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NERD ALERT: What New Research Says About Using Intelligence To Predict Whether Employees Will Help and Harm Your Company

If you’re a manager of people, chances are good that you’ve hired, promoted, and fired people based on employee behaviors that were not necessarily listed on that person’s job description. Which means that you’ve made a workforce decision based on non-task performance. Admittedly, this post has a heavier emphasis on research than most of my others, but that’s because new research came …

Managers Want To Coach, So What’s Stopping Them?

And that’s not just based on anecdotal experience. A new study asks managers about their leadership preferences: Managers want to coach. Over on HBR’s Blog Network this morning, Jack Zenger and Joe Folkman posted some results of a new study on coaching attributes and perspectives. You can take the assessment here if you’re interested. Their study compares managers’ preference more traditional, directive leadership or leading …

Over At FOT: The Tale of Kitty Clark And Some Brand Spankin’ New Research

I’m over at FOT this morning talking about the legendary tale of Kitty Clark.  Use your imagination to picture her. Long straggly, dirty blond hair, gum chewing, ripped bell bottom jeans, flannel shirts, usually bare footed, trash-talking 8th grader. Even the teachers feared her. She never went to her classes. She was always roaming the halls looking for trouble. A smoker …

Play on playa: The Case to ‘Hire Former Jocks’ Just Got Stronger *New Research*

Whenever someone says “hire former jocks”, there’s a divide — pro-jocks and anti-jocks. I know a lot of anti-jocks. They saw athletes that slept through classes, engaged in serial tomfoolery, and pinned the non-jocks against the lockers. They had all the glory, the girls/guys, and teachers that were willing to fudge the grades to ensure a seat during the state playoffs.  A real bunch …

What Mistake Do Companies Not Even Know They’re Making? *New Research*

It’s no surprise that staffing is good for companies. Also no surprise that a company’s investment in training/developing their workforce is a good sign. We know that separately, staffing and training are linked with performance gains… but do companies investment in staffing and training simultaneously mean anything? Are companies that heavily invest in recruiting AND training really any better off than …