HR Can Have Sense of Humor – A Friday Funny

By Michelle Malay Carter on September 25, 2008 

Reaching the end of a job interview, the human resources person asked a young applicant fresh out of business school, “And what starting salary are you looking for?” The applicant said, “In the neighborhood of $200,000 a year, depending on the benefits package.” The interviewer said, “Well, what would you say to a package of […]

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Talent Management – What HR Should Have Done

By Michelle Malay Carter on September 23, 2008 

In last week’s post, Performance Evaluations, Rating Scales and Fraud, I discussed a manager who had a performance review returned to him from HR. He was told by HR to lower the ratings he gave his stellar employee because, “You can?t rate every line item a 5 out of 5″.? In other words, he was […]

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Most Viewed, My Favorites – Mission Minded Management Turns One

By Michelle Malay Carter on September 22, 2008 

Mission Minded Management turns one today.?? Thank you for your readership, your support, comments, and link love! I thought I’d do a mini year in review with links to my top five viewed posts and some of my personal favorites. Most Viewed Posts I Didn’t Say You Stole My Money – Why You Should Deliver […]

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Office Policies Straight Off the HR Press – A Friday Funny

By Michelle Malay Carter on September 19, 2008 

Since I’ve been picking on HR all week…? Bonus Question:? What values?do these office policies?telegraph? Dear Valued Employees: New Office Policies – Effective Immediately Dress Code: You are advised to come to work dressed according to your salary. -If we see you wearing Prada shoes and carrying a Gucci bag, we will assume you are […]

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When is Fraud OK? Ask HR

By Michelle Malay Carter on September 17, 2008 

I’m picking on HR this week to make a point about the general lack of systems thinking within organizations, most particularly in the area of “people systems”. Executive Ignorance is Costly As I’ve stated before, I think the tarnished reputation of?Human Resources?is a result of a lack of collective consciousness on the part of executive […]

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Performance Evaluations, Rating Scales, and Fraud

By Michelle Malay Carter on September 15, 2008 

Here is yet another real-life example of how performance evaluations can be a sham and?often do more harm than good. The Background My overqualified friend began a new job as a paralegal within a corporate law department several months ago.? Her manager was new to the corporate law environment as well, having come from a […]

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Which Woman Would You Hire? – A Friday Funny

By Michelle Malay Carter on September 12, 2008 

I know when assessing candidates, we are supposed to be able to be “objective” and not let outward appearance influence hiring decisions.? Is that humanly possible?? Should the way one presents him/herself have a bearing on their suitability? Which woman would you prefer to be your management consultant?? Why? Have some fun Yearbooking Yourself by […]

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Systematically Disabling 83% of Employees

By Michelle Malay Carter on September 10, 2008 

The Good News Humans are ready, willing, and able to work.? It is a psychological imperative for humans.?? By work I mean, the exercising of judgment and discretion in solving problems and reaching goals.?? Because all work involves judgment and discretion, all work is creative. We are not all identically interested nor capable of equal […]

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The Hurricane Hypothesis Holds

By Michelle Malay Carter on September 7, 2008 

My Mom’s hurricane hypothesis holds.? Hanna remained a tropical storm because my Mom’s pampas grass is not yet blooming.? They got a few inches of rain and a 2-3 foot small storm surge on their tidal creek.? The photographs “shows” my Dad’s dock which is under a few inches of water. More evidence?? Hurricane Ike […]

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Friday Forecast

By Michelle Malay Carter on September 5, 2008 

Located in North Carolina, we’re preparing for a potential visit from Tropical Storm Hanna, possibly followed by Hurricane?Ike. The Beginnings of a Pampas Folktale Although I’m inland, my parents live at the coast.? My Mom’s pampas grass is always the last to bloom in her area.? After 15 years of living at the coast, she […]

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