Articles tagged 'Management'

Leadership

How You Can Put “Lead” Back Into Leadership

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Many people split the world into dualities: You’re either this or that. Positive or negative. On or off. Black or white.

But in reality, human behavior occurs mostly in the shades of gray between any two extremes. So when it comes to leadership, I hate to say, “You’re either part of the problem or part of the solution.

But it’s easy to see how it could be true. Read more…

Leadership, Talent Management

Why Is It That So Many Employees Don’t Trust Their Employers?

Lack of trust

More than half of us don’t believe our employers are open and upfront with us.

This disturbing news comes to us from the American Psychological Association’s 2014 Work and Well-Being Survey, which finds nearly 1 in 4 workers don’t trust their employers, 1 in 3 reported their employers aren’t always honest or truthful, and less than half believe employers are open and upfront.

This lack of trust in the workplace is a big deal, and is leading more than a quarter of U.S. employees to say they intend to seek new employment in the next year. Read more…

HR Management, HR News & Trends

How the Baltimore Ravens (and the NFL) Failed HR 101

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By now everyone has seen former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, knock out his wife with two punches to the head in the elevator of an Atlantic City casino.

My question is this: Why didn’t anyone in the Baltimore Ravens’ organization see this before agreeing with the NFL to bring him back, initially, with only a two game suspension?

The Ravens (and the NFL) claim that no one in their organization saw the video from inside the casino elevator until it was leaked to TMZ this week. Do you buy that? Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

Talent Management Gone Wrong: Why Can’t We Be Honest With People?

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Last May, I posted a story of a young man who had been identified by a Fortune 100 firm as a high potential and placed into a leadership development program to prepare for the possibility of promotion into the executive ranks.

The story was unfinished, as a month after his Director left the organization and the young man had been appointed as interim Director, the VP told him that they were considering outsourcing the position.

The young man was disappointed, but he was determined to show the organization that he could handle the position as interim, on the chance that they decided to keep it in-house.

I described this process as “talent management gone wrong.” Read more…

Culture

Building Culture Is Always Better Than Trying to Transform It

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Should we stop trying to transform culture?

During a recent keynote, Jeb Dasteel, Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer at Oracle Corporation, said something that gave me pause.

“Don’t try to change the culture,” Dasteel urged the hundreds of change agents gathered in a hotel conference room. “Exploit it.”

Dasteel went on to explain that, while building a customer experience strategy inside Oracle — a company that had historically valued its intellectual property more than its customers — he chose to leverage the prevailing engineering mindset, instead of trying to change the organizational culture, as so many of us might be tempted to do. Read more…

Compensation, HR Insights

Should You “Out” Employees and Make Public What They’re Paid?

Transparency

In a few weeks, I am going to talk with a local compensation association about pay transparency.

As I’ve been writing over the last few months, I think there’s a cultural shift underway, with pressure building from various angles to “out” employee pay.

It’s natural that employers in Silicon Valley are feeling the most pressure. Many of its company cultures strive to live up to open communications standards like “don’t be evil.” The rest scramble to lure talent away from these companies, even though their own devotion to core values is not as obvious to employees. Read more…

HR Insights

Five Basic Responses That Will Improve Accountability – Guaranteed

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It crossed my mind once or twice that my life would be much improved if I’d simply take a vow of silence.

In fact, I once said to a good friend, “I think I’m going to take a vow of silence. I’ll only speak when spoken to and avoid offering any opinion, suggestion, or comment.”

“You’re crazy,” my friend snorted disdainfully. Read more…

HR Insights, Legal Issues

Advice to Remember: An Attorney’s Take on How to Use Email on the Job

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By Howard Mavity

Electronic communications are a mixed blessing.

Business is more efficient and new ways of commerce continue to open. However, ubiquitous electronic communications have eroded our personal time and presented near-addicting distractions.

From a legal standpoint, electronic communications, and especially email, not only creates damaging evidence but may even contribute to legal claims. Read more…

Talent Management

How to Crank Up Creativity in Your Workplace

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In the not too distant past, one good idea could catapult an organization to long-term success.

Companies were able to leverage a new product or service to their advantage for several years, and creative output was tasked to a select few employees.

But now, dramatically shorter business cycles and customers obsessed with novelty and “what have you done for me lately?” have reduced many of those advantages, requiring all of us to crank up our creativity quotient in the workplace. Read more…

HR Management, Talent Management

6 Ways You Can Help to Increase Your Workplace Value

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I see (broadly, for the sake of this discussion) two types of people in their careers.

  1. People who see their job description as a minimum requirement, and respond with the minimum effort to collect a paycheck.
  2. People who see their role as a contract with the business to deliver value, and they are always looking for ways to add more value, both to improve the business, and to raise their level of commensurate compensation. Read more…