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Jul. 23, 2014 8:27 pm
A month ago, many of us were glued to the tube watching the finals of the World Cup from Brazil. It gave us an insight into how in order to win, the players had to be quick and nimble. Every second of the game, the players had to be alert to what was happening on the field. The goalie had to forecast the moves that were required in order to meet the incoming ball to keep out of the net. The...  Read More
Jul. 21, 2014 9:42 am
The Importance of Effective Coaching Over the weekend I had occasion to purchase and read Strengths Finder 2.0. If you are not familiar with it, Strengths Finders is the assessment tool first developed in 2001 by the Gallup organization. The essential concept behind it is that people who are given the opportunity to focus in the areas where their talents are most pronounced are much more likely...  Read More
Jul. 12, 2014 9:29 pm
In the past couple of months my professional world has been turned upside down by two different organizations calling for changes. The first was the Society for Human Resource Management making the decision that after 130,000 certifications they needed to bring the process in house. The second was the National Speakers Association to change their brand to Platform. I am not going to weigh into...  Read More
Jul. 11, 2014 10:13 am
The Complete Approach My colleague Brad Federman shared a blog post today that I found interesting and very accurate. His point was that creating a great culture doesn’t mean that it is going to represent and be a great place for everyone and automatically translate to high employee engagement. In fact in my experience this is one of the issues I observe constantly in organizations as they...  Read More
Jun. 18, 2014 2:35 pm
My “daughter” likes to preface her more profound statements with the saying “ I am just sayin…” and it seemed appropriate for this post to begin with her saying. Over the past year there has been much discussion in the social media realm about the future of HR. Recently I have read and heard an ongoing discussion about the future of the human resource profession. On one side is the school of...  Read More
Jun. 11, 2014 1:21 pm
Caught in the Circle Over 100 years ago Frederick W. Taylor introduced the concept of scientific management to the world and unfortunately to a large extent his theories are still the foundation that much of the relationship between employer and employed are based upon. Taylor’s position is that the world is divided into two kinds of people, managers and labor. Managers think and labor does....  Read More
May 29, 2014 10:54 pm
Those of you who have followed our blogs since their origination will likely be surprised by the title of this post. I have not changed my view that we are involved in a new era where change is not only a fact of life; it is mandatory for the survival of our businesses. We firmly believe that Toyota and its associated Toyota Production System had it right when they stated that when we discover...  Read More
May 22, 2014 10:16 am
The source for many of my posts over the years has been the local churches announcing their upcoming sermons for the Sunday services and this one is no different. Originally I thought about this in a different context but the events of the past week have changed my focus We are involved in an ever-changing world and these changes require that we change our focus and approaches in order to...  Read More
May 7, 2014 4:54 pm
The Problem We Need to Fix NOW! I came across a couple of things recently that unfortunately reinforced what I have known for a long time- we need to put serious energy into how we identify, train and deploy managers and leaders. A recent Gallup poll concluded that 82% of the time organizations fail to make the right choice in selecting candidates for leadership and management positions. James...  Read More
Apr. 29, 2014 11:00 am
I borrow this line from the classic song whose refrain “when will they ever learn” resonates with me to my chagrin and disappointment. Today I read another post about how the human resources department and profession are relics of a bygone time and largely obsolete. I have been involved directly and indirectly with the human resources profession; and yes I see it as a profession, for going into...  Read More
Apr. 25, 2014 10:05 pm
I was talking with a friend the other day who, was lamenting that she had too much work and not enough time to get it all done. Her manager contended the reason was that she and her teammate did not understand how to manage their time. This is an age-old argument that I hear often in the workplace. It is a tendency for many in management roles to immediately assume that the root cause of any...  Read More
Apr. 18, 2014 7:42 pm
Do you remember those days from your elementary school days? Or better yet do you remember that from your kid’s elementary school days? (Sorry, I do not mean to put the getting older trap on you)? Well we have show and tell days in the workplace too. The purpose of the assignment was to have each child come to class to tell his/her fellow students about something that was important to them. The...  Read More
Apr. 16, 2014 10:59 am
On April 14 the Wall Street Journal ran an article about companies eliminating their HR departments. If you poll large enough population of corporate executives about the role of HR, a majority will tell you that HR is an obstacle to getting things done. A couple of weeks ago Robin Schooling, fellow HR blogger at HR Schoolhouse, stated she had asked a group of HR ladies how to increase employee...  Read More
Mar. 31, 2014 12:32 pm
The Social Contract Part Deaux I have been following a thread for the last few days on LinkedIn that intertwines two concepts I find very relevant and timely. The title of the post was Is Engagement Dead ? The author argues that as the traditional relationship between employer and employed continues to break down and become more transactional and temporary that concepts like employee...  Read More
Mar. 24, 2014 1:31 pm
I recently picked up a copy of the local Tampa newspaper and found an article regarding the teachers being upset with the new accountability system. It was not that they were upset about the system. They were upset about the fact that the data collected was not compared to anyone outside of their district. My immediate thought was to Dr. Mikel Harry's book "Six Sigma: The Breakthrough Management...  Read More
