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5 Reasons You Aren’t Getting Hired

Human Resources

Guest Blog: Tim Sackett

I’ve been in the talent acquisition and HR game going on 20 years. I’ve interviewed and hired thousands of people in my career. I’ve watched entry level hires turn into great leaders and executives. I’ve watched employees I’ve fired for poor performance become hugely successful after leaving our organization. I’ve seen my best talent leave me, to only get fired from their next position, and come crawling back asking for a job.

This hiring thing is a crazy business. 

Stalking Employees, Killing Productivity: How to End Micromanagement


I came across a creepy blog post this chilly October morning. It was written by Richard Brittain, author and champion of Countdown (a British game show involving word and number puzzles). The title of the post is “The Benevolent Stalker,” and it regales Brittain’s attempts to woo a girl, first asking her to join him on the BBC University Challenge team, and later actively and obsessively pursuing her to the point of madness. When he followed her to her workplace, conflict ensued.

You Get What You Put Into Employee Development: An Update

Employee Development

I recently wrote about the discovery of a 113-year-old time capsule discovered in the head of a lion statue located on top of the Boston State House. In the article, I proposed the question, “What would historians think about your culture 100 years from now, and what would you want them to say?” The time capsule was supposed to have artifacts from 1901, including newspaper clippings, campaign buttons, letters from leading men of the time, etc., according to an early 20th century Boston Globe article on the topic. The article went on to predict that the contents would “prove interesting once opened.”

Avoid These Common Conflict Management Mistakes

Workplace conflict

Relationship experts sometimes encourage couples to fight. Some topics need to be argued out, and fights can actually strengthen a relationship. Your organization may also face conflict. Anytime a group of people come together, there will likely be some level of differing opinions. Managing workplace conflict can be a tricky task, but ignoring the issue will definitely do more damage than addressing it early on, however uncomfortable it may be.

What Can Be Learned from HR Practices in Latin America

Management, HR Solutions

Sometimes, it’s good to look at how HR departments in other countries find solutions. It can give perspective to how you run your own office, and perhaps give insight in how to more effectively manage people. For example, in some Latin American countries such as Mexico, it is not unusual for employees to prefer working in front of religious icons such as the Virgin of Guadalupe. In a book titled Managing Human Resources in Latin America, Anabella Dávila and Marta Elvira explore the cultural values that determine HR solutions in Latin American regions, and their findings are very interesting.

Infographic: 15 Steps to Becoming a More Charismatic & Successful Leader


Charisma is not something leaders are always initially born with, yet it is crucial to dramatically boost personal productivity and success, while influencing the impact one has on others. Luckily, leadership charisma can be learned and developed. These are the 15 basic steps you need to take to improve your leadership charisma.

Productivity and Decision Making: Hot in HR

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The first use of the term “heatwave” for a period of hot weather was used in New York in 1892. This is What’s Hot in HR.

Talent Management and HR Technology Trends to Watch out for

Talent Management

Profiles is enjoying HR Technology Conference this week. Every year, the event proves bigger and better than the year before. Industry experts, thought leaders, and HR executives gather from all over the world to witness the latest and greatest in talent management and HR technology.

Top 10 Leadership Tips for First-Time Managers

Leadership Development

The responsibility of leading and motivating a team to produce first-rate results can be a daunting challenge. That challenge can be even more intimidating for managers who have never led before. As a new organizational leader, don’t let the pressure and inexperience prevent these managers from success.

8 Hindrances to Motivating Employees

Motivating Employees

Most effective managers know how to motivate employees, but sometimes their attempts in motivating employees has the opposite effect. The following eight actions, as listed by, are sure to demotivate your workers and kill employee engagement.

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