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

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.

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.


True Faith HR

One of my favorite books about the film is Adventures in the Screen Trade by William Goldman. In it, the screenwriter of such films as Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid, and The Princess Bride, writes: "The "go" decision is the ultimate importance of the studio executive.

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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.

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In-the-Flow with American Hospital Association

Transparent Office

At last week's E2.0 conference in Boston, I was surprised and pleased by the way my " in-the-flow " phrase has gained common currency. I was also surprised, but less pleased, by some of the "best practices" I heard flying around.

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.

Getting Away With It

True Faith HR

I would love to attend the 2011 Illinois HR Conference on August 22-24 and/or the 2011 Ohio SHRM State Conference on September 21-23. John Jorgensen (Illinois) and Steve Browne (Ohio) have put together a really stellar program for each of these states.

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 […].

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

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.

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.

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


Bizarre Love Triangle

True Faith HR

So, I just got back from a showing of "Larry Crowne" with 100 of my 70 year old friends. I''m going to spoil the first 5 minutes of the movie for you.so if you''re going to see it, be prepared.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 […].

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


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

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.