The Week That Was

It's the first official weekend of Fall. What better way to start it off than by reading these top five stories from for the week of September 22.

1. The Importance of Listening: Good mentors listen actively and make others feel valued as a result, writes Talent Management columnist Marshall Goldsmith.

2. Playing HR Detective: Today's HR professional must look into past company practices to build a case for future behavioral change, writes Talent Management columnist Jac Fitz-enz.

3. SunTrust Banks on Succession: As regulators put the spotlight on banks following the financial crisis, SunTrust Banks Inc. beefed up its leadership preparedness. Talent Management editor Ladan Nikravan has more in this issue's' cover story case study.

4. Performance Appraisals: Resist the Temptation and Do These 6 Things Instead: Traditional performance reviews are unhelpful and unwanted, so trade them in for a new method, writes blogger Aubrey Daniels.

5. The Odd Couple? Why HR and IT Need to Work Together: As technology becomes more integrated in the work of human resources, the function’s success now rests increasingly on a strategic alliance with information technology. Chicago area journalist Sarah Fister Gale has the story.

In Other News …

When it comes to people who share the same position one person is likely to have more power.

Last week the tech giant annouced that founder and CEO Larry Ellison — who last year was identified as the highest-paid public company chief — would step down as CEO. Replacing him, the company annouced, would be former HP top chief Mark Hurd and Safra Catz. Both were being elevated from their positions as co-presidents under Ellison.

The good news for Oracle shareholders, according to an article in The Wall Street Journal this week, is that co-CEO arrangement have been known to work. The caveat, according to research: one CEO should be prepared to relinquish some power.

As The Journal article points out:

"Still, to be successful in their new roles, one person will have to be a clear final decision-maker – and that means an imbalance of power, according to a forthcoming story in Strategic Management Journal. Researchers studied 71 co-CEO pairs at publicly traded U.S. firms between 2000 and 2011 and found a power gap correlated with better performance, thanks to having one decisive leader."

Read more here.

Also, everything you need to know about the best colleges in the U.S., via Business Insider. Read here.