Posts from Bruce McAlpine

Getting Buy-in to Change by Robert Harris

By | News | October 15, 2014 | 0 comment

A few months ago, I was asked to speak at a corporate event involving the announcement of some major changes both to the organization’s structure and employees’ roles and responsibilities. About 200 senior managers and executives were in the room. As the CEO reached the podium, a huge banner unfolded with the message: Vision 2014. The […]

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Thoughts on Lou Adler’s “Hire with your Head”

By | Hiring Process ,Interviews ,Leadership ,News ,Selection | October 15, 2014 | 0 comment

Interviews can devolve into an acting job for your candidates if the questions are not based on past performance but are purely hypothetical. Questions like Adler’s second one (“If you were to get this job, how would you…”) allow candidates to take a flight of fancy and answer the way they feel the interviewer wants.

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Leadership 101: Leadership Versus Management

By | Employee Engagement ,Leadership ,News | August 11, 2014 | 0 comment

The key for leaders is to manage the tension between the leadership requirements (influencing people) and the management skills (managing processes). Leadership strives for effectiveness and management strives for efficiency. Sometimes you have to be inefficient in order to be effective. Making the call is the leader’s domain.

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The “Sine Qua Non” of Great Hiring Decisions – The “Scorecard”

By | Evaluation ,Hiring Process ,News | July 16, 2014 | 0 comment

By using a scorecard before initiating the recruitment and selection process, you can ensure that there is alignment between the objectives outlined in the positions you are for and the overall goals for your organization.

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How “Fail-Fast” Methodology Applies to On-Boarding New Employees

By | Employee Engagement ,Evaluation ,Leadership ,Retention | June 18, 2014 | 0 comment

While we all hope that every new employee is going to make it, we also know that unfortunately this is not the case. A little advance planning can go a long way to reducing the cost of poor hires.

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Leadership 101: Military Wisdom in Business – Volume 9

By | Interviews ,Leadership ,News | April 9, 2014 | 0 comment
Leadership 101: Military Wisdom in Business – Volume 9

Business executives get comparatively little training on how to effectively influence others. Their personal comportment can help or hinder the situation. The psychological importance of getting others to maintain focus in the face of complexity, challenges, interruptions and competing objectives is sadly underestimated.

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Leadership 101: Military Wisdom in Business – Volume 8

By | Employee Engagement ,Leadership ,News | February 12, 2014 | 0 comment
Leadership 101: Military Wisdom in Business – Volume 8

In order to effectively motivate a group of individuals to accomplish an objective (in the military, these can often be arduous and life-threatening), the ability to express the purpose and importance of a task with passion and conviction is vital. In many ways, you need to breathe life in to the many words that populate a planning document.

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2013 Employer Survey by MacLeod Law Firm

By | Employment Law ,News | January 15, 2014 | 0 comment

McLeod Law Firm conducted an employer survey that focused on past and future human resources initiatives regarding recruitment and selection, employment contracts, corporate policies, and employment law.

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