Human Capital Strategies - October 25 to October 31
I like to start off each week by featuring five posts from the HR, talent management, and leadership development blogosphere that I found to be particularly good reading. Here are my picks for the week of October 25th - 31th, 2010. Enjoy!
Michael Haberman, HR Observations: "Hire Attitude vs. Aptitude": A Lesson From Disney - Southwest Airlines is famously known for having a talent management philosophy of "hire for attitude, train for skill". Disney - another consistently high performing organization - shares that same philosophy towards employee selection. Michael recently attended the Business Growth Expo where Jack Santiago of Disney shed some light on their approach to people management and shares the key points he took away from Jack's presentation.
Trish McFarlane, HR Ringleader: 5 Ways to Influence a Culture of Engagement - Employee engagement has become such a hot topic in recent years that I suspect that any manager or HR pro worth his or her salt is aware of its importance and is receptive to any suggestions for improving the engagement level within their team, department, or organization. Furthermore, I would bet that any manager that has tried to improve engagement (especially via force or mandate) would be quick to admit that increasing employee engagement is often easier said than done. Trish offers up five ways you can influence your organization's culture to encourage higher levels of employee engagement.
Wayne Turmel, Cranky Middle Manager: The Cranky Middle Manager Show #258 Ruthless Focus with Wally Bock - Wally Bock - one of my "must-read" leadership bloggers - stops by the Cranky Middle Manager Show for an interview with Wayne Turmel where they discuss Wally's latest book Ruthless Focus. Don't miss this great podcast where Wally and Wayne talk about ways to keep your team focused on key business objectives.
Namita Panigrahi, TalentedApps: Do You Challenge Your High Performers - Managers love their high performing employees. And for good reason as they produce high quality work, take ownership over problems and opportunities, and don't cause the headaches and frustrations that low performers often do. The biggest challenge high performers present for many managers is coming up with ways to keep them motivated and engaged in their work. Namita reminds us of the importance of providing challenging work assignments as a way to motivate and engage your top performers.
Ajaero Tony Martins, Young Entrepreneur: 7 Traits of Highly Successful Salespeople - Those of you who read my blog on a regular basis or subscribe to my newsletter know that I have a real passion for improving the performance of an organization's sales force. You probably also know that I have a passion for entrepreneurship and working with start-up companies. That said, how could I resist featuring this post by Ajaero on the Young Entrepreneur blog where he highlights seven traits common to highly successful salespeople.