The 7 Most Read OED Articles of 2018


Kathy Gurchiek By Kathy Gurchiek December 26, 2018
Advice on how to lead and modern-day approaches to landing that next job caught our readers' eyes in 2018. Here are the seven most popular articles on organizational and employee development (OED) topics from SHRM Online.

No. 1: Interviewing the Boss: 12 Intelligent Questions to Ask to Politely Assess Your Next Manager
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When asked to participate in a panel or individual interview with someone who's being considered for the role of your next boss, how you approach the meeting will make a lasting first impression on the candidate. It also provides your senior leadership team with insight into how perceptive you are about people.

No. 2: The Art of Servant Leadership
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Servant leaders take the traditional power leadership model and turn it upside down. This charges leaders with serving employees and focusing on how to empower and lift up those who work for them.

No. 3: Why the Most Productive People Don't Always Make the Best Managers
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The skills that make individual contributors effective and highly productive are not the only skills needed to be a good manager. The best time for employees to be learning these managerial skills is when they are individual contributors.

No. 4: Resume-Writing Essentials: Five Most Powerful Career Summaries
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Old-school resumes used to start with a career objective. Over the past 10 years, this objective has been replaced with the much more powerful career summary section. The new format allows job candidates to highlight their most notable skills, qualifications, achievements, credentials and other distinguishing information as it relates to, and supports, their job-seeking objective.

No. 5: HR Advice for a Department of None
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Many small companies don't give HR the priority it deserves. At more than two-thirds of small businesses in the U.S., HR responsibilities fall to the company's owner or a designated non-HR employee, according to ADP, a global provider of cloud-based human capital management solutions. These individuals don't particularly like dealing with employment issues, and few of them have any HR training.

That kind of situation "is a real peril," said David J. Baker, SHRM-SCP, managing director and chief executive of HR consulting firm Human Capital Advisors in Pittsburgh.

No. 6: How to Become a More Fearless HR Leader
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Growth typically involves risk as well as failure. Don't be so afraid of making mistakes that you're unwilling to try something different.

No. 7: Owning Your Personal Power as an HR Professional
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Impact, not position, defines power, according to Mindy Grossman, president and CEO of Weight Watchers. "What impact are you having on people?" she asks. "What impact are you having on the business? Power comes from the relationships you build and the value that you add."



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