About the Author

Paul Falcone is Vice President and West Coast head of human resources for Nickelodeon and the MTV Networks (MTVN) Kids & Family Group, where he is responsible for all aspects of HR leadership and strategy. In addition, he oversees West Coast recruitment for MTVN and all of its brands and channels, including VH-1, Comedy Central, Spike TV, and MTVN's digital companies. He formerly served as head of international human resources at Nickelodeon's sister Viacom company, Paramount Pictures.

Mr. Falcone has extensive human resources management experience in the fields of healthcare and banking as well. Before joining Nickelodeon, Mr. Falcone served as the director of human resources at Platinum Equity, LLC, an $8 billion private equity, mergers and acquisitions firm located in Beverly Hills, which was ranked by Forbes as the thirty-second largest private company in America. While at Platinum Equity, he was primarily responsible for recruiting executive-level talent for the M&A firm's newly acquired portfolio companies.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Falcone served as director of labor relations for the City of Hope Cancer Center near Pasadena, California, a world-renowned clinical cancer research institute dedicated to patient care and biotech research. Before entering human resources, he spent six years as a contingency recruiter and was promoted to director of training and development for London Associates in Los Angeles, where he soon became a nationally recognized sales trainer in the search-and-placement industry in the early 1990s.

Mr. Falcone has dedicated much of his professional life to advancing the human resources profession, both as a member of the UCLA Extension HR Advisory Council and as an instructor in the UCLA Extension School of Business and Management, where he teaches courses on recruitment and selection, legal aspects of human resource management, and international human resource management. He is a regular contributor to HR Magazine, is a nationally recognized speaker for the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), and has been interviewed and quoted by prestigious organizations like the Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times, and Bloomberg' s Money News.

Mr. Falcone is the author of a number of best-selling books with AMA-COM Books, a division of American Management Association. His newest book, 101 Tough Conversations to Have with Employees: A Manager's Guide to Addressing Performance, Conduct, and Discipline Challenges, will be released in the spring of 2009. His most popular book, 96 Great Interview Questions to Ask Before You Hire, was SHRM' s number-one best seller in all categories in 2002. His 101 Sample Write-Ups for Documenting Employee Performance Problems: A Guide to Progressive Discipline & Termination was one of SHRM' s ''Great 8 of 2005'' and continues to remain the paradigm for documentation in the employee performance-improvement process. The Hiring and Firing Question and Answer Book guides readers through every imaginable hiring and firing situation with amazing detail, and 2600 Phrases for Effective Performance Reviews remains one of AMACOM' s best sellers.

Mr. Falcone obtained both his Bachelor of Arts and Masters degrees from UCLA. He lives in Valencia, California.

More Classic Best-Selling Titles by Paul Falcone!

2600 Phrases for Effective Performance Reviews

Packed with ready-to-use phrases and words, action items, and descriptions that managers, supervisors, and HR professionals can use to evaluate performance, prepare development plans, and address performance problems. Covers the 25 most commonly rated factors, including productivity, time management, decision making, and teamwork, as well as specific roles such as customer service, finance, sales, and more. The book provides hundreds of phrases to use in performance-improvement plans, plus an appendix of helpful individual words. 9780814472828 $10.95

101 Sample Write-Ups for Documenting Employee Performance Problems

These ready-to-go documents eliminate the fretful second-guessing about what to do and how to say it. Expertly written, they cover every kind of problem: substandard work quality, absenteeism, insubordination, sexual harassment, e-mail misuse, and more. In addition, readers will find a complete explanation of the entire disciplinary process and (as a last resort) 18 sample termination letters. 9780814479773 $35.00

The Hiring and Firing Question and Answer Book Getting the best employees on board and weeding out the worst—without getting slapped with expensive lawsuits—are two of the most crucial and difficult jobs of human resources professionals and general managers. Now there's quick, reliable information on how to do it right. Written by employment expert Paul Falcone, The Hiring and Firing Question and Answer Book contains over 100 commonly asked questions, both basic and sophisticated.

9780814474129 $21.95

Productive Performance Appraisals

A Work Smart title coauthored with Randi Sachs

When not handled correctly, performance appraisals can turn into nerve-wracking confrontations. If employees and managers aren't on the same page about expectations and performance, the working relationship can be seriously harmed. This book provides all the easy-to-use tools needed to conduct an effective review—including sample dialogues, checklists, and forms. Now completely updated, it has new sections on rating employees, justifying scores, and weaving disciplinary language into the review. Readers will also find guidance on developing career plans, keeping consistent records, communicating changes in roles, how reviews are used when determining layoffs, and much more. 9780814474228 $10.00