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See What Happens When Real-Time Feedback Takes Flight

Blog | Author: Andrew Bateman | Source: HCI | Published: 2 days ago

The conveniences of modern travel are often overlooked when measured against the reality that any attempt to go from point A to point B is frequently rife with potential setbacks.  That’s why, on my way home after HCI’s Workforce Planning and Talent Strategy Conference this week, I made peace with the fact that the next several hours were not going to be particularly enjoyable.

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Three Pieces of Advice for New Leaders

Blog | Author: Bill Catlette | Source: HCI | Published: February 20, 2015

Often, when someone is first appointed to a leadership role, it occurs via a “battlefield promotion” where the person in front of them, the incumbent leader goes up, down, or away, and they are thrust into the role. For some reason, this often seems to occur on a Friday, and the conversation goes something like this: “You’ve been here a while now, and you know the business, the people and processes. You’re a natural. Starting Monday, I want you to be the new (fill in the blank job title). I have confidence that you will succeed.” Left unsaid is the very real message, “and you’ve got all weekend to get ready.” 

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Without These Insights, You Can’t Navigate Change Effectively

Blog | Author: David Dinwoodie, William Pasmore, Laura Quinn, and Ron Rabin | Source: HCI | Published: February 11, 2015

How can mid-level to senior leaders become better equipped to steer their organizations and their people through change?

That’s a question human capital experts are asking with increasing frequency as the effects of change are felt in every corner of organizations. Managers of teams, projects, departments and functions are in unique and powerful position to drive change – and face real challenges in making it happen. They must translate the C-suite’s vision for change to the front lines. They must help direct reports navigate the emotions of transition and also generate alignment and commitment.

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Bringing Mindfulness to the Workplace

Blog | Author: Kimberly Schaufenbuel | Source: HCI | Published: February 6, 2015

In today’s work world, we face multiple stressors, demands, and pressures, not to mention constant connectivity through smart phones, social media, and tablet computers. Consulting firm AON Hewitt estimates that 35 percent of U.S. employers in 2013 offered employee stress-reduction programs, and that estimate is expected to grow (AON Hewitt, 2013). Business leaders are increasingly looking for ways to reduce employee stress, and many employers—like Google, Aetna, Target, and General Mills, to name a few—have found that introducing mindfulness into their workplace not only lowers employee stress, but improves focus, clarity of thinking, decision-making, emotional intelligence, and more. 

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The Rules of Engagement are Changing: Four Ways You Can Ride the Wave Successfully

Blog | Author: Mark Royal, Senior Principal, Hay Group | Source: HCI | Published: January 30, 2015

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.

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Something’s Gotta Give in 2015

Blog | Author: Amy Hirsh Robinson | Source: HCI | Published: January 29, 2015

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.”

 

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3 Ways Employee Engagement Will Lead to Success in 2015

Blog | Author: Achievers | Source: HCI | Published: January 23, 2015

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. 

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The Right Time for Workforce Planning Is Now

Blog | Author: Daniel Fogel | Source: HCI | Published: January 20, 2015

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.

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The 5 Biggest Keys to Leading Innovation

Blog | Author: David Magellan Horth and Jonathan Vehar | Source: HCI | Published: January 16, 2015

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.

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Balance the Steps with the Journey to Maximize Employee Performance

Blog | Author: Andrew Bateman | Source: HCI | Published: January 15, 2015

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.

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Leveraging Internal Talent - Research Infographic

Blog | Author: Jenna Filipkowski | Source: HCI | Published: January 13, 2015

In this HCI research infographic, we explore how organizations are leveraging internal talent to fill critical positions and develop employees for a competitive advantage. 

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Inspect Your Talent Mobility Practice and Inspire Internal Careers

Blog | Author: Andrew Bateman | Source: HCI | Published: January 9, 2015

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.

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7 Ways to Supercharge Your Change Program

Blog | Author: Lior Arussy, Founder and President, Strativity Group | Source: HCI | Published: January 7, 2015

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! 

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Year in Review - HCI Research Infographic

Blog | Author: Jenna Filipkowski | Source: HCI | Published: December 22, 2014

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. 

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3 Ways Leaders Can Maximize Their Brain Power

Blog | Author: By Sharon McDowell-Larsen | Source: HCI | Published: December 18, 2014

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.

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3 Fierce Steps to Kick Off 2015

Blog | Author: Stacey Engle, Vice President of Marketing, Fierce, Inc. | Source: HCI | Published: December 17, 2014

“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.

 

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How to and How Not to Select Your HR Technology

Blog | Author: Tracey Smith | Source: HCI | Published: December 17, 2014

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.

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What Can HR Functions Learn about HR Technology Deployments from the Washington Football Team?

Blog | Author: Patrick Dodge, Appirio | Source: HCI | Published: December 16, 2014

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…
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Exploring Female Leadership: Obligation or Opportunity? A Female Leader’s Role in Growing Female Talent: Part 4

Blog | Author: Lexy Thompson | Source: HCI | Published: December 15, 2014

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?

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