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The “Smarts” In the Systems You Have Can Make You Really Smart

We are rapidly moving from a world where HR analytics was a dream to one where it’s a well-understood tool. One illustration of this is the evolution of analytics software from general purpose tools to systems that have HR smarts already built-in. This matters a lot to companies that are not making fast…

If Uber’s Culture Is to Change, the CEO Must Go

If any part of the charges of sexual harassment and favoritism made by a former Uber engineer hold up, company CEO Travis Kalanick should go. The VCs who sit on the company board should do the right thing if he doesn’t, and fire him. The chaotic, sexist culture described in a blog post…

Who’s Winning the Top HR Jobs?

Through our executive search and consulting engagements we are seeing an increasingly clear profile emerge of those who win and keep the top talent role. Some factors feel familiar (see the 4+2 Model) while others seem to be developing as the talent management field matures. With functional expertise being a given, the differentiating…

Smart or Dumb? How Your Office is Wired Makes a Difference

How do you picture the workplace 20 years from now? Do offices still exist, or have we completely traded in headquarters for personal quarters? Is the workforce more collaborative or more siloed? More productive or distracted? Is it even human? According to the 2016 Dell and Intel Future Workforce Study, it’s clear that…

What We Can Learn About Branding From a Super Bowl Commercial

I could not click to exit the You Tube ad to get to the music video. I was spellbound. “Man…I want to see this movie,” I thought, and looked forward to sending the link to a couple of friends who I also knew would be touched by this stirring story unfolding before my…

5 Talent Management Trends That Are Changing HR

The new year brings new goals, new challenges and new trends in the still-evolving field of talent management. We describe below 5 talent management trends for 2017 based on insights from HR leaders globally, our NTMN research, experiences at our clients and discussions at the Talent Management Institute. In no particular order, we…

Why Your Organization’s Purpose is Important to Your Culture

Purpose. It’s a trending topic for businesses today. A quick Google search of the phrase “company + purpose” produces a whopping 700 million results. Harvard Business Review has published more than two dozen articles on the subject last year alone. And leaders across the country – and the world – are paying attention; working to…

HR Data Alone Won’t Make You Strategic

Embedded analytics — defined by Gartner as analytic capabilities that are “easily accessible from inside the application, without forcing users to switch between systems” — are one tactic that has been heralded as an effective approach for facilitating data-driven decisions. For HR leaders, the promise of embedded analytics is especially appealing, due to…

Is Your Small Business Ready For HR Tech?

When we talk about talent strategy, we’re talking about a responsibility full of moving parts. HR professionals are tasked with finding talent to match a business’ momentum, which means they are constantly scaling programs up and down, looking back while thinking ahead, and keeping a close eye on the culture and morale of…

What Candy Crush Taught Me About Being a Good Manager

Business lessons can sneak up in the oddest of places. Even viral online games can give us insight into important organizational processes. I’m not afraid to admit it; I’ve been playing Candy Crush Saga off and on for a few months. For those unfamiliar, it is a highly addictive game where you work…