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Pre-Employment Assessments and You: A Purr-fect Match

Dominance. Impulsiveness. Neuroticism. The characteristics of a C-suite executive?  Alec Baldwin’s character in the film Glengarry Glen Ross? Not quite. Actually, according to a recent study conducted by the Bronx Zoo and the University of Edinburgh, these traits describe the personality of a far more dangerous, cunning creature: the domestic cat. The study, published in the Journal of Comparative Psychology, examined captive specimens of the domestic cat, Scottish wildcat, clouded …Read More

Don’t Be A Charlie Brown: Pre-Employment Assessments Won’t Leave You Flat on Your Face

Tis the season for holiday specials on TV, starting with A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. (It’s not Christmas yet, people!). This short film opens with a scene very familiar to those of us who grew up watching Charlie Brown shows. We see Lucy holding a football on the ground, trying to convince Charlie Brown to kick it. I think we all know how this scenario plays out. Charlie Brown decides to …Read More

On Hiring Veterans

“In corporate America, from my experience, there truly is no advantage to being a vet,” said Ricardo Roman, a former Director of Airborne Cryptologic Activities in the U.S. Air Force. Now Vice President of Strategic Alliances for Caliper, he admitted his words seem “counterintuitive” but said “at the end of the day, it’s about doing a job. You need the right experience and right education. If you happen to be …Read More

James Bond vs. Godzilla: What do James Bond and Godzilla have in common?

Aside from a penchant for indiscriminate destruction and a history of facing off against outlandish villains, both characters belong to two of the longest-running, most prolific movie series ever. Since 1962, James Bond has gone on 24 big-screen missions (26 if you count the “unofficial” Bond films released in 1967 and 1983), and Godzilla has suited up a whopping 30 times since 1954. Yes, I’m including the Matthew Broderick Godzilla …Read More

Can Anything Rival the Power of Pumpkin Spice?

While pumpkin spice could definitely be called a cultural phenomenon, it has also become somewhat of a seasonal joke. Buzzfeed has created multiple listicles in honor of the fall flavor, and a quick search of #pumpkinspice on social media channels will pull up literally thousands upon thousands of posts (as I type this, there are 554,761 photos on Instagram using that hashtag). Who knew that a squash and some nutmeg …Read More

How NOT to Build Your Empire

When we last saw music mogul Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) at the end of Empire season one, he was clinging to the bars of a jail cell, charged with the murder of his trusted confidant and advisor Bunkie Williams. See, Lucious was mistakenly diagnosed with a terminal disease and believed he needed to square things away in a hurry. Apparently part of the succession plan for his music label, Empire …Read More

World-Class Talent Management Doesn’t Have to Cost a Fortune

In movies, we often see characters take part in a major quest: Indiana Jones was trying to locate the Lost Ark, Frodo Baggins was trying to make it to Mount Doom, and Harry Potter was looking for the Seven Horcruxes. While HR quests might not be to that epic scale, their goals are critical to the success of their organizations – and it can feel epically challenging to reach the …Read More

Organizational Health: Time for a Check-Up

When you think of organizational health, what comes to mind? Is it morale? Employee engagement and attitude? Financials? Collaboration and positive growth? Maybe organizational health encompasses all of the above – plus more. In his book “Images of Organization,” Gareth Morgan describes eight metaphors for an organization. To me, the most accurate representation of an organization is a living organism, such as a human being. An organization is similar to …Read More

Competencies: The Mighty Sword of Team Development

There’s nothing profound in saying “Effective teamwork is critical to success.” Whether we are talking about small-group projects, an entire department, or an enterprise-wide collaboration, we all know that a well-synchronized team can improve productivity and cut waste. Which sounds great, but how do we get there? Hire the right people? Well, yeah, but we’ve been saying that for 50 years. Let’s dig a little deeper. Why does a team …Read More

Football Season Team Development

As a consolation for the end of summer, football season has returned to the land. Hope springs eternal in the hearts of fans across the country, and this past week the 32 NFL teams have girded their respective loins and are once more vying for the Vince Lombardi Trophy. The advent of the perennial competition for gridiron glory has us thinking about the similarities between football teams and business teams, …Read More

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