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From Workforce to Work-Task Planning

Out: Building the ideal workforce. In: Putting the right team together to accomplish tasks that help the organization grow. By Dave Ulrich Everyone realizes that better talent (and culture) will help an organization succeed. Over the years, many have attempted to improve talent—this effort is loosely called workforce planning.  Markov […]


4 Innovations That Will Transform Talent Management Forever

How we recruit, motivate, and retain top talent is evolving at light speed. These changes are coming fast. By Dave Ulrich The focus on talent (workforce, individual competence, employee) continues to gain attention. In the past year, there have been some talent-related themes that shape how people think, act, and […]

Internal or External

Should You Hire an Internal or External Candidate? Here’s the Surprising Answer

Before you make your next hire, read this. By Ashley Keating When a position opens up in your organization, you have two ways to fill it: with an internal or external candidate. Can’t decide? Just go with who you know, suggests research from Michigan State University. Not only is the in-house […]

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Change Today, Thrive Tomorrow

The author and his colleagues interviewed dozens of c-suite leaders to uncover the best way to build a sustainable organization. The answer: a mix between managing your present and creating your future. By Ashley Harshak Two years ago, we decided to start talking to our clients. I mean, really talking […]


Why Great Employees Quit (and What You Can Do About It)

We don’t put enough effort into finding out why good people leave. Here’s why we really ought to. By Kevin Oakes This past January, Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank, unexpectedly announced his resignation a full 3.5 years before his second five-year term was set to expire. Kim’s […]


How to Break Through to the Millennials Down the Hall

Hint: It’s not about you. It’s about them. By Ashley Keating Not all millennials are into themselves, but narcissism has risen 30 percent since the early 1980s, according to research in The Psychologist-Manager Journal. (Just sayin’.) When it comes to corralling the millennials in your office, you can use a little of their […]


Great Leaders Have Potty Mouths

Cursing like a sailor—strategically, of course—can rally your team. By TalentQ Editors A doctor swearing in front of a patient probably won’t fly, and neither will an attorney cussing in court. But in certain situations, workplace profanity could boost morale, suggests new research in the Journal of Managerial Psychology. While […]


Escape the Change Factory

There is no one-size-fits-all process to reshape a company. Here’s what transformation takes.  By Niko Canner Every great con starts from a hunger to believe. Think about what an extraordinary CEO does. She asserts that an organization will be something that it doesn’t yet know how to be, and then […]


How Trust Trickles Down the Corporate Ladder

Trust is a must in the workplace. Where does it begin? You might be surprised. By Ashley Keating Employees have to trust their managers, and vice versa. A good relationship between both parties boosts organizational commitment, performance, and cooperative behaviors. But building that bond doesn’t begin with the boss—it starts […]


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 […]