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Articles by Kris Dunn

Why the Best HR Leaders Are Moderate Republicans

March 23, 2010
Commentary: Both Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan could have been great HR pros. Turns out that in order to be a great HR leader, it’s more important to be a moderate than either a Republican or a Democrat. Need proof? Let’s examine the relationship between getting things done in politics and getting things done in HR.
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The Five Biggest Lies in HR

March 4, 2010
Commentary: You hear them all the time: ‘Work/life balance is HR’s responsibility.’ ‘Our company wants only “A” players.’ And other falsehoods. HR has spawned narratives that make the function seem like a cross between Mother Teresa and Stuart Smalley.
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Why Integrity Doesnt Drive Performance

January 19, 2010
Commentary: If you want a performance management process to reinforce or build cultural values at your company, you’ll need more than lip service to those values. You’ll need to make some current team members a little uncomfortable with your view of values, and possibly even make them think that they don’t belong at your company.
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The Two Faces of Executive Coaching

September 23, 2009
One group is basing its business on a Jack Welch model, while the other is a tent revival meeting featuring business-coach versions of Billy Mays, Jimmy Swaggart and Tony Robbins. And the scary thing is that both groups get coaching gigs in corporate America.
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Want to Kill the Annual Performance Review Step Up or Shut Up!

March 12, 2009
The problem isn’t the institution of the annual performance review. The problem is that most managers don’t know how to effectively coach employees on a daily basis, and most organizations make no attempt to make coaching skills part of the manager’s DNA. That’s why the performance review exists in the first place. It’s also why you can’t remove it, no matter how many consultants rage against the machine.
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