September, 2008

Hiring for Attitude or Experience: The Answer is Clear

Transparent Office

After nearly 2 weeks, and 25 comments, and asking all you smart people what you would hire for, Attitude or Experience , here’s what I learned from you: Experience wins…. If you’re hiring for a specific skill set, like a doctor, or a computer programmer.

Go Paperless and Automate Your Reviews

Reviewsnap

If you are looking for the simplest answer to transitioning from manual paper reviews to an automated system then ReviewSNAP is your answer. There is no software implementation or implementation costs and you will have access to the system as soon as you have subscribed to ReviewSNAP. With ReviewSNAP''s recent implementation of our new eSignature and comment suggestion functions you can fully automate your performance review process and go paperless as well.

How Sending My Child to School Taught Me About Why People Hate HR

Evil HR Lady

I'm a fan of transparency, efficiency and as little paperwork as possible. It seems the school system tries to be opaque, mind-numbingly slow and filled with paper.

Moving Mountains

SuccessFactors

Well, it has been said that man cannot move mountains. Technically, this is true – fortunately people are more flexible than their geography. In fact, with great human capital management, you most definitely can move mountains, and should. Let’s talk about the mountain facing managers in most companies, the performance Bell curve. Looking at low, […]. SuccessFactors Research Bell Curve Compensation HCM Talent Management

Compliance Continuity: Monthly Guidance to Sustain Your Organization's Wellbeing

Natural disasters can result in evacuations, work stoppages, and other disruptions for your employees. With advanced planning, employee benefits can help sustain the overall wellbeing of your workforce before, during, and after a natural disaster.

Social Bookmarking in the Enterprise at MITRE

Knowledge Musings

The Boston KM Forum topic this evening was Tag Me! Social Bookmarking in the Enterprise , a talk by Laurie Damianos of MITRE ( an interview with her at CMU ). Going into the talk, the most interesting thing to me is Laurie's title: she's a Lead Artificial Intelligence Engineer - Can I get that job? Why social bookmarking in the enterprise? MITRE started this project in 2005, when the concept was just blooming from the public web.

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5 Ways to Celebrate Talk like a Pirate Day With Your Team

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Happy Talk like a Pirate Day ! Every year on September 19th, it’s talk like a pirate day, and if you’re a manager into fun, you need to celebrate the day too! I am, so I thought I’d share my tips with you! 5 fun ways to celebrate Talk Like a Pirate Day with your Team.

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Don't Rationalize Poor Performance

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Some managers and owners make excuses when their businesses or operating units don''t perform as expected. While there are extenuating circumstances that can affect bottom line results, the reasons for underperforming generally lie in ineffective management. Too often we hear managers rationalizing poor decisions or inaction.

How Sending My Child to School Taught Me About Why People Hate HR

Evil HR Lady

I'm a fan of transparency, efficiency and as little paperwork as possible. It seems the school system tries to be opaque, mind-numbingly slow and filled with paper.

Go Team – Get Real Performance from Virtual Teams

SuccessFactors

At SuccessFactors, it is easy to take virtual teams for granted. We began with a global vision, and from the start worked across geographies in virtual teams. Simply put, we got things done – the actual mechanisms, e-mail, PRDs, webcasts, were not nearly as important as the attitudes of the team members. Not long ago […]. SuccessFactors Research Engagement remote teamwork virtual team

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Implementing Technology in TA for the Win: An Agile Approach

Speaker: Denise Dresler, Director of Talent Acquisition, Avature

What was once traditionally used only in the software industry is making its way to the recruiting and talent acquisition space: agile methodologies. Join Denise Dresler, Talent Acquisition Director at Avature, where she will be discussing how to take this nontraditional approach of agile talent acquisition and effectively incorporate it into your hiring processes.

Eating for today or fishing for tomorrow

Knowledge Musings

Sigurd Rinde has a piece on the purpose of information technology that rings a bell for me. A quote from the close of Teaching how to fish - IT's ultimate purpose should do the trick: IT today is mostly built so as to satisfy your craving for yesteryear's menu, don't get caught by the lure of that. Request that IT shall open new doors and new ways - IT should allow you to learn to fish. This is the frustration with new IT projects.

5 Ways To Improve Employee Morale

Transparent Office

Chris Young shared 8 ways to improve employee morale , and offered some great insights into employee engagement and overall job satisfaction. A few of the ones Chris covered are key to me, and I’ve got one other one that is critical to my personal morale and job satisfaction.

Girl Power: Management Guidance From the Girl Scouts

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Girl Power from some smart cookies… Â . by David Zinger. Are you open to learning from an organization that often appears at your door selling cookies. Bill Taylor offers an insightful 4 minute video on management lessons from the Girl Scouts.

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Do More On Less (video)

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If you’re looking to learn a little more about the concept of “ doing more ON less ” (the best alternative to doing more WITH less) then I highly recommend you watch this video where Mike Kanazawa explains the concept in more depth.

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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.

