Special Report

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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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3 Myths About Employee Feedback You Must Bust Today

Everything you think you know about feedback is (mostly) wrong. By Elaine Lin Hering Feedback: Lots of us claim to love it and others have conflicted relationships with it. We all want it … just not in that tone, or on that issue, and certainly, not from you. So why is it that despite […]

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Feedback Works. You Just Suck at Selling It

Constructive criticism can transform an employee’s trajectory—and your organization’s culture. But no one will buy it if you don’t market the message. By Angela Lane and Sergey Gorbatov Here’s a simple truth: Feedback drives improvement.  It can trigger a powerful, virtuous cycle of development: awareness, deliberate practice, positive reinforcement, course […]

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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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The New Way to Listen to Employees

In a world of analytics, workplace surveys are going extinct. If you really want to learn about the people in your organization, you’ll need to start monitoring them—with their permission.  By Brian Kropp, Ph.D. For as long as you’ve been tasked with learning about your employees, you’ve undoubtedly used large-scale […]