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October 24, 2012
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But a deeper lesson of new research is that everyone can be more socially savvy.
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Do Core Competencies Really Boost Performance?

October 2, 2012
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We hear the phrase “core competencies” thrown around quite a bit, but how should we define it? In other words, how do we understand our core competencies within the context of boosting our organization's performance? —Bugged by Buzzwords, human resources recruiter, health care, Scotts Valley, California
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How Do We Prove the Value of Training to Our Executives?

July 31, 2012
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Where can I find data on reinforcement of training? Our learning and development group wants to prepare a report for our executives. —All Ears, performance development consultant, communications, Dallas
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Our New Hires Need Customized Economics Training. Would Establishing 'Knowledge' Competencies Be of Any Use?

June 6, 2012
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As a financial services company, how can we devise useful competencies for our knowledge workers? Our new hires need basic courses in economics and skills to use our customized econometrics model. We know what we're looking for in new recruits, but we don't know how to formally express it by way of competencies. —Seeking Knowledge, adviser, financial services, Ottawa
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Manufacturers Go Back to School to Find New Hires

April 3, 2012
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Many companies are struggling to combat the severe shortage of skilled manufacturing employees and fierce competition for those available for hire. Some firms have taken matters into their own hands, linking up with community colleges to develop fresh talent.
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Selling Women's Shoes—a Guide to Culture Change at Work

March 19, 2012
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You can't bring secret shoppers into your workplace to test how well managers and supervisors are following the rules—at least not unless you want to completely destroy workplace relationships.
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How Do We Get Beyond Adequate Performance?

January 17, 2012
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Some employees are close to being fired for not meeting performance standards. But our company has never had a formalized system to counsel people about job expectations. How do we prevent the loss of potentially solid performers now that times are tight and our management is quietly considering making changes? —Cart Before the Horse, HR professional, manufacturing, Battle Creek, Michigan
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High-Profile C-Suite Moves Shines Light on Succession Planning Strategies

December 2, 2011
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In the wake of shifts at the top for Apple, IBM and Hewlett-Packard, heirs in the pipeline can mean a stable transition both financially and in the workplace.
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2011 WINNER: Innovation—Sodexo Inc.

December 1, 2011
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For its creative internal mobility program, Sodexo is the 2011 winner of the Optimas Award for Innovation.
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