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There’s No Quick and Easy Fix to Building a Successful Workforce

I recently stumbled across a blog post titled, After years of intensive analysis, Google discovers the key to good teamwork is being nice. I knew that Google had initiated a longitudinal study called Project Oxygen in 2009 to identify key leadership competencies.  I knew that what they found was a validation of common sense – that…

Hiring Wisdom: Are You Hiring For Talent, or For Skills and Experience?

Human knowledge is now doubling every 12 months. This means that 50 percent of what you now know will be out of date in a year. Just to bring it home, let’s imagine you need open heart surgery. How would you like to have it performed by someone who hadn’t learned anything new…

Leveraging HR Analytics: Better Productivity From Some Telltale Donut Bags

Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from the book It’s All About Bob (bie): Strategies For Winning With Your Employees, published by The Workforce Institute at Kronos Incorporated. By David Creelman When we hear the phrase “HR analytics” it sounds very, well, very uninteresting. You may also think it’s a technical subject, suitable only for people who find statistics fun….

Are You and Your Workforce Just Too Busy to Scale?

Chaos doesn’t scale. When I work with CEO’s and general managers they often tell me about their plans to scale the business. When I ask, “So how’s that going?” it often leads to a conversation about how they are doing business today, and the fact that “this won’t scale.” Me: So, why don’t you…

The Ugly Side of Transparency in the Workplace

Transparency rules in today’s workplace. Recruiting, interviewing, hiring, performance management, every process of talent management is being uprooted because of this stubborn need for workplace transparency. Perhaps the need is warranted. Trust is a key factor in acquiring and retaining top talent and trust, in one way or another, is built from transparency,…

Five Ways to Be a Great Workplace Leader – Regardless of Your Title

You may think of the “leaders” in your organization as the ones at the top of the org chart, but true leadership isn’t dependent on a title or a reporting structure. It’s in how you treat and inspire the people around you. Whether you’re a veteran CEO or just have a few years…

Getting Behind the Latest Workforce Trend: Finding a Little Joy at Work

Here’s a new movement you need to know about: Joy at work. That’s right. The latest trend is to nag you into finding some joy in your job. Not happiness. Not passion. Joy. And if you find joy, at least a little, things are going to be OK. It’s about adding up the…

Hiring Wisdom: As a Manager, What Are You Doing Wrong?

If you don’t know the answer to this question, how can you possibly expect to get any better? If you want to improve and/or excel, you need to ask your boss, your co-workers, and your employees questions like: What could I be doing better or differently? How could I improve __________? Is there…

Building a Connected Culture – It Takes Thoughtful Planning and Intention

The search for purpose and meaning is an age-old, existential quest that humans have embarked upon for, well actually, as long as humans have been on Earth. Some search for it through their religion, others in their political affiliations, some through sports, others with volunteering, some their professions, and yet others through their…

The Real Job of a Leader Might Be Harder Than You Think

Success does not equal doing everything. In my work with a variety of companies, there is a very common and shared view that executives want their managers to be more strategic. Likewise, I see many managers struggle for three reasons: They are not sure what being more stratgegic actually looks like. They are…

Workplace Wellness: Is It Your Competitive Advantage for the Best Talent?

The search for top talent is heating up, with 38 percent of employers having difficulty filling jobs, according to a 2015 survey by Manpower Group.To attract top talent, hiring professionals need more than just a well-drafted job description. Showcasing a top-notch workplace wellness program may be just the competitive advantage you need to…