The Week That Was

We’re one week away from the Kentucky Derby. Between brushing up on the horses in the running, read up on these top five stories from talentmgt.com for the week of April 21.

1. Good Mentors Must Kindle Kinship Early: What does rapport building entail for a mentor? How does the mentor establish early kinship, trust and comfort? Talent Management columnist Marshall Goldsmith has more.

2. What About Culture?: While we talk about millennials and globalization as today’s big driving forces, it is great individual events that truly change our culture. Talent Management columnist Jac Fitz-enz has the story.

3. Five Ways to Get More From High Potentials: Despite growth in high potential programs, turnover among these employees remains high. Use these steps to better approach high potential program development. Eugene Burke, chief scientist and analytics officer at The Corporate Executive Board Co., has more.

4. Finding Success in Succession: Thanks to the availability of data and increased business benefits of leadership preparedness, companies are putting more heft behind succession planning. Talent Management editor Frank Kalman has more in this issue’s special report.

5. Talking the Talk: Aflac’s open and constant culture of communication helps retain top talent while connecting out-of-office field agents with information that propels the business forward. Freelance journalist Sarah Fister Gale has more in this issue’s cover case study.

In Other News …

The legal status of e-cigarettes became a little more clear this week, as the FDA proposed regulations to the popular alternatives to regular cigarettes. However, according to a story from The Wall Street Journal this week, the proposed rules do not clarify how employers should handle e-cigarettes in the workplace.

As Journal report Lauren Weber writes:

“Employers’ uncertainty arises partly because public-health experts disagree about whether e-cigarettes should be treated as a smoking-cessation tool — the devices convert a nicotine or nicotine-free liquid into vapor and emit far fewer toxins than combustible cigarettes — or simply as a milder but still harmful alternative. Critics of e-cigarettes contend that secondhand vapor is still a pollutant and therefore co-workers and customers shouldn’t be exposed to the fumes in workplaces.”

Read more here.

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Also, 11 qualities Google looks for in job candidates, via Business Insider. Read here.