Mar. 20, 2014 11:25 am
Creating a Winning Team I had a chance to catch a few shares by others that really reinforced for me the critical elements of an organization that performs in a sustained way. The first was an article on leadership training that not only discussed content, but more importantly timing. The article titled The Lego ® Blocks of Leadership , published by international consulting firm BlessingWhite...  Read More
Mar. 18, 2014 12:51 pm
An interaction with a number of clients and other people over the past couple of weeks has reminded me about how important alignment is, both personally and professionally. As many know I am an advocate of and hopefully catalyst for engagement . To me engagement represents that sweet spot where the goals of the organization and the goals of the individual are aligned. I recognize that many...  Read More
Mar. 13, 2014 1:40 pm
If we poll our employee population, you are very likely going to hear the response that they are looking for an authentic work environment. But just what does authentic mean? Dictionary.com defines the term as “not false or copied; genuine; real” So look at your organization or your functional area of responsibility and are you being authentic? Are you honest with your employees in those little...  Read More
Feb. 26, 2014 12:38 pm
Things That Make Me Pause I like to think of myself as a social moderate and a bit of a fiscal conservative. I am a big believer in personal responsibility and accountability, employee engagement (because it is far superior to the alternative), and treating everybody with respect. Over the last 30 plus years I have been a human resources professional, c level executive, and management...  Read More
Feb. 23, 2014 3:38 pm
In the beginning of March I will be traveling to Raleigh to participate in the Capital Associated Industries Conference " HR 20/20: Focus, Evolve, Lead , facilitating a breakout session on identifying waste in your organization. As I look around the HR space many conferences are including similar programs on change management. However the real question do HR managers really understand what change...  Read More
Feb. 10, 2014 12:55 pm
Let me begin by stating that in no way am I espousing one religious view over another. Further those of you, who have followed my blog since its inception in 2007, know that I rarely touch on the ethics end of our profession. Having said that one of my local churches once again posted the Sunday sermon topic, which hit a nerve. The billboard read “Nothing can be legally right when it is morally...  Read More
Jan. 31, 2014 12:36 pm
Something to Consider I saw a quote on Facebook the other day that kind of spoke to me, it said, - It is easier to raise strong children than to try to fix broken men I agree with that concept and I also thought about my own interests and commitment to changing the social contract and promoting employee engagement . This week like every other I saw a number of things that kind of make you...  Read More
Jan. 28, 2014 2:25 pm
Like most HR professionals my inbox is bombarded with data almost all day. But one caught my eye the other day, which led me to begin to think about the question I posed in the title to this post. One of the posts I get is from the Networked Lawyer Blog ( http://www.networkedlawyer.com ) in which they discussed the case of USA vs. Nosal in which a recruiter for Korn Ferry was charged with the...  Read More
Jan. 23, 2014 2:56 pm
Understanding the Engagement Continuum My colleague Michael Beck posted a great piece the other day on why the majority of employers worldwide are doing the engagement thing wrong,addressing it reactively rather than proactively and I couldn’t agree more. Much better to build engagement into the fabric of your organization through appropriate selection and hiring, but it doesn’t stop there. ...  Read More
Jan. 20, 2014 10:38 am
If You Need Some Leadership Inspiration, Then Add These Five Leadership Books to Your 2014 Reading List. Most of us have longer reading lists than available time. There are traditional hard cover books, PDFs and books saved onto our tablets, case studies our bosses have asked us to read and summarize, trade publications that continue to arrive when we least expect them via snail mail, and...  Read More
Jan. 17, 2014 1:56 pm
You read that real quick didn’t you? But go back and really consider the implications of the words themselves to the human resource professional in the daily exercise of their responsibilities. Yesterday is history There is no organization that is free from having made really bad human resource decisions. We have all fed into the corporate mantra, even though we may believe differently. We...  Read More
Jan. 14, 2014 3:25 pm
Lucy - We Got Work To Do! A colleague I deeply respect shared a couple of statistics yesterday that should give both employers and human resources professional pause; voluntary turnover (employees electing to seek other employment) was up 45% year over year from 2013 to 2012. Additionally the cost per hire was calculated at 15% higher than the previous year. Given that we hear constantly from...  Read More
Jan. 9, 2014 4:30 pm
When Will They Ever Learn… I am probably dating myself a bit by borrowing that line from the classic Peter Seeger tune, but I find myself asking that question over and over again. The they I am referring to are the leaders and managers who still don’t seem to get it. As most anyone who has read any of my stuff knows I have committed my career to building and reinforcing new models of how...  Read More
Jan. 6, 2014 9:53 am
The NBC News reported on Sunday that the Washington State Department of Transportation reported that a construction project to construct a tunnel in Seattle had been halted because the world’s largest boring machine had been stopped by an 8 inch diameter steel pipe. When I stopped for a moment to consider this I asked myself in our HR functions what is our 8” diameter steel pipe? The majority...  Read More
Dec. 31, 2013 2:01 pm
So once again it is New Year’s Eve and we find ourselves closing out one year and starting another. I would be less than candid if I didn’t say that in many ways I will be glad to see this year end. This was a year of great turbulence it seems both for me personally and for a lot of the world in general. We set multiple records this year for performance of the stock market and we seem to be...  Read More
 
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