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BlogOpening Leader Doors

Leaders Open Doors

March 27, 2013 | Bill Treasurer | HCI

Leadership is the most overanalyzed, thoroughly dissected, and utterly confused topic in business. Many leadership experts, myself included, make the topic of leadership far too complex, causing people to opt out of the chance to lead.

BlogHelp Leadership Shortage

What's Behind the Leadership Shortage?

March 27, 2013 | Elissa Tucker | HCI

If you’re like me and follow HR-related press and HR blogs, you regularly read about a shortage of leaders. Executives all the way up to the CEO are expressing concern that a shortage of leaders will hinder business growth. But what is provoking these sentiments?


The Case for Crafting a Big Data Plan

March 27, 2013 | David Court | Harvard Business School Publishing

There's a growing appreciation among executives that the returns from big data are real indeed. But that doesn't make moving forward any easier. The investment, both in dollars and management commitment, can be large. CIOs ...

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On phone calls and productivity

March 27, 2013 | Steve Boese

Yesterday I took a fairly easy shot at everyone's favorite communication whipping boy, email, comparing the typical send/receive ratios of email to SMS, which continues to be the most engaging two-way communication medium. Today I want to ...

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Tackling Concerns of Independent Workers

March 27, 2013 | Steven Greenhouse | New York Times

SOON after landing a job at a Manhattan law firm nearly 20 years ago, Sara Horowitz was shocked to discover that it planned to treat her not as an employee, but as an independent contractor.

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BlogPath to Success

The Path to Success

March 26, 2013 | Daniel Fogel | HCI

Heidi Halvorson recently published an article for the Harvard Business Review regarding “The Most Effective Strategies for Success.”  The article is a continuation of her popular piece Nine Things Successful People Do Differently and combines data from her 9 Things Diagnostic to weigh which of the strategies give the biggest effects.  The 9 strategies are a combination of strategic and tactical guidelines which can be applied to both personal and professional goals.


Real-Time References

March 25, 2013 | Larry Stevens | Human Resource Executive

Every human resource executive is well aware of the problems related to reference checking - the seemingly interminable phone tag, the equivocal responses, the difficulty comparing the references coming from different referrers of different ...

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BlogDeath of ROWE

The Death of ROWE

March 25, 2013 | Amy Lewis | HCI

A few years back, HR strategy actually made the evening news, and not because of some corporate malfeasance or executive scandal.  It was a new management philosophy catching the general public’s attention: a new idea called the results-oriented work environment (ROWE).  Originally developed at retail giant Best Buy, it was adopted at a number of other workplaces and its creators, Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson, wrote a popular book, Why Work Sucks and How to Fix It.


Establishing a Talent Management Culture

March 22, 2013 | David Forman, Chief Learning Officer

Economists, CEOs and thought leaders have recognized that we are in a different time, space and context than companies in the Industrial and even Knowledge Ages. In the 21st Century, success is based on the ability to innovate, be creative, ...

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BlogStrategic Workforce

A Magic Bullet for a Strategic Workforce Planning and Analytics?

March 21, 2013 | Hillary Roberts | HCI

The Human Capital Institute has been tapping into progressive organizations such as ESPN, HP, Fed Ex, Vistaprint and Procter & Gamble to identify the most pressing challenges when it comes to Strategic Workforce Planning, and to capture the tested strategies that provide the solutions, and the ultimate competitive advantage. 


Why Your Organization Suffers From Leadership Dysfunction

March 21, 2013 | Forbes

Have you ever wondered why organizations tolerate dysfunctional leaders? The answer is dysfunction is so prevalent it’s often not even recognized as problematic. Many corporations just desire leaders to go along and get along more than they ...

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BlogChange the Game

4 Steps for Developing Employee Potential

March 21, 2013 | Joseph "Bud" Haney | HCI

Imagine the future of your organization. Your company is brimming with the potential found within each of your employees. Developing this potential is a way to strengthen your employees and your company in the same move. After all, it is people that make up a company and can drive it toward success.  

BlogCompetency Core

Approach Competency Development … Competently

March 20, 2013 | Nancy Piatt | HCI

Competencies are the glue that holds together the pieces and parts of a talent management system. They can be used as the basis for behavioral interviewing, as guides for development and succession planning, and as a component of a thorough performance evaluation.   


Connecting Organizational Culture to Performance

March 19, 2013 | Human Capital Institute

The Human Capital Institute (HCI) and PS Culture Matters partnered to conduct this research to gain a deeper understanding about how building and sustaining a performance culture impacts business productivity and financial performance. This ...

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BlogAttractive Designs

Attracting Candidates by Design

March 19, 2013 | Daniel Fogel | HCI

National Public Radio recently published an article regarding what makes a workplace innovative.  The author detailed what sets a Google or a Facebook apart from their competitors.  It is not just the open atmosphere of their campus headquarters where games of volleyball, soccer, or Frisbee can break out over lunch, but a specific design of their offices to ensure interaction with employees across divisions and functions.   This “serendipitous interaction” allows Google employees to learn by “interactions, collaborations, and fun,” and directly impacts the bottom line with Google being named the best place to work according to Fortune magazine for the past 2 years.  Google “attracts some of the brightest minds and earns close to $1 million in revenue for every single person it employs.”

BlogAll in Sales

We Are All in Sales

March 18, 2013 | Jenna Filipkowski | HCI

According to Dan Pink in his new book "To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth about Moving Others," most of us, even if we realize it or not, are in the business of sales. In his research, he found that 1 in 9 Americans are technically in the profession of sales, but 8 in 9 Americans perform selling activities in their daily work. Whatever the job title, the majority of Americans spend their days persuading, influencing, and convincing others to part with resources. Workers are in the business of moving others; it spans across industries and every level of the organization. Dan Pink’s research found that we spend roughly 24 minutes of each hour moving others at work.

BlogRelieve Stressful Thinking

De-Stress Your Thinking

March 14, 2013 | Andy Lee | HCI

In general, thinking is a good thing. After all, rational thought is one of the hallmarks of being human. Being thoughtful means having considered something thoroughly, while thoughtlessness implies careless or rash behavior. This is especially true at work. Thinking is often equated with intelligence: smart people think more and better than others, and therefore have greater insight and make better decisions. 



Is There Life After Work?

March 14, 2013 | The New York Times

AT an office party in 2005, one of my colleagues asked my then husband what I did on weekends. She knew me as someone with great intensity and energy. “Does she kayak, go rock climbing and then run a half marathon?” she joked. No, he ...

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