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How to Replace an Underperforming Association Executive

Posted by Bob Corlett on November 16, 2016

Replacing an underperforming executive is one of the most challenging situations that an association leader must confront.

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Why Recruiting is Not an HR Function Anymore

Posted by Bob Corlett on November 16, 2016


If you work in an association, it’s risky to think of recruiting as an HR function. It’s not.

By telling HR to “Post a job ad, get some resumes, and then I’ll starting interviewing,” you are making a career-limiting mistake, one that puts your personal reputation at risk.

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When You Undervalue HR, You Undercut Your Managers’ Effectiveness

Posted by Bob Corlett on February 24, 2014

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. Here’s why:

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And Now, For a Completely Different View of What Management Could Be

Posted by Bob Corlett on September 17, 2013

In the late 1970's Tracy Kidder captured a new kind of work ethic and (at the time) a novel kind of management when he wrote the business classic, "The Soul of a New Machine." It was a rollicking good story about engineers building a new computer. The story was really about people, and teams, and how management could create a completely new culture where amazing work could occur. Long before we were using phrases like "knowledge workers" or referring to part of California as "Silicon Valley" he gave us a preview, a new choice really, of what leadership could look like.

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Want to use a Feedback Sandwich? Don’t You Dare.

Posted by Bob Corlett on September 16, 2013

In a recent post in the Washington Business Journal, I interviewed Dr. Alice Waagen about how to be more effective when managing employee performance. She had some great insights into how the context of the performance conversation matters as much as the words you say. It’s a good read, check it out.  But we also talked about how much she detests the "Feedback Sandwich."

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What Really Engages Employees?

Posted by Bob Corlett on August 11, 2013

A while back, the Washington Business Journal asked me to write something about the Gallup 2013 State of the American Workplace report. I've long thought that Gallup has it backward and said so in a post titled "For Better Employee Engagement, Ditch Your Engagement Projects." In my post I stated that engagement projects are not the path to success. It's better to manage your people well, but chase victory. Engagement will likely follow success, not the Gallup formula of success following employee engagement.

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Are Your People a Drag or a Sail?

Posted by Bob Corlett on January 23, 2012

We staff a lot of new initiatives. And we're often brought in when executives want to rethink how they have staffed a position.

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What Neuroscience Tells us About Employee Retention

Posted by Bob Corlett on April 4, 2011

Some people dismiss employee engagement research as "too fuzzy."   Not me.   We have successfully integrated key principles of employee engagement research into our recruiting process.   I know it works.    And naturally, as a headhunter, I'm also fascinated with how people make decisions, so I devour research on the neuroscience of decision-making.

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The One Question to Ask About Performance Problems

Posted by Bob Corlett on January 6, 2011

Imagine you are working under a tight deadline.  You have a thousand other things to do and are relying on your employee Frank  to give you a key piece of information.  Your deadline passes and Frank has not given you what you asked for  ...  and this is not the first time he's disappointed you.

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How the CEO Should Manage Managers

Posted by Bob Corlett on August 29, 2010

An article in, by Darren Dahl recommends that CEOs pay more attention to managing their management team.  The key is to set clear performance expectations, and then hold the person accountable.

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