US retailers are expected to hire between 725,000 and 800,000 seasonal workers this holiday season, potentially more than the 768,000 they actually hired during the 2013 holiday season, the National Retail Federation announced today. Seasonal employment in 2013 had increased 14 percent over the previous holiday season.

Leadership is less about your needs, and more about the needs of the people and the organization you are leading. Leadership styles are not something to be tried on like so many suits, to see which fits. Rather, they should be adapted to the particular demands of the situation, the particular requirements of the people… Read more »

What makes a leader successful? Best-selling author and consultant Patrick Lencioni closed the Society for Human Resource Management’s Emerging LEAD(HR) Conference by telling attendees what makes a leader unsuccessful, and encouraging HR professionals to take the risk of speaking candidly with their companies’ leaders to improve the overall health of their organizations. “I don’t think… Read more »

In business, there’s nothing worse than hiring a stellar employee, taking the time to mentor them and foster their growth, and then watching them leave after a short time. There’s a word for this: churn. Churn is a measure of the number of individuals or items moving out of a collective group over a specific… Read more »

The employee landscape is changing, and with it has come new needs, desires and areas of importance for employees. This means employee development is no longer just about career development, but also goal alignment, non-monetary offerings, and simply, opportunities to prove themselves. A quarter of employees would be more satisfied at work if they were… Read more »

Maintaining a highly productive and innovative team is imperative to the success of your business. And, the most effective team is one that is fully engaged in the organization’s overall goals. In fact, a Gallup study found that organizations with an average of 9.3 engaged employees for every actively disengaged worker posted 147% higher earnings… Read more »

How do top business leaders spend their time? Being fascinated by this topic, I collaborated with Chris Stowell, vice president of the International Center for Management and Organization Effectiveness in Sandy, Utah, to survey 267 C-level executives (all at the vice president level or higher) at Fortune 500 companies.

When you think of your best boss ever, what did he or she do that created an inspiring work environment for you? How did he or she act to enable your high performance and high engagement each day? I’ve asked thousands of people in my leadership programs and keynote audiences these questions. The answers I… Read more »