Articles tagged 'Change management'

Leadership

5 Hard Truths About Leadership That You Never Stop Learning

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As an Organizational Development and Leadership practitioner, I often find myself having conversations about leadership – what it is and what it isn’t – and how to be a good leader.

It’s time for some truths.

So what are some hard truths about leadership? Read more…

Recruiting and Staffing

Hiring Wisdom: When Your First Choice Isn’t Your Best Choice

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You only have one opening and two good candidates, but one stands out.

You hire that one, and it is now six months later and you’re forced to admit that you made a mistake.

It’s time to cut your losses, start over, and look for a replacement.

But, maybe not, IF you handled the second-choice candidate well. Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

Would My Leadership Job Be Easier in a Parallel Universe?

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Sometimes leadership and management jobs just feel ugly and impossible.

I can remember feeling at various points in my career, that the mission just didn’t make sense, or that it was unsupported. I felt like I was out on a limb owning all of the risk, and with not enough resources to succeed.

Or, I felt like the corporate bureaucracy — the board, or another group or particular adversary –, was blocking me (or sabotaging me) from doing the right things that I knew desperately needed to be done.

Welcome to being a leader. Read more…

Training & Development

With Training, Sometimes You Learn More Through Learning Less

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The learning landscape has changed substantially; the line has different skill needs, and employees want to learn in new, innovative ways.

As line leaders pursue new growth opportunities — or seek to improve their execution of existing plans — they need employees with new and more complex skills. Clearly, line leaders’ expectations of development interventions are changing.

  • Sales leaders, for example, want to build a sales staff that can not only sell products but also challenge customers’ assumptions. Read more…
Culture, HR Insights

Why Today’s Businesses Must Become “Enlightened Organizations”

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Call it a combination of ohhhhm and aha!

Those simple, powerful sounds sum up what my colleagues and I think is crucial for organizations when it comes to talent these days.

That is, companies need to be “Enlightened Organizations” in order to be great workplaces and to be successful.

We mean “Enlightened” in both the Eastern and Western senses of the term. Eastern in the sense of principles of wisdom, kindness and harmony. Western in the sense of the Age of Enlightenment, and its concepts of scientific inquiry, progress and analysis. Read more…

HR Insights

What’s Your Word for “Happiness at Work?”

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If I asked you to describe your attitude towards your work in one word, what would it be?

Setting aside for a moment your feelings for work, the English language admittedly makes this difficult.

German, for example, is a fascinating language in that new or changing concepts can be described by stringing words together to create a new one (e.g., freundschaftsbezeigungenwhich means “demonstrations of friendship”). Read more…

Leadership, Training & Development

The Urgent Need For Leadership Development

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Back in March, I discussed a few takeaways from Deloitte’s Global Human Capital Trends 2014 survey. After going through the report again, I think it would be worthwhile to mention some of the other global trends for 2014.

I previously discussed the need to re-skill HR teams, one of the top four (out of 12) global trends that survey respondents perceived as most urgent. I did not, however, discuss the top trend perceived as most urgent by responders — the need to build global leadership.

Fully 38 percent of respondents rated this as “urgent,” 50 percent more than the next trend identified as “urgent.” Read more…

Benefits, Global HR

How Employee Benefits Are Changing Around the World

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In the last 12 months I’ve been to 73 cities in 19 countries, working with our global clients about the advantages of using online benefit management and employee engagement software.

Along the way, I’ve picked up some interesting facts, figures and anecdotes regarding employee benefits management strategies. These are high-level observations and therefore should be taken with a pinch of salt.

I know how infuriating it can be to have your country or region generalized. For example, you can’t talk about the American economy in high-level terms: Read more…

HR Technology, Training & Development

Tech Insights: Balancing Learning Systems vs. Informal Training

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Many organizations have sophisticated training departments with complex Learning Management Systems.

I love that, yet I find myself wondering if it matters as much as it used to.

When the typical Millennial wants to learn something, they turn to the web, often YouTube, and see what they can find. The training may not be as good as what the corporate training department provides, but it may be good enough. Even if the LMS offers a ton of e-learning, employees may default to the ultra-familiarity of YouTube to pick up the tips they are looking for. Read more…

Culture, Leadership

Evolving Your Workplace Culture: History Shows It Takes a Bold Vision

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CEO’s continue to publicly proclaim their efforts to manage significant and meaningful culture change.

Some miss the mark and show their lack of understanding this critical topic. Others, like Satya Nadella of Microsoft, share a much clearer vision and appear like they truly “get it.”

What separates the visionary and capable culture champions from the vast majority of leaders that don’t understand the culture fundamentals? Read more…