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When interviewing a job candidate, one question a hiring manager likely asks is: “What are your strengths and weaknesses?”

Do the answers to the stock job interview question, “What are your strengths and weaknesses?” give a true representation of a candidate’s capabilities and capacity to be trained?

Under Review

The annual ritual of employees assessing themselves on a company form, managers giving their own evaluation, and the two meeting to discuss the results may be passé. Or at least deemed inadequate at some companies.

Once the gold standard of tracking employee performance, the annual performance review has lost its luster. Some companies are finding ways to increase its relevance and effectiveness, while others are eliminating it entirely.

Who's the boss

The traditional manager who is a planner, visionary, and master of delegation, rather than a co-collaborator, may be becoming less common.

It’s often not the manager these days, as companies are evolving into collaboration-oriented cultures that place less emphasis on hierarchy. But the changing role of managers also means changes in training and organizational mindsets.

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Open Office Purgatory

As an introvert, who can’t tolerate eyes on her for long periods of time without feeling those eyes sucking the life out of her, few things in the workplace sound worse to me than an open office layout.

Looking in the Wrong Direction

One of the fundamental keys to success in life, however, is personal responsibility. It is the realization that life provides no guarantees—only opportunities.

Artificial Intelligence, Personality, and HR

An artificial intelligence tool that analyzes text written by individuals whose personality you are interested in may prove useful, but we should not get carried away. No one tool should guide our decisions in recruiting, developing, and retaining employees.

Training Top 125 Best Practice: AfniPRIDE Bench Strength Program

This multi-tiered program prepares contact center agents to become first-line supervisors (known as coaches) and focuses on leadership competencies including communication, building relationships, coaching, critical thinking, and business acumen.

The Leadership Context

It is a subtle, but important, difference to distinguish between “How I can do more to get more?” vs. “How can I get more?”—“more” being a higher level of performance from employees. The key lies in understanding what the supervisor vs. employee is responsible for in achieving good performance.

Should You Wire Employees for Happiness Measurement?

Some employers now are beginning to use technological methods to gauge employee well-being. At Hitachi, for example, employees wear happiness-measuring sensors that are housed in badges.

Differences in Training Skilled-Trade Employees

In today’s technology-driven world, is it necessary to train skilled tradespeople in person or is it acceptable to train online or via live Webcast or prerecorded video?

The Truth About Trust

To trust in the workplace means making an active choice to risk something that’s important to you or to your project that may have a lasting impact.

The Cheapest Way to Fill the Cybersecurity Workforce Gap

As major data breaches continue to make headlines, the need to fill cybersecurity positions has become urgent. One solution may be to provide training to existing IT employees, who already have the technical background and are familiar with company practices.

Training Top 125 Best Practice: Leadership Direct at Edward Jones

After introducing the virtual instuctor-led training, Leadeship Direct, to developing department leaders scattered in various locations, Edward Jones observed readiness improvements, promotions, and statistical evidence that internal promotions and successor depth are moving in the right direction.

Human Resources: A Valued Department or a Burden?

In some regions, HR is perceived as a burden because it does not bring in direct business. But what many business leaders don’t realize is that HR actually does contribute to profit by eliminating potential losses.

Teaching Positive Attitude

When you can make “attitude”—good and bad—less vague and more about specific observable behaviors, it helps people become more aware and more purposeful about mitigating their negative behaviors and accentuating their positive behaviors.

You Can’t Beat Olympic Athletes, So Join Them

Would your company be open to allowing work groups to watch some of this year’s Olympic games at the office together, and then to use this activity as a learning tool? What do you think the Olympics’ elite athletes and teams can teach your employees?

4 Ways to Build Gold Medal Teams that Power Company Culture

There is no “I” in team. We all need the support of others. The greatest wins come when people join together to overcome tremendous odds or collaborate to bring something amazing to the world. It’s no different in business.

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