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Basic Communication Skills are the Backbone of Engagement

Blog | Author: April Scott Read, Psy.D. | Source: HCI | Published: 18 hours ago

Having a picture perfect workplace that can quickly become a sinking ship due to a breakdown in communications is an employee’s worst nightmare. I had the privilege to consult on a project with a person whom I considered to be great leader with an exemplary communication style. This leader continuously encouraged his staff through communicating to them that he believes in them and reassured them that they played a vital role not only within his department but also within the organization.

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Gamification: The Cheat Code for Engagement?

Blog | Author: Daniel Fogel | Source: HCI | Published: 2 days ago

The past four years saw an explosion in popularity for gamification.  A quick search on Google Trends shows a significant uptrend that is forecast to continue its upward trajectory for the foreseeable future.  Top firms are utilizing gamification, the use of game playing, thinking and mechanics to engage users and assess capabilities, to improve business results.  

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Sharpening Your Coaching Skills

Blog | Author: Judah Kurtz, BPI group | Source: HCI | Published: April 11, 2014

In our last post, we talked about the factors driving coaching’s rise to prominence in the workplace, the foundations for solid coaching, and how to get into the coaching mindset. Now, let’s look at how to refine your leader-coach skills to deliver that shared success for which you and your employees strive.
 

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Keynote: Steering Your Ship through Rough Waters: Lessons on Leadership from Captain Phillips

Blog | Author: Daniel Fogel | Source: HCI | Published: April 9, 2014

Richard Phillips, Captain of the Maersk Alabama, real life inspiration for the Tom Hanks’ movie Captain Phillips, and Author at the 2014 HCI Human Capital Summit & Expo began his speech stating, “I’ve always been a little different." Captain Phillips went on to tell the charming story of how his brother and a suave merchant mariner led him to choose a life at sea.
 
Captain Phillips shared his vision of leadership with three mantras he has learned from his experience. First, you are much stronger than you even know.  Second, the only time when all is lost is when you choose to give up, and third a focused and motivated tam can overcome any obstacle.

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The Rocky Transition from Intern to Full-time Hire: Why Millennials Love You as Interns & Leave You as Full-Time Hires

Blog | Author: Amy Hirsh Robinson | Source: HCI | Published: April 9, 2014

In an effort to stay competitive, companies are seeking employees with an aptitude for technology, innovation, customization, and flexibility.  Many, believing that the Millennial generation has these core competencies, have beefed up their University Relations and college intern programs as a way to fill their talent pipelines for the future. These intern programs are quite successful in developing and motivating Millennials to work. The problem is in the transition to full-time hire. Specifically, the experience that new graduates receive as interns is in stark contrast to what they experience as full-time employees. This disconnect causes high Millennial attrition and damages the reputation of the employer as a desirable place to work.
 

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2014 HCI Human Capital Summit & Expo Day One Insights

Blog | Author: Daniel Fogel | Source: HCI | Published: April 9, 2014

Day one of the annual 2014 HCI Human Capital Summit & Expo in Orlando, Florida gave attendees and presenters a chance to explore how the talent landscape has not just changed but continues to change with an increasing frequency.  This year’s theme "The New Social Economy: How Communities, Collaboration and Social Technologies Drive Innovation and High Performance”, while a mouthful, examines the blurred line between the value of what we know and the value of who we know

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Your Candidates Are Trapped

Blog | Author: Jed Hamilton | Source: HCI | Published: April 8, 2014

I lost my passport a few years ago. It sucked. As I was due to fly to India for a friend’s wedding in less than two weeks, it really, really sucked. I panicked. I looked everywhere, or so I thought, and came up with nothing. I was so mad at myself because I had the passport the last time I traveled internationally, and where oh where could it have gone in those short six months between trips? 

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Internal Mobility Doesn’t Count If It’s Invisible.

Blog | Author: Tarik Taman, General Manager, Infor HCM | Source: HCI | Published: April 7, 2014

The cost of staff churn is significant. We all know that. But could you put a figure on exactly how significant?
LinkedIn can. According to recent research, they believe that for a 10,000 employee US company, each 1% of turnover costs the firm $7.5m.
To find out more about turnover, LinkedIn quizzed over 7,500 recent departees across five countries to understand why they switched jobs. Among the findings reported in their natty Exit Survey infographic one statistic leaps out. Over four-fifths of the average US company’s turnover is voluntary, or, as LinkedIn calls it, ‘preventable’.

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Gear Up Performance Management Infographic

Blog | Author: Jenna Filipkowski | Source: HCI | Published: April 7, 2014

Explore Podcasts, Webcasts and  Executive interviews from the Human Capital Institute (HCI) to learn best practices and new ideas from thought leaders on performance management. Please click on the titles in the infographic to view content.

