I met with a client the other day who was telling me about one of his favorite employees. Words like high performer, rockstar, favorite and value-added team member were used generously by this man – I could have pulled ten or so sound-bites regarding engagement and performance out of his monologue. I’m known for being…

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Today’s post is from guest blogger Wes Houston. You can find Wes’ bio at the bottom of the post. Employee Assessments Benefit Both Worker and Supervisor Employee assessments benefit both employee and supervisor. The employee realizes information about themselves, not previously realized and they give managers insight into the employee’s mindset. This provides a foundation…

Motivation

You see all kinds of articles and comments about how a “good leader motivates their people.”  Leaders, Managers and even HR folks are tasked with solving problems which include improving morale and motivating others…but who motivates them? As a HR professional, my entire career has been dedicated to helping improve my workplaces and grow my…

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Between employees who cannot cite any value in the performance evaluation process to practitioners who treat it as one more administrative task; performance management has taken a beating over the years. I always say the employee-employer dynamic is very much like a relationship- you should never go to bed mad and communication is key. In…

Monkeys! I’ve had a few meetings lately that served to remind me about something my mentor, Joel, use to tell me: “Heather, your job is to get people to carry the monkey!”  WHAT? He’s referring to the “Monkey on Your Back” metaphor but lest you think he’s talking about addiction, regret or guilt, let me assure you…

Simple

Today’s post is not sexy, outrageous, provocative, disruptive, innovative, or thought provoking. It’s just about a simple technique to get more work done better. Quick, what’s the purpose of meetings? (No, not the cynical answers about inflating the perceived importance of the person who’s leading it or killing time between doing real work.) Really, why…

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I am not arrogant enough to consider myself a futurist, but now and then I spot somethings that seems fairly obvious to me that are going to come to pass in the future. Those of us who hang out here in the #HR Cyberspace are always trying to understand the next thing, be plugged into…

Lori Goldsmith, Heather Kinzie and Dave Ryan Late one night at HRFL12

Pictured above (L to R Lori Goldsmith, Heather Kinzie and Dave Ryan late one night at #HRFL12) We have added several new authors here at PICHR recently and we are generating some kick-ass content. We also have some great regional diversity by having contributors from New York, to Florida, to Texas, Minnesota and onto Alaska…

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Anxiety. Agony. Denial. Regret. Stress. What do all of these have in common? They are all things people experience when they hear that it is annual performance review time, especially if you are a people leader. And even more so if you have more than one direct report. In most organizations, performance appraisals are one…

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The movie, Nightcrawler, was released on Halloween. The title alone invoked thoughts of nocturnal arachnids. Coupled with the folklore of Halloween and the creepy image of Jack Gyllenhaal on the movie poster; it would not be added to the “Must See” list. Yet, there I was, late-morning on Halloween ready to enjoy a blockbuster on…