Wake-up Call Archives

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…

The Robots Are Coming. What Are You Doing About It?

I hope you didn’t miss yesterday’s post about the World Government Summit and its full day Global Dialogue for Happiness. I know it sounds like one of those subjects that if HR brings it up to the CEO, it’s back to the kid’s table for you. Yet, the Summit’s Happiness Dialogue was a…

Before the Robots Take Over, Train Your C-Suite

Accenture’s strategy group has published an interesting look at the workforce of the future: Harnessing Revolution, Creating the future workforce. At an easily consumable 28 pages, it focuses on three primary areas of emphasis for organizations wanting to get a competitive leg up in the hyper competitive talent markets: Accelerate reskilling people Redesign…

A Strategic Plan Without a Talent Strategy Isn’t a Plan

“So what happens if I create strategy and ‘ignore’ the talent side since we have never paired the two together?” As a senior faculty member for the Human Capital Institute, I was leading a two-day strategic workforce planning session recently in Singapore when that question was posed to me. I stopped in my tracks…

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…

Why HR Should Become the Organization’s “Wise Sage”

What are HR people? “Dream crushers,” says Erin Greilick.”People would rather have a root canal than be around people in HR.” Why is that? “If we’re not laying people off, we’re often times busting them for bad behavior,” Greilick explains in her 5 minute presentation last fall at a DisruptHR meeting in Oklahoma…

The Untapped Potential Of Hiring New Mothers

This series profiles people whose ideas have the power to transform the workplace. Several are company leaders who have put their ideas into practice. Others are thought leaders influencing the way we work. Each new part will post on Tuesdays. Links to previous articles are at the end of this post. This series…

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…

What Are You Doing to Reduce Insider Threats?

Most companies agree that background checks are critical in ensuring a good hire. If events revealed in a background check prevent you from hiring a malicious employee, wouldn’t you want to know the same about an existing employee? An effective human resources leader wants to put their company in a position for success….

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…

When Good Goals Go Bad

Setting expectations for employees is the most critical step in any performance management process. A great article by Leigh Anthony describes how this fundamental step provides focus, increases motivation, helps employees to prioritize their responsibilities and offers measurability. Overall, it sets the stage. Without goals, employees are flying blind, causing a loss in…

How Secure Is Your Employee Information?

All recruiting and hire platforms store data that is considered to be something called PII, “Personally Identifiable Information,” or information that can be used on its own or with other information to identify, contact, or locate a single person. It is information that can be used to distinguish or trace an individual’s identity…

What to do When A Worker Dies On The Job

Note: This is the second of two articles on being prepared in the event the worst happens. The first article (here) dealt with the sudden death of a key employee. This article discusses an on-the-job death. Successful companies know its best to plan for the worst and hope for the best. When we…