February, 2009

A Rant on “Are There Any Questions?”

Conversation Matters

Every good speaker knows that at the end of a presentation, you have to leave time for questions. Hogwash! Leaving time for questions is the worse learning process we could have invented. We’ve all been brainwashed into the pseudo learning theory that asking for questions at the end of a presentation makes it a better learning experience for the audience. Wrong!

Deep vs. Wide: The New Career Strategy

Josh Bersin

Times are tough. Today we learn of another 590,000 jobs lost and US unemployment rises to 7.6%. We seem to be getting several emails each week from high powered HR or L&D professionals who have. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management.

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Bamboo Project Readers' Guide to Blogging for Personal Branding

The Bamboo Project Blog

Networking 2.0: Blogging Your Way Out of a Job. and Into a Career View more presentations from Sacha Chua. tags: blogging web2.0 ). Last week, I asked my readers to share their best advice for using a blog for personal branding and job searching.

Employees Creating Their Own Goals

Reviewsnap

Do your employees create their own goals in your current review process or do their managers create the goals for them? Now with ReviewSNAP you have the option of creating goals either way.

How Businesses are Managing the New Reality of Work: A Paycor Survey

We wanted to know how COVID-19 impacted businesses and their workforces. Did they need government funds? How many workers did they layoff or furlough? Are employees working from home now? How’s team morale? And perhaps most importantly, what are their plans for the future? This guide offers a pretty good idea of how business leaders are feeling, what keeps them up at night, and what approaches they’re taking to solve problems. Download the guide to see all the survey results and where your organization might stand comparatively.

Is Your Knuckle-Cracking Killing Your Job Chances?

45 Things

I've spent a lot of time lately interviewing people who no longer have jobs. One thing I hear over and over is that they really need to feel they're doing something positive every day.

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Thank You for Sharing Your Knowledge

Conversation Matters

One of the things that has always drawn me to Knowledge Management is that knowledge sharing is essentially an act of giving. And in that sense it brings a bit of humanity and warmth to an organizational setting.

People not just Megawatts: The Vestas Story

Josh Bersin

In today’s new green (and red ink) economy, businesses all over the world are working hard to reduce operational expenses, restructure their workforce, and transform themselves into sustainable. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management.

Is the Best Predictor of Future Failure Your Past Success?

The Bamboo Project Blog

Shafeen Charania makes an intriguing suggestion --that the best predictor of our future failure is our past successes. His premise is that when we've found a course of action that proves successful, we are more likely to become wedded to it.

ReviewSNAP Updates

Reviewsnap

ReviewSNAP is always willing to make changes upon the request of clients and recently we have made updates to the system. Here are this week''s updates: 1. Goals will no longer automatically carry over to the next review period. All goals will be entered per review period and not carry over to the upcoming review period. You can now use separate rating scales for your competencies and your goals 3.

Mission Critical: Leveraging Learning Engineering to Drive Digital Transformation

Speaker: Trish Uhl, Founder of Owl's Ledge LLC and the Talent & Learning Analytics Leadership Forum

Digital is disrupting every part of an organization's value chain at a record pace, creating a critical need to transform operations and employees' ways of working. Formal training alone can't keep up; it's often too slow, too generic, inconvenient, inefficient, unduly expensive and lacks or lags methods for measuring business-related effectiveness. Trish Uhl show you how to start leveraging Learning Engineering, a multidisciplinary approach that combines modern technology, data analytics, decision science, learning sciences and change management with human-centered engineering design methodologies to ultimately deliver targeted learning outcomes and business results that keep pace with the business and merge learning into the flow of work and lead Digital Adoption.

Getting the Attention of the Five-Minute Boss

45 Things

While many people think that never seeing the boss might be a good thing, those who have a manager that rivals the Stealth Bomber know differently. Those who don't get regular face time with the boss are often the most vulnerable , especially in these tough times.

Thinking outside of the box

Working Girl

In these difficult economic times, modern business leaders are exploring creative ways of doing more with less

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Connection Before Content: Meetings That Are Knowledge-based

Conversation Matters

Peter Block has a rule of thumb that is very useful if you want a group to apply its collective knowledge to address a difficult issue, Connection before Content.

Aramark: Talent Management at its Finest

Josh Bersin

Aramark is one of the country’s most well-run, talent-driven companies - and they are proof that talent management, when done well, is one of the most important business strategies a company. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

A Week Without Google

The Bamboo Project Blog

My daughter is taking a New Media Research studio class at NYU where (somewhat to my dismay), she's learning about using RSS and Delicious. I'm dismayed because I would have taught her about these things for free, but you know college students. Parents are good for tuition, not for tutoring.

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Cheapity, Cheapity, Cheap

Evil HR Lady

I know what the IRS mileage rate is ($.55 55 per mile for 2009). My question is what is the LEAST amount I can pay an employee for mileage reimbursement? She hardly ever drives but needs to a couple times a month for client meetings. Can I pay ½ the IRS rate? Seems like labor law 2802 is very vague about this so I thought I’d come to your HR department since we don’t have one. I so do not know the answer to this and furthermore, I'm not even going to attempt to look it up.

