Short Term Versus Long Term Thinking – A Friday Funny

By Michelle Malay Carter on November 30, 2007 

I stumbled across this old Subway ad on YouTube.? I only saw it a few times on TV, so it still makes me laugh.? I am really stretching to find a way to weave it into my blog for your Friday enjoyment. How about this? Short term gratification often rules in America. Corporations often meet […]

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Leadership by Proxy Causes Low Employee Engagement

By Michelle Malay Carter on November 29, 2007 

A Wyatt Watson survey in India found that the adoption of well known HR practices does not necessarily?equate to higher?employee satisfaction and engagement scores. I could not discern specifically what “well known HR practices” the study is referring to, but I suspect it includes the current idea of managers handing over more of their managerial […]

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Executives Wash Their Hands of System-Level Accountability for Employee Engagement and Managerial Leadership

By Michelle Malay Carter on November 28, 2007 

I saw an article entitled, What does Leadership Development have to Do with Employee Retention?? In it, there is a list of what direct reports want from their leaders.? It is not much different than anything I have said here: 1. A clear and definite objective. 2. Resources needed to get the job done. 3. […]

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Behavioral Based Interviewing Discriminates Against Your Target Market

By Michelle Malay Carter on November 26, 2007 

Yes, behavioral based interviewing is an exceptional way to clarify a candidate?s experience and to gain a view into their values and preferences, and as such, it has a place in the interviewing process; however, it is not a tool for predicting potential. The premise behind behavioral interviewing is that the most accurate predictor of […]

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Friday Cubicle Freakout – Who Says Employees Aren’t Engaged at Work?

By Michelle Malay Carter on November 23, 2007 

To those Americans who are stuck working on the Friday after Thanksgiving, or for those who want to do anything but their job right now, try Cubicle Freakout.? Warning!! This game has sound. My high score was 92%.? Let me know your score.? And, just curious, have you ever destroyed anything at work? Thanks to […]

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Holiday Sharing – Turkey Bosses

By Michelle Malay Carter on November 22, 2007 

Happy Thanksgiving to those in the US! I shared my turkey boss story already.? Have you every worked for a turkey of a boss?? Do tell. For those are unfamiliar with American slang, a turkey can be defined as:? a joker; a person who does something thoughtless or annoying.

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The Slowly Eroding Allegiance to Current Management Paradigms

By Michelle Malay Carter on November 21, 2007 

A short post today as I am on vacation.? I flew in a helicopter from?Las Vegas to?the Grand Canyon today.? What an amazing experience, having never before seen the canyon?nor flown in a helicopter. Cheesy Sentiment Alert! I was struck by the enormous impact one small, steady river could have over time.? It encourages me […]

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Systematically Poisoning Employee Engagement

By Michelle Malay Carter on November 19, 2007 

Before we were aware of the existence of bacteria, viruses, and cancer cells, disease was thought to be a curse from God.? Sick people were told sickness was their fault and the resolution of the issue was up to them.? As such, the remedies of the day included repenting, praying, and making peace with the […]

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Why Isn’t your Boss’s Boss Firing Your Bad Boss? More System-Level Issues

By Michelle Malay Carter on November 18, 2007 

I’ve read quite a few articles lately advising unhappy employees to “fire their boss”.? This is easy for the employed to say, and it makes career gurus feel like they are helping disenchanted employees by empowering them.? It is a valid coping strategy for individuals, but it doesn’t address the system-level issue that caused the […]

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A Gift for Those Who Hate Their Job

By Michelle Malay Carter on November 16, 2007 

I love consulting and blogging.? The fact that?neither is?illegal, sinful, or fattening is just mind boggling to me.??Furthermore, it’s amazing to get paid to say the very things my former bosses told me to stop talking about! For those of you who have not yet found a job that does not feel like work, I […]

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