Talent ManagementTalent management is an essential strategic HR practice aimed at improving business performance. People who perform at higher levels generate greater profits for businesses, much needed in highly competitive environments where it is increasingly challenging to gain a competitive edge. 

Culture at workOrganizational culture endures like personality while climate is more like a brief mood. A culture is made up of NORMS governing the actions of members. Norms are a bit like rules, just less explicit. A typical norm is the expectation to work long hours.

Norms are based on values but values alone are not enough to constitute a culture. Your culture could value the development of people but no one may be doing it.

Decision MakingHow do effective managers make decisions? We like to see ourselves as rational, as able to weigh hard facts objectively in order to make sound decisions. The reality is that our decisions are highly influenced by subjective preferences, biases and unconscious drives.

Managing peopleEffective managers are good at managing people. This means having the skills to get the best out of people. It doesn't mean narrowly controlling them. Skilled managers are good at inspiring, coaching, empowering, developing and motivating people. 

There is a fine balance to be struck. Managers need to serve the needs of the business first and foremost but do so in a way that employee needs are met as well.