The Biggest Mistake HR Professionals Make about Millennials

Imagine being a HR professional in a corporation, and you hear the following comments from some of your executives:

  • “Well, isn’t Connie Asian? Maybe she can understand what these stats mean.”
  • “Of course he’s nice. He’s from Canada.”
  • “Don’t bother showing Jack that app. He’s old school and doesn’t get technology. Besides, he’s about to retire.”
  • Janet gets emotional when she disagrees with the men on the team. Why can’t she be more like them?”
  • “Like most men, our CEO is thickheaded when he believes that he knows the solution.”

From a HR perspective, such comments are stereotypes of race, age, gender, and nationality. To protect their organizations, HR professionals try to prevent such talk in the workplace, raise awareness about why stereotype talk is harmful, and even discipline employees when such talk becomes pervasive. Continue reading The Biggest Mistake HR Professionals Make about Millennials

Connecting Rummler’s Performance Improvement to Leadership

“We spend too much of our time “fixing” people who are not broken, and not enough time fixing organization systems that are broken.”

— Rummler and Brache

This is an excerpt from Section II: Improving Performance with Systemic Thinking in Nine Practices of 21st Century Leadership: A Guide for Inspiring Creativity, Innovation, and Engagement. For this format, some minor editing was necessary.

In a Skillsoft live event, Marquet states that leadership isn’t about doing stuff; leadership is about getting people to think. Complementing this concept, the research findings of McKinsey & Company identify four key behaviors that are typically displayed by high-quality leadership teams and closely correlated with leadership success. The four key behaviors are

  • Solve problems effectively.
  • Seek different perspectives.
  • Operate with a strong results orientation.
  • Be supportive.

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3 Leadership Myths Rarely Discussed…If at All

You’ve seen the articles about leadership myths, but most seem well-known including:

  • Leaders are born, not made
  • Leaders need to be extroverts / charismatic / popular / outgoing …
  • You need authoritative role to lead (such as being a manager or executive)
  • Leaders are always right
  • Reading about leadership is enough to become a leader
  • Men make better leaders than women
  • Leaders solve problems that others can’t solve by followers

The myths below are different: few talk about them or even recognize that they exist.

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