January, 2012

Are You Sharing Positive Impact?

The Bamboo Project Blog

In the past few days, I've had some amazing conversations with people about how things I've written here have affected them.

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Talent Management Software Vendors get a C+ in Customer Satisfaction

Josh Bersin

We just completed a year-long research study on the customer experience with talent management software. Despite the sky-high market valuations for these companies and the growth rate of the market, Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management.

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5 Ways to Establish Friendly Relationships at Work

45 Things

One of the most difficult things about starting a new job is trying to become friendly with your colleagues without making yourself seem like a total dweeb. Be too friendly and you come off as a bit of a stalker or maybe a motormouth. Be more reserved and you might be perceived as snooty or weird.

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12 Daily Employee Engagement Prescriptions for 2012

David Zinger

Here are 12 prescriptions for Employee Engagement in 2012. Strive for everyday simple, small, and significant actions. Lighten up your perspective, workload, and intensity. Stop consuming information unless that information contributes to meaningful and important action.

How Can I Manage Them if I Can’t See Them?

Future of Work

Jim Ware. I am frankly getting tired of hearing it: “How can I manage them if I can’t see them?”. That’s clearly the most common expression of resistance from managers who oppose letting their employees work from home (or from anywhere other than the corporate office). In fact, I am convinced the fundamental reason that many organizations have not embraced flexible work programs is that middle managers fundamentally mistrust their employees.

Conversational Patterns That Support Telling Truth to Power

Conversation Matters

The Defense Intelligence Agency’s (DIA) Knowledge Lab faced the challenge of how to move accurate intelligence up the chain of command. Too frequently the intelligence analysis, painstakingly generated by front line analysts, was delayed and often severely modified by a chain of superiors before it reached policy makers who could act upon it.

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The End of a Job as we Know It

Josh Bersin

The concept of a job, as we know it, is starting to go away. Over the last year I’ve been speaking with many corporate business and human resource leaders and hearing a common theme: we need. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management. Business Trends Corporate Culture Human Resources Learning Culture Talent Management accenture agility expertise ibm impact 2012 Intel job metlife pfizer scotiabank seth godin

Casual Friday Has Gone Too Far

45 Things

Last Friday I took a couple of hours off to run some personal errands. I wish I had stayed home, because my retinas are forever emblazoned with the visions I saw in "casual Friday" workplaces as I went to take care of my business.

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How to Leverage 5 Pathways for Strengths Based Employee Engagement

David Zinger

Leverage Strengths – An outline of why employee engagement needs to be strong stuff. Part 6 of an 11 part series on how managers can improve employee engagement). Let’s get strong in 2012. Engagement is strong stuff.

You’ve Got to Know the Territory

Future of Work

These comments are directed at what I call “operational managers.” You know who you are: the people who make large organizations “tick” and move forward.

Lumesse #Engage2012

Strategic HCM

I''m at Lumesse''s international customer conference in London today.

Courage, Vulnerability and Being Wholehearted at Work

The Bamboo Project Blog

One of the things I love about the social web is the serendipty of finding just the thing you need when you need it. Sometimes it's like magic and it's what keeps me coming back for more. .

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Dream Job for World-Class Instructional Designer Available

Josh Bersin

Are you a great instructional designer looking for an exciting new opportunity? Would you like to help design cutting-edge, market leading instructional content for a global audience? Are you. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management. Enterprise Learning

4 Easy Ways to Make Your Career Better in 2012

45 Things

I know a lot of people say you shouldn't make resolutions because you're just setting yourself up for disappointment. But I feel just the opposite -- when I make a resolution, I feel hopeful. I think that's because I do a gut check as I make a resolution.

Employee Engagement: 5000 Attendees set for Ken Blanchard Quit and Stayed Livecast (January 25)

David Zinger

Employee disengagement: Leaving when you haven’t left. Employee Disengagement : I have created a short slide presentation and story based on an employee who left before his actual leaving and was deceiving himself about the ability to engage in retirement when he had not engaged at work.

February 2012 Newsletter

Future of Work

February 2012. What you doing on February 10th? Would you like to spend an hour with me and 14 other smart people thinking out loud about the future of work? I will be hosting "Talking About Tomorrow," an “open mike” conference call at 11 AM Pacific Standard Time on Friday, February 10.

How I met #HR Hero @timsackett

True Faith HR

A young Tim Sackett in action This is the story of how I met Tim Sackett. January 1977. East Lansing, Michigan. It was another cold January morning of rec basketball. The usual punks from Dewitt were bringing their tough brand of defense to the parquet floor of Pinecrest Elementary School.

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Announcing a Virtual Knowledge Cafe on Social Artistry

The Bamboo Project Blog

Yesterday I posted on how to make your career dreams come true. One of my dreams is to work with people from around the world to explore the concept of social artistry and how we can use the skills of the social artist at work and for learning. So I'm going to make it happen. .

