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2012 Strategy and Workforce Planning Conference Part 4: Kaiser Permanente’s Workforce Planning

Blog | Author: Alan Mellish | Source: HCI | Published: February 1, 2012

Welcome back to the 2012 Strategy and Workforce Planning Conference live blog.  In the spotlight before we broke for lunch, were Sharon Heckel, Vice President, Organizational Effectiveness and Daniel Goldberg, National Director of Workforce Planning at Kaiser Permanente.  This session focused first on how workforce planning works at Kaiser Permanente and case studies on forecasting and succession management.

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Strategic Deployment for the Future

Blog | Author: Joy Kosta, MSWP, MHCS, HRBP | Source: HCI | Published: January 6, 2012

As the new year begins, you may have spent some constructive time visioning, strategizing and planning  how the year can play out. I found myself thinking about that after seeing an interview of Steve Jobs, about when he bought Pixar Films, and invested in developing the company’s potential year after year, because he believed in what they could achieve. Today Pixar is recognized as wildly successful. What I took away from that story is Job’s ability to identify potential for the future and make the investment in talent; both rely on being visionary. As leaders, when we make talent deployment decisions that will achieve our vision, we rely to some extent on instinct, as well as on available evidence, a deep understanding of the operations in our company, and emerging trends.

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The (Continuing) Revenge of the Nerds

Blog | Author: Alan Mellish | Source: HCI | Published: August 22, 2011

Nerds: Can’t live without ‘em … but it’s really hard to live with them because seriously how many more socially awkward number crunchers do we need running around here sucking the Cheetos dust from their fingertips whilst regaling you with tales of their latest conquest in World of Warcraft (that nine-year-old from Germany got seriously PWNED in case you didn’t hear) /how they are thinking that it’s finally time to get serious about writing that Stargate SG:1 script now that they found Richard Dean Anderson’s agent on LinkedIn.  But, you can’t live without them either because nerds are good at stuff, useful stuff like predicting how many sales staff the organization needs, writing software code, and explaining the final episode of Lost (it was all a dream, I think).   In fact, I’m going to go ahead and give premature credit to the nerds for bringing HR out of the dark ages.  It is already happening according to a Robert Half survey  in which 19% of the CFOs (i.e. number crunchers) polled said their role had expanded the most into human resources responsibilities.

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A Volunteer and a Career

Blog | Author: Andrew Eggerding | Source: HCI | Published: May 16, 2011

As I look back on the experiences I have had over the years, I am surprised and encouraged by the similarities between organizations that rely on volunteers and those that rely on paid, employed talent. 

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Creative Destruction Overdrive

Blog | Author: Alan Mellish | Source: HCI | Published: March 4, 2011

To suggest that that the world is currently a volatile place is to make the understatement of our young century.  In the interest of space, I will stick with the crises that immediately come to mind:

  • The Economic Crisis and Recovery
  • Mid-East Protests/Revolts
  • Soaring Food Prices
  • New Zealand Earthquake

Consequently, the global economy has only made fragile gains in the face of such uncertainty.  To add to this volatility, employee engagement is in the ditch and the developed world is facing a massive skill shortage over the next 20 or so years.

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