The Dance of Management

Transparent Office

Have you thought about choreography as a metaphor for management? Choreography (literally “dance-writing&# , also known as “dance composition&# ), is the art of making structures in which movement occurs. Are you getting people moving? Are you moving?

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8 Steps to Charismatic Leadership

Transparent Office

Note: This is a guest post from @Stephen, editor of Business Development in Context and a co-founder of the work.life.creativity forum. You can follow him on Twitter at @hdbb_stephen. Defining Leadership. When we think of successful leaders we often think of businessmen and political figures that are in the news. In your own field, you can probably name a handful of men and women who are successful leaders - people with vision and the ability to communicate that vision in order to inspire others.

Performance Management: How do You do It?

Transparent Office

I am very curious about how you handle performance management issues. I would love to read your comments on any of the following 6 questions: How do you make sure your employees receive feedback? How do you feel about giving feedback? What challenges do you have with feedback? When was the last time you received a formal performance review? Was it helpful? What is more powerful for performance: formal or informal feedback?

How to talk like a leader!

Transparent Office

I am re-publishing this post. It was a special post because it had an impact. This post was very important to me as Galba Bright, who died this year in March, and was one of the most wonderful bloggers really enjoyed the “belly laugh&# he got from this article. It is not always what we write as bloggers it is the impact we have on others. Galba, I will miss your blogging and I hope you are laughing wherever you are!

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.

The 4F’s of Life: Farting, Fumbling, Falling and Failing

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David at 54, Where Are You? by David Zinger. I turned 54 yesterday. I know that is old for a blogger but blogging is part of what keeps me young. Here are a few random things that I have learned: If it is to be it is up to we…community and connection are keys. You can have gray hair but a “green&# (growing) mind. Nothing lasts, long live the Buddhist concept of impermanence. What doesn’t last though often comes back in a slightly altered form.

Structure and Corporate Communities

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Dawn Foster of Fast Wonder Consulting recently posted a really useful, practical discussion of different types of structures for corporate communities. She puts corporate communities into three categories: emergent, highly structured, and adaptive. Emergent Approach: Community has little or no structure at launch, and a structure emerges over time. Highly Structured Approach: Communities have a detailed, thought-through taxonomy at time of launch.

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5 Ways to Ruin Employee Morale

Transparent Office

Frequent commenter CK shared a response to 5 Ways to Improve Employee Morale that gave me pause. As a manager, I hope I don’t fall into the pit of despair CK’s management team has fallen into. Job Fit - Get the person management wants (or recommended by the buddy system) and train them how to do the job they are hired to do. And if that doesn’t work out, hire a contractor to do the job and the employee to boss the contractor around. Job Clarity - There is none.

In-the-Flow with Acumen Fund

Transparent Office

I blog a lot about the importance of in-the-flow collaboration: the idea that organizations adopt collaborative tools only when those tools are integrated into the flow of daily work. That idea resonates with a lot of readers, but so far I haven't said very much about how to do it. The other day, I saw a really great example of an in-the-flow collaborative tool at Acumen Fund.

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.

Attempt The One Word Management Challenge

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Management =. by David Zinger. Management is complex yet it helps to get a short handle of what we mean by management. Management seems to mean different things to different people. Here is your challenge. Write the one word that you believe is the best synonym for management. Management = _. I await your one word comment. No need to explain or elaborate. Go with the power of just one word and leave it at that! Share This

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How to make 1247 decisions a day

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I frequently encourage my team to make decisions with this thought in mind: “What would Phil do?”. This is not to suggest I am infallible. Nothing could be further from the truth. I expect that my team will consider all that I know, and all they have learned, and make the best decision possible. I also ask that they tell me what decision they made and what information they used to make their decision. My day job is as an IT Help Desk Manager for a regional financial services company.

13 Champion Qualities for Athletes and Managers

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Are you a champion according to Harvey? by David Zinger. Harvey Mackay’s last newsletter focused on a short list of what goes into making an Olympic champion—or for that matter a gold-medal winning entrepreneur or manager. Here is his list of 13 qualities: Heart. Determination. Dedication. Goals. Preparation. Confidence. Concentration/Focus. Competition. Mental Toughness. Vision. Life is not always fair. Don’t let age be a deterrent. As someone who is approaching 54 in two weeks.

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Managing Knowledge Worker 2.0 or Just Managing: Are you on Acid?

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I am on to acid, are you? by David Zinger. I appreciate the work of Stephen Collins from www.acidlabs.org. Acidlabs offers strategies, tools and processes to empower knowledge workers. Acidlabs strives to bring the right approach and the right tools and processes to produce the best outcomes. I encourage you to visit the site or to view Stephen’s slideshare presentations. I have embedded the most popular slide presentation from about two years ago: I Am Knowledge Worker 2.0.

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Insight into Attracting and Retaining Top Talent

Discover how more than 4,100 employers are addressing benefits and workforce challenges, and how you can take competitive action to attract and retain talent, boost employee engagement, and promote organizational wellbeing.