Derek Irvine

Derek Irvine is Vice President, Client Strategy & Consulting Service at Globoforce, a global provider of strategic employee recognition and reward programs. In his role as a thought leader for employee recognition at Globoforce, Derek helps clients set a higher ambition for global, strategic employee recognition, leading consultative workshops and strategy setting meetings with such organizations as Avnet, Celestica, Dow Chemical, Intuit, KPMG, Logica, P&G, Symantec, and Thompson Reuters. Contact him at irvine@globoforce.com.

Articles by Derek Irvine

Culture, Global HR

3 Steps to Creating a Culture That Will Resonate Anywhere and Everywhere

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Building a strong, global culture seems an obvious step in ensuring company success. But it can be easy to become lazy about your culture, assuming it will continue along well without intervention or oversight.

This is simply not true. As I’ve said before, culture is like a bonsai tree. It can take years to shape and grow into what you want, but mere seconds to destroy.

Today, I’m sharing wisdom from three executives who know of what they speak on the topic of company culture. Together, they lay out the three steps needed to create and maintain the culture you need to achieve your success objectives. Read more…

Talent Management

Should You Engage Employees As They’re Heading Out the Door?

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I’ll admit, I started to read this Fast Company article and was prejudiced to disagree with the premise – “the best opportunity to engage employees is how you treat them when they leave.”

Ridiculous, right? They’re leaving! How does working to engage them now do any good? It’s like using your exit interview as your best survey tool for employee engagement in your organization. (Yes, that’s really a thing.)

But, after reading the article, I admit my prejudicial instincts may have been wrong. Read more…

Culture

5 Steps to Align Culture to Get Your Employee’s Strategic Buy-In

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Culture eats strategy… strategy trumps culture… on which side of the culture/strategy divide do you fall?

I’ve written about this before, and I tend to side with culture – primarily because culture drives the behaviors of individuals who are the one that achieve your strategy (or not). But culture is the driving force.

Regardless of where you stand, it’s undeniable culture and strategy are deeply intertwined in organizations large and small, global or local, public or private, for-profit or non-profit. Read more…

HR News & Trends, Talent Management

Remembering the Work of So Many “Average” Heroes in Boston

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Today is a solemn day of remembrance and tribute.

Our U.S. headquarters is located near Boston, and several of our employees are regular runners of the Boston Marathon. Last year was a brutal, heart-wrenching blow to all of us, but of course, no more so than to those who lost loved ones or survived the horrific events one year ago today.

In honor of those who remain Boston Strong, I’d like to focus on the average people. Read more…

Classic TLNT

The Steve Jobs Effect: Do “Jerk” Bosses Always Rise to the Top?

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Editor’s Note: Sometimes readers ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday.

A disturbing news trend I’ve been seeing during the last several months since the untimely death of Steve Jobs is the rise of the “jerk” boss – an aggressive, in-your-face, even insulting management style being necessary to not only get the “best” out of people, but also to rise to the highest career levels.

This Washington Post article makes the point well, elucidating why it is that people in power choose the path of the jerk: Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

Love at Work? Don’t Freak Out – Here Are 3 Ways to Get It Right

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Love at work. If you’re in HR and reading that statement, likely you shuddered, even just a little.

Usually, “love at work” means some kind of relationship gone wrong, necessitating a new policy about relationships in the workplace, etc.

But new research out of Wharton (and reported in Knowledge@Wharton) shows, rather, we should be encouraging love at work, particularly a form of love called “companionate love.” Read more…

Culture, Rewards & Recognition

The Challenges in Merging Different Company Cultures

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Mercer periodically puts out terrific infographics summarizing research around a particular topic. The most recent is “People Issues Affect M&A Transactions More Than Ever” (see it below or click through here).

Notice in particular the last two charts showing how neglected company culture is during M&A, with these two major takeaways.

1. Culture most neglected across the board

The red chart shows nearly all regions of the world agree culture is largely ignored during the M&A process. This is detrimental not only post-M&A, but during as well. Read more…

HR Management, Leadership

3 Things That Will Help You Become an Exceptional Manager

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In my most recent post on Compensation Café, I referenced a quote from Don Knauss, CEO of Clorox, about the “head” part of leadership.

In Don’s terms, the “head” is focused on, well, focus – how you communicate to and reinforce for employees the tightly focused priorities need for organizational success.

Today, I’m digging deeper into the same interview with Don Knauss to look at the “heart” part of leadership. Read more…

Rewards & Recognition, Talent Management

It’s Not Enough to Thank Employees – You Must Show Appreciation, Too

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It’s no surprise to regular readers that my favorite topic of conversation on this blog is how we can all do a better job of sharing our appreciation for each other’s efforts at work and, more importantly, why it’s important we do so.

Of course there are right ways and wrong ways of doing this in terms of the practical act of telling someone “thank you.” But we must also never forget there’s more to recognizing others.

“Corner Office” column in The New York Times served as a reminder in which Avinoam Nowogrodski, chief executive of Clarizen, discussed his management style. Throughout his interview, these three foundational methods of employee recognition are quite clear: Read more…

Rewards & Recognition, Talent Management

5 Things to Consider From Reactions to Employee Appreciation Day

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In honor of Employee Appreciation Day on March 7, my CEO Eric Mosley shared 10 Tips for Recognizing Employees on Boston.com, the online version of The Boston Globe.

Many of the tips are familiar, I’m sure, to readers of this blog, with ideas for making recognition, frequent, specific, timely and crowdsourced. Please do read the tips, as Eric’s added insight I found particularly helpful.

Perhaps as interesting, however, are the comments to the slide show. Readers were invited to “Share: How is your office celebrating Employee Appreciation Day?” Read more…