Smart Thoughts: Musings on Talent Analytics and other corporate talent management issues. We get people. 

The Smart Work team (partners and network) has, through its long and varied experiences in business and in life, as well as through its association with Self Management Group, amassed its own "Smartworkepedia" of knowledge in the talent management domain. We offer these  ruminations to you and encourage your feedback; we’d love to hear from you!  If you'd care to comment on any of our Smart Thoughts please do so by clicking on the comment box.

Career Choices GPS

Career Fit for Natural Success

Jennifer Bergan, at 19, thought she was perfectly suited to teach. “To mold young minds for a successful world in the future.”

She knew it didn’t pay much but she was sure the adoration from those young people would certainly be reward enough.

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Why Self-Management IS a Big Deal

Why Self-Management Really IS a Big Deal

Over the past few weeks, two different – but oddly intersecting – things happened that both reinforce the title of this post. First, I had a meeting with a mentoring client that sort of kicked this off. And second, a week or two after that conversation, I gave a short lecture about our assessments to an MBA entrepreneurial class, and their questions and concerns connected with the heart of the client meeting.

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Developing a Self-Managed Culture

Developing A Self-Managed, High –Performance Culture

BY Bob McHardy, C.L.U.

If you have any stake at all in the success of your enterprise, then you, like the hundreds of organizations we have worked with over the past 30 years, could likely benefit from learning how to develop a performance-based culture in your business.

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An Enterprise’s Performance Potential

By: Douglas Garner

As Peter Drucker once observed, “People determine the performance capacity of an organization. No organization can do better than the people it has.”

I have found through my over 30 years in human resources management that people are extremely complex and employees are even worse.

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The Sales Hiring Idea String

 I recently got involved in one of those ubiquitous web conversations – you know the kind: an expert poses a question, and “practitioners” from the biz world post their observations and recommendations. In this case, the moderator had posted a question (it was a management site, and I’ve changed some details): “Your company needs to hire new sales people directly out of college. How do you select the ones who can sell?”

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Hiring Superior Performers

As Stephen R. Covey made famous, “begin with the end in mind”.

If I learned nothing else from the Total Quality Management movement of the 1980’s and ‘90’s, it was the importance of knowing the definition of quality before designing the process for delivering it.

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A Message to Garcia

By Elbert Hubbard - 1899

In all this Cuban business there is one man stands out on the horizon of my memory like Mars at perihelion. When war broke out between Spain & the United States, it was very necessary to communicate quickly with the leader of the Insurgents. Garcia was somewhere in the mountain vastness of Cuba- no one knew where. No mail nor telegraph message could reach him. The President must secure his cooperation, and quickly.

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Great Fit = True Engagement

Great Fit = True Engagement

Despite the fact that I think it’s largely a fad, the current obsession over “engagement” seems to be one thing I just can’t seem to leave alone (like the rest of the business world apparently!). Interestingly though, true engagement (or its lack) fits squarely into the “Why?” of Smart Work | Network.

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How Often Did This Happen to You?

Executive- “You know, you’d be good at …..”
Me -“You really think so? You must know what you are talking about. OK, you gotta deal!”

Hi, my name is Douglas Garner and that's the way I started my professional career(s)

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"Engagement”: Crisis, Buzzword or Diamond Ring?

We recently went to an HR conference (an excellent one, by all accounts). As it happens, I did some of the pre-conference research and prep, and I was struck by an observation: the attendees were asked to identify their main learning goals for the meeting, and nearly 80% of them answered “Engagement”, in one form or another.

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