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Collaboration is the Culture of Success

No matter how far reaching a leader’s vision or how brilliant the company’s strategy may be, little will be realized if not supported by the organization’s culture. Analyzing the team’s lack of success a few years ago, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers took management to task saying, “I think we have…

It’s Not the Data, But What You Do With It That Matters

Picture this: It’s a Friday morning, and five senior executives walk into a conference room to meet with the CEO — Operations, Sales, Finance, Marketing and Human Resources. The Operations VP starts with a dashboard clearly indicating improved operational efficiency, productivity gains and cost savings for the quarter, as well as projections for…

You Are Rating Employees Even When You Say You’re Not

Note: This is the second of three articles dealing with managing performance and compensation in the post-ratings organization. Monday’s article discussed the broad issues raised when ratings are eliminated. Wednesday, the final article discusses ratings distribution. ———— Often, when bonuses or long-term incentives are distributed, complaints about “budget bottlenecks” can be observed. In…

How to Grow Better Leaders

The quality of an organization’s leadership almost always foreshadows its chances for sustained success. Leadership and culture are also the most significant factors in attracting and retaining the best talent – ranking three times higher than salary, according to data from Glassdoor. Therefore, it would be reasonable to expect CEOs and senior leaders…

What to Consider When You Self-Fund Your Health Plan

When deciding to use a TPA (third-party administrator) to administer your self-funded healthcare plan, the first consideration is often what your healthcare provider network will look like. TPAs can help companies save more money and provide greater flexibility, but what about the provider’s quality of care? A close look shows that TPAs, with…

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…

Lifecycle Mastery: Your Future Leaders Are Among You. Here’s How to Find and Develop Them

This is the final part of a six part look at how employers can master the talent lifecycle in a way that will help build a high performing workforce. Today’s post examines succession planning. A complete list of the posts is at the end of this article. The final stage of the talent…

Lifecycle Mastery: A Learning Culture is the Key to Getting Great Performance

This is part five of a six part look at how employers can master the talent lifecycle in a way that will help build a high performing workforce. Today’s post examines performance management. Previous posts are listed at the end of this article. ———— The point of performance management is clear — to…

Lifecycle Mastery: Interviewing for the Right Talent

This is part two of a six part look at how employers can master the talent lifecycle in a way that will help build a high performing workforce. Today’s post examines interviewing. Other posts are listed at the end of this article. ———— You created your ideal candidate profile, promoted your job openings,…