Good "Fit" or Employee Discrimination?
JULY 26, 2007
Chick-fil-A Chairman S. Truett Cathy and his sons Dan T., CEO and "Bubba," SVP routinely making hiring and firing decisions based on their applicants'' and employees'' religious and marital status. More astoundingly, they make no attempt to hide the fact and speak openly to the press about it. According to the July 23rd issue of Forbes magazine:- The company''s corporate mission is to "glorify god
The Ten Best Reasons to Be A Mentor
JULY 24, 2007
Jill asked a great question on the Mentor-me-Meg Update post - Why should someone be a mentor? What''s in it for them? To help answer that question, I have put together a list of the top 10 benefits of being a mentor.1) Sharpens your skills. Working with a mentee requires you to stay on top of your game. As you help someone else develop their ideas and work through their challenges, you
I agree not to be an a-hole
FEBRUARY 6, 2007
There’s been a ton of coverage relating to Bob Sutton’s new book – The No A **e Rule, which I wrote about recently after Bob came to speak at our last company meeting. From The Today Show to Guy Kawasaki, Bob’s book is burning up the airwaves and the Internet. Lucky for us, he thinks our company […
Talent management most important in 2007
JANUARY 5, 2007
So what do you think the biggest issue for HR execs is in 2007 according to the ORC Worldwide HR Priorities survey. If you said talent management, you’d be right. Nice Job! Find out more
4 Ways to Close the Learning-Doing Gap for Front-Line Managers [GUIDE]
BusinessWire (2007) writes, “…nearly 60% of front-line. FOUR WAYS TO CLOSE THE. LEARNING-DOING GAP FOR. FRONT-LINE MANAGERS 4FOREWORD We’re in business to help organizations. achieve their goals by making sure their. employees have the knowledge and skills. they need to succeed. Our experience. and research led us to identify that one. audience organizations consistently. managers. What’s.
Too Much Information
NOVEMBER 27, 2007
Erik’s note: We’re happy to present this guest post by Chris Lozaga a Research Analyst in SuccessFactors Global Research team Typically, we reserve the phrase “too much information” for our coworkers and friends who share just a few too many details with us by the water cooler, but in the world of HR, “too much […]. SuccessFactors Research HCM
Insource the strategic stuff
NOVEMBER 19, 2007
Cost, talent, or innovation – which of these three challenges will drive Human Capital Management decisions in the future? The answer is easy: all of them. The question of how to address these drivers is a far more strategic and important question. Charles Grantham, co-author of Corporate Agility, recently joined us to speak with our […]. SuccessFactors Research SaaS Software as a Service Talent Management
Does People Performance Really Matter?
NOVEMBER 5, 2007
Imagine you are on the football field – What if 15% of your performance is dependent on the play you select, and 85% of your performance is dependent on your ability to make the play? Where would you invest most of your time, training your team to pass, catch, run, and block, or picking out […]. Strategic HR SuccessFactors Research Talent Management Employee Engagement Employee Performance Management Goal Alignment
Where is Here?
OCTOBER 25, 2007
Erik’s note: We’re happy to present this guest post by Chris Lozaga a Research Analyst in SuccessFactors Global Research team I once taught a class designed to introduce senior citizens to computers. By far, the internet was the most difficult concept to explain. Teaching file systems was fairly easy – it is not much of […]. SuccessFactors Research Talent Management Enterprise 2.0 performance management
The Best Human Resources Recruiter Movie Ever
SEPTEMBER 28, 2007
I love when I come across HR in fiction books and movies. Last night, I saw the greatest movie for recruiters. It''s called The Method and is a Spanish film by director Marcelo Piñeyro. The title refers to an assessment method used by the corporate "Personnel Officer" called the Grönholm Method. Here''s an excerpt from a New York Times review:In this Spanish comedy, based on a play by Jordi
Who is working for you today?
AUGUST 29, 2007
Ask HR to provide a list from the payroll and you should get the answer with reasonable accuracy, – right? Well, with an average 20% of the working population (Manpower estimate) working for one company but technically being paid from another -so called contingent workers- the answer is not that obvious anymore. According to American […]. SuccessFactors Research Enterprise 2.0
Academic Results Linked to Smart HCM?
AUGUST 16, 2007
Out here in California, school starts next week. Being new at selecting schools for my kids, I learned that there are at least two things parents seem to be studying when they make a decision on where to place their kids: - The proportion of kids at the school with free lunch allowance and - […]. Uncategorized HCM
With a quarter of the workforce working remotely, how are you going to manage your people and drive results for your business?
