November, 2012

The Power of Action Learning: A Process for Building a Collaborative Culture

Conversation Matters

One of the most powerful tools for moving an organization’s culture toward collaboration and knowledge sharing is a process called Action Learning. It is not a new process, but one that was used both in Europe and the US, long before the term “Knowledge Management” was first heard in organizations.

Feedback Lineup: Building a 360-review “A” Team


During 360-review season, you’re asked to select raters to help evaluate your performance. Just like picking players for a kickball team, you want raters who will make you look good. But you don’t want to look good because the raters are all generic and wishy-washy.

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5 Steps to Creating Employee Development Plans That Truly Work


A well-thought-out plan provides your employees with opportunities and clear direction on how to increase their skills and advance their careers. And with a more expanded skill set, they have more tools to help your business forge ahead. It’s a win-win for you and your staff. But an employee development plan or program shouldn’t be created off the cuff. Follow these steps to help make sure your employees’ development plans are on point. Step 1: Consider your business goals.

Does Your Workforce Have the Talent DNA for the Digital Future?

With the increasing adoption of automation and data-driven technologies, the workforce is changing rapidly — regardless of whether we’re prepared to face it. Keeping up with the velocity of change is vital to success, and that means building digital readiness into the DNA of your organization so your workforce is ready to face an uncertain and constantly changing future.

5 Etiquette Lessons for the Workplace

45 Things

The workplace sometimes changes so rapidly it's hard to keep up with what we're supposed to do and not do. But some things stick around -- like the importance of good manners. That's why I thought it was a good issue to explore for my Gannett/USA Today column.

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Power to the P2P

Future of Work

Jim Ware. Every once in a while something you thought you understood starts getting more complicated, and more important at the same time. Recently I’ve become more and more fascinated with the power and the impact of peer-to-peer networks, or “P2P.” I believe P2P networks represent a wholly new kind of organizational capability that is distinctively different from, and complementary to, corporate and governmental structures.

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Now What? Why Continuous Learning Improves Performance


It’s been six months since your latest performance review. You had walked out of your boss’s office with a development plan in hand, and you were ready to get started. And then it got busy. And there was that emergency project. And you suddenly realize you’ve made zero progress on that plan.

3 Quick Book Reviews (featuring @incblot @sepinwall) #popHR

True Faith HR

'" You''re Not That Great " by Dr. Daniel Crosby In " That''s Interesting: Towards a Phenomenology of Sociology and a Sociology of Phenomenology (1971)," Murray Davis distinguishes between two types of theories: "Interesting theories deny certain assumptions of their audience, while non-interesting theories affirm certain assumptions of their audience." Building off his well-received TEDxHunstville talk (see below), Crosby takes the former approach to theory-building by taking on traditional assumptions about our daily lives with catchy chapter titles such as "You Are Not That Special," and "Your Ideas Aren''t All That Original." Similarly, Crosby discusses many psychological biases with well-placed examples and anecdotes that make the often abstract material accessible. Highly recommended before you make your New Year''s resolutions. " Heads in Beds: A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality " by Jacob Tomsky I always enjoy a peek into other people''s jobs, and Jacob Tomsky''s memoir provides an interesting look at the job of a hotel employee. In "Heads in Beds," Tomsky describes what it is like to be a hotel valet, and a front line check-in clerk, as well as the inevitable run-ins with management figures, both the good and bad. While he does give some pretty unethical advice about getting out of paying for your hotel movies and that minibar raid, the bottom-line, as with most service employees, is treat them well, and you will be treated well in return. " The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers, and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever " by Alan Sepinwall I''m an avid TV watcher.enough so that I often like reading recaps/reviews of the episodes soon after they appear. The one TV critic I turn to most frequently is Alan Sepinwall, who posts his reviews at So, when I read he had published a book, I knew it was a must grab.and it doesn''t disappoint. In "The Revolution Was Televised," Sepinwall examines 12 shows, such as "The Wire," The Sopranos," "Breaking Bad," and " "Battlestar Galactica," that have transformed television over the past 15 or so years. What makes the book stand out is the behind-the-scenes look at the origins and evolution of each of the shows. Check out this excerpt about the origins of "Lost." The library is now closed. #popHR Alan Sepinwall Daniel Crosby Great Hotels Jacob Tomsky Theory TV'

Working with Why: Employee Engagement and Meaning

David Zinger

Employee Engagement: Putting Strengths on a Weekly Calendar. The pyramid of employee engagement offers a model of the 10 blocks of employee engagement. Here is a link to a 50 page booklet on the pyramid. There are 10 posts in this series.

2020 Report: The Future of HR

Paycor asked more than 500 leaders of medium and small businesses to talk about the present and future of HR. Download the guide and see what they said. Their responses will surprise you!

Why You're Never Too Old to Launch Your Dream

45 Things

Workers over age 50 may only feel exhausted when they think of starting over. But there are plenty of older workers that are successfully launching new businesses that will inspire anyone of any age.

Going for a Global Reach

Bersin with Deloitte

How far-flung is your company today? And how many new boundaries will it likely cross over the next decade? And how might these questions influence your choice of a software application provider? This was a question we studied in the new Talent Management Systems: 2013 report that was recently released (see the report for more details). […]. The post Going for a Global Reach appeared first on Bersin by Deloitte. HR Service Delivery Providers Talent & PM Providers

The Social Cliff - #HealthcareHR


With so much chatter about the fiscal cliff dominating the conversation lately it started me thinking about healthcare leaders and the social cliff.

