Second of two parts
Yesterday I wrote about The Need For Speed and Why It Is Critical For Business Success, and how executives are beginning to realize that the need for speed may not just be a luxury; it is probably already a critical success factor for business survival.
Today, I have a list that contains the 10 foundation steps that HR must complete if it wants to play a major role in effectively managing workforce speed.
1. Develop the business case for “workforce speed”
The first critical action step within HR is to build a compelling business case for developing programs to manage and increase speed. Read more…
First of two parts
I work in the Silicon Valley, where we have a long-established mantra of “faster, cheaper and better.”
But now no matter where you work in the world, almost everyone can sense the fact that every aspect of global business now seems to move significantly faster than it did even 10 years ago. You could even label the 21st century as “the century when speed dominated.”
This increased speed means that new products and product features come to market at an amazing rate, copying is almost immediate, everything you rely on seems to become quickly obsolete, and long-established businesses routinely lose out to faster moving startups. Read more…
Long before the iPhone 6 was launched, I was hooked on Apple.
My first desktop computer was a MacIntosh SE II with a whopping 1 mb of ram, and I’ve been an Apple fanatic ever since. But as much as I crow about their products, I rave even more about the counter-intuitive culture that is continually on display at Apple’s 434 retail stores now open in 16 countries.
On a recent Tuesday morning, I was at one of the Apple stores in a nearby mall awaiting my scheduled appointment with a “Genius,” the official job title for Apple’s trained and certified service technicians. Read more…
Yes, you do it, too. Don’t deny it.
When you’re gainfully employed, happily or not so, and you actually make the time to update your LinkedIn profile, for whatever reason, you uncheck the box in your account settings that reads:
Let people know when you change your profile, make recommendations, or follow companies. Read more…
In the last couple of years, leaders have been compelled to look to a new asset group — their workforce — to provide the company with the same productivity and financial gains they’ve experienced from leveraging hard assets and operational systems.
It seems obvious that people are at the heart of every aspect of running a business, and are therefore in the best position to positively impact outcomes, but that perspective has only recently begun to make its way into leadership training or business publications.
CEOs tell me managing talent is at the top of their agenda and research bears this out. According to PwC’s annual global CEO Survey, 83 percent of the CEOs surveyed from 69 countries plan to change their firm’s talent management strategy and for 31 percent those changes will be major. Read more…
Departing staffers can become a source of new networks and competitive intelligence.
Given the effort and expense in recruiting, identifying and hiring talent, organizations want to retain their employees at all costs. But in the increasingly mobile labor market, companies should view departing employees as continuing assets and employee turnover as a source of long-term strength.
A team of researchers from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland studied linkages between the firms on both sides of an employee move and patterns in the way the firms cited patents. They found that after an employee changed jobs, both firms became more likely to cite the other firm’s patents and gained knowledge. Read more…
Job titles have power. Titles set expectations.
Titles attract people and titles repel people. Job titles affect not only the employee, but the customer.
How much time do you spend figuring out what title to give a position? How do you decide if they are: Read more…
Cue the Western music….
A lot of employers are nervous about a new villain riding into town called “Ban the Box.” It refers a movement that has been successfully convincing legislators to force employers to remove the box on job applications that asks applicants the question “Have you been convicted of crime?”
There has been a real showdown between advocates and opponents of Ban the Box, oftentimes with employers caught in the middle.
So what are the pros and cons of Ban the Box, and how do organizations avoid having things turn ugly? Read more…
My youngest started fifth grade last week, and as I was combing through the official forms and literature, making sure he had all his school supplies and such, I happened upon the grading system: