January, 2011

How School Screws Things Up For "Real Life"

The Bamboo Project Blog

My older daughter graduated from college in May and has been working at her new job since June. Last night we had a conversation that got me thinking about how school does a really terrible job of preparing our young people for "the real world" by setting up some seriously unrealistic expectations.

7 Tips to Boost Your Memory

45 Things

Blogs such as The Cynical Girl (by Laurie Ruettimann) have generated some entertaining -- and informative -- discussions about what older applicants should wear to an interview.

SumTotal Acquires GeoLearning: LMS Market Consolidation Continues

Josh Bersin

Today another major shift takes place in the talent management systems market: SumTotal Systems announced plans to acquire GeoLearning. Background: SumTotal Systems is the largest provider of. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management. HR Systems LMS, LCMS CornerstoneOnDemand GeoLearning Learn.com learning lms Plateau SumTotal

Hey Now What You Doing

True Faith HR

If its early-January, it means that many college professors and students are on winter break. It also means that it is the heart of tenure and promotion season. Untenured faculty are busy preparing to submit their application in the hopes of gaining that next step in their academic career.

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.

Employee Engagement 2010 Dozen (June): Just Add Spinach

David Zinger

Let’s create more robust employee engagement! This post originally appeared as a column in Employee Engagement Today. Employee engagement is too damn anaemic to give us the full results we hope for individuals, organisations and other stakeholders from shareholders to customers.

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"Stand Still When the Hippos Charge"

The Bamboo Project Blog

Yesterday I read a wonderful Change This Manifesto on The Zen of Business: 7 Habits of the Highly Creative by Matthew May. I'm currently in what I'm referring to as "creative recovery" (otherwise known as AA for creatives) so these habits really struck a chord with me.

The 1 Word Every Successful Career Needs

45 Things

Here's my 2011 gift to you: I'm not going to write a list of new year's career resolutions. I'm not going to come down in favor -- or not -- of setting goals for yourself this year. (If If you'd like to read such a post, there are about 62 million out there floating around on the blogosphere.

How Employee Engagement Really Drives Stock Price

Josh Bersin

One of the hottest issues in human resources is the need to develop high levels of employee engagement and satisfaction. We all know that organizations with happy people have lower turnover, deliver. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management. Corporate Culture Innovation Learning Culture Talent Strategy adi amd bernstein research broadcomm glassdoor glassdoor.com Intel qualcomm

If a document falls in Sharepoint.

Transparent Office

If a document falls in Sharepoint, and nobody hears it.does it make a sound? That play on the old tree/forest cliche popped into my head this week while some Socialtext colleagues and I were meeting with senior IT staff of a Fortune 100 manufacturing customer of ours. They're a big Sharepoint shop, and mid-way through the meeting we had a revealing exchange: IT Executive: We're a heavy Sharepoint shop Us: Cool. How's adoption? Executive: Frankly, it's pretty awful. Us: Why?

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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.

Employee Engagement 2010 Dozen (May) Zinger’s 5-Item APGAR Pulse Assessment

David Zinger

APGAR: Birthing A Playful New Employee Engagement Gage. Time for a new gage ? In my last post: Is Your Employee Engagement Gage Working I was critical of the over-reliance on surveys as our employee engagement gage.

Project Social: How Do You Motivate Everyone Else?

Working Girl

I write a lot about motivating employees, both here at Working Girl and at Compensation Café , and for the most part I’ve been focused on how to motivate knowledge workers to higher levels of engagement and creativity.

Podcast: Protecting Yourself When Social Media Tools Disappear

The Bamboo Project Blog

Allyson Kapin, co-founder of the Rad Campaign , and I had the opportunity to record a Social Good podcast with Allison Fine for the Chronicle of Philanthropy about the demise of Delicious and the issues that arise when free tools disappear.

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Are You Aware of Your Rude Workplace Behavior?

45 Things

Do you think other people in the workplace are rude? If you have a pulse, the answer is probably "yes," or "hell, yes." I've yet to talk to someone in the last 20 years who doesn't think workplace manners could be improved.

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.

Talent Management Revisited: Where are we now?

Josh Bersin

Talent management has now become one of the most talked-about topics in business and HR. Companies around the world are reorganizing their human resources teams to create Chief Talent Officers, Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management. Performance Management Sourcing and Recruiting Talent Management lockheed martin mastercard metlife philips skills

Building Your Mission, Values and Goals for the Future Into Your Performance Management System


Performance management is not only about reviewing your employees, it is also an important tool that should be used to communicate your mission, values and goals to your employees and make sure they are being accomplished.

Declaration of the Disengaged: There is no I in Work

David Zinger

Employee Engagement

How to Make Use of Your Organization’s Collective Knowledge – Accessing the Knowledge of the Whole Organization - Part I

Conversation Matters

Collective knowledge is the next step beyond knowledge sharing for organizations. More than just making use of the existing knowledge employees have, collective knowledge makes use of the sensemaking capabilities of employees. Sensemaking is the very human act of creating meaning out of the incredible amount of data and input that continuously surrounds everyone within an organization. Sensemaking is a creative act, not an act of discovering or uncovering what is already there.

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.

Reflecting on Online Community Building

The Bamboo Project Blog

For one of my clients, I'm developing an online community of practitioners working for a variety of nonprofit, government and for-profit entitities in New Jersey. We wanted to treat the process of forming and nurturing this community as a learning project so we could share our "lessons learned" with others who are doing this kind of work. Our intent is to write an Issues Brief at the end of the project ot share with others.

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Is It Time to Prune Your Rosebush?

45 Things

I do not call myself a gardener, because that seems to intimate that I have some level of proficiency at planting and growing stuff. Based on the number of plants, trees and bushes I ripped out last fall because they were dead, dying or just looked like crap, I'd say P. Allen Smith's job is safe.

LinkedIn IPO – A Radical Transformation in Corporate Recruiting Begins

Josh Bersin

Today LinkedIn announced its long-awaited IPO. The numbers tell a story: this company is going to radically transform corporate recruiting. Here are a few of the important statistics to. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management. Sourcing and Recruiting accenture linkedin novartis talent acquisition

American Bar Association: Think Twice About Law School

Evil HR Lady

The American Bar Association has posted a warning about getting a law degree on their website. Far too many law students expect that earning a law degree will solve their financial problems for life. In reality, however, attending law school can become a financial burden for law students who fail to consider carefully the financial implications of their decision. Read more about why graduate school may not be the best choice


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.

Employee Engagement 2010 Dozen (Apr): 14 Lessons From 2 Boys and a Sewer

David Zinger

Full Employee Engagement is Sewer Power, Really! Notice what is in front of you. I was returning home from a jog when I encountered my neighbour and her two sons.

Developing Your #1 Asset…Your Employees


Developing your employees is a task that takes proper thought and understanding. As a company, you want your employees to grow in their positions and in the organization. There are many options to do this, but here a few that can truly make a difference.

Project Social: Why Should HR Care About Sustainability?

Working Girl

As an HR professional, you might think sustainability isn’t a high priority for HR. And, given all that''s going on in the HR world right now you may be right… for now. However, the business climate is changing.

4 ways to Boost Your Standing at Work

45 Things

I can't tell you the number of people in the last two years who recommended to me that workers should just "hunker down" or "keep their heads down" while the job market was in such turmoil.

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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.