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Monkey See, Monkey Do
Culture

Monkey See, Monkey Blow Off the Afternoon Meeting

Your employees are watching you—especially for cues about balancing work and life. By Ashley Keating Everyone has been the new kid at some point—looking to your new teammates for hints about your new norms. Those looks turn into stares around 5 pm. A new study in the International Journal of Stress […]

COVID Lessons
Leadership

5 Things COVID-19 Has Taught Talent Leaders About Crisis Management

Real organizations reveal how to stay resilient amid unprecedented change. Steal their strategies to emerge stronger than ever. By Aaron Sorensen  One of the silver linings of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis has been the opportunity to reconnect with former clients and colleagues to learn about how their businesses are adapting, […]

Rabbit or the Rebel
Culture

Do You Work for a Rebel or a Rabbit?

Silly question? Hardly. Knowing the answer may help you hire, motivate, and retain top talent. By Ashley Keating Children use anthropomorphism to make sense of the world. The wind is angry. The doll is talking. The cat is judging. (Actually, the latter might be true.) Adults, it turns out, do […]

Change

The Right Way to M&A

During times of uncertainty, high-performing employees are often tempted to jump ship. Here’s how to make sure it doesn’t happen. By Ashley Keating If you’ve ever been part of a merger or acquisition, you know it’s an uncomfortable place to be—and that there’s a high risk of losing good employees […]

COVID-19 Zoom
Leadership

COVID-19: It’s Time for Talent Management to Step Up

Crises bring out the best in leaders. But they can’t do their job if you won’t do yours. By Dale S. Rose, Ph.D. There’s no greater test of leadership than a crisis.  In the wake of the world-shattering COVID-19 pandemic, we’re reminded just how much good leadership matters. That’s because […]

Performance

Does Growth Mindset Actually Work?

Proponents of this principle say people can improve if they just believe. But it’s time to separate positive intention from scientific proof. By Marc Effron During a recent podcast interview, the interviewer called out the chapter in my book 8 Steps to High Performance, where I say a growth mindset isn’t […]

Change

Strategic Failure Is Not an Option

If there’s one thing COVID-19 has made clear, it’s this: Your future can completely transform in a minute. To keep up, you’ll need to build this critical competency. By Lisa D. Danels and Christian Neubert Is your organization skidding toward irrelevancy? Before you shout a resounding “no way,” consider the […]

Change

Great Change Leaders Have Two Faces

They’re skilled in both pushing and pulling. Here’s how to adopt each approach.  By Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman What’s the difference between leadership and management? This isn’t a set up to a lame joke you’d tell at the office holiday party, but rather, a serious question that management scholars […]

Performance

Teams: HR’s Great Missed Opportunity

The success of your organization depends on the effectiveness of your teams. But bad teams can’t get better if HR doesn’t step in. By Gordon Curphy, Ph.D., Michele Hartgrove, Emily Raulston, and Alexi Licata The business unit leadership team will be doing its annual strategic planning offsite in a few […]