Human Resources, New Hire, Recruiting

The “Perfect” Candidate Doesn’t Exist So…Stop Looking!

It happens each and every time… A manager needs to replace an employee that left or wants to find “new talent” and they dream up what they envision as the perfect employee.  They begin to write a whole long list, not of duties, but of “needed” experience and qualifications for their next hire.  They submit… Continue reading The “Perfect” Candidate Doesn’t Exist So…Stop Looking!

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There Are Times NOT To Market Your Organization

Anyone responsible for marketing will say, right off the bat, that I’m wrong. They will tell you that an organization should use every opportunity to market itself, especially if it can be done for free.  The only way you grow and attract people is by letting them know you exist…right? Wrong. Trying to market yourself… Continue reading There Are Times NOT To Market Your Organization

Communication, Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, Performance, Recruiting

You’re Doing It All Wrong – Don’t Focus on Retention!

As you start to look around this year, you will see a lot of articles and comments about how companies need to create retention plans.  Yes, the market has changed and is now a “jobseeker’s market” and that has some companies concerned that they will loose some of their higher caliber employees but focusing on… Continue reading You’re Doing It All Wrong – Don’t Focus on Retention!

Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership

HR Would Be Better If….

My friend Steve Browne (@sbrownehr) posed a question and a challenge to all HR professionals to answer this simple question: “HR would be better if ______________.” So, here is my response: HR would be better if “human” was put back into Human Resources. Back in the day, we were known as the Personnel Department.  Why?… Continue reading HR Would Be Better If….

Communication, Employee Relations, Leadership, Performance

How to Lead Your Team to Success: From a Veteran

When Jill Morgenthaler arrived at boot camp in 1975, she was part of the inaugural class of women in the Army.  She was one of 83 female cadets on a base of 50,000 men.  Colonel Jill Morgenthaler (Ret.) went on to serve three decades in the U.S. Army in positions such as: the first female military… Continue reading How to Lead Your Team to Success: From a Veteran

Employee Relations, Human Resources, Leadership, Performance

Like Attracts Like: Why Leaders Attract Certain Followers

Back on November 16, 2014, I came across an article written by Brigette Hyacinth on LinkedIn that caught my eye: “Leaders: Beware of Followers.”  In her article, she talked about how every Leader needs Followers and that the conclusion of her research into the subject lead her to categorize 7 types of Followers: 1) Sycophants -… Continue reading Like Attracts Like: Why Leaders Attract Certain Followers

Human Resources, New Hire, Recruiting

New Year = Time to Revisit Your Recruiting Strategy

Remember the days when you needed to fill a position and all you had to do was post a job ad? You would sit back and wait as hundreds of resumes came flying in. All you had to do was sift through all of them looking for those few top quality candidates to begin a… Continue reading New Year = Time to Revisit Your Recruiting Strategy