Tag: information

Poor Firing Practices Can Lead to Poor Outcomes, Including Violence

An HR person was firing a supervisor, who then said, “I have a knife in my pocket and a gun in my shoe. And if you weren’t who you are, I’d be using it right now.” That terrifying encounter comes with a very important lesson: You never know how someone will react when fired. If […]

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2021: A Progress Report

My last contribution to this blog happened to be the first post of 2021. I titled it “Welcome, 2021. Let’s Talk …” and offered up some lighthearted suggestions for how the new year could improve on 2020’s nightmarish experience. One “suggestion” I gave to our new year was the following:

Lack of Secrecy Dooms Employer’s Suit to Stop Former Sales Reps’ Use of Customer Lists

The Illinois Trade Secrets Act (ITSA) prohibits misappropriation of trade secrets and allows recovery of attorneys’ fees in suits to enforce the Act. A recent decision by the Appellate Court of Illinois is a cautionary tale for employers wanting to protect customer lists and other information.

What Is Talent Intelligence?

Have you heard the term “talent intelligence”? Talent intelligence, as the name implies, is the process of collecting, analyzing, and using information about your market’s talent pool, both at your organization and in competing organizations. This type of information helps a company better understand the available talent pool and make data-based decisions. Having good data […]

5 Ways to Protect Trade Secrets During, After Pandemic

As we hopefully head toward widespread COVID-19 vaccinations and back to some sort of new normal, employers should remember business information is often valuable because it’s secret, and it’s secret and protectable only when you use reasonable efforts to preserve its confidentiality. Almost every business relies on trade secrets that, if properly preserved, can be […]

Patching Political and Ideological Divisions in Your Organization

The political and ideological divisions in our society have grown during these turbulent times. These include well-established political opinions, growing conspiracy theories, and economic chaos, and the fear, uncertainty, and suffering created by the pandemic have aligned to drive new or larger wedges between family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers.

Britain’s Harry and Meghan Dish the Dirt to Oprah: Tips for Handling Trash-Talking Ex-Employees

Blimey! Apparently, the British royals have their knickers in a twist over Prince Harry and Princess Meghan’s recent television interview with Oprah. The news of the interview has caused quite the kerfuffle across the pond, as the Sussexes revealed shocking royal secrets. Royal aides, who deem Harry and Meghan’s swipes a load of codswallop, hit […]

The Importance of Developing a Learning Mind-Set

Being open to new ideas, constant lesson-learning, and curiosity make up a learning mind-set. Building a spirit of learning in yourself and others is a lifelong skill with great rewards. As a leader, learning to embrace an approach that encourages you and your team to keep moving down the path of learning, expansion, and growth […]

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Avoid Qualifying Input

A surefire way to frustrate a manager is to provide qualified input. Qualifying input is a strategy instinctively used by many employees to avoid committing to a response as a safety measure in case they end up being wrong. However, it also makes employees seem unsure, indecisive, and even lazy.

Can You Keep a Secret: Bridgerton and the Need for Employee Confidentiality Agreements

I must admit that I could not resist and fell prey to Netflix’s currently most watched and definitely most binge-worthy series to date: Bridgerton. For those who are not part of the record-breaking 82 million (and counting) people who have enthusiastically (read: obsessively) watched the series, Bridgerton is a period drama set in Regency-era London, […]