The Week That Was

With the temperature getting colder in much of the country, don't just treat yourself to a warm and tasty drink this weekend; treat yourself to these top five stories from Talentmgt.com for the week of Nov. 10 too.

1. What It Really Means to Be Engaged: Effective engagement starts with building the relationship between supervisors and employees, writes Talent Management columnist Jac Fitz-enz.

2. Redeveloping the Individual Development Plan: The individual development plan needs an update to better conform to the fluid nature of talent management.

3. Event Planning, White House Style | Video: Laura Schwartz, White House events director under the Clinton administration, discusses planning meetings that contribute to the performance success of a team.

4. The Modern Job Search | Video: Editorial intern Luke Siuty and Career Artisan’s Scott Uhrig discuss what defines today’s job search, whether universities appropriately prepare employees for it and how to embrace the potentially anxiety-inducing process.

5. Leaders Lacking ‘Dynamic’ Skills: Leaders are missing the soft skills needed to move away from command-and-control ways of leading to a more dynamic, democratic leadership style, research suggests.

In Other News …

LinkedIn is getting sued. There's no doubt that the professional networking website has helped most people get a job, but a group of users is proposing a class-action lawsuit against the company claiming a feature on its premium version is illegal.

According to this article from Business Insider, "in a proposed class-action lawsuit filed last month, four lead plaintiffs claim their job searches were hampered by LinkedIn's 'Reference Search,' a product the site offers its premium members."

It continues: "Reference Search works by giving a hiring manager or company a list of people in their network whose LinkedIn profiles indicate they have worked with a person the company is thinking about hiring.

"The hiring manager can then use LinkedIn's 'InMail' feature to reach out to the people on the list and get their opinion on the job candidate.

In theory, this feature could put job hunters at a disadvantage by taking the process of selecting references out of their hands, thus opening them up to criticism from past coworkers who had not first agreed to give them a positive review."

Read more here.