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When Class Matters

September 9, 2013
While we continue to experiment with live interactive virtual learning for widely dispersed participants, I’ve had some thoughts about when a live class experience matters.
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How Do We Identify Future Key Roles for Our Company?

May 15, 2013
I am in a new role as Talent Acquisition Coordinator and need some help. What is the best way (or ways) to identify key roles in my company going forward? The big issue is being better able to anticipate those skill and talent needs and take steps accordingly. It sounds simple but can be incredibly hard to get it right —Anticipation, talent acquisition coordinator, telecommunications, Santo Domingo
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How Do We Get Managers To Embrace Difficult Conversations?

March 20, 2013
How do we make our managers better at having difficult conversations with our employees? Sometimes it seems easier for them to gloss over tough topics rather than engage employees in discussion and uncover problem area. How do we convince them to probe below the surface without interrogating employees? We'd prefer to avoid mandating it as part of a manager's performance reviews. —Touchy Subject, executive assistant, health care, Sydney, Australia
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Without Historical Performance Data, How Does Our Newly Merged Company Know Which Employees Are Management Material?

January 25, 2013
My company underwent a recent merger that created a need for new managers. Our organizational structure also is changing to run much flatter. The newly merged organization is looking for a way to identify candidates for the new management jobs. Historical data on performance either is lacking or not available. How do we go about the task of assessing which employees to interview for the management roles? — Data Blackout, organizational development specialist, manufacturing, Teaneck, New Jersey
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Why Don't Our Managers Identify High-Potential Workers?

January 25, 2013
With the start of a new year, I am trying to assemble a brief guideline to help our supervisors and managers identify key employees within their department. What suggestions do you have as we begin this list? Would you suggest some criteria we could use? — New Year, New Practices, HR analyst, manufacturing, Farmington Hills, Michigan
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