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Video on Goal Setting: Are SMART Goals Dumb?


smart goals videoEvery company on earth has set SMART Goals.  But does that mean they're effective?  Not if the disturbing research we've done on goal setting is any indication.  In this video, Leadership IQ Founder Mark Murphy talks about some potential problems with SMART Goals.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 25 June, 2015 Goal Setting, Video | 3 comments | Read more →

Employee Engagement Shocker: Low Performers May Be MORE Engaged Than High Performers

Every leadeemployee engagement chart 1r wants employee engagement, but how much do you really know about engagement in your organization? For instance: are your high performers the most engaged employees? What about your middle performers: are they more engaged than your low performers? And how about your low performers: are they even engaged at all?
Posted by Mark Murphy on 22 June, 2015 Employee Engagement, Research | 1 comment | Read more →

The Biggest Mistake With Behavioral Interview Questions

behavioral interview questionsThe following are some standard behavioral interview questions commonly asked by managers around the globe, and every one of them is seriously flawed. See if you can identify the problem:

  • Tell me about a time when you had to adapt to a difficult situation. What did you do?
  • Tell me about a time when you had to balance competing priorities and did so successfully.
  • Tell me about a conflict with a co-worker and how
     you resolved it.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 22 June, 2015 Behavioral Interview Questions, Hiring for Attitude | 2 comments | Read more →

Why New Hires Fail (Emotional Intelligence Vs. Skills)

Ajob interview failures chartccording to a study by Leadership IQ, 46% of newly-hired employees will fail within 18 months, while only 19% will achieve unequivocal success. But contrary to popular belief, technical skills are not the primary reason why new hires fail; instead, poor interpersonal skills dominate the list, flaws which many of their managers admit were overlooked during the job interview process.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 22 June, 2015 Emotional Intelligence, Hiring for Attitude | 2 comments | Read more →

Are SMART Goals Dumb?

smart goalsAre SMART Goals dumb? Well, new research suggests they probably are. There isn’t a company in existence that hasn’t set its share of SMART goals (most commonly defined as Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound). But SMART goals can still be pretty dumb. Why? Because too often they act as impediments to, not enablers of, bold action, and actually encourage mediocre and poor performance. “Hold on a minute,” SMART objectives seem to say. “Don’t push beyond your resources, don’t bite off more than you can chew, play it safe and stay within your limitations.”

Posted by Mark Murphy on 22 June, 2015 Goal Setting | 0 comments | Read more →

Why The CEO Gets Fired (Change Management And More)

Iceo-firedt's a commonly-held belief that the CEO gets fired (or forced to resign or retire under pressure) because of "current financial performance." But that's wrong, according to a study by LeadershipIQ.com. It found that 31% of get fired for poor change management, 28% for ignoring customers, 27% for tolerating low performers, 23% for denying reality and 22% for too much talk and not enough action.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 22 June, 2015 Leadership Skills | 0 comments | Read more →

All Great Leadership Styles Begin By Spending Time With Employees

leadership_styles_time_inspirationAre you spending enough time with your employees…or too much? New research reveals that the median time employees spend interacting with leaders is approximately three hours per week – just half of the six hours found to be optimal for employee engagement. Regardless of which of the myriad leadership styles you prefer, spending time with employees is a universal requirement.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 22 June, 2015 Leadership Skills, Leadership Styles, Research | 3 comments | Read more →

Video: How to Conduct a 'No Homework Meeting'

Posted by Mark Murphy on 20 May, 2015 Video | 0 comments | Read more →

Video: How To Speak To An Impatient Boss

Posted by Mark Murphy on 20 May, 2015 Video | 1 comment | Read more →

Don't Expect Layoff Survivors to be Grateful

If your company is undertaking a layoff, be forewarned: Your surviving employees are not going to work harder out of gratitude. According to a new study by Leadership IQ , 74% of employees who kept their job amidst a corporate layoff say their own productivity has declined since the layoff. And 69% say the quality of their company's product or service has declined since the layoffs.
Posted by Mark Murphy on 20 May, 2015 Research | 1 comment | Read more →
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