Work is hard. But it’s even harder when you feel misunderstood, disconnected, alone, and unlovable. These common feelings are often based on relational filters that can have a profound impact on our work. We all have filters in our head that say, "I'm not ______ enough." Or, "I'm too ______". Or “Everyone thinks I’m ______.Read more
Social media has changed the game of recruiting. With the majority of organizations utilizing Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook, connecting with candidates has never been easier. But are companies effectively using social media to find talent, or are they too overwhelmed to handle applicant traffic? Beyond the “big three” social networks, how are companies using social media to find the best talent?Read more
How often do you really think about the corporate strategy as you do your day to day work? Be honest. For some employees, it’s as infrequent as an intermittent town hall meeting or when we glance at the value of our 401K plans. Yet—the ultimate scorecard of our work is whether the corporation successfully achieves its strategic goals.Read more
Social media has become indispensable for business communications, but all too often brands fail to empower one of the strongest social assets: their employees. Considering that businesses with high employee engagement get nearly four times the revenue per share than competitors with less employee engagement, failing to create employee ambassadors is akin to telling top salespeople to stay home.Read more
The Greek philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus said, “δὶς ἐς τὸν αὐτὸν ποταμὸν οὐκ ἂν ἐμβαίης.” Or roughly translated into English – “You cannot step into the same river twice.” He believed that everything in the world was in flux and constantly changing.
Today, technology and social networks are two areas where we see continual change, adaptation, and evolution. We move in a philosophical sense from thesis – an idea, to antithesis – the opposite of that idea, and on to synthesis – reconciling thesis and antithesis forming a brand new thesis. New ideas beget new ideas. Oyster is the Netflix for books; Handybook is the Uber for household chores, etc.
Explore Podcasts, Webcasts and Executive interviews from the Human Capital Institute (HCI) to learn best practices and new ideas from thought leaders on building and leading teams.Read more
Ask companies what their most valuable asset is and their response is often the same: employees. But appreciating team members and understanding how to harness their talents to drive business are two different stories. Many companies rely on assumptions rather than data-backed facts when it comes to decisions about their workforces. There’s reason to depend on more than gut instinct for hiring decisions, developing employees and keeping them engaged in the long run.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.
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.
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.
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 knowRead more
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?Read more
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’.
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.Read more
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.Read more
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.
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.
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.Read more