The Business Case for Talent Management: Steve Ballmer Agrees

Josh Bersin

Talent management makes money. If you are trying to build a business case for a corporate talent management program, here is some astounding data: Of the 700+ organizations we studied in 2010 and. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management. Business Trends Talent Management microsoft

How Do Others Perceive You?

45 Things

My friends in college used to tease me because they said when someone walked into a room, I looked them up and down, from head to toe. I wasn't aware I was doing this -- until I realized that I could later remember everything the person was wearing.

What is now business critical on the HR Director’s agenda?

Strategic HCM

We’ll be following up on the issues raised in the HR Directors Business Summit unconference, and discussed in the final unpanel, at the organisers’ new community forum, HR InSights. However, I thought my summary as chair at the beginning of day two covered both days of the unconference quite well.

My Bookshelf: The Agile Workforce and Workplace

Future of Work

The Agile Workforce and Workplace: Flex Primer for the New Future of Work. By Karol Rose and Lori Sokol, Ph.D. Working Mother Media, New York, NY (2011). Reviewed by Jim Ware. There have been thousands of books, articles, speeches, and blog posts in recent years on how to implement flexible work. Some of those sources have even been useful. But The Agile Workforce and Workplace, by Karol Rose and Lori Sokol, is by far the most comprehensive, and the most practical, guide I have found to date.

You say goodbye and I say hello: The secret to retaining your workforce


Fact: job dissatisfaction is directly related to life dissatisfaction. “We”, We”, by Rudy Karsan and Kevin Kruse, observes that employees who are stressed, micromanaged, and disengaged at work suffer negative repercussions in their external relationships, health, and general life happiness.

Some Thoughts on "Managing People"

The Bamboo Project Blog

I've been thinking lately about our focus on "managing" people. I spend a lot of time with front-line supervisors in various capacities and they are obssessed with how to control people's behavior. The discussions are of two basic types--How do you get staff to do the things you want them to do?

Getting Bullish on SAP in the HR Marketplace

Josh Bersin

SAP, the world’s largest application software company, just announced the best revenue and earnings growth the company has made in many years. The company’s revenues grew by 12% to over. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management. HR Systems LMS, LCMS Talent Management bigdata hana SAP

What References are Really Saying About You

45 Things

I remember the first recommendation an editor wrote for me. It was glowing. It was wonderful. It told editors they would be idiots not to hire me. I still have copies of that recommendation.

5 Insights on Creativity from Osho


Creativity is at the core of building quality in design. People rarely innovate when they simply follow instructions. This led me to think more about creativity – the act of doing something in an unconventional way, the act of creating something meaningful that changes you and hence the world.

Does the future of work depend too much on technology sweatshops?

Future of Work

I am a technology optimist. I'm excited about the many ways that technology has improved our lives, given us mobility and incredible information access, and made both us an individuals and our employing organizations more productive.

Employee engagement: Just a tweet, like and plus away!


Social media is at the forefront of communication, whether you like it or not. A 2011 study from Ipsos Reid found that over 17 million people nationwide are regular users of social media. So, how does this affect your employee engagement strategy?

The Dark Side of Creation

The Bamboo Project Blog

Via Robyn Jay , a wonderful post from Harriet Wakelam on the "dark side" of creativity and how our participation in social networks may help or hinder that process. First, Harriet puts her finger on something I've experienced myself: I have recently been through one of those 'life reinventions'.

We are Greater than Me: Building an Agile Organization

Josh Bersin

Late last year I attended two major talent and leadership conferences in Stockholm. At these events I had the opportunity to meet with various HR leaders at Electrolux, Ericsson, Logica, BT, Maersk, Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management. Leadership Development Succession Management Talent Strategy agility apple Bertelsman bt Electrolux Ericsson google Grundfos impact impact 2012 Logica Maersk microsoft nokia Unicredit

Why You Need to Grab for Training Opportunities at Work

45 Things

You may be so busy at work that you're lucky to hit the bathroom once a day and find time to grab a sandwich to eat at your desk. When your boss offers you more training, your immediate response may be to decline. More training? Who has the time?

2011-12 CHRO Challenges

Strategic HCM

I obviously had too good a Christmas as I’ve been struggling to get back into work mode again. But I’m now back at client work so it’s time to kick off blogging again too. This year I’m keen to continue a good rate of posting, and to make my posts more strategic too.


Please contribute to a survey on working from home

Future of Work

Kate Lister , from the Telework Research Network , has asked me to help circulate the news about an important survey of telecommuters/home workers. The 8-10 minute web-based instrument was developed by Solomon Nyaanga , a professor at U.C. Berkeley and a PhD candidate from the Stevens Institute of Technology.