July, 2011

Future Skills 2020 and the Implications for Professional Development

The Bamboo Project Blog

Over the weekend I ran across an interesting report in The Atlantic from the for-profit University of Phoenix. It looks at what they consider to be the six major drivers of change and the skills that will be necessary to thrive in this environment. . Six Drivers of Change.

SumTotal Announces Acquisition of Accero and CyberShift

Josh Bersin

Today SumTotal Systems, one of the largest (privately held) providers of learning and talent management software, announced the acquisition of both Accero (global complex payroll provider) and. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management. HR Systems

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10 Signs You're a High Maintenance Employee

45 Things

There's been publicity in the past about demands by high-profile celebrities and music stars. They insist on only white in their dressing rooms -- from white M&Ms to white sofas to white flowers.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective 5-Year-Olds

Working Girl

It recently occurred to me that there’s a lot leaders can learn from 5-year-olds. For example: Use what you have – Don’t have a dollhouse? Use a shoe box! Don’t be afraid to use stuff in a new way – Ignore that nice stable mommy bought you for your toy horses, make your own using a bead necklace.

Why Smoking Costs Employers More Than They Realize

Your employees are smoking, and at a cost of $7,000 per year for each employee who smokes, that adds up - fast! This free report will show you how an effective cessation program pays for itself.

How To Get Yourself Noticed At Work


Has your talent; potential and resourcefulness on the job gone unnoticed while those of others have been rewarded? Have others of equal experience risen on the corporate ladder much faster than you? You have probably not mastered the fine art of increasing your visibility in the workplace. Adeptness at getting noticed at work in a positive way […].

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How Prepared Are You For "The Start-Up of You"?

The Bamboo Project Blog

The War between LinkedIn, Monster’s BeKnown, and BranchOut

Josh Bersin

The war for professional networking has just escalated. This week LinkedIn shut off it’s API (programming interface) to the hot new Facebook-enabled professional networks BranchOut and. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management. Sourcing and Recruiting

Why Laughter May be Critical to Career Success

45 Things

There are certain jobs I've had that I didn't like. The boss was a nut job, the commute was a killer -- and there was never much laughter.

Study 94

Hiring Convicts and Morons


I''m reading a fascinating book from 1921 on "Personnel Relations." It''s a 200+ page manual or perhaps textbook applying "scientific principles" to the personnel industry.In a chapter on Interviewing, it talks about how every adult should be capable of being hired and the focus should be on finding the proper "adjustment" between the worker and his job. The text literally states that the only


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!

Tips On Enhancing Team Effectiveness


Very simply put, a team is nothing but a system of getting people in a company to work together effectively. The idea is that a group of people working together can achieve much more than if the individuals of the team were working on their own. In a team, we bring together people who have […].

Connecting the Dots in Employee Engagement

Strategic HCM

I was delivering a training session on employee engagement today ( focusing on ‘total engagement management’ rather than ‘kaizengagement’ ) and then this evening, catching up on the HCI’s Engagement and Retention conference again.

Positive Professional Development: Insights Into Action

The Bamboo Project Blog

This week I've been exploring using positive questioning strategies to drive professional development. Previous posts included: . Professional Development from Inspiration, Not Desperation. Positive Questions for Professional Development: Setting the Stage.

Badges Swarm the Internet (and soon Intranet)

Josh Bersin

Over the last year we’ve observed the “gamification&# of various web-based systems. Social learning systems now have “leaderboards&# to show who uploaded the most highly. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management. HR Systems badges beknown branchout linkedin

Protecting Organizational Culture and Wellbeing During a Global Pandemic

Download Gallagher’s report to discover best practices for sustaining corporate culture, identify opportunities for building engagement, and understand the value of investing in your organization’s greatest asset — its people.

How to Beat the Sunday Night Blues

45 Things

Lots of people get the Sunday night blues, even if they love their jobs. There's just something about the thought of getting up early on Monday, facing traffic, dealing with a blizzard of e-mails and attending yet another meeting that can turn even the best weekend a little blue.

What Should I Wear to a Job Interview

Evil HR Lady

You've through all the hoops and now it's time for the face to face interview. What on earth do you wear? What Should I Wear to a Job Interview


Diversity is You


I’ve been having more and more conversations about diversity lately. Many of the people I speak to jump to the conclusion that I’m somehow discussing employment practices. Not true…selection is such a small part of diversity.

Employee Engagement on the Go: Managing the Mobile Workforce

David Zinger

Review and Webinar Invitation for Managing the Mobile Workforce. One billion mobile workers. Michael Kroth and David Clemons wrote an insightful and practical book on managing the mobile workforce. It has been estimated that the worldwide mobile workforce will reach one billion this year. Defined.

Preparing for the Workplace of the Future: HR’s Role

Speaker: Robin Schooling, Managing Partner, HR + People Strategy, Peridus Group

Join Robin Schooling, Managing Partner, HR + People Strategy with Peridus Group, to learn what you can do now to prepare yourself and your organization for the future workplace while simultaneously solidifying HR’s impact as a strategic and influential leader for business success

Future Proofing Your Career

The Bamboo Project Blog

Lynda Gratton, author of The Shift: The Future of Work is Already Here , has an excellent post that summarizes the key points of her new book and outlines the 10 things you can do to future proof your career: Know the trends that are shaping work and careers. Learn to be virtual.

Yes, HR Really Does Make a Difference – HR Factbook Research Proves Business Value

Josh Bersin

This week we published the first ever HR Factbook®, a comprehensive benchmarking study which summarizes almost two years of research into the spending, resource allocation, and staffing levels of. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management. Human Resources Leadership Development HR Factbook Talent Management

Should You Go Back to School?

45 Things

When I graduated from college you could not have gotten me back in a classroom for any amount of money. Could not have paid me to go back to school. I was done. Kaput. Enough. No more term papers, no more boring lectures, no more studying for stuff I didn't care about.

Tips To Create Time And Harness Energy


Life for corporate employees has become so hectic these days that if they blink, they may miss something potentially important. It is almost impossible to be fully present in the moment with someone constantly on the phone, the report on the desk and the unanswered mail in the inbox. Today, employees’ attention is divided among […].

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.

With David Zinger on Employee Engagement

Strategic HCM

On Tuesday I spent the afternoon with David Zinger, founder and host of the Employee Engagement ning community. I feel David and I go way back as he was one of the few ‘HR’ people blogging when I started up, just over four years ago.

Employee Engagement Myths and Kaizengagement Workshop: Small is the New Significant

David Zinger

Employee Engagement Workshop in London UK. The recent Employee Engagement Networking Event I ran in partnership with BergHind Joseph reflected the growing importance, interest and emphasis placed on employee engagement.

Positive Professional Development Online Day Camps

The Bamboo Project Blog

Last week I was exploring how we can use positive questions to support professional development. I wrote a post here on how to prime the pump and another one on how to use positive questions to decide what you want to learn about.

The Amazing HR Technology Conference – Come Join Us

Josh Bersin

Once again it’s time to start making plans to come to Las Vegas (not Chicago this year, thank god) to the annual HR Technology Conference. This conference (October 3-5, 2011) is by far the. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management. HR Systems LMS, LCMS hr technology conference

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.