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Who Becomes an HR Leader?

We looked at the personalities of more than 1,000 HR executives to see how they stack up against other workers around the world. Here’s what we found. By Ryne A. Sherman, Ph.D., and Matthew R. Lemming The primary task of human resources has historically been to handle employee benefits and […]

Talent B.S.

Employee Engagement Is Dead. Long Live Employee Experience

The author studied more than 250 companies and discovered that, to create a fulfilling work environment, only three factors matter. Engagement didn’t make the list. By Jacob Morgan Nobody starts a new job and, on day one, thinks to themselves, “Man, this place sucks!” Brand-new, bright-eyed hires are eager to […]

Talent B.S.

Your Leader’s Strengths May Be Your Company’s Weaknesses

Strengths-based development is a fine strategy for athletes and technical professionals. For leaders? Not so much. Here’s the better way to develop tomorrow’s talent. By Rob Kaiser, M.S. When Marcus Buckingham and Donald Clifton first introduced the concept of strengths-based development in their 2001 book, Now, Discover Your Strengths, they unleashed […]

Talent B.S.

True Grit? Try Again

The concept of grit is hot in HR circles. Too bad it’s not real. By Ryne Sherman, Ph.D.  Grit is a popular word among sports writers. When an undersized, lead-footed infielder turns a dazzling double play despite his athletic limitations, baseball scribes say that player exhibits grit.  The truth? It’s […]

Performance

Boost Your Team’s Performance—with Neuropsychology!

Three-quarters of all cross-functional collaborations fail in the workplace. Solution: Stop thinking like a group, and start thinking like a team. By Jonathan Kirschner, Psy.D., and Robyn Garrett Picture this: You’re in the second hour (and counting) of an afternoon project team meeting that was supposed to run for just […]

Ideas

The Place Makes the People

As fresh-faced hires become seasoned vets, their on-the-job skills aren’t the only things that change. So do their personalities. By Peter D. Harms, Ph.D.  “The people make the place.” Anyone in human resources has heard the expression. In fact, you’ve probably said it a few hundred times yourself. The basic […]

Talent B.S.

Work-Life Balance Is Not Possible

But successful work-life integration is—if you dodge these longstanding stumbling blocks. By Monique Valcour, Ph.D. The struggle—performing well at work, maintaining health and relationships at home—is real. The go-to solution—do more and do it faster—is real too. Real bad.  Changing the way we work isn’t feasible or practical. We may […]

Leadership

How to Lead Under Pressure: 4 Foundations You Need

Maintaining your composure and keeping your team moving forward requires four sturdy building blocks. Here’s how to forge them. By Rob McKenna, Ph.D. If you were better at dealing with pressure and maintained your capacity to communicate with others clearly while staying true to yourself, how would that change affect […]

The TalentQ Interview

MICHAEL BAZIGOS, Managing Director of the Global Leadership Team, Accenture

On the importance of organizational health and agility, and why reading CEO biographies won’t make you a better leader. Interview by Markham Heid TQ: You’re a proponent of approaching leadership and organizational change using an evidence-based approach. What does that mean exactly?  Bazigos: My overriding ethos has a few basic […]

Talent B.S.

The Curious (And Completely Flawed) Case of the Positivity Ratio

So-called experts are peddling a magical mathematical formula that determines your happiness and success at work. Here’s the problem: This author has thoroughly debunked it. By Nick Brown In the late 1990s, researchers hung out in a specially equipped lab and observed the verbal behaviors of employees at computer company […]