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3 Leadership Podcasts We’re Listening to This Summer

Posted by  Alison Medeiros

podcasting.jpgThanks to the rising popularity of smartphones, people are listening to podcasts virtually anytime, anywhere – in the car, on a train, on a plane, while working out – the list is endless. If you’re not familiar, a podcast is a type of audio (or video) broadcast, usually in the form of interviews or discussions that you can download to your computer or mobile device. Users will typically subscribe to a podcast much like they would subscribe to a blog. This way, you are alerted to download new episodes as soon as they become available.

Podcasts are popular for many reasons: fairly short in length, episodes can be accessed at your convenience, and a wide variety of content is available. More importantly, podcasts aren’t just for news, sports, and entertainment anymore. There is an increasing demand for podcasts related to business, leadership, and career development.

Below is a list of our top 3 podcasts related to business and leadership. We like them so much that we’ve even included many of the programs in our Success Coach® developmental resource library. Check them out and see if you agree.


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5 Common Hiring Headaches That Assessments Can Help Solve

Posted by  Greg Kedenburg

hiring-headache.jpgThe number of organizational stakeholders that remain vehemently resistant to pre-hire assessments and screening tools is shrinking, but there are still a few skeptics. The refusal isn’t always born of dislike for assessment; some holdouts are simply uneducated about them and have yet to understand their value. One of the best ways to get them to do a complete 180 is to explain to them how these tools can make their lives easier, and relating their ability to address some of the more common trouble areas related to hiring will do just that.


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7 Aspects of Netflix's Company Culture That You'll Want to Copy

Posted by  Alissa Parr, Ph.D.

netflix.jpgWe always hear the phrase, “culture makes the place.” Culture sets the tone for the entire workplace and can be a big driver as to whether individuals want to come to work there and stay working there. We hear about cool cultures of Silicon Valley companies all the time…free lunches, ping pong tables, nap rooms, and lots of other perks.

But does a cool culture equate to the success of a company? Not necessarily. When shaping their culture, Netflix not only sought to build a strong company culture, but they defined the culture in a way that would motivate high performance at the same time. Netflix’s approach to culture and talent is unique because (1) it has worked – they are very successful and (2) it is based on common sense. So, how does Netflix determine their culture? Let’s take a look at the 7 aspects that make up their culture.


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Why Real-Time Feedback Is the Future of Employee Development

Posted by  Greg Kedenburg

future.jpgAll organizations need to provide their employees with feedback in order to succeed. The form that this feedback takes can either be informal, such as immediate admonishment in negative circumstances or passing praise for a job well done; or it can be formal, like the annual or bi-annual review.

The latter is a relic carried over from companies of yesteryear but is still the most pervasive method of employee performance evaluation. An overwhelming majority of modern organizations still utilize the annual review as their main source of providing feedback, but a new, more effective method, known as continuous feedback, may soon take its place (or supplement it at the very least). Ensuring your organization and employees are developing the adoption of this innovative solution should be high on your to-do list.


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What Leicester City’s Championship Can Teach HR Professionals About Hiring

Posted by  Rachel Reid

soccer.jpgEarlier this year in May, Leicester City Football Club surprised soccer (football) fans around the world when they won the Premier League title, England’s highest level professional soccer league, with 5000 to 1 odds. To put that in context for those who may not follow the sport, winning the Premier League title is essentially equivalent to winning the Super Bowl in the NFL.

Leicester City’s victory was especially shocking due to their underdog status; they had done so poorly the previous season that they were almost bumped down to the 2nd tier league, and weren’t predicted to do much better in the upcoming season. They caught everyone off guard by stringing together an incredible season, culminating in their eventual status as champions. What’s even more surprising is that they did so without any “household name” players; players who are truly stand out stars and known far and wide for their skill. So what can Leicester City’s unexpected championship teach us about hiring?


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4 Actionable Steps to Improving Your Organization's Culture

Posted by  Greg Kedenburg

company-culture-1.jpgLately, more organizations are making changes to their cultures and what they determine to be important to their identity. One potential cause of this may be the increased retirement rates of baby boomers, with their leadership positions being filled by Gen X’ers and Millennials looking to shake things up and make their mark. Another reason may be that companies see their competitors redefining who they are and are simply following suit.

Whatever the reason, a popular question organizations are asking themselves these days is, “Who are we?”. After answering that question, a slew of developmental initiatives often follow, aimed at realigning policies and procedures with the new culture and identity that was decided upon. The success of these initiatives depends wholly on the manner in which they’re carried out. A poorly planned endeavor fueled only by the enthusiasm for it is destined to crash and burn, causing more harm than good in the end. To avoid that, follow these four steps geared towards ensuring the success of organizational culture improvements.


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5 of the Most Important Productivity Tips for Leaders

Posted by  Paul Glatzhofer

productivity.jpgFor the last 2 years, I have been solely focused on helping companies select and develop their leadership talent. Leaders can sometimes get so caught up in developing their leadership skills (e.g., managing others, inspiring others, presentation skills, etc.) that they forget about developing self-management skills. There is a popular adage “you cannot help others until you help yourself”. The same is true for leaders.

A manager or leader may struggle to be effective unless they can easily manage the day-to-day “stuff” that causes us to be less productive. This “stuff” includes distractions caused by e-mails, colleagues, the internet, cell phones, and social media (just to name a few). We all have distractions in our personal and professional lives. Understanding what your primary distractions are and having a strategy for handling those distractions makes the difference between being productive and unproductive.


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What Is the Ideal Pass Rate for Your Pre-Employment Assessment?

Posted by  John Fernandez, Ph.D.

pass-rate.jpgMost organizations that use employee assessments to screen job candidates do some type of monitoring of the assessment pass rates. Staffing teams often want to know, for example, whether there are significant increases or decreases in pass rates over time so that they can determine if any corrective action needs to be taken to maintain the pass rate within a desired range.

But, how do organizations determine what the desired pass rate range is in the first place? Most stakeholders understand that if the pass rate is too high, too many candidates who do not have the desired capabilities for the target role will be allowed to proceed to the next step in the staffing process. That could mean that the assessment is not providing enough utility.


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5 Tips to Getting the Most out of Your 360° Feedback Evaluations

Posted by  Alissa Parr, Ph.D.

360-feedback.jpgHula hoops, trolls, pet rocks, beanie babies, and acid-washed jeans…what do they all have in common? They were all fads in their respective times. In the 90s, several professionals thought that 360° feedback was going to be just that. Professionals were quite skeptical about its staying power and its utility in replacing the traditional performance management or development processes. But, skeptics were just that -- 360° feedback has become a household name in organizations and a big focus of HR practices. Over the past 20 plus years, there have been a lot of refinements and process improvements to make them work well.


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4 Challenges Facing Human Resources – Interview With an HR Executive

Posted by  Paul Glatzhofer

hr-challenges.jpgFor regular readers of our blog, you know that we post a lot of content. To ensure that we continue to crank out great content, we are starting a “Friday Leadership Series” that focuses solely on topics related to leadership. As one of the main contributors, I am excited to release some of this content and get your reactions. Below is our first installment in the Friday Leadership Series. Enjoy!

I recently had the opportunity to chat with an HR Executive in the manufacturing sector. This particular executive has her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior, is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP), and leads the HR function for her organization. She has expertise in organizational development, performance management, leadership development, talent management, and succession planning. She focuses on all facets of the employee/employer relationship from Recruitment to Retirement. During our discussion, I really wanted to hear from her about the challenges we face (and will be facing) as an HR community. Below are some snippets of our conversation.


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