Articles tagged 'Leadership'

Talent Management

The No. 1 Driver of Employee Engagement Is … Well, It Depends

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A few months back I attended the HR Technology Conference, where I saw one speaker after another state with great confidence, “Of course we all know that the No. 1 driver of employee engagement is…” as if imparting a definitive piece of wisdom on the audience.

Problem is, the first speaker said it was culture, the second said it was compensation, and the third said it all came down to the person’s manager.

Of course, they can’t all be correct. Or can they? Read more…

Leadership

10 Classic and Enduring Rules of Great Leadership

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The special qualities of remarkable leaders are complex and rare.

Leadership requires the courage to fashion a code of conduct governed by principled conviction, so reviewing the writings of Classical philosophers is a good place to begin our journey towards becoming more effective leaders.

Michael Soupios and Panos Mourdoukoutas did just that for their book, The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership, and discovered the ancient philosophies remain relevant today. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Want a Game-Changing Position? You Should Try “HR Advisor” on for Size

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Do you work in HR?

Do you want to be promoted and make more money? Do you like being in charge? Are you ready to help your company make some important decisions?

Well, sorry, your options are limited. Read more…

Culture, Leadership

Is There Ever a Cure When Workplace Cultures Get Sick?

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Measles, a disease once thought to be completely eradicated, is making a comeback.

The flu vaccine was only 18 percent effective this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control, as long-identified strains continue to mutate.

Hospitals breed superbugs and must continuously adapt to stop the spread of potentially fatal infections.

Just as healthy people can be felled overnight by a new disease or drug-resistant bacteria, companies can sicken and even collapse if their culture is allowed to get seriously unhealthy. Read more…

Culture, Leadership

The 5 Words Leaders Use That Do More Damage Than Good

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The most misunderstood phrase in corporate speak is “People are our greatest asset.”

Those five words do more damage than good.

That was the hook as I began my speech this week at the Great Place to Work list announcement in Dubai .

I have gotten so that when I hear that phrase, to me it is a signal that whoever said it is not really connected about those assets. If you have to say it, you probably do not believe it yourself. Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

How to Cope When You Find You’re Butting Heads With the Boss

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Sometimes even when people agree, and like, and respect each other, they can still find it frustrating to communicate.

Both can be really smart, capable people, but they just don’t get each other — they drive each other crazy.

The issue is that we all have our own preferred style of thinking and communicating.

When we are lucky enough to get a match with our boss, life is easy. When we end up as opposites, the interactions can be highly stressful and annoying, leaving both parties scratching their heads about why this is so difficult. Read more…

Culture, HR Insights

Can You and Your Organization Truly Handle Transparency?

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A recent article in the Orlando Sentinel caught my attention.

It reports that a leasing company has stopped the process of making tenants agree in the lease to not post bad social media reviews, at the penalty of $10,000. Wow! I must be naïve because I just cannot fathom anyone making such a business decision. Well, it’s good they stopped it.

Reading a little deeper, apparently the leasing company was concerned about a “’growing trend’ of real estate renters posting unjustified and defamatory reviews on social media in order to negotiate lower rents.” OK, that is certainly unfair, if that is actually happening.

Trying to control what people write on social media, however, is a little bit like trying to bail out a sinking canoe. If someone wants to write a negative review and not pay a penalty, they’ll find a way to do it, even if it means getting cousin Gertrude to write the review. Read more…

HR Insights

Dumb Policies Are a Lose-Lose for Companies, Employees, AND Customers

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This week, our postal carrier delivered a controversial piece of mail to the house.

The mail was addressed to a man whose name I didn’t recognize, but we’ve gotten mail that wasn’t ours before, so I didn’t find that to be terribly unsettling.

What set the alarm off in my head was the sender, which happened to be the Pennsylvania State Police. Read more…

HR News & Trends

Deloitte’s New Human Capital Survey Should Be a Wake-Up Call for HR

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Deloitte recently released its 2015 Global Human Capital Trends report, their annual comprehensive study of HR, leadership, and talent challenges compiled using data from surveys and interviews taken by 3,300 plus HR and business leaders in 106 countries around the world.

The report identifies 10 major trends that emerged from the most current research, and cites the capability gap (measuring the distance between the importance of an issue and organizations’ readiness to address it) associated with each, as well as practical ideas for how to help organizations combat theses challenges. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Dear HR Leader: It’s Time to Pass the Baton to a New Generation

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It first hit me about 8 months ago at a SHRM Thought Leaders retreat in San Diego with 125 senior HR leaders (mostly CHRO’s and heads of function) and academics in a breakout room discussing leadership and specifically managing Gen Y employees.

There were several comments about work ethic and opinions tossed about the room. Then I raised my hand and spoke up.

I said, “How can a room full of 40 and 50 somethings pass judgement on what is needed for the next generation without their contribution?” There were no heads of HR under the age of 33 in the room. Read more…