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the difference between great companies and merely good companies, between people
with stellar careers and those who struggle to meet minimum expectations, and
between effective teams and lackluster teams? The answer, according to HR
expert Paul Falcone, is the
leadership edge. Building great teams and guiding them to success requires
attentive and dynamic leaders.
“Human resources starts with managers—front-line,
in-the-trenches leaders who oversee the work of their teams day in and day out,”
In 75 Ways for Managers to Hire, Develop and Keep Great Employees (Amacom, 2016), Falcone provides managers
with tools to identify and select the right team members, foster growth and
communication, and conduct difficult conversations effectively.
Falcone has worked as an
HR executive at Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon and Time Warner. He is the
author of several best-selling books, including four that have made the Society
for Human Resource Management’s “Great 8” annual list.
His new book is intended
to help managers to:
Falcone encourages line
managers to maximize their relationship with their HR department, saying HR’s
expertise “can be an important resource and an ally—both for strategic
partnering on business issues as well as for confidential, off-the-record
discussions.” He describes three key areas where managers should seek HR’s
and performance are not things of the past,” Falcone writes, “but they are only
possible when managers use their skills to motivate employees and instill a
sense of accountability throughout the workforce.”
Read Falcone's latest column on SHRM online.
Desda Moss is managing editor of HR Magazine.
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