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3 Ways Leaders Can Maximize Their Brain Power

Blog | Author: By Sharon McDowell-Larsen | Source: HCI | Published: 3 days ago

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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When It Comes to Onboarding Technology, THINK BIG!

Blog | Author: Ryan Rivera | Source: HCI | Published: December 15, 2014

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.  

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Develop Authentic Leadership with Emotional Intelligence

Blog | Author: Ed Hennessy, Emotional Intelligence Master Trainer, Leadership Call | Source: HCI | Published: December 11, 2014

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.

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Coaching for Success: Good Managers are Good Coaches

Blog | Author: Michael Curran-Hays, Practice Leader, Kepner-Tregoe | Source: HCI | Published: December 10, 2014

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.

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The 5 Key Reasons to Pay Attention to Your Employer Brand in 2015

Blog | Author: Ryan Rivera | Source: HCI | Published: December 10, 2014

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.

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Two Opportunities for Job Seekers & Employers This Holiday Season

Blog | Author: Indeed Research | Source: HCI | Published: December 9, 2014

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.

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The Status of Critical Thinking in the Workplace

Blog | Author: Breanne Harris, Solutions Architect and Social Media Strategist for Pearson TalentLens | Source: HCI | Published: December 5, 2014

If you read enough blog posts or journal articles in the talent management industry, you may have the overwhelming feeling that the sky is falling. Post after post details the impending leadership crisis, the unruliness and lack of loyalty among Millenials, and that’s before we even cross into issues like declining employee engagement and digital disruptions. 

And yet, in many ways, the sky is actually falling.

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J.K. Organisation Builds Its Legacy on a Culture of Coaching

Blog | Author: Abby Tripp Heverin | Source: HCI | Published: December 4, 2014

The growth of a coaching culture at J.K. has helped address this need. “A coaching culture is visible in the behavior of people. It’s a way of looking at people and treating each other. When we describe a coaching culture, we’re describing a learning culture that is respectful and that values people’s potential and promotes innovation,” Meyne explains. “The significant breakthrough was in influencing the leaders’ mindset about people development.”

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Get More from Your Video Interview by Putting Candidates at Ease

Blog | Author: Michele Ellner | Source: HCI | Published: December 3, 2014

When a dream job is on the line, it’s natural for candidates to have a few jitters before their job interview, whether it’s virtual or in-person.  After all, the stakes are high, and if your candidate is a video interview newbie, he or she may be a little nervous going into it. Fortunately, video interviewing solutions today are designed to eliminate those sources of anxiety so your candidates can comfortably showcase their talents, and both sides can make a good assessment of fit. Here are five ways you can put candidates at ease with a positive video interview experience:

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How a Talent Community Could Save Your Company

Blog | Author: Thomas F. Kaminsky Vice President and RPO Practice Lead – Americas, KellyOCG | Source: HCI | Published: December 2, 2014

Imagine if you had a group of trusted friends and business contacts who could find you the perfect person to fill a crucial position at your company.  Better still, imagine if that group could line up a fantastic new hire for your business at minimal cost, with minimal stress. It would mean less reliance on expensive and hit-and-miss traditional job advertising methods, as well as more chance of finding talent which was the right ‘fit’ for your organization.

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Strengthen Your Leadership Bench Before It’s Too Late

Blog | Author: Bill Catlette | Source: HCI | Published: December 1, 2014

In recent discussions with classes of undergrad business school students, I posed the question, “How many of you aspire to a professional leadership role in business, government, or other organization?” In each case, 100% of the students answered in the affirmative. I didn’t say so at the time, but two divergent thoughts were crossing my mind, pretty much simultaneously:

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How People Get Hired

Blog | Author: Indeed Research | Source: HCI | Published: November 25, 2014

Over the next ten years, more than 50 million jobs will be created. The key challenge for you will be finding the right talent for those jobs. The infographic below combines data from SilkRoad and Indeed to illustrate how the best candidates search for jobs and how they get hired. Learn more about how Indeed can help you hire.

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Do Recruiters Still Care about the Relationship?

Blog | Author: Kimberly Patterson, Unconventional HR, LLC | Source: HCI | Published: November 21, 2014

Back in the day, while working at my first job out of school, I became bored. Shocker, I know. I made the decision that since I now had a year of real life working under my belt, it was time to move on and change jobs. I had a resume and was scouring the Sunday Classified Ads and then snail-mailing resumes and cover letters.  No, there were no job boards or websites around at that time. 

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Adopting an Attitude of Gratitude Beyond the Scheduled Holidays

Blog | Author: Andrew Bateman | Source: HCI | Published: November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving is a holiday dedicated to being grateful. But what about the remaining 364 days of the year? My family, like a lot of families, is spread far across the country, so planning the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday was a complicated process. We had the good fortune of deploying ambitious planners and gracious hosts, coupled with the modern conveniences of group text messages to determine when and how to host the holiday to accommodate the schedules of nearly 30 family members.

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Carpe Diem – There’s No Time like the Present

Blog | Author: Daniel Fogel | Source: HCI | Published: November 19, 2014

AJ Thomas, Director of Talent Development and Engagement at Nimble Storage recently joined me for a webcast on techniques to acquire, engage and retain Millennials.  One of the big takeaways was that engagement is not just about these younger workers but more about the evolution and shift in the scope, pace, and nature of communication at work.

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5 Steps Your Organization Can Take to Find It’s Talent Bliss

Blog | Author: Patrick Dodge | Source: HCI | Published: November 18, 2014

I recently finished reading Michael Moss’s book, Salt, Sugar, Fat.  I thoroughly enjoyed the book but I have no intention (or qualification) to provide a review of the book here.  However, I was fascinated by a section early on in the book covering of Australian psychologist Robert McBride.   

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