A Roundup From Across the Web


Police Chiefs, Looking to Diversify Forces, Face Structural Hurdles

Anti-patronage ordinances, funding restrictions and tensions between law enforcement and minority communities reaching back decades impede efforts to build police departments that reflect the populations served.  Read More…


Background Checks What Employers Need to Know

A joint publication of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Federal Trade Commission

When making personnel decisions – including hiring, retention, promotion, and reassignment – employers sometimes want to consider the backgrounds of applicants and employees….Except for certain restrictions related to medical and genetic information (see below), it’s not illegal for an employer to ask questions about an applicant’s or employee’s background, or to require a background check.  However, you must be in compliance. This publication explains how to comply with both the federal nondiscrimination laws and the FCRA Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).  Read more…


Meetings:  How to make them more efficient and effective!

The Condensed Guide to Running Meetings

We love to hate meetings. And with good reason — they clog up our days, making it hard to get work done in the gaps, and so many feel like a waste of time. There’s plenty of advice out there on how to stop spending so much time in meetings or make better use of the time, but does it hold up in reality? Can you really make meetings more effective and regain control of your calendar?  Read More…

Two Things to do After Every Meeting

Steve Jobs insisted that every item on a meeting agenda have a designated person responsible for that task and any follow-up work that happened. He called that person the DRI—the Directly Responsible Individual. He knew the public accountability would ensure that a project or task would actually get done, and he wanted to set clear, organized instructions for his team to follow.

It sounds simple enough, and yet the majority of managers and leaders completely fail to do this. We’ve all left meetings feeling good about what we discussed only to later wonder why so little happened as a result. Where did the momentum go?  Read More…


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