alone. And leaders across the country – and the world – are paying attention; working to…

Is Your Small Business Ready For HR Tech?

When we talk about talent strategy, we’re talking about a responsibility full of moving parts. HR professionals are tasked with finding talent to match a business’ momentum, which means they are constantly scaling programs up and down, looking back while thinking ahead, and keeping a close eye on the culture and morale of…