Training, Learning & Development

Competency Modeling Is As Dated As A Jeans Jacket

What do competency models and jean jackets have in common? They both belong in the nineties, says Christy Panico. She’s assessment manager at Pinsight, a Colorado company that provides online job simulations. In her presentation at DisruptHr Denver in 2015, she challenged the use of competency models as “static and inflexible.” “Does your…

7 Steps to Growing Great Leaders

Effective leaders are a key resource at all levels of an organization. Leaders are a necessity if companies are to thrive and succeed in the long-term. Great leaders push a company forward, elevate expectations, and are well-equipped to motivate those around them. Leaders are critical, as they align employees to the company’s overall…

“Once and Done” Training Doesn’t Cut It

I’ve written before that middle managers are the tip of the spear, organizationally speaking, for everything. Productivity? Check. Change management? Check. Communication? Check. Culture? Check. Engagement? Check. Talent development? Check. Retention/turnover? Check. Everything. I ran across a good little white paper from Grovo, a workplace learning company, that underscores this point, yet again….

What Are Doing About Your “Workplace Prisoners”?

Recognize This! – Motivating employees requires more than compensation, which can create “prisoners.” Instead, companies need to emphasize a richer employee experience. There is an interesting “iceberg” effect when it comes to employee motivation. Company leadership tends to focus on what is immediately visible, both for top talent and for severe underperformers for…

How to Start a Successful Mentoring Program

Across the business spectrum, all companies strive to improve employee onboarding and performance while achieving business goals. One way to achieve this is through implementing a mentorship program. These kinds of programs, when successful, can boost employee satisfaction, increase employee retention, and bolster development and growth in employees up and down the company….

A Life Strategy Is As Essential As Business Strategy

Realizing workforce potential is an urgent business topic today, yet while many ideas are offered, a sustainable framework remains elusive. Constant change is the new normal; building solutions for HR and organizational design, strategically, must be both simple and adaptive. What defines a modern strategy for creating a highly-optimized workforce? To instill motivation,…

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Workplace Benefits

There is a fine line to walk while balancing a company’s bottom line and attracting great talent. Because the employees who work for you are the most valuable asset that your company has at its disposal, making sure they are productive and healthy and happy both in and out of the office is…

Performance Reviews: Why Once A Year Isn’t Enough

In the news today we’re constantly seeing major companies announce they’re dumping their old performance management systems for more agile solutions. Accenture, Adobe, Deloitte, Gap and Microsoft are just a few of the big names that have upgraded their people management processes based on real-time feedback. You may be asking yourself what the…

Are You Sharing Your Best Advice?

I was fresh out of college and had just started my first recruiting job at a staffing company. There was so much to learn, and the other more tenured recruiters around me looked so busy. The excitement of my first job quickly turned into the reality of a steep learning curve. I’d see…

How One Woman Made Lemonade Out of a Job No Man Was Asked to Do

Note: This is the first in a series of interviews conducted by Rob Cahill, CEO of the management-training and education firm Jhana, with industry leading scholars, CEOs, founders and consultants on the topic of management.  The topic for anyone who cares about management, Bob Sutton is something of a household name. A professor of…

5 Secrets of Successful One-On-One Meetings

One clear distinction between engaged and disengaged organizations is the fact that they are more likely to hold regular one-on-one meetings. Quantum Workplace reviewed 300 employer survey responses and found 85.7% of highly engaged companies hold one-on-one meetings compared to just 50% of highly disengaged ones. These companies aren’t just throwing meetings together, they…