Articles tagged 'Management'

Compensation, Talent Management

When It Comes to Employee Wages, We Just Need to Do the Right Thing

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This pay initiative is an important part of our strategies to continue attracting and retaining the best talent in order to deliver a great shopping experience, remain competitive on wages in our U.S. markets and stay focused on our value mission,” TJX Chief Executive Carol Meyrowitz said in a statement.

Having noticed from afar the recent groundbreaking announcements that have come from major retailers in the U.S., that decision has given me cause for hope.

First Wal-Mart and now Target has, on their own initiative, decided to raise the wages of their workers. That is a good sign. I particularly liked the above statement, tying it to “attracting and retaining.” Read more…

HR Management

Need More Resources? You Need to Build Your Own 1-Person Org Chart

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What is an org chart for?

This was a lesson I learned in my corporate career, and have carried through to my entrepreneurial career.

When you think of an organizational chart, people usually think about it as a way to visually organize people. To me this misses the value of the org chart entirely.

What an org chart should convey are groupings of actions, work and desired outcomes. The fact that there are people in the boxes is secondary. Read more…

TLNT Events

Want to Attend the HPW Summit? Act Now Before Early Bird Rate is Gone

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Let’s be clear about this: You are rapidly running out of time.

Yes, February is nearly over, and that means your opportunity to take advantage of our early bird rate and get $300 off the regular price to attend TLNT’s High Performance Workforce Summit in Atlanta May 6-7 is nearly over, too.

I keep saying this, but it’s true — not only is this a great bargain with the early bird discount, but the High Performance Workforce Summit is a great opportunity to find out from some of the very best HR thinkers and practitioners just what it takes to build, and maintain, a high performance workforce in today’s turbulent marketplace. Read more…

Culture, Talent Management

Taking Initiative: Is It Better to Beg For Forgiveness or Ask For Permission?

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You’ve probably heard Grace Hopper’s famous axiom, It’s better to beg forgiveness than ask permission.” As a child, my father used to tell me that all the time!

As a pioneering computer scientist and one of the first female admirals in the U.S. Navy, “Amazing Grace” surely learned the value of begging forgiveness rather than asking permission during her long, storied career. Indeed, Hopper’s Law seems to make a lot of sense in many real-world situations.

But is it applicable to the workplace? Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

Leading in Today’s Workforce: Let Your Personal Style Come Through

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You should never be afraid to let your personality and style come through.”

That has been a foundational statement for me during my career.

My first job out of college was working in the sales division for IBM. I always tell people that IBM was the Google of its day. As part of the role of becoming a sales associate we were all sent to “sales school” where we had to learn to sell the products, sell the benefits of those products, and extend the brand into the client organization. Read more…

TLNT Events

Thinking About TLNT’s HPW Summit? Well, Think About HR Guru Dave Ulrich

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Way, way back in the summer of 2010, right after launching TLNT, I referred to Dave Ulrich as “an all-around HR Guru” and said he was “one of the greatest HR thinkers of our generation.”

This was probably a bit of an understatement.

The Harvard Business Review describes Dave as “one of the world’s leading human capital/HR experts,” and he certainly is, but he is also a Professor of Business Administration at the University of Michigan and best-selling author of books such as The Why of Work: How Great Leaders Build Abundant OrganizationsandHR from the Outside In: Six Competencies for the Future of Human Resources.

Yes, Dave Ulrich is as close as you get to an HR legend — and that’s why he’ll be speaking at TLNT’s High Performance Workforce Summit May 6-7 in Atlanta. Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

What Are You Doing to Keep the Best of the Best?

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The movie Whiplash — the story of a young talented drummer and his demanding and ruthless teacher — is garnering a lot of attention (it’s been nominated for five Oscars) and it’s also kickstarting a lot of discussion.

What is the role of a teacher or coach? To what lengths should we go to elicit the best from someone? How do we motivate and not break people on the way to helping them reach their pinnacle?

These questions are relevant on school campuses, playing fields and the workplace. While I believe that everyone needs to get voted on the team and bring their A-game every day, I don’t believe the antiquated type of coaching works.

The world needs more talent than we have. Yes, we have a talent crisis. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

They’re Yours to Lose — The Impact of Good and Bad Bosses

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Last week, while listening to a friend weigh the pros and cons of a potential job offer, I started thinking about what I call the Unholy Work Trinity (UWT) — Relationship with Boss, Job Tasks, and Compensation.

The UWT exists in a delicate balance, and when any of the three parts becomes the source of mild dissatisfaction, a bit of angst usually sets in.

When an employee becomes significantly dissatisfied with one part of the UWT, however, the angst can escalate into disgruntlement. If that same employee becomes significantly dissatisfied with two or more parts of the UWT, a change is comin’ on. Read more…

HR Insights, Leadership

Mastering the Soft Skills: 5 Unspoken Rules Every Manager Should Know

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There are unspoken rules that exist in the workplace that colleges don’t teach and HR rarely trains on, and those rules are a powerful influence of who advances and who does not.

These are the “soft skills” that organizational leaders wish more of their managers and people understood.

Here’s a crash course in just five of those unspoken rules. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

How to Keep HR Off the Front Page of the Newspaper

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Last week, the head of Human Resources for my city’s public school district resigned after it became public she exchanged text messages with a subordinate regarding other employees and their weight, age, and race.

To add further insult, when asked (via text message) if the texts were subject to open records laws, she mocked whether anybody could “find” the messages or figure out how to get copies of them.

I have a lot of faith in the students coming out of this school district and am pretty certain any high school sophomore could skip a day of school, binge watch 10 episodes of Scandal, and come away knowing that text messages can be “found” and traced. After all, these kids are pretty smart. Read more…