Why the Fake You will Outperform the Authentic You (and how to fake it)

At least once a month, I show a decidedly fake version of myself to very important people who have paid handsomely for my services. The fake me may show up in a client meeting, an executive education session or during an important speech. My clients don’t know that…

2024 Global Human Resources Census

The Top Line: Five Key Findings from our 2024 survey Our 2024 Global HR Census finds that a curious dichotomy describes those in the HR field.HR leaders show up as highly engaged.Many are willing to sacrifice to achieve their career goals. They care deeply about developing people and…

4 Secrets to Better Talent Reviews:
A People Manager’s Guide

If you believe that better quality talent delivers better results, then you should want as much great talent on your team as quickly as you can get it. A well-run talent review is the surest, shortest path to make that happen. Unfortunately, leaders don’t always get the benefits…

Is the Juice Worth the Squeeze?
Questions About Becoming a Skills-based Organization

Preface Dear Reader: I apologize for writing such a long report. What you’ll read in this report started with an article idea about skills-based environments. The idea was spurred by the increasing promotion of the concept by vendors and consultants and the early corporate initiatives I had heard…

CHRO Trends 2023 Report

By Zac Upchurch, Chief Operating Officer, Talent Strategy Group I am pleased to present our sixth addition of this Chief Human Resources Officer report that outlines the top ten trends in the Fortune 200 company Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) and Chief People Officer (CPO) role. In addition,…

Conundrums in Predicting an Employee’s “Potential”

At a recent dinner, a client steered the topic towards assessing the potential of talent. She asked me to share my insights on predicting the leadership potential of employees (defined as the ability to build and lead teams of increased scope and complexity to outperform the competition), to…

Set the Stage for 2024: How to Prepare with Performance Management Webinar

Our recent 2023 Global Performance Management Report, revealed that nearly all surveyed companies have performance management in place, and yet 80% of them have re-designed it in the past four years. This indicates either a dissatisfaction with the current approach and/or striving to implement something perceived to be…

Two Talent Metrics Matter Most

There are two questions that we ask in our early conversations with clients. Their answers provide us with deep insights about their ability to add value through talent. They also instantly diagnose which talent practices need more attention. The two questions are: 1. Is your organization able to…

The Six Steps to Great Talent Reviews

It’s great news that talent reviews have become almost universal in organizations. This foundational practice can help any organization to build better talent faster. The fact that most companies do them, however, doesn’t mean that they’re done well. We see companies with overly complex processes, vague definitions of…

What Should we Do About Hal?

Hal’s a loyal, friendly and well-liked guy. He’s been with your company more than 20 years. He’s in a big, important role. Hal was a great fit with the company when he joined, but is a highly questionable fit with its future needs. His performance is consistently rated…