Category: Coaching & Development

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 »

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 »

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 »

7 Best Practices for Identifying and Developing Leaders

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A business faces obstacles on many fronts: competitors, changing consumer needs and preferences, and disruptive new technologies being the more obvious ones. The last thing any company needs is a challenge from within. That’s why it is so critical to hire and develop the right people, and why putting the wrong leaders in place is… Read more »

5 Components of Developing Successful Employees

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You don’t want to hire that employee, do you? Of course not. You want to hire THAT employee. That employee is one who interviewed like a star but turned out to be lazy or needy or disinterested, ultimately creating more work for management and team members than he ever completed himself. THAT employee, on the… Read more »

What We Learned About Successful Women Leaders

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The disparity is stark. Women represent 57 percent of college students and 47 percent of the workforce in the United States, yet fewer than seven percent of women are CEOs at Fortune 500 companies. The percentage of women elected to Congress continues to hover around 20 percent. To say “Women don’t seek high-level positions” is… Read more »

The Profile of a Successful Leader

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“Leadership” is a broad term. The CEO of a globally recognized corporation is a leader. The construction manager at a build site is a leader. The owner of a three-person insurance agency is a leader. Some leadership roles emphasize strategic planning, while others call for a focus on operational oversight. No two leadership roles are… Read more »

Experience Diversity: Her Name is Rio

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We need a word for when virtually everyone recognizes a better way to do something but keeps doing it the same old way anyhow. That word would come in handy when we talk about hiring practices…

Unwrapping the Secrets of Hiring and Development

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In The Mummy, the first entry in Universal’s new “Dark Universe” adventure-horror film franchise, Tom Cruise plays a sort of modern-day Indiana Jones who plunders an ancient tomb housing a mysterious sarcophagus….