Why calling “performance management” by some other name wouldn’t mean anything

It’s the most ridiculous things I’ve heard this year — organizations trying redesign ‘performance management.’ The hope is to go beyond processes and models (or shiny tools) and focus on a new mindset with a new purpose. By all means, it’s a great thought. We ought to think about performance management from a new perspective […]

You can’t ‘turnaround’ people all the time

It’s a harsh reality. One that has bitten me in the rear more than a few times. Blame it to my insatiable optimism in people, I’ve always believed that if I want to, I can help any individual turn things around for themselves in their careers, organizations or life in general. I was wrong. And […]

Sell them on values not perks

Wrapped up a long-drawn candidate selection project for one of my major clients. Quite pleased (albeit temporarily) with the effort because deep down I know the incumbent is a great fit to the organizational culture and mission. How do I know? Well, there’s a reason why selecting a candidate is a lengthy process — both […]

You can’t teach people how to…

I’m a huge fan of Guy Raz’s How I Built This podcast. I’ve been following it for the past couple of years and genuinely think it’s one of the best podcasts in the space. I just love the interviews. Heard Janice Bryant Howroyd, CEO of The ACT-1 Group, the largest privately held, woman owned workforce […]

They would hire anyone who applied!

Bumped into this fascinating story of Greyston Bakery that uses the practice of open hiring (I swear I Googled the term to find relevant sources that’ll give me insights into the actual meaning and origin of the practice… couldn’t find any)! The concept is pretty simple — first come, first hired. No questions asked. Around 25 […]