About Paul Falcone

Paul FalconePaul Falcone is a human resources executive in Los Angeles and has held senior-level positions with Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures, and Time Warner. He is a long-term contributor to HR Magazine and an instructor in the UCLA Extension School of Business and Management as well as a top-rated presenter at the SHRM national conference.

Paul is the author of nine books which address the tough and practical issues that inevitably surface in the workplace and that plague even the strongest organizations and leaders from time to time. Four of Paul's books were ranked on SHRM’s prestigious "Great 8 of 2012" and "Great 8 of 2013" bestseller listings.
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Paul Falcone's books have regularly been among the bestselling titles at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) store.
> See the SHRM Great 8 of 2013
> See the SHRM Great 8 of 2012
> Visit the SHRM 2011 Web Site to see four of Paul's books profiled that year.

Performance Management


“Stay” Interviews: 6 Practical Questions for Key Employee Retention

The job market is heating up, and many top performers who may feel like they’ve been treading water career-wise since the Great Recession of 2008 began may now sense that the momentum is shifting, and new opportunities are coming back hot and heavy. As such, they may feel naturally curious to see what sorts of “greener pastures” are available in the broader job market. And let’s face it: Your top performers will always be the ones most in demand and with the most opportunities. How do you get ahead of this natural curve in the economy and keep your best and brightest motivated and engaged? Note this link takes you to the article on AMA Playbook… Read More…


Correcting for Grade Inflation on an Employee’s Annual Performance Review

It’s performance review season and time to kick off the New Year with formal staff feedback and goal setting for the upcoming calendar year. But what if you find out that a manager on your team assigned the wrong overall grade to one of his employees? Grade inflation tends to be one of the greatest challenges throughout the performance review process because managers shoot themselves in the foot by assigning a passing grade when a failing grade would be more appropriate in light of the corrective action record that was put in place during the review year. Note this link takes you to the article on AMA Playbook… Read More…


Staff Motivation: Core Truths about Raising Employee Engagement in the Workplace

There are many books and articles available on how to motivate staff without money, how to reinvigorate weary teams in light of the ongoing changes and challenges in our competitive workplace, and how to encourage others with awe-inspiring leadership strategies and tactics. And while some of the content contained in these articles may very well work for you from time to time, the core truth is that many of these miss the most important point: motivation comes from beingness, not from doingness. Read More…

HR Essentials


Executive Coaching: How Do You “Coach to Normal”?

How do you stop these roller coaster patterns from recurring in the workplace? How do you raise executives’ attention to the fact that they’ve got a significant perception problem on their hands? And how do you stop these types of toxic behaviors in their tracks so that they go away once and for all and the errant leader finally gets it and starts acting normally? The key, like most things in business, lies not in what you say but how you say it and how you structure your go-forward expectations. Follow this three-step structure to gaining employee commitment and fixing the problem once and for all. Note this link takes you to the article on AMA Playbook… Read More…


Supervisors: Put HR On Your Side To Protect Yourself From Personal Legal Liability

As line managers in corporate America, it’s important for you to understand a few things about maximizing your relationship with your company’s Human Resources team. After all, when done right, HR can be an incredible resource – both for strategic partnering on business issues as well as for confidential, off-the-record discussions about your own future career plans. Read More…

Career Management


Attention Graduates: Tips for Avoiding Pitfalls That May Derail Your (Early) Career!

Published on AMA Playbook – “I wish someone had told me . . .” isn’t the line you want to use to end your first job out of high school or college. However, many unsuspecting and fairly naive recently-minted graduates have a serious misunderstanding about how companies treat certain policy and conduct infractions in the workplace.  Read More…


5 Critical Job Search Strategies for Executives in Career Transition

Published on AMA Playbook – Executives in career transition face many challenges in this daunting job market, but there are a number of options that they can actively pursue thanks to their strong track records, technical skills, and education.  The five search strategies below will be a good place to start. Note this link takes you to the article on AMA Playbook… Read More…