Leaders already know that keeping their teams motivated, engaged and driven to succeed is a demanding task in itself. But in today’s world it’s even harder, because leaders have to keep their people engaged while responding to huge, disruptive changes in how we work and what we care about in the workplace. It’s a big challenge, but the first step to overcoming it is knowing what the changes are. In Hay Group’s new book, Leadership 2030, we’ve identified six ‘megatrends’ that are transforming societies and the global business environment as we know it.Read more
The Theme of 2014 -- Prosperous but Exhausted
When I ask my clients and human capital professional about their greatest challenges and triumphs of 2014, their responses to me are remarkably consistent:
“My company is thriving financially, but I’ve never worked this hard or been so tired in my life.”
It’s a new year and that means new goals. Leaders are no doubt setting their sights set on a more productive, efficient and innovative workforce, yet there’s one key component they’re probably overlooking: employee engagement.Read more
We all know how important it is to win the war for talent. It’s a cliché at this point to say that employees are our most important asset, but it is a reality that we’re in a competitive market for talent. Lack of engagement from your current employees, evolving expectations of multiple generations in the workforce (flexible work schedules, shortened expected tenure, work/life blending vs. work/balance), there are multiple factors complicating attracting and securing the top talent for the firm. HR departments can spend the bulk of their day dreaming up new ad hoc attraction and engagement tactics for employees, or they can get strategic with workforce planning - aligning the right talent to advance the firm’s key objectives and business goals.Read more
A recent global survey by the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) found that 94 percent of executives believe that innovation is a key driver of organizational success. And yet, just 14 percent of those respondents have confidence in their organization’s ability to drive innovation effectively.Read more
There is a predictable rhythm to the start of my work day. Every morning I come into the office, greet my coworkers, unpack my stuff, and head over to the kitchen to grab a cup of coffee. There are a few things that never change. I check my emails, hop on to Twitter to see what the world is saying about HCI, and look at the weekly webcast and podcast schedule to see what’s next on the calendar. Around this 15-minute mark is where the predictability ends.Read more
In this HCI research infographic, we explore how organizations are leveraging internal talent to fill critical positions and develop employees for a competitive advantage.Read more
To kick off 2015, the Human Capital Institute is featuring original content on talent mobility, and to re-familiarize myself with the topic I spent some time skimming through a colleague’s notes concerning contemporary research. Somewhere between a study citing only 36% of businesses have access to reliable data on top performers that were not included in succession plans and a blog post about how U.S. based companies are taking 25% more time to make a hire, I stumbled on a somewhat eye-popping statistic.Read more
Change: it’s both necessary and inevitable.
For some reason, change carries a great deal of resistance along with it. Nevertheless, in some cases, like winning the lottery, such an enormous change doesn’t generate the same resistance that other changes do. Lottery winners don’t question if they are ready for the change or if they need to adapt. They take the change all at once, no questions asked!Read more
The HCI research team was busy in 2014! Check out all of our reports across a wide-variety of talent management topics: from the Affordable Care Act to employment branding to internal mobility.Read more
For the past decade, the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) has collected extensive data on the exercise, eating and sleeping habits of the senior executives who attend our Leadership at the Peak program. This work has given us a unique view of the overall health of top leaders globally – and offers valuable lessons on how leaders at every level can elevate their performance.Read more
“We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise, we harden.” – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
You harden if you are not stretching. While most of us think about stretching as a physical activity, we must also stretch our brains, our hearts, and our perspectives. Only when we do this, can we fully shift. It’s about going to your core – figuratively.
So I ask: How do you plan to stretch yourself in 2015? Here are three simple steps to help kick off your new year.
For several years of my long career, I worked in the Supply Chain department of a global Fortune 500 company. I quickly learned the value of following a structured RFP process when determining which supplier to use for a particular item or service. The enjoyable portion of the experience was the wide variety of running RFPs for items which ranged anywhere from purchasing vehicles and vehicle parts, all the way to purchasing Hispanic marketing services. Assessing the right HR technology purchase should be no different.Read more
Imagine your organization has done the following…
- Had a key area of your business that had long been underperforming due to a variety of factors.
- Determined that you needed to act immediately to address that key area; let’s call it “Plan A”.
- Did everything in your power to address the specific need and did so in a matter that places all of your future success on the outcome of that investment; Plan A.
- Even further, Plan A is so heavily invested in, your organization barters away possible “Plans B, C and D” to secure success for Plan A.
- Let’s see how this plays out…
Here we are, the conclusion of our 4 part series on the current state of Women in Leadership. I would like to start by thanking you all for taking this ride with me; I hope it’s been as enjoyable and interesting for you as it has for me. Though all of the research for this series has been intriguing and eye-opening, I have to admit what I am about to share is probably the most relevant.
What do women in leadership have to say? What’s really going on out there?Read more
If you use onboarding technology, you are probably familiar with how the system helps streamline and manage the onboarding process, but if you look closely at other employee life events like promotions, transfers, or even offboarding, you’ll see that onboarding technology can help manage the entire employee life cycle.Read more
Who is the most authentic person you know? I’ve asked this question to leaders at all levels and the most common answer is usually a spouse, partner, close relative, or lifelong friend. I’d like you to think about why the level of authenticity is so strong in this relationship. What occurred in the relationship was an investment towards building it. Investing in growing a personal connection with another creates trust, credibility, loyalty, authenticity, and transparency. It fosters a natural disposition towards buy in of the other person’s thoughts, ideas, concepts, and keeps open doors of communication even during the most challenging situations and difficult conversations. A high IQ might earn you respect of your intellectual abilities but it doesn’t mean people see you as trusting or authentic.Read more
Good coaching principles can help run a sports team—and manage a production line, a project or an office team. Successful managers demand the best performance, while recognizing the current and emerging needs of their team. They are the managers that people want to work with, running teams that function particularly well.Read more
Employer branding, whether through career portals, company newsletter, corporate policy, or social media, is a key component to the success of any organization. Good or bad, how a company represents its culture can have a real impact in a number of areas. From talent acquisition to year-end earnings, a company’s reputation as an employer can have a major impact on its long-term success. In this post you’ll find five key reasons you need to pay attention to and strengthen your employer brand.Read more
Whether ramping up for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday or Cyber Monday, retailers of all kinds are anticipating good tidings from holiday shoppers this season.
The National Retail Federation predicts retail sales in November and December to increase 4.1% from last year, a total of $616.9 billion — the first year-over-year gain greater than 4% since 2011. In response, businesses are planning to hire between 725,000 and 825,000 seasonal retail employees for the holidays.Read more