January 2015

Seven Reasons Top Talent Drives Business Success

The staffing firm, Robert Half International, surveyed 2,100 chief financial officers.  In answer to the question about the greatest impact of a faulty hiring decision, 39% said lower staff morale; 34% cited lost productivity; and 25% chose financial cost. Paul McDonald, senior executive director at Robert Half said, “A poor hire can cause friction as other employees are left […]

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Misconceptions of Talent Management

I recently read a blog posted by a consultant who said, “Talent management, a fancy term for the annual employee performance evaluation, is often met with as much enthusiasm as a deep scaling procedure. But this is a mistake. While you may cringe at the amount of time it takes to develop the right words […]

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Does Practice Make Perfect? Part Two!

In my last message, I mentioned two authorities that raised questions about the value of practice.  They cited examples from athletics and formal education. I have some very different thoughts and consider this in conflict with what we know about what it takes to learn and apply the essential skills required in the workplace. Maybe […]

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Does Practice Make Perfect?

Most of us have heard the statement that practice makes perfect from our parents, teachers and athletic coaches. David Epstein, author of “The Sports Game,”  found that may not be true, at least in some cases. He found that those elite athletes engage in what researchers call a “sampling” period or an extended period of […]

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Onboarding: Where The Process of Turning Good People Into Top Talent Begins

4th in the Turning Good People Into Top Talent series How you onboard your newly discovered talent matters—a lot.  Do you remember your first day on a new job?  Was the hiring manager ready for you or did you show up and no one was ready for you? Consider what it is like for a […]

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