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Why HR Can’t Lead Cultural Change

Edgar Schein and the subject of organizational culture are forever linked due to his pioneering efforts in the field. His hallmark book, Organizational Culture and Leadership, has been a resource for more than 30 years. Ed shared insights from its recently released  fifth edition during an interview at the Human Synergistics Ultimate Culture…

Deloitte Report: Technology Is Changing All the Rules

Deloitte’s annual human capital report was just published. I look forward to this one every year because it’s backed by a massive amount of data collection and analysis, it’s easy to read, it always throws at least one curve ball, and there’s a TON of useful information. This may be the most on…

The Rush to the Cloud Is Putting HR In Charge of its Tech

It’s a good time to be in the HR technology industry. Last year over $1.96 billion was invested in HR tech startups across 13 categories, including recruitment, career development and automation. There’s also a dizzying number of mergers & acquisitions taking place, with analytics poised as the next big category. But for the…

5 Unique Ways to Pump Up Employee Recognition

When you think of NBCUniversal employees, who do you think of? Most people tend to think of the people in front of the camera. But Jayzen Patria, executive director of talent development for NBCUniversal, sought to change that image with the creation of the Talent Lab, a program that recognizes all employees and…

The Case For Junking 9 Box Assessments

The “9 box” is one of the most popular assessment methods in talent management. I first encountered the 9 box in the 1990s when it was a key part of GE’s highly influential Session C performance management method. Since then I have seen 9 boxes used by many organizations with varying degrees of…

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…