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Leadership Development & HR's Ebola Plan: What’s Hot in HR

Leadership development

Tim Sackett recently wrote a guest blog for us. Let’s see what else he’s written this week:

A Foot in the Mouth and a Foot in the Door: Women in the Workplace

Women in the Workplace

By now you’ve probably heard about the remarks made by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella at a conference celebrating women in the workplace and their achievements in computing at Harvey Mudd College in Phoenix, Arizona. He said “It’s not really about [women] asking for a raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the raise as you go along.” He continued to say, “That, I think, might be one of the additional superpowers that, quite frankly, women who don’t ask for a raise have. Because that’s good karma. It’ll come back because somebody’s going to know that’s the kind of person that I want to trust. That’s the kind of person that I really want to give more responsibility to. And in the long-term efficiency, things catch up.”

3 Ways to Spot Burn Out in the Workplace


Employee disengagement is an epidemic, right? After all, seven out of every eight workers worldwide are actively disengaged, according to a Gallup poll. But what if they’re not disengaged, simply burnt out. If employees are acting disengaged because they’re burned out, it’s because they’ve been working too hard—they’re stressed because they’ve been working too hard. No matter how much an employee loves their job or stays engaged, stress can manifest itself as burn out, which in turn looks like disengagement.

Why Leadership Development Fails (and How to Make it a Success)

Leadership Development

Leadership development is a simple concept—any activity that enhances the quality of leadership within an organization. However, this loose definition of the term is why the action often fails to produce results.

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.

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