The TalentSpace Blog: The Best of 2014

by Melany Gallant | Posted | Performance Management

The TalentSpace Blog: The Best of 2014

The New Year is a time to set goals and look to the future. It's also a time to reflect on the lessons, accomplishments, and favorite memories of the past year.

We put a lot of effort into making the TalentSpace Blog an interesting and fresh resource for HR topics, and we're blessed to have some amazing contributors who are leaders in the HR field. In 2014, our contributors offered some great resources and insight on everything from employee engagement to leadership best practices. To help you get your 2015 talent management practices off to a great start, here are some of our favorite (and timeless!) articles from 2014!

7 Articles from 2014 to kick start your talent management practices in 2015

1. 18 Warning Signs You Need to Be a Better Manager

This post began with Eli Rassi, our PR Specialist, sharing an interesting article he had read by Jacquelyn Smith about signs you have a terrible boss. Then it grew into a collaborative team project which we had a ton of fun putting together!

Strong leadership is a key pillar of success at any organization. And we don't just mean executives; we're talking about leaders at every level. Since 70-80% of the workforce reports to a frontline manager, it's critical these managers demonstrate great leadership. So managers, this article puts the spotlight on you. Here are 18 warning signs you need to be a better manager - and tips to help!

2. Engagement Everywhere: 8 Powerful Tips to Bolster Your Career

I have really enjoyed David Zinger's ‘Engagement Everywhere' series so far. I can connect with the themes of the article and always leave with some great advice!

In this post, David discusses the need to be active agents in our own career development and more expansive in our career thoughts and actions. So, what are you doing to engage fully in your own career development? David shares eight tips on what individuals can do to bolster their career and demonstrate engaged career development.

3. The Fine Line Between a Hands-On Manager and a Micromanager

We received a great response to this article by Sharlyn Lauby. When you talk about the qualities of a bad manager, one item inevitably comes up - micromanagement. No one likes to have someone breathing down their neck and constantly looking over their shoulder. Being involved is great, but oftentimes managers don't realize when they've crossed the line from being hands-on to micromanaging. Sharlyn explains the difference and shares helpful tips on what you can do in that tough situation.

4. 5 Things Candidates Wish Your Hiring Process Had

Tim Sackett always shares some great talent management insight with a great sense of humor. The goal of talent acquisition is simple - putting bums in seats. In this no-nonsense post, Tim breaks down the top five things that candidates want that Talent Acquisition Pros aren't delivering.

5. Why Company Culture isn't a Myth

There seems to be a myth out there that company culture doesn't exist. It's just some Human Resources mumbo jumbo; a made up thing. Or that "culture" is what we talk about when a company's products and services are unremarkable. But company culture is real, it's behavioral and it exists. Lizz Pellet proves it in this article.

6. Lessons Learned in Making Training Stick

Teaching new knowledge and skills is easy. Making sure they find expression in the workplace is the greater challenge. Because in today's hyper-busy, priorities-overloaded environment, the transfer of learning from the classroom to the job too frequently gets short-shrift. Julie Winkle-Giulioni tells you how to ditch the Teflon® training and use the VELCRO approach to making training stick!

7. Drop the ‘Perfect Candidate' Prejudice - Hire for Cultural Fit with Pride!

Okay, so I might be a little biased with this one seeing as Pride and Prejudice is my favorite book of all time, but there are also some pretty cool connections made with talent acquisition in this post!

There's a scene in Pride and Prejudice where Caroline Bingley and Mr. Darcy list all the qualities of an accomplished woman. Hearing this description, Lizzie retorts that no such woman exists. The same is true in talent acquisition. In this post, John Fleischauer shares how organizations are falling prey to the fallacy of ‘perfect fit' instead of finding high-potential candidates who will flourish in their organization's culture.

We hope you enjoy these articles and wish you a truly successful 2015! Stay tuned for more great talent management insights!

Your Turn: Do you have a favorite TalentSpace article from 2014? Share it in the comments section below

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