“My vision is to create a world I want to live in.” – Peter Bregman
Peter Bregman, founder of the Bregman Leadership Institute said this at a recent (and amazing) leadership program.
While his vision deeply resonated with me on a personal level, I also found myself thinking about what a great message it would be when applied to the workplace. Read more…
In a recent interview, DDI General Manager Simon Mitchell commented that a high proportion of CEOs and board-level executives see HR as “the least strategic function” within an organization based upon a major survey conducted with a broad base of global leaders and HR executives.*
This kind of survey feedback should certainly be a concern to Human Resources departments around the world who tirelessly strive to add value to their business and drive it forward.
HR’s organizational role has never been more critical. HR is the human capital driver of the business strategy. Read more…
Harvard Business School found that four factors are critical to success in business:
- Attitude; and,
The surprise was that information, I.Q. and skills combined accounted for only seven percent of success while attitude accounted for 93 percent! Read more…
A few weeks back, HR master Kris Dunn, fellow TLNT blogger Laurie Ruettimann and I did a series for SumTotal called HR Hangouts.
The concept was to get on a Google Hangout for 20 minutes and just talk about real HR things — basically, water cooler conversations for the modern world.
It was quick and easy. You can see the actual video below (it’s about 20 minutes, if you have the time). Read more…
In the 1870s, we were first able to transmit speech electronically, thanks to Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray.
Over the years, phone technology evolved from candlestick to rotary-dial, eventually becoming cordless, and now, completely mobile. Before then, we relied on hand-delivered messages and in-person communication, much like companies do in the hiring process with in-person interviews.
Of course, companies also began using the telephone as a resource for conducting interviews more efficiently. It was the most convenient way to speak to a candidate quickly without having to wait and schedule an hour block of time to meet later in the week. Read more…
“Even the oldest trees aren’t ashamed to stand naked.” — Marty Rubin, American author
How transparent is your organization? Does every person in every department have a working knowledge of the organization’s goals, mission and vision, and core values?
Perhaps your organization even practices a more radical transparency, where any employee can check the monthly numbers, read board meeting minutes, and review proposed policy changes. Some companies also provide access to their capital structure and strategy, stress collaborative decision-making — and even make everyone’s salary a matter of public record. Read more…
“I would advise all of them if they find another career, take it and do not look back.”
This statement came from a captain in a local police force. He was referencing the layoffs that had hampered the police department in a large East Coast city.
Close to 200 officers had been laid off, and according to the newspaper article, only a handful had been rehired back into their career of law enforcement. Read more…
I harp on my peers when I speak about our role as HR Pros.
I tell HR Pros it is not our job to eliminate risk; it’s our job to advise about risk, then let our executives make choices based on that perceived risk, with our influence.
It sounds really good when I say it live! It sounds thought provoking and wise. People, take notes.
I might be wrong about all of it, though. Read more…
Tell me about your workplace environment. What’s the general attitude or “feel” of the office?
Hopeful and energetic? Downtrodden and despondent? Somewhere in between?
What’s your personal reaction to this environment? How do you work within it or contribute to improving it? Do you see this as your responsibility? Read more…