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Leadership

The Charismatic CEO Is Dead

Brash bigwigs used to get the glory, but then they started cratering companies. Now the next great leaders look a whole lot more selfless. By Robert Hogan, Ph.D., Ryne Sherman, Ph.D., and Scott Gregory, Ph.D. The research is now crystal clear: Three psychological concepts—charisma, narcissism, and humility—impact leadership. Each is […]

Feedback

It’s Time to Stop Training Managers to Give Feedback

Instead, teach your employees how to seek it. By Jeanine Prime, Ph.D., and Brian Kropp Here’s a dispiriting stat: Only 38 percent of HR leaders believe their performance management (PM) systems are keeping up with the pace of business, according to Gartner’s 2019 Performance Management Benchmarking Survey. Sound familiar? Those same leaders […]

Performance

Is HR Missing the Point on Performance Feedback?

HR is moving away from traditional performance reviews because managers and employees say they don’t like them. Here’s why this will backfire. By Sergey Gorbatov and Angela Lane The field of performance management has been in turmoil lately. Employees are getting confused. Leaders are getting frustrated. Consultants are getting rich. […]

Ideas

Hey HR, Quit Playing Games

Any company that uses reaction time tests to make personnel decisions is fooling itself. These game-like measures simply don’t measure much at all. By Ryne Sherman, Ph.D. You might see this article as an attack on your business practice. Maybe you’ll even find it an affront to your livelihood. I […]

Performance

How to Build a Better IDP

The individual development plan has been collecting dust for decades. But with a few upgrades, it can help your talent soar. By Beverly Kaye and Lindy Williams Business has changed since the Eisenhower administration. The individual development plan (IDP) has not. In this age of reboots, it’s time to breathe […]

Ideas

Think Outside the 9 Box

Sick of the performance-by-potential paradigm? So are we. Let’s replace it with something better. By Allan H. Church, Ph.D. No matter how hard we try to ditch performance ratings—and many organizations have made valiant attempts—we just can’t quit them. Psychologically, whether we like it or not, companies need ways to […]

Ideas

The Startup Formula

Great ideas can’t get off the ground without a brilliant team to lift them. Do you have the right people in place? Start by inspecting their personalities. By Michiel Castelijns and Tanja Vlug There’s never been as big of a focus on entrepreneurship in the business world as there is […]

Ideas

A Good Woman Is Hard to Keep

Where has all your young female talent gone? To your competitors, for starters. Here’s why. By Wanda T. Wallace, Ph.D., and Annie Rodgers If you ever need to illustrate the glaring lack of female leadership at the top of organizations, any number of statistics can help you make your case. […]

Culture

Can’t We All Just Belong?

How do you boost employee sentiment? By satisfying each team member’s three personal needs: believing, becoming, and belonging. Lead the way and your organization will soar. By Dave Ulrich It was J.B. Ritchie, the professor who introduced me to organization behavior and subsequently became a lifelong mentor, who once told […]

Culture

Your Workplace is Toxic. Literally.

Harmful office practices like overbearing bosses and frantic deadlines promote out-of-control employee stress and all its attendant harms. But workers aren’t the only ones who lose when they’re grinded into the ground. And the author has the evidence. By Jeffrey Pfeffer, Ph.D. You don’t have to work in a coal […]