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The Single Most Important Trait in a Hire? Surprise!

By David Harder on the July, 28, 2018

“Years ago, we were in the midst of making a difficult hiring decision between three very good attorneys. You made a statement that left a deep impression on me. I asked for your opnion and you said, ‘Hire the candidate that is going to be the most grateful.’”   This […]

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Mid-Management. Engagements Final Frontier

By David Harder on the January, 11, 2018

In a Harvard Business School study, mid-level managers emerged as the most disengaged of all workers. This is not a big surprise. Mid-managers are overworked, undervalued, and the most at-risk employees during layoffs. Academics and business authors routinely suggest that we get rid of them as a first step to […]

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Shattering the Business of Sexual Harassment

By David Harder on the January, 10, 2018

The phenomenon of transparency has led to a tectonic shift in how our culture responds to sexual harassment. For many of us, the surprisingly swift departures of CEOs, bankable celebrities, politicians and other big revenue makers indicate a tipping point. Why are actions like these so very new?   For […]

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When Do Human Capital Executives Take a Fall for the CEO?

By David Harder on the December, 21, 2017

An effective partnership between a CEO and the Chief Human Resource Officer has become one of the key factors of an organization’s success. However, there is an all too common breakdown that very few business journalists discuss. When a chief human resource officer comes to me with a career opportunity. […]

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The Single Most Important Trait in New Hires Might Surprise You

By David Harder on the December, 17, 2017

The wise holocaust survivor and philosopher Elie Wiesel said, “When a person doesn’t have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. A person can almost be defined by his or her attitude toward gratitude.” The dynamic can exponentially grow in its impact on an organization. Over the years, I have […]

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Today’s Sexual Harassment Shock Wave & the bigger revolution behind it

By David Harder on the December, 12, 2017

Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Kevin Spacey, Mark Halperin, Bill O’Reilly, Mario Batali, Al Franken and dozens of other celebrities, politicians, and CEOs have one issue in common. You probably know what that is. Why am I so confident you will know? Almost everyone knows. Today’s sexual harassment scandals represent more […]

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Blow Up HR Again?

By David Harder on the December, 8, 2017

By and large, I read Harvard Business Review and The Atlantic to raise my IQ or, at the very least, give the appearance that I’ve done so.   Recently, HBR published, “It’s Time To Blow Up HR and build something new”.Sounds like consultant-speak to me. Much of the consulting profession puts […]


Is This Man A Tipping Point for All of Us?

By David Harder on the October, 17, 2017

In the last few days, I’ve made a couple of feeble attempts to say anything about the sexual harrassment scandal with Harvey Weinstein as well as our President. But, I actually have quite a bit to say. When I was in my 20s & 30s, I worked in business development. […]

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Why Your Employer Brand is Definitively More Important Than Your Consumer Brand

By David Harder on the September, 26, 2017

Who would you rather work for? United Airlines or Southwest? Google or Yahoo? Vons/Safeway or Trader Joe’s? Consider the following. Whatever talent you attract is what your organization becomes to the world and to the consumer. If you can’t attract the best talent in your industry, you will never achieve category leadership. […]

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HR 20.18 – What Does the Future Hold?

By David Harder on the August, 29, 2017

The human resources profession is undergoing the “Hero’s journey.” In literature, the Hero’s Journey typically involves someone who goes on an adventure, and in a decisive crisis wins a victory, and then comes home changed or transformed. The narrative might sound familiar to anyone who works because the degree of […]