Help Your Career By Stepping Onto a Sinking Ship

45 Things

Who, in their right mind, would jump onto the Titanic instead of off ? In this tough job market, maybe it should be you. This may not make any sense at first blush, but when you consider the payoff, you may just decide it's a risk worth taking.

The future of business applications?

Working Girl

Facebook is a popular social networking tool and there’s no doubt it has shaped how people use the Internet to network. And I definitely think there’s a place for it in the workplace, where your success may well be dependent on your social connections. But is it more than that?

How to Elevate Employee Voice to Guide a Culture Transformation

2020’s boldest people leaders are building and living core values along with their employees. Elevating Employee Voice engages an organization’s “collective hearts and habits” to drive transformation at scale. It connects every individual, manager and team in an authentic dialogue to create shared alignment, ownership and trust in the path ahead.

The Power of the Conversation Architect to Address Complex, Adaptive Challenges

Conversation Matters

One of the most powerful tools a leader has is the power to convene the tough conversations that need to happen in an organization – to focus a group of people on an issue that matters. To convene that kind of meeting, the leader needs to be a conversation architect. We all know that to have an effective meeting we need to have an agenda, keep things moving, and track action items. That is excellent advice when the purpose of the meeting is to work on everyday, routine issues.

How to reduce costs? Better measure training to help cut expenses.

Josh Bersin

Ok we know times are tough. Our just-released TalentWatch® research (Winter 2009) found that 61% of all organizations now rate “financial pressure to cut costs&# as one of their top two. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management.

Getting Naked: Learning with a "See-Through" Business Owner

The Bamboo Project Blog

Christine Martell is one of my closest friends. A relationship that began online quickly blossomed into an off-line friendship that endures, despite the fact that we live 3,000 miles away from one another.

Short (skirt) Requests

Evil HR Lady

I wish I had one of you were I work so you could take care of this problem for me! I am the administrative assitant at a very small law firm (3 people). My boss is an older man (in his 60's), his partner is in her late 30's and the junior associate is another woman in her mid 20's. I am in my early 20's. My boss, the only man in this small firm, is constantly telling me his preference for skirts. And not just skirts - short skirts. With neutral nylons, if I must wear them, not dark or black.

Group Demonstration Webinar: 100% Remote New Employee Onboarding

Speaker: David Secunda, CEO, WorkBright

Companies are looking to adjust their new hire onboarding to accommodate unique ‘social distancing’ challenges like securely collecting personally identifiable information and understanding new compliance regulations like Form I-9 verification. Join Workbright on Thursday, August 27th, to get a first-hand look at how a 100% remote onboarding process works using their system. They'll cover a few of the new COVID-19 related legislation changes and how they can be easily facilitated with their platform.

An Emergency Checklist for When a New Boss Shows Up

45 Things

It can take months or even years to establish a good relationship with a boss. There are bumps along the way, but in the end, you feel confident that your boss values your hard work and believes your contribution to the company is important. Of course, that gives you some measure of confidence.

Global Talent Management

Working Girl

Germans are known for being (compared to Americans) stern, phlegmatic and practical. German bosses in particular are not given to being excited about you or emiting unnecessary compliments like ''nice job''. So if you work for a German, don''t expect lots of feedback about how much you rule. Unless you totally screw up, interactions with your German boss are more likely to go something like this: German boss: How''s your project going?

Resistance to Change

Conversation Matters

I don’t believe in the tooth fairy , big foot , or resistance to change. I have no problem with the idea that sometimes people don’t want to make a change we think they should make, and therefore push back against it. The problem I have is the way the term “resistance to change” causes us to act toward the people who are doing the pushing back. When we say that a person (or a group) is “resistant to change” we speak of resistance as if it were a characteristic of the person.

Why Process Matters

SuccessFactors

(Eriks note – Written by Keith Messick, SuccessFactors Research) I have a job that most people would find either very interesting or very boring. I’ll let you decide which, but essentially my job is to help people quantify the financial benefits of Optimizing their Investment in their people. Which people? Their employees, human capital, talent, […

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COVID-19: Returning to the Workplace in a New Reality

COVID-19 has created a new set of risks that require a new way of working. Download Gallagher’s latest COVID-19 report for insights into encouraging resiliency in your people, building confidence in your organization, and preparing for the future of work.

The Bamboo Project Blog: Is the Best Predictor of Future Failure Your Past Success?

The Bamboo Project Blog

Shafeen Charania makes an intriguing suggestion--that the best predictor of our future failure is our past successes. His premise is that when we've found a course of action that proves successful, we are more likely to become wedded to

Cheapity, Cheapity, Cheap

Evil HR Lady

I know what the IRS mileage rate is ($.55 55 per mile for 2009). My question is what is the LEAST amount I can pay an employee for mileage reimbursement? She hardly ever drives but needs to a couple times a month for client meetings. Can I pay ½ the IRS rate? Seems like labor law 2802 is very vague about this so I thought I’d come to your HR department since we don’t have one. I so do not know the answer to this and furthermore, I'm not even going to attempt to look it up.

5 Ways to Put the "I" in Team

45 Things

Teams are pretty commonplace in the workplace these days, but that doesn't mean they're fun. Or pleasant. Or useful. Or efficient. Or productive. Certainly, there are lots of folks who love teams.