Articles tagged 'Communications'

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…

HR Insights, HR News & Trends

Are You Ready For the Coming Decade of Change and Innovation?

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I used to love that little Volkswagen Bug, the “Love Bug” named Herbie that many early Gen Xers like me remember vividly.

Herbie was the do-good little car with a mind of its own, a driverless car that helped Dean Jones win many races and save the day. Over and over again. Movie after lovable movie.

However, someday in the near future, fleets of driverless cars may displace millions of paid drivers in the global marketplace — not the “Herbien” vision of buddy work I remember from my childhood. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Tim Sackett’s HR 101: The Worst HR Advice I Ever Gave Someone

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A few days ago this thought came to me: “What is the worst advice I’ve ever given anyone?

Usually in a case like this, the first thing you think of, is usually correct! In my case, I came up with a number of things right away, none of which really seemed like the worst advice, and more of me making fun of what other people think is “good” advice.

Here’s a sample: Read more…

Culture

Lessons From the VA Scandal, or How to Avoid a Culture of Coverups

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New information about the inadequacies of leadership at the U.S. Veterans Affairs medical centers continues to be revealed daily.

The headlines are astounding, like this one from CNN.com: Bad VA care may have killed more than 1,000 veterans, senator’s report says.

In summary, for years the wait times reported by many VA medical centers in the department’s management system for measuring effectiveness were simply false. As a result, veterans have not been served well and most everyone is outraged. Read more…

HR Insights

Ignite HR 2014: The Conversation Is the Change

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Given the importance of conversation, it makes sense that the final Ignite HR presentations from May’s HR Reinvention in Omaha is about the needs and benefits of workplace conversation.

In fact, one might say that a presentation on conversation is the perfect way to wrap up this series and remind you one more time of  the benefits of the unique Ignite HR format — five (5) minutes, 20 slides and exactly 15 seconds per slide, max.

As this presentation points out, although we are technologically connected, we’re often personally isolated too, so there are many benefits of conversation we really need to consider. Read more…

HR Insights

Workplace Communications: Yes, Sometimes We Still Need to Talk

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I’ve been picking up the phone and calling my most important clients,” he said. “You can’t stop because there’s no email.

This was a quote based on the outage of MS Outlook this past week. The Washington Post headline blared MS Outlook outage brings offices back to the 1980’s.

For the people who were working in corporate, this was an era when there was no email to speak of, and for that matter, no computers. I had an office on Sixth Avenue in New York at that time and all I had was a phone on my desk. That was it. Read more…

HR Insights

Ignite HR 2014: Horribly Valuable Lessons From Pee Wee (Not Herman)

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As a very, very long week mercifully comes to an end — that’s what spending five (5) days in Florida at the SHRM annual conference does to you — it’s probably time for an Ignite HR presentation that is a little bit different.

What’s that you say? Isn’t Ignite HR already different enough?

Well, yes — you would be right. The Ignite HR format of five (5) minutes, 20 slides and exactly 15 seconds per slide, max, IS very different, but most of the presentations featured this week on TLNT from last month’s HR Reinvention in Omaha have been HR or talent management focused. Read more…

HR Insights

Ignite HR 2014: The Day Integrity Died

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Did you know that integrity is the opposite of hypocrisy?

I didn’t, but I learned that at HR Reinvention in Omaha last month, and I got it from the Ignite HR presentation by Janyne Peek Emsick titled The Day Integrity Died.

It was another presentation that seemed particularly suited for the Ignite HR format – five (5) minutes, 20 slides and exactly 15 seconds per slide, max — and that’s not always true. Some topics, or perhaps I should say “some people,” just aren’t able to focus their thinking into a tightly managed format.  Read more…

HR Management, Leadership

Management 101: What to Do When You’re In Over Your Head?

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I was recently telling a story about a time in my career when I had an all out panic.

When I got my first general manager job at Hewlett Packard, early into the role my team had identified a significant gap in our product offering, and the recommendation was that we acquire a technology from another company.

Great idea … but I have NO idea how to do this! Read more…

Culture

10 Key Principles For the Majority of Us Who Need Cultural Change

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I wrote a popular TLNT article about how 96 percent of respondents from a Strategy&/Katzenbach Center survey on culture and change management highlighted that culture change was needed in their organization in some form.

I criticized some of the over-simplified recommendations that accompanied the survey release, but The Katzenbach Center came through with their recent high quality article and related video on 10 Principles for Leading Change Management.

All leaders need to understand these principles, and it doesn’t matter if you are in a big corporation like General Motors or a small business on Main Street. Read more…