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

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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…

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Three Steps to Great Staff Meetings

Published on SHRM Online. A one-hour team check-in could be the most valuable time investment you make. Be sure to make it count. Opening the lines of communication with your staff begins with healthy group dialogue. The best place to start is by setting up a regular forum for people to voice new ideas and safely suggest alternative ways of doing things. Inevitably, the group dynamic takes on a life of its own during the weekly staff meeting. This link takes you to SHRM Online. Read More…
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Letters of Clarification: Between Verbal Coaching and Formal Written Warnings

Published on AMA Playbook – As a manager in corporate America, you’ve no doubt been frustrated at times by employees whose problematic job performance or behavior falls just below the threshold of violating a specific company policy. The Letter of Clarification is a vital tool for managers to utilize when they wish to move beyond discussion, but do not wish to do a formal write-up. Note this link takes you to the article on AMA Playbook… Read More…

Effective Interviewing & Hiring

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3 Surprisingly Easy Ways to Generate Meaningful Candidate References

The critical part of effective reference checking lies in how you structure your call and set expectations, both with the candidate and the prior supervisors. It’s a lot easier than you think and yields outstanding results if you’ll follow these three simple tips in this article. Read More…

HR Essentials

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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 …

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HR Template Resources Available in Our Webstore!

Unlike other products that may be found online or as part of a software suite of “HR in a Box” forms, the specialized products below are Paul’s own creations and were self-developed to bring his own HR practices to …

Career Management

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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.  Note this link takes you to the article on AMA Playbook… Read More…

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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…