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The difference between coaching and feedback.

This is How The Best Bosses Coach Their Teams The difference between coaching and feedback
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Your boss walks into your office, sits down, cocks his head to one said, and says, “Hey, can I give you some feedback?” How do you feel at that moment? What kind of emotional response does this question elicit for you?

Most of us aren’t particularly looking forward to what…

I know it’s hard, and I’m here to help.

How to Have a Performance Improvement Plan Conversation
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I don’t like telling employees they’re not doing a good job any more than I like being told that I am not doing well. Delivering this news is arguably the worst part of being a team leader. Eventually, the time will come when someone on your team isn’t pulling their…

The “trough of sorrow” is not limited to the startup community.

How I’ve Learned to Handle the ‘Trough of Sorrow’ as an Entrepreneur
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Last year, I quit my full-time job in the middle of a global pandemic to become an entrepreneur. In some ways, the life of an entrepreneur was exactly what I had expected it to be. …

Make sure the best offer a top-performing employee receives comes from inside your company.

Here’s Why Now Is the Perfect Time to Re-Recruit Your Existing Team
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It’s never been harder to find and hire top talent than it is right now. And most organizations seem to be overlooking the one talent pool they should arguably be spending the most time recruiting from — their existing employee base.

In early September, The Labor Department shared the results…

The time to start paying off your “organizational debt” is now

Your Ability to Scale Your Startup Hinges on Organizational Debt
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As an HR Consultant whose clients are predominantly startups and small businesses, I encounter many founders and owners who question when the “right time” is to architect a talent strategy, implement various HR programs, or hire their first Chief People Officer.

“Aren’t we still too small for that?” they’ll ask.

And why you should rethink this zoom-related assumption

Requiring employees to be on camera does more harm than good
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I hadn’t yet taken the leap from full-time employee to self-employed consultant when the pandemic first began shuttering the doors of workplaces across the US. At the time, I was working as an HR Director and was responsible for leading learning & development (L&D) initiatives for my company.

After suddenly…

The more change we experience, the more resilient we become.

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More than once, a boss or colleague has commented on my ability to recover quickly from setbacks at work. How did I manage to bounce back so easily, they wanted to know.

I never did come up with a good answer to this question, nor did I have any mind-blowing…

How to “eat the frog” and turn procrastination into action

To Be More Productive, Start Each Day Doing the Work You Dread Most
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We all have that one thing on our to-do list that always seems to get pushed off until tomorrow. And then the next day, and the day after that. It’s the thing that feels too big, too hard, or, if we’re honest with ourselves, too scary.

And, if you trace…

Allegations of discrimination, harassment, and misconduct are inevitable in the workplace.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Conducting Successful Workplace Investigations. Allegations of discrimination, harassment, and misconduct are inevitable in the workplace.
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Employee allegations of discrimination, harassment, or general misconduct are inevitable in the workplace. At the same time, being asked to conduct an employee investigation yourself can be incredibly stressful. Why? Because the stakes are high, and the ramifications can be significant. …

When you brand your all-white talent as the “best and the brightest,” it implies that the best talent is white talent.

It’s become increasingly clear that many organizations who talked a big game about increasing diversity and boosting inclusion efforts haven’t actually put in the work to do so.

There is not a day that goes by where I don’t come across a company sharing a photo of their “rockstar” team made up of the “the best and the brightest talent” in their industry. Perhaps you’ve seen them, too.

Have you noticed what those posts often have in common…

Jessica Donahue, PHR

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