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Further Assessment: More Companies Using Evaluation Tools to Identify Future Leaders and More

January 28, 2013
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A recent Aberdeen research report found that companies are including assessment tools in their efforts to identify high-potential talent, to develop workers' interpersonal and leadership skills and to set performance goals for their staff.
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Without Historical Performance Data, How Does Our Newly Merged Company Know Which Employees Are Management Material?

January 25, 2013
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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
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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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Top Performers vs. Critical Performers: Semantics or Meaningful Distinction?

October 31, 2012
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What is the difference between top performers and critical performers, if any? —Taking Stock, wholesale trade, Seattle
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On the Right Course

October 24, 2012
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Big training investment pays off in performance and lower turnover rate for Hendrick Automotive Group.
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Grabbing a Seat: Developing CHROs in the 2000s and Today

September 12, 2012
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To celebrate Workforce's 90th anniversary, we're running a series of articles looking at important workforce-related issues with a then-and-now theme. This installment examines HR leaders branching off into other executive roles in the 2000s and today. In November, we will look back at the employment deal over the past 90 years.
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How Do We Preserve Our Culture in an Age of Virtualization?

September 5, 2012
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Our company has been successful because we keep things on a personal level between our senior managers and employees. We don't want to lose that close-knit feel, but we also see the value of using virtualization. How do we incorporate the technology while preserving our culture? —Vexed by Virtualization, HR generalist, construction/engineering, Indianapolis
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How Do We Help People Adapt to Dynamic Situations?

September 5, 2012
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Some of our employees are set in their ways, and it's hard to persuade them to learn new things. What can we do as an organization to help them adapt to dynamic situations? —Stuck in a Rut, learning and development specialist, Milan, Italy
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My German Shepherd, Memphis, and Sustaining What We Learn

July 31, 2012
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Teaching humans isn't usually as straightforward as teaching dogs. But the goals are the same.
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Game Plan: Coaches Drive Performance at Archer Daniels Midland

June 15, 2012
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The company's short-range goal is to use coaching to boost the bottom line through cost savings and more efficient operations. Longer term, it's hoped that coaching will supplant the annual ritual of performance reviews.
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