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High Potentials: Teach Them Well and Let Them Lead the Way

Blog | Author: Andrew Bateman | Source: HCI | Published: April 3, 2014

While on a casual catch-up phone conversation with my mother, the phrase ‘developing your talents’ came up. No this was not in the context of the usual mother-son encouragement, but rather the topic of her monthly Sunday School lesson for 11 year old girls. The first part of the lesson involved drawing an octopus, each of its eight arms representing a talent or strength, effectively arming itself with a bevy of skills to be prepared for the inevitable challenges that life has in store.

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Personal Brand: Authentically You

Blog | Author: Heather Backstrom | Source: HCI | Published: April 2, 2014

What is a personal brand? And how does it relate to leadership? Personal brand is often associated with things like a flashy logo, sharp business card or snappy attire. Or with other external things about a person like the kind of car they drive, what their office looks like or the places they’ve worked.
 

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The “Resume Black Hole” is Not a Myth

Blog | Author: Paul Harty | Source: HCI | Published: April 1, 2014

Since the economy bottomed out in 2008, the “resume black hole” has gained folk lore status, cropping up in the national employment conversation like clockwork every few months. And while employers would prefer to believe it’s a myth, a recent survey of over 2,500 job seekers conducted by our team at Seven Step RPO proved otherwise. 
 
The “resume black hole” is real – and employers’ broken job application processes are to blame.  

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Accelerate Leadership Development #HCIresearch Infographic

Blog | Author: Jenna Filipkowski | Source: HCI | Published: March 31, 2014

How does your oragnization accelerate the development of its leaders? HCI and UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School Executive Development's research sought to understand the current climate of leadership development including budgets, leadership competencies and anticipated changes for the future. Check out the infographic to view some insights from the study. Register for the live webcast to hear a lively discussion of the results and to receive a copy of the final report.

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Translating Three Millennial Aspirations into Winning Engagement Strategies

Blog | Author: Allison McGuire | Source: HCI | Published: March 31, 2014

We at Network for Good have identified trends and tactics in our new guide, Engaging Millennial Employees: Recruit and Retain Top Talent with Cause. We’re pleased to share some of our findings.
If you work in human resources, you may already know that many Millennials are underwhelmed by their jobs. What you may not know is where this stems from and how to turn unmotivated Millennial employees into champions for your company. 

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Your Bad Mood is More Contagious than You Think

Blog | Author: Nicole Lipkin, Equilibria Leadership Consulting | Source: HCI | Published: March 27, 2014

Research has shown that emotions strongly influence our memory, our perception of events, our thought processes and, ultimately, our behavior. In the workplace, people’s moods tremendously impact decision-making, problem-solving, attention/focus, interpersonal interactions, performance, productivity, and the whole organizational culture.   

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What’s Wrong with the Way We Think?

Blog | Author: Rebecca George, Kepner-Tregoe | Source: HCI | Published: March 26, 2014

The ability to think clearly and effectively is an essential component of leadership and management. But too often, business leaders and managers make poor decisions and pursue shaky plans. 

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Are You a Right Fit?

Blog | Author: Shahbaz Alibaig | Source: HCI | Published: March 25, 2014

“Get the Right People on the Bus” proclaimed Jim Collins in his book Good to Great and this timeless truth is still valid.
RP (Right Person) in the RS (Right Seat) is a win-win both for the organization as well as for the employee. In this blog I shall share the difference between RP and RS and how a candidate can make sure they apply for an organization and role that is a right fit for them.

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The Role of Rewards in Building Employee Engagement

Blog | Author: Mark Royal, Senior Principal Hay Group | Source: HCI | Published: March 20, 2014

No, money probably can’t buy you love.  And it won’t alone buy you employee engagement either.  But a sense of balance between what employees contribute to an organization and what they get back in return is fundamental to sustaining the extra efforts that come with an engaged workforce.  And that means that reward programs are an important component of effective employee engagement strategies.

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Exploring the “Big O” in Female Leadership: Obligation or Opportunity? A Female Leader’s Role in Growing Female Talent

Blog | Author: Lexy Thompson | Source: HCI | Published: March 19, 2014

This is Part 1 of a four part series looking into the topic of women in leadership and the women looking to follow in their footsteps. We are seeking to understand the perceptions of women in senior leadership roles as well as entry level roles. In order to find out, we will be interviewing and surveying women at multiple levels across several industries. Can women make any real change without banding together? What is the cost of choosing to opt out? What are the benefits of choosing to opt in? Let’s find out.

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