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The Emotion Missing From the Workplace

The Emotion Missing From the Workplace

Before a recent virtual talk I gave to an executive team, the moderator asked attendees to share in the chat box how they were feeling that morning. The answers were, without exception, emphatically cheerful: Productive! Energized! Thrilled to be here! These are...

Hire Leaders for What They Can Do, Not What They Have Done

Hire Leaders for What They Can Do, Not What They Have Done

The next time you are filling a leadership role, ask yourself three questions. First, does the candidate have the skills to be a high-performing contributor or the skills to be an effective leader? The performance level of individual contributors is measured largely...

Back to Work: Hiring and Managing Teams Post Pandemic

Back to Work: Hiring and Managing Teams Post Pandemic

Flexible work arrangements may be one of the pandemic-driven changes that will endure for businesses for years to come. Many companies have realized their employees can be just as productive working remotely. And many employees have their sights set on working from...

Lean Manufacturing and Meaningful Work

Lean Manufacturing and Meaningful Work

The trend to implement lean manufacturing has been in motion for decades. Lean manufacturing seeks to optimize material flow through factories by reducing wastes associated with non-value-added tasks, variability, and overburden. However, lean manufacturing principles...

5 ways to cut the time you spend in meetings in half

5 ways to cut the time you spend in meetings in half

We live in a world of too many meetings. Since the pandemic started, every day, millions of workers log on to their computers and sit through hour after hour of back-to-back meetings and do not get any work done.  A recent survey cited that 67% of respondents...

Skills-Based Hiring Is on the Rise

Skills-Based Hiring Is on the Rise

Two decades ago, companies began adding degree requirements to job descriptions, even though the jobs themselves hadn’t changed. After the Great Recession, many organizations began trying to back away from those requirements. To learn how the effort is going, the...

5 Components To Achieving Happiness At Work

5 Components To Achieving Happiness At Work

While most of us would agree that we would rather have employees be happy than unhappy, so complex is the nature of happiness that it often seems something that is beyond the duty of an employer to provide. After all, as Richard Easterlin famously describes in his...

How to Design a Better Hiring Process

How to Design a Better Hiring Process

Many standard interview processes rely on outdated behavioral questions like “What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?” to evaluate prospective hires. But more often than not, these types of questions fail to reveal useful information about a candidate’s...