Take the Drama Out of Compensation — Strategies for Honest Communication with Employees About Pay


Negotiation strategies indicate that when both sides work together to share information, both parties come out better. When you hide information or believe the other party is hiding something, both sides come out with worse deals than if they had been honest. Yet, it’s in our nature to think we’re leaving something on the table. Then again, just bothering to ask for a raise can get you nowhere (or a knee in the groin).

How to Activate Employee Voice to Create and Sustain a Speak Up Culture

This whitepaper details how leaders can shift into an ‘action mindset’ that allows for growth and change at every level of your organization. Speak Up cultures promote productivity, improve retention efforts, and create positive employee engagement.

Crowdsourcing #SHRM Speakers

True Faith HR

On Tuesday, the monthly #SHRMChat focused on the vexing topic of chapter programming - where do you find your speakers?

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Employee Engagement: Empathy is not a Soft Skill it is Strong Stuff

David Zinger

Employee Engagement: Empathy take engagement beyond ourselves. . The pyramid of employee engagement is a 10 block model of employee engagement. Here is a link to a 50 page booklet on the pyramid.

How to Stop Procrastinating

45 Things

I'm not a big procrastinator. In fact, I probably try to do too much all the time, which would account for waking at 4 a.m. and making lists and putting the pork chops in the dishwasher instead of the oven (multitasking is a problem for me.)

De-Siloing Social Software

Bersin with Deloitte

Human beings are social by nature. And why shouldn’t the software that people use at work support that inherent social inclination? It can – if it is intrinsic in the way that they actually work. To date, many initial social endeavors from software providers have included a Facebook-like page through which employees can recognize, comment, […]. The post De-Siloing Social Software appeared first on Bersin by Deloitte.

The Art of Selecting Candidate Pre-Hire Assessments

Speaker: Melissa Dobbins, Founder & CEO, Career.Place

At the core of successful hiring practices is the fair and accurate evaluation of skills, abilities, knowledge and other criteria for a job. One powerful method to do this is through psychometric assessments. The right assessments used in the right way provide objective evaluation of criteria that are far more accurate than interviews alone. Unfortunately, choosing the wrong assessments or using assessments in the wrong way can lead to bad choices, biases, and even discriminatory practices that violate compliance standards.

The Ultimate Internal Transfer


One of the greatest things about the United States is going to happen tomorrow. We''re going to go to the polls (if we haven''t participated in early voting) and cast our ballot for President.

Top 10 Priorities When Creating a Social Environment – #3: Is your social dialogue interesting?


Tuesday, November 20, 2012 :00am. Top 10 Priorities When Creating a Social Environment – #3: Is your social dialogue interesting? By Jim Bowley. When it comes to creating a social environment within your organization, what are the top things HR should consider? #3:

#PTAwards - Sunderland City Council and HR Technology ~ HR to.

Strategic HCM

I was back at the Personnel Today awards last night. I was there as a judge for the 'HR through Technology or Social Media' category. So although this was a great event as usual, compered by PT's Rob Moss helped out by

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Employee Engagement: Strengths and Relationships

David Zinger

Employee Engagement: Strengths and Relationships. The pyramid of employee engagement is a 10 block model of employee engagement. Here is a link to a 50 page booklet on the pyramid.

Recognition and Rewards Buyers Guide

Recognition and rewards are an integral part of your company’s employee experience. So, it’s critical to get a platform that fits your company culture on the first try. Check out this guide to understand what questions to ask before finding a new Recognition & Rewards platform.

CIA Officers Share Tips on How to Detect A Lie

45 Things

There’s an episode of the old “Gilligan’s Island” television show where the castaways eat seeds that make mind reading possible. While it seems fun at first, the Gilligan gang soon finds out that sometimes it’s best not to know what everyone is thinking all the time.

BigData in HR: Why it’s Here and What it Means

Bersin with Deloitte

The talk about BigData is getting louder by the minute. As companies shift their core systems to the cloud, more and more people-related data becomes available. This, coupled with the tremendous focus on BigData in the technology sector, has created a huge focus on data driven decision-making. Why Analytics is Coming to HR If you […]. The post BigData in HR: Why it’s Here and What it Means appeared first on Bersin by Deloitte.

Let's Connect.Here At Work


I''ve spent the last several years reaping the benefits of an expanding social network. Through channels like twitter , facebook , Linkedin and foursquare I''ve met (both in real life and via these tools) many amazing people.

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Effective Recruitment Strategies, Part 1: How Did You Hear About Us?


Wednesday, November 7, 2012 :00am. Effective Recruitment Strategies, Part 1: How Did You Hear About Us? By Lisa Harpe. In this first installment of our three-part series, we examine the issue of data collection. Almost every recruiter will ask a job applicant: “how did you hear about us?”

Year in Review: Talent Acquisition in 2019 & the 2020 Impact

The year 2019 in talent acquisition was full of key learnings and insights that you can leverage in order to start 2020 ahead of the recruiting pack. This report walks you through core trends to continuously examine as you plan your recruiting strategy for 2020 and beyond.