Opinion Archives

4 Areas Where Technology Is Helping HR Make a Difference

It’s a great time to be a human resources executive. Over the past five years, technology has entered the previously tech-ignored HR space in a big way. There are now a wide array of products, programs and training to help employees live healthier, happier and more productive lives. And increasingly, HR finds itself…

Is It Balance or Work/Life Integration?

Unlimited vacation. Free gym memberships. Nap pods. Such “perks” are increasingly commonplace — viewed as a smart engagement tool and a key strategy in driving workplace culture. But when it comes to improving work-life balance and helping employees feel rested and productive, is a nap pod really the answer? Perhaps not, according to…

Rewarding People For Results Is a Mistake

Beware of people who say things like, “I’m the sort of person who likes to get things done.” They almost always make this remark when trying to impress an interviewer, colleague, or manager. The implication is that while all the losers around them are busy being losers, these are the stars of your organization. Often, though, they’re…

The New Rules For Business Success In the Digital Age

Note: This is part one of a two part series on what’s required of successful leadership in the digital age. Part two posts tomorrow. Leadership of progressive organizations is becoming increasingly difficult as technology, powered by artificial intelligence (AI), increasingly impacts the corporate landscape. Rather than one ingredient for assuring business competitiveness, innovation…

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…

When Everyone is ‘Above Average’ No One Is

Note: This is the last 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. Tuesday’s article presented the case for ratings. ———— Perhaps you have heard the following sentence described in a conversation about performance management, ratings, and…

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…

There’s More to People Than Being An “Owl”

I just saw a “game” on Facebook that got my attention.  It said, Each of us possesses different types of personality that fall in the certain category. There are basically four types of people in this world. You can only fit into one of these four personalities; which one is it? The call…

What Uber Has to Teach Us About Company Culture

It’s been a challenging few weeks for Uber to say the least. Uber is receiving criticism and close internal and public scrutiny after a former engineer, Susan Fowler, recounted her negative experience working at Uber. To make matters worse, just last week an Uber driver released a dashcam video of a hostile exchange with…

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…

Help Your Board Make a Successful CEO Hire

The Center for Creative Leadership has estimated that “failure” in senior leadership positions has increased in recent years. As the senior partner for a boutique career transition firm, working exclusively with senior executives, I have been a witness to a large number of executive exits. We assist in transitioning these same executives into…