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The Five Biggest Lies in HR

March 4, 2010
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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 Forcing Managers to Interview Minority Candidates Is Good Business

February 9, 2010
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Commentary: To strip the emotion out of the issue, you have to stop talking about affirmative action and start talking about how the world of hiring works. To do that, let’s replace ‘minority candidate’ with ‘internal candidate’ and evaluate the general merits of forcing interviews—even if it seems the hiring decision has already been made.
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Why Integrity Doesnt Drive Performance

January 19, 2010
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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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Why You Wont Get Rid of Your Organizations Jerks

November 5, 2009
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Commentary: You think you want to introduce the famous ‘No Asshole Rule’ to your organization? Here are six reasons why it’s not going to happen.
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The Two Faces of Executive Coaching

September 23, 2009
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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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Six Reasons Why HR Pros Should Stop Talking and Start Recruiting

August 14, 2009
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Commentary: If you want alignment with the business, there's no better way to get it than to force everyone in HR to recruit for the client group they serve.
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Want to Kill the Annual Performance Review Step Up or Shut Up!

March 12, 2009
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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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Why SHRM Should Bail Out HR

January 19, 2009
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Here’s the HR Capitalist’s modest proposal: SHRM should spend its $179 million reserve fund to bring badly needed technology skills, leadership chops and business savvy to the profession.
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64 Percent Turnover Good Job, Dude!

December 4, 2008
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HR isn’t known for quantifiable metrics, so bragging about the low turnover rates in the businesses we support represents a rare opportunity to feel a little bit superior. Of course, we conveniently forget that industry, pay strategy and culture all intersect and conspire to make such comparisons ridiculous.
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HR Feedback for Your Boss

November 26, 2008
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Whether your boss is in HR or she’s the person running the entire show, all bosses need some straight talk sometimes from their HR pros before an oversight or blind spot mortally wounds them.
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