August, 2011

Six Positive Professional Development Strategies for the Toxic Workplace

The Bamboo Project Blog

I'm finding that the combination of "doing more with less," and the morale fall-out of the recession is increasingly adding to the psychological burden that many of us deal with at work.

Strength Based Management Fosters Employee Engagement

David Zinger

Employee engagement is strong stuff. Get strong. I have been very involved in encouraging strength based approaches to fuller employee engagement. The first two years of this site was devoted to strength based leadership.

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The Real Succession Plan for Steve Jobs: Apple Thinks Different with Apple University

Josh Bersin

This week’s announcement of Steve Jobs’ succession to Chairman puts the topic of success management back on the front page. When such a strong leader steps aside, how does Apple maintain. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management. Business Trends Succession Management apple

5 Tips for Staying Healthy on the Job

45 Things

I rarely (knock on wood) get sick anymore, and that's probably because I've been around so long I've caught every germ there is and am now immune. But I do have more aches and pains, many of them caused by sitting at a computer for 10 hours a day. My wrist hurts. My elbows hurt.

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.

Beyond Engagement – part 1: Organisational Health

Strategic HCM

I’ve been posting quite a lot about engagement recently, for example on my attendance ( 1 , 2 ) and presentation at an event with the UK government supported Employee Engagement Taskforce. I do support the concept of engagement and am cheered by the impact the taskforce is having.

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Decluttering for Learning

The Bamboo Project Blog

I don't know about you, but sometimes my brain can begin to resemble an episode of Hoarders , crammed so full of junk that I barely have room to move around in it! When it gets this way, I tend to get overwhelmed. There isn't an ounce of brain power (or space) for learning. .

Employee Engagement: What’s Up with Gamification

David Zinger

Are you in the game? Should you be in the game? How did gamification become a word? What’s up? Gamification is rapidly flooding into the workplace and customer engagement vocabulary.

Talent Priorities in Today’s Economic Environment: Leadership, Engagement, Quality of Hire

Josh Bersin

We just completed our latest TalentWatch research (our semi-annual report on business and talent trends) and as most HR and business leaders know, we are in a very strange talent environment. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management. Business Trends

How to Impress the Boss With a Business Meal

45 Things

When was the last time you ate a really good meal while in a meeting? If you're like most people, the boss might "order in" some pizzas, which show up cold, go down greasy and settle like a bomb in your stomach (along with the garlic bread and tepid soda and stale cookie you also consumed).

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!

Beyond Engagement - part 2: Wellbeing

Strategic HCM

The other recent piece of news relating to engagement and the role of the UK government supported Employee Engagement Taskforce was last week’s report from the National Wellbeing Taskforce and the Office for National Statistics.

Manager's Review vs. Self-Review - Where's the Disconnect?


We''ve all dealt with employees who believe their performance is well above the level of performance as represented by the performance review that we completed for them. Their self-review comes in with extremely high ratings and glowing comments about their performance.

A 3-Step Process for Learning From the Depths

The Bamboo Project Blog

I was contacted this morning about doing a presentation on an old post of mine, " On Becoming a More Reflective Individual Practitioner ," so I re-read what I'd written back in 2008. One paragraph I quoted in the post really stood out for me.

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4 Keys for Full Engagement Up to the Age of 110

David Zinger

Stay engaged for a long long time… Curt Rosgren’s post on Life lessons from super-centenarians had some short and powerful lessons for all us. I believe we can bring these to our daily employee engagement and life engagement.

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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.

Workday 14: Amazing Enterprise Software for HR

Josh Bersin

Today Workday introduced release 14, the latest upgrade of the company’s SaaS HR and Financials application. I rarely gush at enterprise software, but in this case I have to admit I was. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management. HR Systems workday

How to Know if You're a Micromanager

45 Things

I saw a study the other day that noted while most drivers believe themselves to be excellent behind the wheel, they think everyone else on the road is an idiot.

Reinvention of the Human Resources Function through Social Media / Kuala Lumpur

Strategic HCM

I’m going to be delivering this session on HR and social media in Malaysia on 26th and 27th September. Social media is one of the main drivers of change in business at the moment. In HR, it is enabling major transformations in recruiting, learning and other areas.

Is Your Manager a Morale Killer?


Let''s face it.some managers just don''t have what it takes to lead people. Much like the bosses depicted in the recent movie Horrible Bosses , there are people who flat out destroy morale, innovation and confidence. Sure those bosses may have been a little overstated, but the message was clear.

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.

Career Certainty or Career Clarity?

The Bamboo Project Blog

“More important than the quest for certainty is the quest for clarity.”. Francois Gautier. The Tiny Buddha blog is one of my favorite reads, reminding me on a daily basis about what is and isn't important to me.

Employee Engagement: Will You Take the Jump?

David Zinger

I am fully enjoying a week long vacation at HIGHCLIFFS, our wonderful friends place in Minaki Ontario. It is nice to stay with friends who share the same first names of David and Susan!

SuccessFactors Q2 2011 Financials – Plateau Moves to SaaS Focus

Josh Bersin

SuccessFactors just announced another stellar quarter (48% YTY growth in revenues, 42% YTY growth in billings), and the CEO Lars Dalgaard talked extensively about the company’s progress with. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management. HR Systems Leadership Development LMS, LCMS Performance Management Workforce Planning

Is the Green-Eyed Monster in Your Cubicle?

45 Things

When I was in grade school, every year I had to put up with someone I'll call "Mary" in my classes. I never liked her, because her hair was longer than mine, she dressed better than I did and she was much prettier. Yet, every year -- from kindergarten until sixth grade -- I had her in every class.

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.

Think DiffeHRently: opportunities for HR Innovation

Strategic HCM

I hope you enjoyed Friday’s post linking to my HRE article on social innovation. I do firmly believe that social relationships provide one fruitful opportunity for showing how HR can be done differently. But there are lots of other opportunities too.

It's Here! Download ReviewSNAP's Benefits-Based Performance Management White Paper


ReviewSNAP has developed an innovative approach to conducting performance reviews and ongoing feedback in a way that clearly conveys to the employee the benefits that accrue to them when they embrace workplace behavioral changes.

Fear and Work

The Bamboo Project Blog

"Fears about yourself prevent you from doing your best work, while fears about your reception by others prevent you from doing your own work (my emphasis).". One of my favorite books is Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland.

Employee Engagement: What’s Up With The Progress Principle

David Zinger

A Review and Outline of The Progress Principle. What’s up? Progress is one of the most powerful ways to ensure employee engagement and enrich the inner worklife of employees.

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.