The Week That Was

Holiday music always goes best with some sophisticated reading. With that in mind, here are the top five stories from for the week of Dec. 3.

1. Tips to Correct Poor Performance: When a rock star employee takes a turn for the worse, managers can drive change through motivation, writes Sharon Daniels, president and CEO of AchieveGlobal.

2. Dunkin’ Runs on Great Talent: CHRO Ginger Gregory sweetens the role of HR at the iconic brand by ensuring the best team is in place and ready to meet business needs. Talent Management editor Deanna Hartley has the story.

3. Playmates vs. Professionals: Who Are You Hiring?: Just because your hiring manager bonds with a candidate over membership in a college fraternity doesn’t mean he’s the best hire. Diverse candidates offer different and beneficial perspectives. Talent Management editor Mike Prokopeak has more.

4. Should You Use Psychological Testing in the Workplace?: Major strides have been made in psychological testing based upon more modern theories of human performance, writes blogger Dan Bowling.

5. Message to the Workplace: ‘Shut Up and Listen!’: Listening truly is learning, but active listening doesn’t mean acting like you’re listening, writes blogger Aubrey Daniels.

In Other News …

Every manager likely feels like he or she has too much to do and too little time. Fast Company takes an enhanced look at how managers can delegate more effectively.

The trick: “Consider the Pareto Principle, or the 80/20 rule, which states that 20 percent of one thing (e.g., your customers) yields 80 percent of results (e.g., total company sales). In the case of your focus, the Pareto Principle says that 20 percent of your efforts yield 80 percent of the results you achieve. Therefore, the key is to identify what this 20 percent of your work is and do more of it (and delegate the 80 percent).”

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Females now make up about a third of the nation’s doctors and lawyers, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. Census figures from 2010 show that women held 33.4 percent of legal jobs, compared to 4.9 percent in 1970.

Women also now make up roughly 32.4 percent of the nation’s physicians and surgeons, the Journal report said. In 1970, women made up just 9.7 percent of the country’s physicians and surgeons.

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