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The Human Perspective in Hiring

July 31, 2012 by Wally Bock

Josh Tolan sure knows how to write a headline that piques your curiosity:”Caveman Can Do it: Hiring Lessons From Our Ancient Ancestors.” Here’s the opening of the post. “When you think of a group of people with good recruiting practices, it’s likely your mind doesn’t go back to prehistoric times. Most cavemen probably did not […]

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You Are How Others See You…

June 17, 2012 by Ken Nowack

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. “ John Wooden Psychologist Robert Hogan and others have written extensively about the difference between identity (how we view ourselves) and our reputation (the impression others have of […]

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Hypergrowth and Hiring

May 22, 2012 by Wally Bock

After the big money comes the big growth, followed very shortly by big hiring problems. That’s what Jena McGregor predicts in her column, “The biggest challenge ahead for Facebook after the IPO.” Here’s the money quote. “Over the next few years, Facebook will likely be growing its staff exponentially, leaving Zuckerberg to lead both the […]

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One talent does not fit all

March 20, 2012 by Wally Bock

I was reading Mike Hoban’s excellent post “Lessons from the Zappos Culture Playbook” when I started thinking about Doreen. Mike wrote about the Zappos culture and then compares it with the culture at Apple. Here’s the line that set off my train of thought. “I’m currently reading Isaacson’s superb biography of Steve Jobs and it […]

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What would a top HR pro look like?

March 13, 2012 by Wally Bock

Last week, Meredith Soleau, wrote a provocative post on Fistful of Talent with the title, “What CEOs Hate About HR People.” Here’s how she set the stage for the piece. “So here I am, on assignment from the Boss Man, writing about what CEOs hate about HR people. I’ve interviewed five CEOs. Their companies range […]

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It’s Tempting to Skip Reading This….

February 12, 2012 by Ken Nowack

“I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it.” Mae West I bet you can’t stop reading the rest of this Blog as it contains a hint about becoming more effective at resisting temptation. Still reading? THE MARSHMELLOW TEST We know a lot about delayed gratification from the classic “marshmellow” study by Walter Mischel who […]

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Great Church Choirs and Great Teams

July 5, 2011 by Wally Bock

My father was a Lutheran Pastor, and so I grew up around and in choirs. I didn’t realize it at the time, but in addition to being exposed to the workings of some wonderful music, I was also learning lessons about teams and stars. Great church choirs have a balance of voices. In the great […]

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A COO for HR?

April 5, 2011 by Wally Bock

A recent Deloitte Debate takes on the question: “Do you need a Chief Operating Officer for HR?” Here’s how the firm framed the debate. “Despite the demonstrated benefits of HR Transformation (HRT), business executives and HR leaders continue to voice frustration with HR’s ability to deliver value. With no shortage of talented people doing great […]

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Choosing a New Supervisor

March 1, 2011 by Wally Bock

I had an interesting conversation the other day with a woman who’s being considered for promotion from individual contributor to supervisor in her company. She contacted me to help her prepare for “the little speech I have to give on leadership.” When I asked about her company’s process, here’s what she told me. There will […]

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Evidence-Based HR

February 8, 2011 by Wally Bock

Last week I read a great post on the i4cp blog titled: “Do People Drive Business? You Bet Your Assets.” John Gibbons, the Vice President and General Manager of Research and Development at i4cp, began his post with something that definitely caught my attention. “I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve sat in […]

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