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Performance

The Big Five Mistakes

Many organizations rely on personality measures for selection and training. The problem? Not all measures are rooted in research. By Peter D. Harms, Ph.D., and Bradley J. Brummel, Ph.D. In 2002, Sara Rynes asked 959 human resources professionals 35 true-and-false questions concerning HR issues, with considerable research support for the […]

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 […]

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

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 […]

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. […]

Feedback

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 […]

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 […]