Category: Talent Management

Caliper Delivers the Talent Development Solution You Need

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Most organizations’ talent-development challenges are complicated. In fact, many organizations don’t even fully understand their talent-development challenges. That’s okay! Sometimes you need an outside perspective. Every company, nonprofit, and government agency wants to hire good people, see them develop into top performers, and set a path for leadership succession. It sounds simple, but anyone who… 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 »

How Understanding Team Roles Can Improve Team Results

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A business team is a strange entity. You can gather all the right experts and specialists, put all the accountabilities in place, and even set the ground rules for how to manage meetings and handle conflict … and still end up with dysfunction. Given the increasing importance of cross-functional teamwork across all industries, it has… Read more »

Are You an Implementer? Defining Team Roles with the 4-Box

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If there is one personal quality that’s universally admired, it has to be “discipline.” We respect the determined person who can stay focused, avoid distraction, and see a thing through to completion. Whether that individual is attending medical school or building a full-sized Lego dinosaur, there’s something noble about the unwavering, single-minded pursuit of a… Read more »

Are You a Facilitator? Defining Team Roles with the 4-Box

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What do songwriters write songs about? How awesome some new manufacturing process will be? The joys of designing said manufacturing methodology? The efficiencies required for implementation? No, songwriters write about people. [They also write about cars, but aren’t those songs really about the people driving the cars?] Songwriters write songs about people because people are… Read more »

Are You a Creator? Defining Team Roles with the 4-Box

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“Not now. I’m busy thinking up a clever way to start this blog post. But, you know, I’ll be happy to meet up on the next available day that doesn’t end in ‘Y’.” Yeah, not everyone loves working on team projects or in team-oriented environments. This is no secret. A lot of us prefer to… Read more »

Are You a Champion? Defining Team Roles with the 4-Box

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You might be a Champion! Then again, you might not. You see, this isn’t some touchy-feely, “everyone is a winner” self-help piece. There will be no cheesy motivational images of mountain climbers experiencing “achievement” or hamsters showing “determination.” This is a piece about teamwork. Like, when you get a bunch of people together to solve… Read more »

What’s Your Human Capital Strategy?

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Depending on your level of paranoia, you either think that robots are definitely going to overthrow humanity, Terminator style, or that they’re maybe going to overthrow humanity…