Seven Keys to Continuous Improvement and Quality Management

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Tactical Decision Theory:  Planning strategically is a business process that best-in-class companies employ to identify their critical success targets that set the course for future growth and profits. Lewis Carroll in “Alice in Wonderland” makes a good case for it: “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” said Alice. “That…

Machines Are Making Hiring Decisions Based on Your Social Media Posts

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The next time you take to Twitter, decide whether you are happy with your job. Not because your social media post will get your fired (even though it could). But, because your next Tweet could prevent you from getting a job. With all the Tweets and Facebook posts, it is highly unlikely that a human…

Professional Recruiter Associates

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If It’s Worth Doing… Considering Resume Scanners, HR Generalists and the Contemporary Job Market

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As an Executive Search Consultant, I spend a lot of time searching through multiple resumes for that one individual who best matches the position. Most professionals are highly skilled at their jobs, but explaining to interested parties, exactly how they do what they do, becomes their biggest handicap. Would you buy an expensive new automobile…

Let’s go ‘Rambo’ on “Post and Pray”

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In an excellent blog post titled Post and Pray: Gone and Hopefully Forgotten, Pinstripe suggests we erase from our minds the idea of merely posting resumes on websites and praying they get filled. But I say we never forget. I say we go ‘Rambo’ on the fallacy that “prayer is the answer”! As an Executive Search…

What’s it all Worth?

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A business coach who often coaches top executives told me this tale: It happens quite often that when I coach top leaders, they end up realizing that while they have indeed achieved all the outward signs of success, they’re just not happy at work or in life. They have the corner office, company Mercedes, million…

Love and Work. Part II

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Who are you?   Just a few decades ago people had many sources of identity: Religion, class, nationality, political affiliation, family roots, geographical and cultural origins and more. Today many of these, if not all, have been subsumed by work. When you meet someone at a party, what’s the first question you ask? “So, what…

Love and Work

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The Wellsprings of Life are Love & Work, but in what order? When I got my first professional position, I worked a lot of hours in the name of success. I’d moved for that opportunity, far away from my friends and family, but that was fine: I didn’t really have time for a life. My main goal…

Facebook Remorse?

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Will Gen Y feel Remorse for their Facebook Pages? When we think candidate’s Facebook pages, we’re thinking about beer bong pictures and other adolescent behaviors that tell us if the candidate has basic character and discretion. Don’t we? We’re certainly not thinking about predictive analytics designed to guess the probability of disease, pregnancy and the health issues…

Talent Management

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How to Go About Predicting Performance in Talent Management There are problems in using “predictors” of suitability for open positions within a company. Hunter and Hunter (1984) showed that interviewing is one of the worst predictors of future job performance.  Using reference checks (.26), education (.22) or biographical data (.37) did not improve the odds…

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