The Week That Was

Take a break from spring cleaning with these top five stories from for the week of May 12.

1. The Pay-for-Performance Fallacy: Money is a powerful tool for attracting top talent. But when it comes to increasing motivation, performance and engagement, other psychological factors reign supreme. Sebastian Bailey,  president of Mind Gym Inc., a performance management firm, has the story.

2. How to Make Time for Career Conversations: Having talent development conversations cannot be considered an activity. It’s a mindset that permeates a manager’s approach to work. Julie Winkle Giulioni and Beverly Kaye have more.

3. HR Spending on the Rise: Company spending on human resources per employee increased from 2012 to 2013, according to a new HR trends report. Talent Management editor Eric Short has the story.

4. Rethinking Performance Management | Video: Talent Management editor Frank Kalman speaks with international management consultant Aubrey Daniels on the state of performance management.

5. Talk Is Not Cheap: When it comes to the manager’s role in development, talk is the most precious and results-driving commodity you have to share, write Julie Winkle Giulioni and Beverly Kaye.

In Other News …

Abraham Lincoln is to many the most admired leader in American history. Given the hardship and personal obstacles that stood in his way, many regard Honest Abe as the best president in U.S. history.

But even though the technical term emotional intelligence, or EQ, wasn’t around in the 1800s, that doesn’t mean Lincoln didn’t exude many admirable EQ qualities. Fast Company this week highlighted them. Read more here.

Also, the simple ways to maximize productivity, via Business Insider. Read here.