Leaders and HR professionals are continuously searching for better ways to engage, connect, and lead others. New advances in the field of neuroscience, the study of how the nervous system develops, its structure, and what it does, may help us unravel the physiology of leadership effectiveness. The mapping and studies done to date have shown definite neural connections in the brain that have allowed scientists to develop a deeper understanding of the interconnectedness of the brain and behavior.Read more
Critical thinking isn’t just a buzz phrase in higher education these days. Critical thinking is consistently rated by employers as being a skill of increasing importance, and yet a recent study showed 49% of employers rate their employees’ critical thinking skills as only average or below average.
Employers claim that the critical thinking skills gap is a significant problem with new hires, specifically in recent graduates. In fact, only 28% of employers rated 4-year graduates as having “Excellent” critical thinking skills. So, the burden and expense of training/developing those skills rests on the employers.
Ask any CEO about the importance of critical thinking, and you will hear nothing but support and admiration for this essential skill. Most (69%) will even tell you about how they assess critical thinking skills in the selection process.Read more
Charlotte Hughes is a Senior Consultant,Talent Management and Development with Kimberly-Clark where she is responsible for helping human resources and business leaders with performance improvement and learning solutions that drive business results. Her expertise includes; training, coaching, mentoring, social learning, organizational development and leadership development. She is also an expert in sales effectiveness and sales transformation. Charlotte has held key talent development roles with other Fortune 500 companies including; Morgan Stanley, Cox Enterprises, and SunTrust. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, College of Human Ecology and a Master’s degree from New York Institute of Technology in Human Resources Management. She is also certified by the Human Capital Institute as a Human Capital Strategist.Read more
Who’s next in your lineup? Succession planning is an opportunity for HR leaders to exercise their role as a strategic partner in the business and it’s a constant process that demands continuous attention. Organizations continue to face an exodus of retiring leaders alongside a growing need to effectively fill those key positions with the right talent for the job. This environment has underscored the importance of a talent management structure that supports a proactive succession planning process to ensure an organization is well prepared for growth, organizational restructuring, employee promotions, and/or the loss of key employees.
During a recent HCI webcast about the topic, 66% of our members reported that they were either not satisfied with their current succession planning process, or did not have a process in place at all. Especially in the midst of today’s volatile and uncertain market, organizations without a functional and strategic succession planning process are essentially operating without a safety net, vulnerable to the multitude of inevitable changes to their workforce.
It’s been a few months, so let’s recap what we’re looking at here. We want to know if females in leadership roles have an obligation to be role models and mentors for younger women looking to follow in their footsteps. I am certain, despite my best efforts in Part 1, some of you are still thinking:
Why do we care?
We all know, and have come to despise, the statistics that point out just how unequal women are in the workforce. Even those of us who are blessed enough not to feel that stigma, we know there are masses of other women out there who do, on a daily basis. So, put plainly, we care because it matters. We need a way to enlist the masses of young women entering the marketplace, especially those with degrees seeking leadership positions. Without their buy in, nothing changes. We continue to lose. I don’t know about you, but I’m a sore loser. Graceful, sure, but I don’t like it.