The Week That Was

Take a break from college basketball viewing this weekend to read these top five stories from Talentmgt for the week of March 17.

1. 5 Next Steps When Letting Employees Go: Letting employees go is never easy. Talent leaders can minimize potential conflict and maintain a positive relationship moving forward by following these steps. Val Matta, vice president of business development at CareerShift, a comprehensive job hunting and career management firm, has the story.

2. 5 Ways to Foster Baby Boomer Engagement: Research shows high workforce disengagement among baby boomers. Use these five strategies to bolster engagement among your more senior — and vital — employees. Leon C. Prieto and Simone T.A. Phipps have more.

3. Leadership Ensembles Disrupt Traditional Management: Today’s global corporations require top leaders who are flexible and can reconfigure themselves as needed, write Claudy Jules, Nandani Lynton and Robert J. Thomas.

4. Using Performance Reviews to Build Talent | Video: Editor Frank Kalman interviews Chris Cabrera, the CEO and founder of Xactly Corp., on how new performance management thinking can help better evaluate talent.

5. Advice to Microsoft’s CEO (and His Peers): Not Too Fast: Strange as it may seem, taking it slowly is the fastest way to effect change. Rapid moves by a new boss almost always trigger a backlash, according to blogger Aubrey Daniels.

In Other News …

TED, the famed ideas conference, celebrates its 30th birthday this year. The Economist profiles the event’s somewhat awkward position in the ideas world — for instance, some view the medium for thought-provoking and punchy idea speeches as valuable and unique, while others contend the format turns big ideas into middlebrow material. Read more here.

Also, 17 successful entrepreneurs share their best productivity hacks, courtesy of Business Insider. Read here.