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  Using Bio-Data for Selection
by Dr. Wendell Williams - Oct, 2007
Looking for love in all the wrong places Some of you might have heard or read about Google and its bio-data applicant screening process. As cited in a recent New York Times article, its basic approach is supposed to be simple: Survey current employees on a variety of characteristics and traits, including teamwork, biographical information, past experiences, and accomplishments. Statistically determine which of these...
 
  Validating a Personality Test
by Dr. Wendell Williams - Oct, 2007
Measure twice, cut once Sure, it's easy to say engineering, legal, IT, or actuarial jobs require technical degrees. People in these professions need a substantial amount of education to practice their trade. But we all know from watching folks in these professions that it takes more than a sheepskin to be successful. Sometimes, it takes certain personality factors to make a good job fit. Job performance is a two-sided co...
 
  There's More to a Test Than Questions
by Dr. Wendell Williams - Sep, 2007
Find a solution, not a quiz Once a week I get called by someone, usually an administrative assistant, asking if I have a personality test. When I try to get more information, she usually tells me her boss wants the test and she just wants the price. I tell her, "Sorry. I sell solutions, not tests." She hangs up absolutely convinced I am a jerk. Putting aside the fact she's probably right, let's examine her request....
 
  All Aboard! Does Your Onboarding Process Lead to Employee Engagement or Buyer’s Remorse?
by David Lee - Sep, 2007
Reprinted from Insights, Fall 2006 Research by Hewitt Associates revealed that companies who invested the most time and resources in onboarding, enjoyed the highest levels of employee engagement.* Both research and common sense tell us it’s wise to invest in preparing employees to be successful at their jobs. If you want your new hires to become productive as quickly as possible, why wouldn’t you do what it took to make...
 
  How Do You Develop Leaders? Practice, Practice, Practice
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Sep, 2007
Leadership isn’t just for leaders anymore. Top companies are beginning to understand that sustaining peak performance requires a commitment to developing leaders at all levels. Management experts Drs. Paul Hersey and Kenneth Blanchard have defined leadership as “working with and through others to achieve objectives.” To meet the demands of today’s fast-paced and competitive business environment, people at all levels are bei...
 
  Managing Yourself: Are You Ready for a Coach?
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Sep, 2007
The world of work is changing, and fast. Having a successful career means continually learning and adapting to rapidly evolving environments. It’s your responsibility to manage and build on your intellectual capital and adapt to new challenges in your industry. To identify the best career move, you need to develop your capacity to self-assess honestly and be willing to learn new skills and concepts. You can’t do it alone...
 
  Things That Get in the Way of Executive Coaching
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - Sep, 2007
The following article is based on the book Your Executive Coaching Solution: Getting Maximum Benefit from the Coaching Experience, by Joan Kofodimos, Davies-Black Publishing, 2007. Too many executives receive poor or no coaching. They miss opportunities to become more effective in their positions of influence and are often denied promotions they deserve. Some leaders struggle in their careers, failing to recognize that h...
 
  Creating a QBQ! Culture
by John G. Miller - Aug, 2007
I've been in the training industry since 1986 and have heard many discussions about organizational "culture" — and lots of definitions of what it is: "The way we do things." "Shared values." "Accepted norms of behavior." "How we talk to and treat each other." I don't know what the right definition is, but one exercise we at QBQ, Inc. like to take teams through is to allow them to describe their current culture — let's...
 
  Building the Workforce of the Future
by Lou Adler - Aug, 2007
Key trends you need to consider today to hire top talent for tomorrow The Business Week cover story, "The Future of Work," for their August 20 edition is must reading for all recruiting and HR leaders. The basic theme of the series of articles focuses on the impact of technology, globalization, demographics, and the relationship between employees and their employers over the next five to 15 years. Here are the 10 ideas...
 
  Communications Doesn’t End When You Finish Delivering Your Message!
by Eva Jenkins - Aug, 2007
Seeking success, companies spend millions on fine-tuning their corporate message, but often fail to train the messengers who deliver it. Business Growth Consultant, Eva Jenkins explores how effective communication bridges the gap between corporate intention and employee action. You can get an education, work hard, and dress for success, but without carefully cultivated ‘people skills,’ it’s unlikely that you’ll get very f...
 
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