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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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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.”

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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.

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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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The Three Conversations Every Leader Needs to Have Every Day

March 13, 2013 | Gregg Thompson, President, Bluepoint Leadership Development

If James Humes was correct when he asserted that "Every time you speak, you are auditioning
for leadership,” then every conversation presents an opportunity to either advance or
regress your leadership.

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Is Your Training Just a Bunch of Scrap?

March 13, 2013 | Roy Pollock | HCI

Recent articles have once again raised the question of how much corporate training actually adds value, and how much just goes to waste—something for which we coined the term “learning scrap” to draw the analogy to manufacturing scrap.  Both kinds of scrap waste time, materials, and opportunity; both undermine a company’s competitiveness.


Talent Metrics that Matter

March 11, 2013 | David C. Forman, Chief Learning Officer | Human Capital Institute (HCI)

The topic of talent metrics always seems to generate a great deal of discussion. Part of its appeal is the hope of finding the one overarching metric, the universal panacea, or as Jack Palance in City Slickers said “the one thing you need ...

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Recruit for Culture

March 11, 2013 | Amanda Lewis | HCI

Company culture is the shared values and practices of the company's employees.  It has been shown that those with an adaptive culture which is aligned to business goals routinely outperform competitors.  But why is that? And how difficult is it to manage your company’s culture?  There shouldn’t be any dispute to the fact that an organization is a living, breathing organism.  Logically as employees leave, replacements are hired, some are promoted, etc… the climate changes. If left unattended it can grow into any number of possible outcomes. Some outcomes could be good, and some detrimental to the overall business mission.

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When Worlds Collide - New Research on the Contract Workforce

March 11, 2013 | Amy Lewis | HCI

According to recent reports, contingent or contract talent may make up between 20% and 30% of the U.S. workforce and is predicted to continue to grow. The growth of this type of work has been driven not only by recent global economic instability, but also by longer-term trends like the aging populations in developed countries, the increased desire for flexibility and life balance among workers, and the general mismatch between the current supply of skills and the demand for them in the marketplace.

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Where Will Your Future Global Leaders Come From?

March 11, 2013 | Ron Sims | HCI

As few as 6% of organizations have future leaders identified for critical roles, according to a recent study of global companies conducted at Right Management. And strikingly, less than one in five respondents said they have no one slated to take over any key positions. Yet, most organizations tell us that building a pipeline of global leaders that is both deep and wide is a top priority.

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Improving Global Front End Innovation

March 7, 2013 | Charlotte Hughes | HCI

“Never before in history has innovation offered promise of so much to so many in so short a time.” - Bill Gates
As the co-founder and current Chairman of Microsoft, Bill Gates is a proven authority on the topic of innovation. He acknowledges that over the years Microsoft has had huge hits and misses in product innovation.

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Developing Leaders on the Cheap

March 6, 2013 | Bill Catlette | HCI

Entering the fifth year of diminished emphasis (aka budgets) on leader development, many organizations are running dangerously close to the trip wire where bad things start to happen as a result of having a less aware, less skilled management team.


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Too Many Resumes, Too Few Qualified Candidates

March 5, 2013 | Amanda Lewis | HCI

From an outside perspective, it may be hard to understand why employers are reporting that they can’t find the right people to hire. The amount of resumes and applications that organizations are receiving from individuals looking for work can be daunting.  So, interest in an open position isn’t the problem. It’s the quality of candidates applying who aren’t educated or qualified enough for the role that frustrates employers and creates a situation where only one in two are saying they can find the right talent.

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Starting from Scratch

February 28, 2013 | Aubrey Wiete | HCI

To this day, adorning the windowsill of my parent’s dining room is a triangular (okay, wannabe triangular) clay jar I created at the ripe age of 9 in grade school art class. Its shape, swirled blue/pink/purple color, and enormous hand-crafted clay flower on the lid is a potent reminder of my questionable taste at the time, while also acting as a witness to endurance. After all this time, it’s still standing strong.

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Ditch Your Performance Reviews

February 27, 2013 | Amy Hirsh Robinson | HCI

Last year Adobe Systems’ SVP of HR, Donna Morris, announced that the company was abolishing performance reviews. Employee complaints about the existing appraisal process coupled with Adobe’s need to retool its talent management practices to compete in the digital marketing space were reasons given for this bold move.


When Your Incentive System Backfires

February 25, 2013 | Harvard Business Review

How many times have you seen an incentive system produce the exact opposite of the desired behavior? Why is that? And why can't organizations see, let alone fix, the problem?

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Strategy Is All About Practice

February 25, 2013 | Roger Martin | Harvard Business School Publishing

I have never seen anybody become good at strategy without practice. It may happen, but I have never seen it. I doubt that I will see it, because strategy is a discipline. Like any discipline, you have to believe in it and work at it to become ...

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