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Talent Management: It’s Not Just HR’s Game

Talent management, in a nutshell, is an organization’s commitment to recruiting, retaining and developing the most talented individuals available. It includes everything along the continuum of the employee life cycle and ensures continuity and connectivity amongst talent acquisition, on boarding, cultural socialization, performance management, staff development, succession planning and off boarding. Every single aspect. Every …

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Why Your Employee Engagement Tactics are Destined to Fail

Organizational leaders and HR professionals love tossing around the word engagement. They’re quite fond of saying things like “we need to increase our employee engagement” or “let’s do an annual survey!” or “what’s the budget for employee engagement activities?” (more on that later). We can’t fault them; the engagement industry is a bajillion dollar cottage …

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To Infinity and Beyond! Talent Business Trends for 2020

I saw a quote the other day (on Twitter…where else?) along the lines of “we overestimate what the future will hold in the next year and underestimate what the future will hold in 10 years.” This is especially true as we get into this time of year; the months when HR and Talent prognosticators, pundits …

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Danger Ahead! The Bifurcated Job Posting

Yesterday, as I am wont to do, I fell down a deep and serpentine internet rabbit hole of company career sites. I enjoy reading job postings for a number of reasons. First, of course, they’re market intelligence on one’s competitors. Secondly, I peer at them with my HR-eyeglasses to see if the company has included …

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Why Sugar is Bad for the Candidate’s Diet

I’ve heard it and you’ve heard it. When in the midst of recruiting a candidate, lots of HR folks and recruiters are quite fond of saying “I need to ‘sell’ them on this opportunity!” And I think we can all agree that the ability to close the deal is a critical competency for HR professionals …

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Here’s What Talent Agility Looks Like

Mary managed a small team consisting of three employees. The positions they held were coveted jobs in a small but well-known company. With few exceptions these employees tended to be entry-level professionals who used these jobs to launch their careers — ultimately moving on to bigger and better things at other organizations. Even though salaries …

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Looking for the Best in Your New Hires

The hiring process can be tortuous. Lengthy and cumbersome, the journey from completing an application to Day One of employment is often fraught with peril for both the applicant and the recruiting/HR team.  There are hundreds of steps with various decision points along the way; there’s an overabundance of judgment, from the first time a …

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The Not-So Magical Place Where HR Policies Are Born

Most everyone, I imagine, is somewhat familiar with the Cabbage Patch Kids, and perhaps to a lesser degree the origin story that accompanies the dolls. This discovery legend (the quoted material is from Wikipedia) has been reproduced on every Cabbage Patch Kids product from 1983 onward. Xavier Roberts was a ten-year-old boy who discovered the …

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