Companies today face several unprecedented challenges.
- An increasingly competitive hiring landscape, combined with growing talent shortages and skills gaps, makes finding the right people harder than ever.
- Looming retirements among Baby Boomers means companies will soon lose their most senior employees, along with their skills and knowledge.
- And, with rampant employee disengagement, companies often struggle to retain their best and most promising workers.
As these issues converge, talent management has become increasingly difficult. So, what can employers do to counteract these factors? Read more…
Virtually every company says it values career development. Yet one of the most common reasons for turnover is a lack of development opportunities.
If development is so important, why does it seem to be in such scarce supply?
One reason is many companies actually do things that discourage people from engaging in development activities.
You can tell a lot about how much a company values development by looking at the criteria used to guide compensation and promotion decisions. Read more…
When senior leaders come for coaching, they often show up with great motivation but guarded perspective.
Their CEO has often given them some direct or implied feedback that their career has hit a roadblock unless they develop more “executive presence” or overcome some other nebulous challenge.
In my experience in working with these executives for more than two decades, I’ve identified three recurring difficulties they have in communicating with their staff, peers, and strategic partners. If the following issues sound familiar to you, the accompanying tips may help. Read more…
By Ilyse Wolens Schuman
One of the few employment-related bills considered by Congress this term is on its way to President Obama’s desk.
On July 9, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (H.R. 803) by a vote of 415-6 (with 11 not voting).
As previously discussed, last month the Senate approved this bill, which primarily reauthorizes and consolidates a number of federal job training programs. Read more…
“Seek opportunities to show you care. The smallest gestures often make the biggest difference.” — John Wooden, longtime UCLA men’s basketball coach
Despite what some people may think, being a manager is no walk in the park.
In fact, the combination of mental work, social interaction, project juggling, time management challenges, high pressure, responsibility, and variability makes it among the more demanding types of work any person can take on. The hours are terrible and the stress is inevitable. Read more…
I saw an interview with Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz where he announced that the company would pay for most employees to get a degree online from Arizona State University.
This seems like a benefit few of the company’s employees would need. Aren’t most of their baristas already people with worthless degrees?
This is the type I’ve described as Generation U (unemployed and underemployed), but it seems that Mr. Schultz is just echoing a sentiment that suggests that a college degree is required for most people to have a good career. This starts at the very top in America — the White House’s education imperative states that “Earning a post-secondary degree or credential is a prerequisite for 21st century jobs.” Read more…
By Ilyse Wolens Schuman
In a rare act of bipartisan cooperation, the U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved by a vote of 95-3 a bill that reauthorizes and consolidates a number of federal job training programs.
Among other things, the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) amends and reauthorizes the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA), eliminates 15 existing federal workforce programs and streamlines others, and allows businesses to provide greater input at the local level regarding the types of skills needed in today’s economy. Read more…
“Success in business requires training and discipline and hard work. But if you’re not frightened by these things, the opportunities are just as great today as they ever were.” — David Rockefeller, American banker
Great managers understand that in order for your team members to be productive and do a great job, they need to have the right tools.
Some need blazing-fast computing power; others require smartphones and tablets that let them do their work on the go; still others might require specialized instruments to maximize their performance. Read more…
Ray Stata, former CEO of Analog Devices, a semiconductor company, is quoted as saying, “The rate at which organizations and individuals learn may well become the only sustainable competitive advantage.”
What could be truer? In our increasingly competitive, global, fast-moving economy, companies that take learning seriously—or more accurately, the learning of its people seriously — are much better off than companies that don’t.
And, such “learning organizations” stand in marked contrast to that other kind, which tend to base decision-making on tradition, history, bias, emotion, and perception rather than verifiable data. Read more…
“In both children and adults, there can be a hard-to-deny link between a robust sense of hope and either work productivity or academic achievement.” — Jeffrey Kluger, senior writer for TIME Magazine.
Today’s leaders communicate a vision for the team and blaze the trail for everyone to follow. They figuratively fire up a bulldozer, clear out the brush, and smooth the way from here to there.
Leaders make it easy for people to get where they need to go — and give them hope that they can. Coaching has always been one of the primary ways to achieve this, by offering workers the opportunity to improve. To paraphrase an old Meineke Muffler commercial, coaching can “make them fit.” Read more…