Tag Archives: Employment

Are You Guilty of “Been There Done That” Hiring?

I understand the appeal of looking for job candidates who have done the job before, but a “been there done that” approach to hiring often leads to less than optimal results.

|13 May 2014

Bad hire? Blame the CEO

How much does a bad hire cost companies? It’s more than just money according to this infographic by Mindflash. Hiring the wrong person also causes lost time, productivity, and morale.

|10 Apr 2014

How Does a Small Company Culture Lay Off Employees? With a Job Fair

Guest post by Veena Vadgama, Vice President of Marketing for Network Instruments
Making a decision to reduce headcount or shut down operations is a scenario no CEO ever wants to face.

|14 Jan 2014

10 measures to a high-performance culture: 1-3

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I just completed my three-part series about how CEOs can model culture and influence it using the SCARF model (employees’ perceptions of Status, Certainty, Autonomy, Relatedness and Fairness).

|06 Aug 2013

The SCARF model for understanding culture: Part 2

Last week I introduced the SCARF model as a way for CEOs to understand and influence their company cultures. Humans are wired to react to rewards and threats in our environments, including in social situations.

|23 Jul 2013

How executives hire: Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz on finding motivated employees

We want people to join Starbucks who have like-minded values.

|11 Apr 2013

When do you hire for job experience vs. raw talent?

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I’ve been discussing the top traits I look for in job candidates – creative initiative, exceptionalism, motivation and value – but a vital and vexing question for most hiring managers is whether to hi

|14 Mar 2013

Judging talent: Motivation and value

Besides creative initiative and exceptionalism, which I’ve written about recently, there are two more traits I look for in every job candidate: motivation and value. Here’s what I mean by each.

|12 Mar 2013

How CEOs Hire: Elon Musk on Interviewing Every Candidate

I actually interview everyone at SpaceX personally. And we’re a 500-person company, so that’s a lot of interviews.
What do I look for? It depends on the task.

|04 Feb 2013

21st Century Employee Motivation (Video)

What’s the best way to motivate employees? Career analyst Dan Pink gave a fantastic presentation at the TEDGlobal 2009 conference titled “The Puzzle of Motivation,” where he discussed the science behind extrinsic vs. intrinsic motivators.

|27 Dec 2012