May, 2006

The Corporate Culture Conundrum


John Hamm, a former CEO and current general partner at VSP Capital, reminds us that successful corporate cultures nurture employees'' natural drive and enthusiasm toward creating a winning company. In May 2006 issue of Harvard Business Review, Hamm advises that a healthy corporate culture is "created and maintained by focusing on the right goals and creating the experience of winning in the

Knowledge-at-work: The essence of KM?


a recent spurt of posts on the act-km list, has respondents trying to define knowledge management in a single sentence that can be grasped by a 13 year old - quite a task. i've been intrigued by the number of respondents who have

Microsoft ditches forced ranking


Regina points us to a post by Robert Scoble – Microsoft’s unofficial but omnipresent blogger – on MS’s ditching if it’s forced ranking process. “One big thing that’s gone? Stack ranking. No longer am I judged against Charles and Adam and Tina and Jeff. Now, either I’m doing a good job for Microsoft or I’m […]. Talent Management Employee Performance Management Performance Evaluations Performance Reviews Workforce Performance Management

Apprentice Update - Where are they now?


Forbes has a slide show of previous Apprentice candidates and what they are doing now.Remember, Tana and her quest for a Bedazzler? She is now their corporate spokesperson.The much loved Troy from season one still runs the same mortgage company but has landed a deal with a financial firm that has helped him grow exponentially. Young Andy from season two was actually hired by Trump a few months

New Report Helps Attract, Retain and Reward Top Talent

The 2019 Best-in-Class Benchmarking Analysis explores what top employers are doing differently to stand out in healthcare cost control and HR management. Use these insights to build a better workplace and confidently position your organization for success.

Cheers for Towel Service in the Locker Room


When is towel service in the locker room an employee retention tool? When employee feedback tells you it''s something that employees want. Kudos to Lisa Brummel, Senior Vice President of Human Resources at Microsoft for spending the last year gathering feedback from employees. In an email to employees she said, "Maintaining and strengthening the employee experience is one of the highest priorities

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Time Bomb Fathers Create Good HR Managers


According to psychologist and author Stephan Poulter, success or failure in the workplace is closely related to the kind of father you had while growing up. In his new book, Dr. Poulter tells us that time-bomb or explosive fathers raise children who are very intuitive and good at reading people. He suggests that these children may grow up to become excellent personnel managers or

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Knowledge-at-work: Capturing corporate memory


how do you best manage corporate memory when company size exceeds tribe level? at zipp we are crossing that threshold where personal contacts, passage talk, and informal communication no longer work. our tacit knowledge is not openly

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What to do with $45 million?


Corsello wonders what we will do with $45 million. The answer is simple. One huge party. Invites will be sent out by the end of the week. Not really. How ‘bout this:Build a company that continues to get results for our customers. End of story. The responsibility and accountability we feel towards our customers is something we take […]. Uncategorized SuccessFactors News

From our research: Talent management is more than efficiency


Note: This post was written by SuccessFactors’ Director of Customer Results, Erik Berggren. Erik is leading a team focused on understanding - through detailed, data-driven analysis - how specific talent management behaviors drive business results – and then working to build those learnings into our product for the benefit of our customers. I’m excited to host his thoughts here, and I look forward to sharing […].

Why (and How) to Switch to a New HR & Payroll Platform

Not all HR & payroll is the same, but it can look pretty similar. If your current platform isn’t meeting your needs, let us walk you through how to differentiate between providers and give you some tips on how to select a platform that works best for your business.

Poll results: the I in engagement


(Note: click on the graph to see a larger version)I’m closing the powered poll that’s been running on the blog for the past few weeks and the results are pretty interesting. The question asked was “What are the most important factors in employee engagement?” ” and I based the answers on a Towers Perrin Survey […]. Talent Management Employee Performance Management Workforce Performance Management

“Groundbreaking” research


Jason Corsello picks up on our recent research announcement – calling the approach “groundbreaking.” ” You can see some early thoughts from SuccessFactors Research as previously posted here. Keep checking back for more of the “From our research” series. Strategic HR SuccessFactors Research Talent Management Employee Performance Management Thinking About HR Workforce Performance Management

Cascade hopes and caviar dreams


Not the dishwasher detergent. Actually I’m talking about the concept of the goal cascade. In most cases, this means a manager pushing her goals down to her employees. For many, that’s all it is. Honestly, that’s all I thought it was, too. But earlier this week, I sat in on one of the all-hands training sessions we had and […]. Strategic HR Talent Management Goal Alignment Workforce Performance Management

ZDNet’s SaaS (Tang) epiphany


David Berlind on the ‘Between the Lines’ blog at ZDNet tells of the unique pleasure of sitting next to SuccessFactors’ own Marty Pitkow (pictured) on an airplane the other day. And believe it or not, Marty helped him experience a SaaS epiphany. How, you might ask? Well as it turns out, David was on the way back from the Gartner Symposium […]. Uncategorized SaaS Software as a Service SuccessFactors News

Wage Growth: The Last Employer Holdout to Attract Candidates

You get a job perk! And You get a job perk! Everyone gets job perks! While these perks may have helped get that stellar candidate’s foot in the door, this dynamic of severely low unemployment combined with a historically high job open rate continues with no immediate end in sight. Employers will do well to zero in on one lever many have been avoiding pulling: the almighty salary increase.

Why people leave organizations


Gautam has a list of the top 10 reasons why people leave organizations. Remarkable how many would fall under the banner of performance and talent management. Talent Management Employee Performance Management Workforce Performance Management

The Equity Factor: Pay for Performance


A Note: this post was written by a guest writer, and does not necessarily represent my opinion. That said, I think it’s important to host a variety of thoughts and perspectives on the blog and thus, I give you the following article written by Lavinia Weissman, Publisher of As always, please feel free to […]. Talent Management

Nuts and Bolts of Succession


I was directed to this very good article from WPS magazine called Succession Planning: The Nuts and Bolts of the Process which is sort of a primer on succession planning. A couple of its most enlightening observations are that 1. people often make the mistake of biting off more than they can chew with Succession – meaning […]. Strategic HR Talent Management performance management Succession Planning Workforce Performance Management

Up, up and away


The 2006 talent management survey, conducted by IHRIM and Knowledge Infusion, found that 77% of the HR professionals think that talent management will only increase in importance over the next three years. Some of the factors, according to Jason Averbrook of Knowledge Infusion, are “the looming talent shortage, the increased focus on redeploying internal employees […]. Talent Management Employee Performance Management performance management Workforce Performance Management

5 Culture Trends for 2019

As we approach 2019, major shifts in the work environment will continue to affect the ways companies do business. Companies that are looking to attract, engage, and retain top talent should leverage these trends to create workplaces where employees thrive.

Confounding canapé cooks or the value of talent


From Booz Allen’s strategy+business (and via comes this article on “Rethinking the value of talent.” ” It’s a great article, but it’s a little boring, so I’m going to illustrate the point by telling a story that expounds on one in the article. The tale of Barry and Leverne: Colliding CanapésBy Max Goldman Barry and Leverne work […

That’s a lotta blogs…


How many HR related blogs would you guess there are? I figured 100 at the most. Apparently I need to get out more – Michael Specht has a sortable, dynamic list of almost 350 HR blogs. A great resource if you’re new to the blogosphere – or if you’re just a little too wrapped up in your […