November, 2004

Airing Your Dirty Laundry


Did you know that there is a website where employee satisfaction surveys are made public? I can only imagine what would happen to me if Nobscot''s clients'' exit interviews were made public. (I''m I''m thinking something like public flogging or maybe root canal without anesthesia.). Meanwhile over at the, ironically named with the tag line "the most trusted name in career information," the

Good News for Retention of NextGen Employees


A surprising new finding from the Institute for the Future (IFTF) about today''s youth. Teens and young adults between the ages of 14 - 21 said they would prefer to advance within one company rather than grow by switching jobs. If true this is great news for companies. With any luck this could signal the end of the "knowledge nomads" and good riddance to them. The reason provided for this

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Tips for Hiring Nerds


When I was in junior high school and making fun of the "nerds", my Dad said something that turned out to be a prophetic statement. He said, "Beth, it''s the nerds of today that are going to be the leaders of tomorrow." I promptly ignored him for not understanding how the current nerds were just plain uncool. That''s why I love when I see the nerd word revived. (By By the time nerds started to gain


The Aftermath of Political Debates in the Office


A wise person once said that political and religious debates in the workplace don''t mix well. This year''s presidential election stirred up much emotion and ignited fierce debates in offices and workplaces nationwide. Like political advertising these debates (between colleagues, supervisors and subordinates) often took a nasty turn. Now as the season begins to wind down, companies need to take a

Use Chaos to Build a Stronger Organization

Speaker: Stacey Harris, Chief Research Officer & Managing Partner at Sapient Insights Group

As we look to tomorrow, it is time to ask ourselves what lessons have we learned and how do we create flexible organizations that can survive what the future holds. Stacey Harris, Chief Research Officer for Sapient Insights Group, will share insights, data, and tools that are helping organizations adapt and even thrive in this difficult environment. She’ll discuss the emerging trends in the Learning technology market, and how these exciting new approaches to creating micro, adaptive, and personalized content is changing the face of workforce development while creating strong connections to business outcomes.

Rethinking Top Talent


My blog friend Dutch Driver has alerted me to an interesting "manifesto" by Malcolm Gladwell, the author of The Tipping Point. This manifesto (and don''t ask me what a "manifesto" is versus an article) is called, The Talent Myth - Are Smart People Overrated. It''s an outstanding look at the results of recruiting the top pedigreed candidates and giving them free reign once they are hired.