AUGUST 10, 2007
According to a recent study commissioned by Cisco, mobile workers are expected to account for a quarter of the world’s working population by 2009. With this in mind, how:• Can your organization afford not to drive real performance from your remote workers?• Can you even attract and retain the people you need if you fight […
In Praise of Praise
JULY 30, 2007
I always like it when I see a company provide public praise and recognition for one (or more) of their employees. Tonight I ran into a nice post on the Twitter blog from Twitter co-creator Jack Dorsey about Twitter "Support Superhero" Crystal. Jack had received an email from a happy customer about the exemplary performance that was provided to him by Crystal. Jack posted the full letter on
40% Discount on CareerBuilder for Costco Members
JULY 30, 2007
Did you know that if your company is a Costco member, you are eligible for a 40% discount on your job postings with CareerBuilder.com? Since I''m probably the only person that reads the Costco Magazine cover-to-cover, I thought I''d pass news of this discount along. The example provided in the August issue said that for a 30-day posting on CareerBuilder.com, Costco members pay $252 compared with
What Is The Best Pricing Model - Dynamic or Static?
JULY 30, 2007
An article in the summer MIT Sloan Management Review on dynamic pricing reminded me how much I dislike the concept of variable and negotiable pricing. Dynamic pricing is described by author Arvind Sahay as "where prices respond to supply and demand in real or near-real time." Sahay suggests that dynamic pricing provides a way to "reap higher profits" in every individual sale. That sounds well
Best Mentoring Pairs in TV and Film
JULY 26, 2007
Mentoring is not only popular in companies and associations, it also makes for a great theme in films and television. Peer Resources has compiled a fun, comprehensive "Hall of Fame" list of fictional mentoring relationships.Do you remember any of these?Rounders Rounders - 1998 motion picture, directed by John Dahl. John Turturro''s character Joey Knish mentors Matt Damon''s Mike McDermott.Donnie Brasco
Stop wasting time! Or don’t.
AUGUST 2, 2007
Max’s note: We’re proud to present this guest post by SuccessFactors’ Director of Research, Erik Berggren. ———————————————— What’s the best way to be productive? I wager 99% of you just thought to yourself – “waste less time.” After all, if we used every minute efficiently we could build skyscrapers in days, right? Maybe. According to a new […]. Uncategorized HCM
Mentor Me Meg Mission - Update One
JULY 21, 2007
Aside from feeling a little bit like a stalker, the Mentor-Me-Meg mission is off to a great start. It began with this post explaining my quest for connecting with Meg Whitman, CEO of Ebay. After I posted about the mentoring mission, I enthusiastically charged ahead with some of the steps I had outlined in hopes of quickly reaching my goal.Here is a list of what I have accomplished thus far:1
YouTube-Style Film Ad Contest
JULY 19, 2007
You may have heard about Nobscot''s unique film marketing project/contest. Aspiring filmmakers and marketers are competing to create the best YouTube-style video on why people really leave their jobs.The rules require that the video begins with a person or person-on-the-street being asked via voice-over: "Why did you leave your last job?" The filmmaker will then be able to use their own
Mentor Me Meg!
JULY 11, 2007
In today''s connected world where everyone is just a few degrees away from everyone else, how difficult do you think it would be to reach out to the person of your choice and ask them to become your mentor? If the CEO & President of a niche HR software company in Honolulu wanted to have, for example, Meg Whitman as her mentor, would she be able to connect with her? That is exactly what I aim to
The Holy Grail of Enterprise 2.0
JULY 9, 2007
Pundits, professors and providers of technology are scurrying around trying to predict how Web 2.0 will successfully enter the workplace. There is talk of wikis and blogs and tagging and collaboration and social networking. Everyone recognizes (correctly) that Web 2.0 tools can and will transform the workplace but no one is quite sure how they will work and more importantly what value they will
Keeping Up With the Joneses
JULY 7, 2007
In my last post, I said that I was a Baby Boomer. It turns out that I was wrong. I have just learned that I''m actually a Jones. A Jones? Apparently a movement to redefine the generations has been brewing for the past 7 or 8 years. From a 1999 news article They grew up watching The Brady Bunch, not Leave It to Beaver. Their attitudes were shaped more by Watergate than JFK. They remember gas lines
Winning at Employee Retention
JULY 6, 2007
An interesting, albeit somewhat rambling, post from Marc Andreessen with his thoughts on employee turnover and retention. Andreesen is the software entrepreneur best known for co-founding Netscape shortly after his graduation from college. In this post, he asserts that employee retention is directly tied to being a "winning" company and conversely that employee turnover is due to a "not winning
JULY 6, 2007
Noise is the most impertinent of all forms of interruption. It is not only an interruption, but is also a disruption of thought. Arthur Schopenhauer (1788 - 1860) I''m a Baby Boomer which means I get work done by starting, concentrating and finishing. I''m pretty good at juggling multiple work items throughout the day but I like to give 100% of my focus to whatever I am working on at a given
It's Not What You Say It's What People Hear
JULY 5, 2007
I hate that this great phrase is being used by political spinmeister Frank Luntz as the subtitle for his new book. Words That Work: It''s Not What You Say, It''s What People Hear is about using verbal chicanery to manipulate people''s viewpoints. But let''s set aside Luntz''s less than honorable objectives and focus on the very practical concept of paying attention to what people hear rather than on
Making HR strategic isn’t hullabaloo, just ask your bottom line
JUNE 25, 2007
Max’s Note: We’ve been following an interesting discussion over at Vendorprisey (and Jim Holincheck’s response) on the delta between survey data that shows CEOs consider people issues strategic and the lack of any substantive action in involving HR in strategic matters. Our own Erik Berggren responds below: ————- If HR is supposed to help executives make better informed decisions, HR […]. Strategic HR HCM Talent Management Thinking About HR
Think you can do better than your boss?
