Articles tagged 'Leadership'

Talent Management

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Office

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“Right now, this is a job. If I advance any higher, this would be my career. And if this were my career, I’d have to throw myself in front of a train.”Jim Halpert, character on the TV series The Office.

Clearly, work is no laughing matter. It’s where you spend a good third of your life, focused on the things that really matter so you can out-produce your competitors and flood the bottom line with black ink.

Some people forget that work is just a part of life — you’re not supposed to live to work — and they become consumed by it. Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

What’s Next in Leadership? ‘Enriching” Employees to Unleash Their Potential

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There’s no way around it – being a leader is tough. It’s hard and it’s getting harder.

The complexity and pace of business today makes it virtually impossible to keep up, let alone find the time to nurture and encourage your team to its full potential.

So how do you deal with it? Read more…

Culture, Leadership

It’s Leadership’s Corporate Responsibility to Listen to Employees

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In 1986, Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds after launch because of a failed O Ring that employees of NASA had earlier highlighted as a risk. Investigation into the tragedy revealed that NASA’s employees tried to sound the alarm before launch.

For various reasons, they were not heard and seven people lost their lives.

The story of Challenger has been studied and dissected by every business school class, as an example of how the culture of silence is an overwhelming threat to an organization. Read more…

Leadership, Training & Development

Some Sobering Reasons Why We Need to Train Our Leaders, Too

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Leaders play an essential role in meeting business goals and profitability targets, as well as delivering service and retaining talent.

However, according to a nationwide survey released by Aon Hewitt, only 12 percent of respondents said their leaders are extremely effective at meeting business goals.

What’s more, just 14 percent believe their leaders are extremely effective at meeting profitability targets, 17 percent say the same holds true for delivering service, and only 7 percent believe their leaders are extremely effective at retaining talent. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Six Things You Need to Know to Be Really Great at HR

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The one great thing I love about going to HR and talent conferences is that you always get reminded about what really good HR should look like.

It doesn’t mean that your shop will be there, but it gives you something to shoot for.

I’ll admit, sometimes it can be frustrating listening to some HR Pro from a great brand tell you how they “built” their great employment brand through all their hard work and brilliant ideas. And all the while, not mentioning anything about “oh, yeah, and we already had this great brand that marketing spends $100 million a year to keep great!Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

Some Very Good Reasons That Smart Business Leaders Scrimmage

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“We’ve got our first scrimmage.

Players love to hear those words from the coach because scrimmages are much more fun than squat thrusts, windmills, or shoulder and hip rotations.

Scrimmaging is as close to a real game as you can get without the hoopla, and it serves multiple functions in sports and at work. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

How to Help Mediate and Settle a Workplace Conflict

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An ounce of mediation is worth a pound of arbitration and a ton of litigation.” — Joseph Grynbaum, American mediator.

In any group greater than two people, you’ll inevitably have conflict. (Even two people may prove one too many on some issues.)

So it should come as no surprise that your team members will occasionally rub each other the wrong way, resulting in conflicts that come to you for resolution.

In most cases, you can all sit down and reach a reasonable agreement after a little give-and-take discussion — assuming everyone wants to work it out. Or, if the disagreement seems petty, you can just make a quick decision and tell everyone to get back to work. Read more…

Culture

Purpose-Driven Leadership: It Casts a Long Shadow and Teaches Us a Lot

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When the CEO of one of the nation’s largest pharmacy chains announced that the company would stop selling tobacco products in its 7,700 drug stores, he made headline news and set a powerful example for others to follow.

CVS Caremark (recently renamed CVS Health) President & CEO Larry Merlo put a firm stake in the ground by voluntarily forgoing a source of $2 billion a year in revenue.

So, you might be wondering, what was he thinking? Read more…

HR News & Trends, TLNT Events

Addressing Manufacturing’s Unique Talent Management Challenges

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In case you haven’t heard, manufacturing in the U.S. is making a comeback.

Despite the old and outdated notion that most American manufacturing moved overseas, manufacturing has actually been growing steadily and now supports an estimated 17.4 million jobs in the United States —about one in six private-sector jobs, according to the latest figures from the National Association of Manufacturers.

More to the point, more than 12 million Americans, or 9 percent of the workforce,  are employed directly in manufacturing.

Yes, manufacturing is a growing and critical part of our economy, and that’s one of the reasons why TLNT is putting on the first-ever HR in Manufacturing Forum Nov. 4-5 in Fort Worth, Texas. Read more…

Culture

It Takes the Right Talent Mix to Get the Culture Thing Right

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No the manager was cool, it was just that I could not survive in that culture. I had to get out.

We have all heard the phrase that people don’t leave companies, they leave managers. Well, hearing that had me thinking.

Yes, this makes sense. I quit Martha Stewart because the culture had changed dramatically. I loved the people, but the toxicity at that time was a bit much. I walked out with a job in sight. Read more…