Author: ericbaker

Unlocking Your Employees’ Potential

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Please excuse the racket while we bang this drum one more time: When posting jobs and making hiring decisions, companies tend to overrate experience and underrate intrinsic motivation. It seems that nearly every job posting includes some variation of “Must have 7-10 years’ experience doing X.” We have two questions: 1) What happens to people’s… Read more »

“From Outer Space to Office Space”: Bringing Talent into Focus


Science question: How are people like celestial objects? The more you study them, the more you learn. The challenge for scientists studying celestial objects is not entirely different from that of business leaders and HR professionals seeking an understanding the talent in the building: With the unaided eye, it’s difficult to get a clear view…. Read more »

Why Are My New Hires Underperforming?

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Potential does not guarantee performance. How many times have we seen it in sports? A top draft pick who never pans out. The offspring or sibling of an athletic superstar who displays the same physical gifts but somehow bombs out. Sports drafting is not a perfect analog to staffing, but it suffices to make a… Read more »

Managers Make Better Hiring Decisions after a Caliper Phone Consultation

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Caliper’s assessment tools stand out for their strong scientific foundation and practical application in a 21st century business world. But our truly unique differentiator is the Caliper phone consultation. Other assessment providers send you a report, and it’s up to you to determine what the results mean for your department and your company. It’s the… Read more »

Caliper Certification accredited by the International Coach Federation

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If you’re an HR Professional or Coaching Consultant who thought Caliper’s Certification program was worthwhile before (trust us, you did), you’ll be even more enthused now. Caliper Certification has been awarded accreditation by the International Coach Federation (ICF), and qualified participants are now eligible for 6 hours of Core Competencies credits as well as 6… Read more »

3 Tips for Attracting Job Candidates

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Having a hard time finding qualified applicants to fill your open positions? You’re not the only one. If there were one easy, all-purpose solution to economy-driven staffing challenges, we wouldn’t be having this conversation. Short staffing in a robust economy is a problem that, at best, you try to mitigate. Mitigation does require a multi-angled… Read more »

Mary Beth Green joins Caliper as Regional Vice President, Southwest

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Caliper has a new Regional Vice President of the Southwest! Joining our team is Mary Beth Green, who will oversee an account team and work with them to strategically position Caliper as the assessment company of choice to clients. Her region encompasses Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. Mary Beth’s extensive experience with business… Read more »

Caliper Names Sherry Acque as Regional Vice President, Northeast

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That’s right! Caliper veteran Sherry Acque has been promoted to Regional Vice President of the Northeast, covering Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. With her extensive experience in account management and her deep industry knowledge of assessment solutions and organizational effectiveness, Sherry will be a driving force for success in… Read more »

The Secret Weapon of Today’s Successful Salespeople: Curiosity

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If classic movies like Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), Tin Men (1987), Used Cars (1980)—or more recent hits like Wolf of Wall Street (2013)—have taught us anything, it’s that sales is not for those of a weak disposition. And whether the character portrayal is ruthless and intimidating like Alec Baldwin’s Blake, broadly comedic like Danny DeVito’s… Read more »

How Hiring the Wrong Manager can Damage Your Entire Organization

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Unfortunately, there are many more ways to be a bad manager than there are to be a good one. No doubt you’ve encountered one or more of these types: the abrasive manager, the weak-willed manager, the lazy manager, the distracted manager, and the micromanager. You may have even reported to or managed one yourself. When… Read more »