Mastering Delegation of Authority

Delegation

Learning how to delegate authority is a challenge all leaders share. Do you do it well? This is a common question. Delegation can be a delicate and scary moment for managers who are not comfortable with that dynamic. The scope for delegation changes as you move up the organization. Leadership that wins influence must know […]

Have Zombies Attacked Your Organization? Part II

Zombies in Your Organization?

About a year ago I wrote this catchy headline for an article in CIO Magazine. Sure enough it generated one of my highest rated blog posts. The article centered on behaviors that can undermine work teams. The principles I explained then still apply today with perhaps even more vigor. Here’s a recap: For quite some […]

If You Were a Tree What Would You Be? And Other Useless Interview Questions. A Manager’s Guide to EPIC Interviewing. (Charleston, SC: Palmetto, 2017)

My friend and colleague Roger Ferguson has released a new book.  Roger is not your typical Human Resources (HR) guy. He understands the importance of legal compliance, can recruit at any level, and can generate an airtight policy on just about any issue that surfaces. He prefers, however, to focus his efforts on process improvement and the bottom-line impact that HR can have on organizations.

He has amassed a career total of some $80 million in documented process improvements. He is known for is the award winning creation of Big Five Performance Management, an amazingly simple but effective alternative to traditional employee performance appraisals. Now, he is targeting the dreaded world of hiring practices. Here is his intro to the topic.

Family, Friends, and Colleagues

I have just published a new book, “If You Were a Tree What Would You Be?  And Other Useless Interview Questions.  A Manager’s Guide to EPIC Interviewing.”   Yes, it’s a long title for a little book but that little book is big on content, packed with information on how to structure and lead better interviews and how to make better hiring decisions.

How important is this topic?  Only about 10% of managers have received formal training in how to conduct an interview.  It is no wonder that sometimes the candidate we thought was a rock star in the interview turned out to be a dud in the workplace.  This happens a lot and can be costly to the organization and stressful for everyone involved, especially the hiring manager.

EPIC interviewing is a simple four-step plan for creating more efficient and effective interviews.  Using behavior-based interviewing techniques as a foundation, readers will then be taught how to differentiate their hiring practices from their competitors?   Want everyone clamoring to work for you?  This book is a great start.

I have leveraged and now share what I have learned my +30 plus years of hiring experience with two Fortune 500 companies (JPMorgan Chase Bank and the Flour Corporation).    The book makes an ideal gift for any sons or daughters who may be entering their first roles as supervisors or managers.

The book is available on Amazon/Kindle by clicking here.   I will appreciate any and all support you can offer by forwarding this email as you feel appropriate.

Thank you for your time and attention,

Roger Ferguson
iSi Human Resources Consulting
832.544.2316
www.bigfiveperformance.com
www.linkedin.com/in/rogerfergusonisi

Managing “Up” the Organization

Managing Up the Organization

Managing up the organization is a great catch phrase. It gives comfort to those who feel their boss is less than a good one. I’ve seldom heard this concept used in relation to having a good boss. Working for a good boss, you merely do your job. You hope your effort is rewarded appropriately (which […]

Career Moves: What’s So Special About Me?

Answer: Everything

I Am Special

Professionals in all walks of life often struggle with one key element. When asked about their strengths, they sometimes stumble through the answer. From all of my coaching experience, I find that most people have a hard time accurately describing their greatest accomplishments and their core strengths. It seems that social standards keep us from […]

The Ultimate In Leadership Is Coaching Your Team

But We Need to Debunk Learning Styles

Learning Styles Debunked

The best leaders are coaches for their followers. Leaders who have amassed big followings impact their people by providing inspiration through coaching. Yes, there is the charismatic leader who mobilizes huge crowds, but the leaders who really make a difference are those who coach their followers to great achievement. They invest time and energy in […]

Super Bowl Goes Business School

This year’s 51st installment of the NFL Super Bowl (American football) was a spectacular case study of principles you should/could learn in the best business schools. Please indulge me this moment to explore what I mean. I accept that there are some of you out there who hate sports analogies. To those, my apologies, but […]

The King of Leadership Fails

Executives, managers and entrepreneurs fail for many reasons, but there is one undisputed King of Fails; the Boss who cannot recognize the key talent on his/her own team. Littered across the job change landscape are thousands of very sharp and gifted people who were basically ignored by their boss. These disheartened souls choose to find a new […]

Ah, the Fun of Doing Employee Performance Reviews

NOT!

Performance Review

Do you hate doing employee performance reviews? Are you planning on replacing your performance evaluation system this year? Do performance reviews help or hurt your organization? These are just a few of the questions that haunt managers and employees. •    Over 85% of companies say that their current performance management processes are only “moderately effective.” […]

Four Responsibilities A CEO Cannot Delegate (and why)

CEO Duties

Here is a guest post from friend and HeadwayExec colleague Keith Okano. You can read more of Keith’s work on his blog at ClosingStrong.com One of the most common tasks I have is to help a CEO in writing their own job description. Since they work in a variety of industries and possess diverse talents […]