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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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The Secret of Teams

February 25, 2013 | Upstart HR

I recently finished reading the secret of teams, and my head is reeling. Every one of us work on a number of teams, and the concepts in this book can help us to achieve greater success within each of those team environments.

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Surveys in the HR Market

February 25, 2013 | John Sumser | HR Examiner

Surveys in the HR Market
I was complaining to a colleague about the heaps of misinformation in the marketplace. She was quick to correct me. “Marketing surveys delivered by vendors and consultants provide valuable information. You just ...

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HR Disaster Relief is in the Cloud

February 25, 2013 | Michael Haberman | Omega HR Solutions

This past year has seen a number of natural disasters that have disrupted the daily operations of many businesses. Hurricane Sandy, blizzards, destructive tornados in the Southeast have all caused businesses to shut down and in some cases they ...

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Understanding How Organizations Can Measure Digital Success

February 25, 2013 | Joe Wozny | Tanveer Naseer

Success comes in many forms . . . including digital marketing success. The digital marketing promise has always included the ability to measure the impact of your online marketing dollars. Delivering on this promise has been a challenging ...

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Where Is the Available, Skilled Talent?

February 25, 2013 | Amanda Lewis | HCI

The 2012 Manpower Talent Shortage Survey states that 49% of U.S. employers are experiencing difficulty filling mission-critical positions within their organizations. Why? A lack of available candidates with the right technical expertise and employability skills continues to elude employers.  More specifically, the top reason employers say they can’t fill roles is simply an overall lack of applicants; the second is the candidate-based factor that applicants lack the technical competencies, or hard skills, required for the role.


Build Your Bench Strength Without Breaking the Bank

February 25, 2013 | Kirk Kramer | Harvard Business School Publishing

Many social enterprises start small and grow fast. This puts a premium on the need to develop, or recruit, talented people who can take on evolving roles and responsibilities. Yet planning for future leadership needs falls between the cracks at ...

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Get the Maximum Value Out of Your Big Data Initiative

February 25, 2013 | Paul Barth and Randy Bean | Harvard Business School Publishing

Companies have been striving to harness and leverage the power of their data assets for decades. Now major U.S. corporations and government agencies are finally realizing business value from Big Data.

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Don't Make Assumptions About the Next Generation; Invest in It

February 25, 2013 | Col. Eric G. Kail | Harvard Business School Publishing

Depending on where you draw the line, I'm either a very young baby boomer or a very old member of Generation X. These generations hold the majority of executive leadership positions across sectors. In other words, we're in charge.

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