JUNE 20, 2007
Max’s Note: As part of our quest to post more and more often, I’m proud to present this guest post by Sammi Nuttall. According to a new survey completed by Korn/Ferry International, nearly 73% of executive level employees believed that they could outperform their manager. Surprisingly, 42% of those surveyed also believed that their boss was […]. Strategic HR Employee Engagement Talent Management Thinking About HR
A spoonful of sugar
MAY 17, 2007
Dion Hinchcliffe, a well-known blogger and thought leader in the Enterprise 2.0 space wrote a post recently in which he talked about the next generation of business software – social, interactive tools easily delivered over the Web – and how they can make a dramatic impact on the hierarchy and culture of businesses. These new […]. Talent Management Employee Performance Management Enterprise 2.0 performance management Software as a Service
Close to crazy
MAY 10, 2007
Max’s note: We’re proud to present this guest post by SuccessFactors’ Director of Customer Results, Erik Berggren. It is in response to a previous entry posted here by Dr. Jac Fitz-enz. ————————- The idea of seeing the future is always appealing, but as Dr. Jac suggests (and as we know from our horoscopes), not all that easy. Even […]. SuccessFactors Research Talent Management HCM Workforce Performance Management
The Next Great Idea; Who Needs It?
MAY 8, 2007
Max’s note: We’re proud to present this guest post by Dr. Jac Fitz-enz. Known as the father of Human Capital Management, Dr. Jac is the CEO of The Workforce Intelligence Institute. ———— Every so often the next great idea comes along and the herd goes after it like piranhas after a side of beef. Look at this list from the […]. Strategic HR SuccessFactors Research Thinking About HR
The age old virtues of meritocracy
APRIL 8, 2007
The Atlantic Monthly has been running excerpts from old issues as part of their 150th anniversary celebration. Reading over an issue this weekend, I came across an article written by a Colonel R. Williams about a decade after the civil war ended – in 1878. His issue? That the military’s practice of promoting those with […]. Strategic HR Talent Management Employee Engagement Employee Performance Management Thinking About HR Workforce Performance Management
Focus on the ones you’ve got
MARCH 19, 2007
With all this talk of the war for talent, it often goes overlooked that an organization’s best place to look for employees is among the employees it already has. In other words, if you can make sure to hang on to the ones you’re already got, you’re a step ahead. How to do that is […
No, I don’t know everything
MARCH 5, 2007
A humble post at Execupundit entitled “Note from boss to employees.” ” An excerpt: I am sometimes under enormous pressure from upper management; pressure that you seldom see. Anything that you can do to make my job easier will be greatly appreciated. Your interests are important, but please remember that I also have to juggle the […
Wrapping up the ties
FEBRUARY 21, 2007
A ways back, I had some thoughts on the wearing of ties in the workplace. Apparently so did you. After more than 250 votes in our sidebar poll, it has become clear that a fair percentage of readers (~61%) feel the tie still “definitely” or “probably” has a place in today’s work environment. This is very […
New Poll: Jerks at work?
FEBRUARY 21, 2007
There’s been so much conversation recently stemming from Bob Sutton’s book – The No A **e Rule – that I thought I’d try to gain a better understanding of just how big an issue jerks are at work. Hence, our new poll on the right: Are jerks a big problem at your workplace? Click an answer […]. Strategic HR SuccessFactors News Thinking About HR