Imagine the pride I feel for my profession when a friend of mine posts this (see below) on Facebook!
Sorry. Forgive the sarcasm.
But, it’s a valid point. I hate the fact that, in too many organizations, the Human Resources department is seen as an obstacle and anything other than helpful.
What is interesting to think about is that we (HR) spend so much time bemoaning not being allowed to be strategic, that we miss opportunities to do some of the tactical stuff right.
The Korn Ferry Institute recently released a report that looks at the leadership traits of “best-in-class” executives, and the important relationship between Chief Executive Officers and Chief Human Resource Officers.
The report CEOs and CHROs: Crucial Allies and Potential Successors (authored by Dave Ulrich and Ellie Filler) confirms that for C-suite roles technical skills are just a fraction of what makes for successful leadership, and that executives in the top 10 percent of pay for their function tend to have leadership styles that motivate employees, develop future leaders, and create appropriate cultures. Read more…
The good guys — companies that are good to employees, to customers and to their communities — keep winning.
That’s the hopeful news we found as we compiled the latest Good Company Index report.
The Good Company Index (GCI) assesses companies on their performance as employers, sellers and as stewards of the planet and communities. We created the original GCI metric as a feature of our book Good Company: Business Success in the Worthiness Era. Read more…
A popular post I wrote for TLNT last year (The 9 Clear Steps to Organizational Culture Change) is still on the first page of Google search results for that topic.
I recently approached a training video company with course content based on that post and they felt culture is a topic best suited for top leaders. They explained that training video sales are higher if the content fits first line managers and individual contributors.
I explained the culture fundamentals that apply to top leaders also apply to work teams of any size since they are sub-cultures with behavior that’s also driven by cultural rules.
From that insight, the culture content was simplified and the WE WIN framework was born. Read more…
I’m not sure when this started, but recently I’ve been introduced as a “Thought Leader.”
At first, it was flattering. Wow, a ‘Thought Leader’! I wasn’t sure what it meant, but it sounded cool.
You mean, I’m a “Thought Leader” like Steve Jobs? Well, slow down Sparky, not quite like Steve Jobs. Read more…
We are at our best with those random acts of kindness to strangers.
Co-workers and family members don’t fare so well. The reasons vary: We take them for granted and think they’ll love us anyway. Or maybe familiarity breeds irritability.
Whatever the cause, rudeness has ruined family relationships. And otherwise competent business leaders are disliked and dissed by their staff and peers because they fail to understand that manners matter.
The revival of respect and kindness could revolutionize employee engagement. Read more…
During five years of international HR consulting for a range of organizations, I noticed that companies of all sizes (from small businesses to the global Fortune 100) had something in common: When HR was perceived by others to deliver the most value, it was when it was firefighting — responding to issues and “fixing” them.
Human Resources is most often operationally oriented, providing support for transactional processes, like hiring, performance reviews, and compensation reviews.
It’s this kind of focus that has prompted some experts to call for the splitting of HR departments. Read more…
A “Sweet Spot” exists at the intersection of three areas of context for any business change or transformation.
It is critical for leaders to get context clarity on these areas to make the difference between a resounding successful change and a crashing failure.
Here are those three areas: Read more…
For years, I have been trying to figure out why so many leaders tolerate poor execution and do nothing about it.
One unfortunate issue I see quite regularly is simply that some “big” executives seem to believe that execution is beneath them.
They view execution as a low-level job for other, less important, less strategic people to deal with. Read more…
If you missed it last year, you’re getting another chance in 2015.
TLNT’s popular High Performance Workforce Summit will be back again on May 6-7 at the Omni CNN Center Hotel in Atlanta, with a great roster of expert Chief HR Officers, Vice Presidents and business executives.
Today we’re launching the conference website with information about the executive speakers on the agenda who will provide best practices, key trends, tools, trends how-to’s, metrics and unique perspectives on the world of talent.
The presenters and speakers are all top-drawer HR and executive leaders who will tell you how they built. manage, and leverage their own high performance workforces – the kind of speakers you rarely hear from at HR-oriented events! Read more…