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Manners Matter

By Pamela Published: October 29, 2008

"The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any."

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Beach Games

By Dennis Published: October 27, 2008

Today Crain's Cleveland Business featured an article by Sharon Schnall on "Some firms spice things up with team-building activities." This article extolled the virtues of such team oriented exercises as cooking and eating a meal together (which also seems to be featured in the Executive MBA programs we discussed earlier) and some sort of blindfolded nerf ball throw.

Such exercises may certainly bring employees a certain short lived satisfaction and lift, and many companies may feel that alone is worth the investment. However, if companies believe this is adding any value, well it suggests a fundamental problem with what managers believe and with their training. The evidence for any value in such activities is sorely lacking.

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Should We Get Rid of Performance Reviews???

By Dennis Published: October 21, 2008

The argument that we should get rid of performance reviews is hardly a new one. The difficulty of effectively rating and appraising performance has been recognized for at least 50 years. No effective solution has been found and newer results suggest the problems may be even more intractable than previously thought. This does not even begin to deal with the problem of the lack of connection between performance and pay.

In the Wall Street Journal, Samuel Culbert takes up the call to do away with performance reviews. So do you agree? Should they stay or should they go?

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Psychology Licensing and Cultural Competence

By Dennis Published: October 20, 2008

For those interested in licensing, there is a great article by Stephen DeMers (ASPPB) on "Changes in Training and Practice of Psychologists: Current Challenges for Licensing Boards" in Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 2008, 473-479

Ken Pope has an excellent web site dealing with licensing issues in psychology.

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Benchmarking Performance Management and Googling

By Dennisandpamela Published: October 15, 2008

Two recent publications that might be of interest, especially to those in the public sector.

The first is the recently completed 2008 IPMA Benchmarking Report dealing with performance management in the public sector. Even though I have a personal interest, I have to say this is a very well done report. 

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Technology and HR Services Article Published

By Dennis Published: October 14, 2008

I have published another column in the IPMA-HR News for September (access to the article usually requires membership). The article deals with Internet technology and selection.

Briefly, in the article I argue that Selection and Web-based recruitment strategies need not be seen as incompatible. Well-designed selection instruments can compliment the recruitment process by creating a positive image of the organization and offering applicants richer information on jobs and opportunities with the organization. Of course, such selection instruments should still be reliable and job-related.

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Executive Coaching Symposium

By Dennis Published: October 13, 2008

A reminder, coming up this week, for those interested in Executive Coaching

The latest trends and developments in executive coaching will be the topic on Oct. 17-18, when the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology's will host its fourth annual Leading Edge Consortium at the Westin Hotel in Cincinnati.  Entitled "Executive Coaching for Effective Performance: Leading Edge Practice and Research," the conference will examine three areas of executive coaching that attendees will find useful in their work: the psychology of coaching, its impact and some examples of best practices in coaching.  

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Informed Consent

By Dennis Published: October 11, 2008

Informed consent is of primary concern to researchers and to psychologists, rather than internal HR personnel. However, in that it deals with ethics, it is a topic that should be of concern to anyone involved in the assessment of people.

The following comes from Ken Pope's webpage

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HR in the Federal Government - Homeland Security

By Dennis Published: October 10, 2008

The following item appeared in the IPMA HR News today and is offered without any additional comment.

The Department of Homeland Security announced that it was abandoning efforts to move employees into a new personnel system after the September 30 continuing resolution prohibited the expenditure of any funds for it. According to a report by the Bureau of National Affairs Inc., the chief human capital officer, Thomas D. Cairns, said that effective immediately, the department was returning all covered employees to the federal civil service system.

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From Horse Sense to Music

By Dennis Published: October 2, 2008

What the leaders of the financial instutions were doing when they should have been in the class on not sending credit cards to dogs and children.

Music paradigms.

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Seeds of Our Destruction or Basic Horse Sense

By Dennis Published: October 1, 2008

I received a number of personal responses to my "Why Do Companies Crash." One could basically be paraphrased as "You should see what they teach in Business Schools."

However, today the Wall Street Journal ran a special section on top business schools Executive MBA version (the winner was Northwestern). They also had an article on unique courses. This was my favorite:

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