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How Do We Win the War for Hiring Nurses?

September 30, 2015

How do we win the war for hiring nurses? And is there a secret to keeping them for extended periods after we hire them?

—Battle-weary talent coordinator, health care, Fort Worth, Texas


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What Evidence Links Diversity and Engagement?

September 30, 2015

What evidence is there to support a link between workplace diversity and rising engagement? More to the point, how do the two things go hand in hand to create measurable value — i.e., increased sales/growth — that we could track over time?

—Melting Pot, transportation and warehousing, Memphis, Tennessee


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How Should Project Teams Pick Their Leaders?

September 16, 2015

We are launching several project teams that will be led by employees. Should we appoint a leader for each project team or would it be wiser to let each team "elect" its own leader?

—People Power, project manager, research and development, Gaithersburg, Maryland


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What Does It Mean to Be an Expat Manager in the U.S.?

September 16, 2015

What does it mean to be an expat manager, particularly those from Asia, who is responsible for managing a team in the U.S.? Which challenges should we watch out for? How should our organizations prepare expat managers?


—Putting the 'Multi' in Multicultural, training adviser, software/services, Edison, New Jersey


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Is Emotional IQ Reliable?

September 2, 2015

How reliable is emotional IQ as an indicator of a person's potential to excel at work?

—Intelligence Report, manufacturing, New York City


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What Competencies Should Be Required for a Job?

August 18, 2015

We are in the process of moving to a competency-based management system, and our first agenda is competency profiling of personnel. In this regard, could you please provide a list of competencies that should be required for a job — e.g., a department head, in terms of knowledge, skills, attitude, values and traits? 

—Treasuring Competencies, treasurer, government, Manila, Philippines


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How Do We Develop Retail Leaders?

August 18, 2015

What are the current trends for developing leaders in the retail industry? Because the industry no longer relies only on bricks-and-mortar stores, is recruiting/preparing leaders different than it was in the past?

—Keeping Up With the Times, trainer, retail, Naperville, Illinois


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