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8 Simple Rituals That Build a Stronger Culture

How can you shape the right priorities and behaviors in your organization’s ecosystem? By setting the example—starting here. By Arthur Yeung and Dave Ulrich You already know your organization needs a strong culture to function at its best. But you also need people to put the right rituals in place […]

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4 Myths About Employee Happiness

Forcing happiness into your office culture is a sad excuse for a strategy. Here’s why—and what truly matters. By Lewis Garrad These days, spotting a smile around the office is as rare as catching a grin at the DMV. A Gallup report finds that only 3 out of 10 U.S. […]

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5 Instant Feedback Fixes That Will Make You a Better Leader

Sharpen your performance review skills with these super simple strategies. By Liliana Chitnis Of all the tactics that great leaders take, sharing feedback is perhaps the most crucial for the continued growth of any organization.  Passing on positive criticism to employees can improve their productivity and performance, as well as […]

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Everything You’ll Read About Feedback in This Story Is Wrong

Rehashing old research and telling lies might sell some books, but these losing strategies don’t help HR partners or the people we serve at all. By Steve Hunt, Ph.D. It frustrates me when things are presented as truths when they’re really opinions (at best) or self-serving fabrications (at worst). That’s […]

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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 […]

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The Best Kind of Feedback Is Lying. Honestly.

Want a more effective way to motivate your employees? Tell a few fibs and watch them flourish. By Peter D. Harms, Ph.D. “Know thyself.” It’s a phrase that was said to be written at the entrance of the Oracle at Delphi, and an idea that has been widely embraced in […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]