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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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High-Potential vs. High-Commitment Employees

The term, “HICO” (High-Commitment), primarily rests on the premise of genuine commitment being the prime driver of all intentions and actions of a conscientious professional who is routinely tasked to overcome difficult challenges in a precarious work environment.

Be a People Artist at Work

Do you see what is going on around you at work? Do you notice when someone cuts their hair or wears a new outfit? Do you see when someone is struggling? Do you see the contributions being made at work? Do you have vision for what is possible?

Is 2016 the Year of the “Social CEO”?

As with any communication tool, there is certainly the potential for social media to become a liability for the CEO. However, in many cases, it can be more of a liability for a CEO not to be on social media. Here are four tips to get started and become an effective Social CEO.

9 Tips for Intercultural Coaching

Traditionally, coaching has relied heavily on American and European management perspectives, but that might change in borderless organizations. Coaches increasingly are being challenged to improve employee performance while navigating complex differences in assumptions, values, beliefs, and approaches to work.

Clear Desk

A messy desk invites your mind to wander, while a clear desk leads to productivity and concentration by encouraging you to finish whatever you’re working on at the moment.

How Would Your Female Employees Rate Your Company?

A new Website gives women the opportunity to share their stories about the workplace, including allowing them to express their feelings about their employer’s policies, practices, and culture.

4 Steps to Becoming a Better Trainer

Trainers simply cannot do without this skill: You must be a Noticer! You must be in the moment; you must be alert to what’s going on with everyone; you must pick up on all kinds of clues… and you must be good-humored about it all.

Training Top 125 Best Practice: Aetna’s QUEST for Customer Service

Aetna’s QUEST (Quality Understanding Empathy Sensitivity Trust) certification program supports Aetna Medicare’s strategic goal of taking customer service to another level by providing a positive member experience with an advocate for their needs.

The Amazing, Simple, Overlooked Advantage

Immediate response is the idea is that you will respond to customers, prospective customers, and partners as quickly as you possibly can, or you will have a system or process in place that makes it happen automatically.

Teaching Self-Evaluation

If you can get employees in the habit of using self-evaluation tools to monitor their own performance—measuring their own concrete actions against clear measurable goals—you will put them on the path to continuous improvement.


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