On a recent Friday evening I ran into JJ, an older friend whom I had not seen in several years, at the friendly neighborhood watering hole. Like me, JJ has been around the same town for over 20 years and as our hometown is undergoing a post-financial crisis development boom the reminders of constant change can be a little jarring.Read more
We see the same mistakes over and over again. Strategy execution is challenging but leaders often make it even tougher. In our work with global leaders and their teams, we see repeated, universal strategy execution missteps that leaders should learn to recognize and avoid.
Here are the top 8 pitfalls we see even the most capable leaders struggle with:Read more
If you have been in the workforce for 10 years or longer, then you probably remember the anticipation you felt when you where hired for your first job. If you were like me, then you were anxious to get the cliff notes for starting your career at a new company. Rarely that is what you received on the first day; actually it was more like the basics for where to park, along with where you can find your workspace. What I really wanted know was how to begin my illustrious career plan in the organization, but that never came as part of the packet. Since my first onboarding experience several years ago, employees in almost every company are still asking for this same information today.Read more
Just recently, Visier released the results of their 2015 Executive Survey and revealed a surprising statistic about the future of HR leaders. According to the survey, 63% of executives said that the most effective CHROs come from non-HR backgrounds like Finance, Operations or Legal. The study also revealed that non-HR executives are split on what the role of HR should be.Read more
Workforce Analytics is the art and science of using data to discover and share insights about your workforce, leading to better decisions. This infographic provides an overview of the importance of workforce analytics and using them to address business challenges.Read more
In his wonderful book, Leapfrogging, innovation expert Soren Kaplan challenges us to recall moments in our lives when we have encountered a breakthrough product, service, or experience… a WOW encounter if you will. Think, for example about the first time, likely as a young child, that you tasted ice cream. Or, later on in life, your first kiss - not the grandmotherly type ;). Or, perhaps, when you had your first encounter with an i-Device. Wow!Read more
Who are your up-and-coming leaders? And are they ready?
Highly functioning and successful organizations foster leaders at all levels. Yet – for typical companies – only 17% of leadership investments actually go toward the development of first- and second-level leaders, with the rest targeted exclusively at executives. By neglecting growth opportunities for their future leaders, organizations risk not only their ability to operate efficiently, but perhaps their competitive edge as well.Read more
Since most Millennials have been immersed in technology for a majority of their lives, it’s safe to say they’re pretty awesome judges of all things digital. As a consequence, consumer-facing aspects of businesses really have no choice but to keep pace with these users’ digital expectations as they evolve over time. Though, that’s not always the case for the less visible parts of the business—like recruiting.Read more
The measurement of engagement is an indicator for the overall health of the organization and results should prompt action to address areas of concern in the talent and business strategy. Most organizations rely on annual engagement survey for this feedback. However, in a complex world of constant change is the annual survey enough? Is more frequent or even real-time data critical to understanding the current state?Read more
Ask any company about their most important asset and they'll likely say something fundamental to every business: their people. And yet, most businesses continue to make decisions about their workforce based on subjective gut instincts, intuitions and human biases.Read more
Leadership development programs have grown in popularity over the years. It seems that all companies crave leaders and many are turning to formal leadership development programs as a means to develop talent. Proceed with caution however, as this is an easy idea to come up with but difficult, potentially expensive and definitely time consuming to execute. When it works, it can be a great success, however often these efforts turn into fancy websites vs true development mechanisms. Below are my top reasons why leadership development programs fail.Read more
The importance of globally competent leaders is recognized by the vast majority of organizations, but few have a strategy to provide the training needed to compete globally, according to a new study by the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School and the Human Capital Institute.Read more
HCI and UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School's research sought to understand the importance of global competence for today's leaders and how organizations were developing it. The survey was completed by 323 HR and L&D professionals in early 2015.Read more
Founded more than 100 years ago, J.K. Organisation (E.Z) is one of India’s largest industrial groups. With a portfolio of companies responsible for the manufacture, distribution, sale and service of diverse products, including tires, paper, cement, industrial supplies, seeds, dairy products, textiles and insurance, J.K. employs more than 22,000 people.Read more
Think of the last time you bought something. How did you buy it? Did you visit a brick-and-mortar store? Did you buy it online, through the manufacturer’s own website or through a third-party retailer like Amazon? How’d you buy it online—with a tablet or a laptop? Were you at home, multitasking while watching TV perhaps? Maybe you bought it using your mobile phone. Your purchase made you a part of an ongoing transformation that has been occurring in the consumer world for years.Read more
I recently spoke to an audience of human capital professionals about my successes in developing new hire onboarding programs. After my presentation, one attendee asked me what innovative onboarding strategies and tactics I was using to impress new employees and stand out in the talent market. He didn’t like my response.Read more
I recently heard about a department that hired a very competent manager. She quit after two weeks because the culture of the department was so negative and unhealthy. She simply couldn’t stand working there after two short weeks. The department may have been checking off short-term things on the to-do list, but their overall effectiveness was low and decreasing rapidly.Read more
In 2015, US job seekers are more in control today than they have been in the last few years. Six years ago, there were 6.2 unemployed job seekers for every one job opening. Today, it’s 1.7 unemployed job seekers for every job. This improvement in the labor market means that rather than looking for any job, most people are now employed and can look for the right job.Read more
In each step of the RED Model of Critical Thinking, the key is to ask questions. Asking questions helps us look more deeply at the issue, break it into more manageable parts, find blind spots and lack of data, and make the best choice.
Here are 70 questions to help you boost your critical thinking:Read more