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Staffing Advisors Blog

Truth in Engineering: The Audi brand promise is a cautionary tale

Posted by Bob Corlett on September 24, 2015

Martin Winterkorn, the CEO of Volkswagen, resigned on Wednesday, in the wake of the widening scandal over faked emissions testing. The company admitted to installing software designed to evade air pollution standards in nearly half a million cars in the U.S. (and potentially 11 million cars worldwide).

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Do You Take It Too Personally When Job Candidates Have Questions?

Posted by Bob Corlett on August 11, 2015

Hiring is an exercise in risk management. Hiring managers want the best hire possible; candidates want the best job possible.

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When You Undervalue HR, You Undercut Effectiveness

Posted by Bob Corlett on July 8, 2015

Aside from throwing your money into a bonfire, one of the fastest ways to sabotage your business results is to hire the cheapest HR professionals you can find. When you saddle your executive team with under-staffed (or under-skilled) HR support, you hobble their performance.

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How to inspire your employees and increase their engagement

Posted by Bob Corlett on February 25, 2015

Gallup's State of the American Workplace survey reports that 70 percent of U.S. workers are not engaged at work.

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Your Recruiting Process Assumes Harvard Grads Cause Shark Attacks

Posted by Bob Corlett on February 19, 2015

Each year in May, about 1500 students graduate from Harvard. And within months of their graduation, there is a big, observable jump in both ice cream sales and the number of shark attacks. The data is predictable and tightly correlated, so obviously graduating from Harvard leads to shark attacks.

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What if you were tapped to replace Brian Williams or Jon Stewart?

Posted by Bob Corlett on February 17, 2015

There have been two high-profile leadership changes in the world of TV news -- the suspension of Brian Williams from NBC News in the wake of scandal, plus Jon Stewart's announced retirement from The Daily Show.

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Lessons from the IBM layoffs: How to give employees bad news

Posted by Bob Corlett on February 4, 2015

IBM is laying off thousands of employees in what the company calls "resource actions." These actions will take the largest toll on those who are laid off, but there are also bound to be questions from existing staff as to what their new roles and responsibilities will be.

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How to lure great employees away from the competition

Posted by Bob Corlett on January 29, 2015

I run an executive search firm, so you might assume that I often recommend recruiting top employees from your direct competitors. But trying to solve a business problem by hiring your competitor's "rock star" can be an astonishingly risky strategy.

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How to know when it's time to start your own company

Posted by Bob Corlett on January 22, 2015

Early in my career, I was fortunate to work for companies that invested heavily in the training and development of their employees. I also invested a lot of time, money and effort on my own, reading business books and paying to attend seminars out of my own pocket.

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How to Manage Off-Site Employees

Posted by Bob Corlett on January 16, 2015

Last month, my company held its first in-person, all-staff meeting in two years. We're a virtual company -- all 15 of us work from our own homes. There was no real reason for us to have a meeting. All our important work is handled on short conference calls, but we thought it might be nice for everyone to meet each other, in many cases for the first time.

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