Special Report

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Feedback

Here’s Some Feedback for the Critics of Feedback

Feedback has become the new F word in talent management circles. The authors would like you to know this: It’s okay to say it—and give it. And they have science on their side. By Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman A recent article in Harvard Business Review, “The Feedback Fallacy,” has ignited […]

Feedback

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 […]

Feedback

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 […]

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 […]