January, 2009

Informal Learning becomes Formal

Josh Bersin

It’s now official. After surveying our entire research membership and having more than 30 conversations with leading HR and learning leaders (including with Xerox, Accenture, British Telecom, Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management. bt peter butler accenture Learning Culture Saba josh bersin department of defense informal learning CornerstoneOnDemand network appliance british telecom Learning 2.0

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Finding the Difference Between "Labor" and "Work"

The Bamboo Project Blog

I'm currently reading Lewis Hyde's wonderful book, The Gift: Creativity and the Ar tist in the Modern World. In it, he explores the nature of the "gift economy" vs. the market economy and how creative types are caught in between these two fundamentally different ways of operating in the world.

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Social Software in Government: Headed for Mainstream

Transparent Office

Since I spoke last month at Social Media for Government , I've been having a lot of conversations with beltway folks. There's a ton of interest in social media in government. It all started back in 2006 when the intelligence community launched Intellipedia as a community-based forum for sharing vital information across intelligence agencies. I started getting involved with government uses of social media when I joined Socialtext in the fall of 2007.

Lessons from the Recruiting Archives - Part One


I''ve been having great fun over the last couple years following the hottest recruiting oriented blogs and more recently connecting with recruiters in the Twitterverse. You can follow me on Twitter: here.) It''s been excited watching all the changes in methodologies since my recruiting days back in the 80s and 90s.To payback the young superstars for allowing me to live vicariously through them

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.

ReviewSNAP Announces New 360 Degree Feedback Module


In a move to offer current and future clients a comprehensive performance management system, ReviewSNAP announces the launch of the new 360 Degree Feedback module, ReviewSNAP360TM. A division of Applied Training Systems, ReviewSNAP provides a fully automated, web-based performance review solution. ReviewSNAP360 is a complete multi-rater 360 degree feedback solution with fully automated functionality. It is designed for ease of use and efficient coordination of the actual 360 degree surveys.

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Who is your Chief Performance Officer?

Josh Bersin

This week Barack Obama appointed a Chief Performance Officer for the Federal Government, focused on assessing the performance of government programs and finding opportunities to reduce waste and. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management.

Do Employees Need Social Media Guidelines?

The Bamboo Project Blog

I've written before about some of my thoughts regarding the responsible use of social media and whether or not we can count on people do the right thing when it comes to blogs and Facebook and Twitter. In general I tend to believe that if you can't trust your employees to behave appropriately on a social network, then you probably shouldn't be trusting them to go to meetings, answer phones or have customer contact in any way.

Social Software Adoption: Why Law Firms Get It Wrong (and How to Get It Right)

Transparent Office

I had a great conversation recently with Headshift 's Penny Edwards and Jon Mell. We were talking about social software adoption patterns in law firms--a topic over which a lot of digital ink has been spilled lately. Our conversation helped me connect some dots. I've blogged them here, and I also encourage you to check out the musings of Penny and Jon, both of whom are active on Twitter and their own blogs.

Onboarding the President of the United States


Isn''t it great the way we onboard the President of the United States? After the President was "hired" on November 4, 2008 we provided a transition period for him to prepare for the new job. He was able to spend time with his predecessor and plan his strategy. On his start date, today, January 20th, 2009, we celebrated his hire, introduced him to. everyone, heard his shared vision

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!

What Makes 360 Degree Feedback Work?


The use of 360 degree feedback surveys has grown and is continuing to grow at a very fast rate. The idea of surveying employees isn’t new, but the notion of having multiple employees rate a specific “target” employee to provide as much unbiased input about that person’s performance is a relatively young concept. But why does 360 degree feedback work and what can it do for an organization?

Obama Has His Cabinet in Place -- Do You?

45 Things

As Barak Obama begins his first days in office, he'll be surrounded by trusted advisers. Before he makes a decision, he's likely to consult members of his Cabinet. He'll probably ask their opinions on everything from foreign policy to domestic issues.

Ten Ways to Reduce Costs and Improve the Efficiency of Corporate Training

Josh Bersin

We just finished an assessment of our research members and felt it was urgent to publish this important research. If you are trying to find ways to improve the operational efficiency and reduce the. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management

Reducing Mental Clutter: Some Solutions

The Bamboo Project Blog

Yesterday's p ost on reducing my personal mental clutter apparently struck a chord with a lot of people. Farhan and Steve Bridger are with me on the whole multiple open tabs thing. So is Talia.

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.

General Release Woes

Evil HR Lady

I was recently laid off with 60% of my department. I got 3 months of severance pay by signing a General Release that basically said I won’t sue the company for any reason, and I can’t work there for 6 months. I’ve tried to find out why this “6-month rule” is part of the General Release. Two hiring managers want to hire me back, but are hitting the 6-month rule roadblock.

Penelope Trunk's Misguided Career Advice For Women


Another interesting, controversial and not exactly correct bit of advice from the self described brazen careerist "Penelope Trunk." While I love "Penelope''s" writing style and her generally acerbic wit, I get concerned that people might actually take her seriously.In a recent post, she lambastes five career tips often given to women in the workplace. Along with ignoring the Best Companies for

Awareness Can Be Important To Your Credibility


Competing in today''s markets can be difficult. It is made even more difficult by a lack of awareness of your business, product or service on the part of prospective customers. Positioning your company properly in the minds of potential customers is a critical, yet often overlooked part of promotional strategy.

Creativity Can Help Save Your Job -- Here's How to Find Yours

45 Things

Be creative. These are the words being echoed in workplaces across the world. Be creative in coming up with new ideas to grow the business. Be creative in finding ways to outsmart the competition. Be creative in finding ways to work more efficiently. Be creative in coming up with ways to cut costs.

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.

Yes, You Really Can Cut Training Costs

Josh Bersin

The Training Measurement Book is on Amazon’s Top 10 Business Books for 2008 This week we published the Corporate Learning Factbook® for 2008 and sure enough, corporate learning and. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management.

Reducing Mental Clutter: Identifying the Problems

The Bamboo Project Blog

Being away from my computer for much of the past few weeks really showed me how much mental clutter I've been accumulating as a result of my bad digital habits.

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Should I be offended?

Evil HR Lady

My mother sent me this joke: Some cannibals get a job in a big corporation on the condition that they don't eat any of the other staff. Things go very well until their boss calls them into his office one day and gives them some bad news--a janitor is missing in mysterious circumstances and the cannibals are under suspicion. The cannibals get together after work. Their leader says, "Which of you idiots had the janitor?" One of the cannibals raises his hand. You idiot!

So true.

Working Girl



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.

Attributes Of Successful Long-Term Businesses


We believe there are attributes that are common to successful businesses. While there are probably others, we feel that the twelve attributes below represent the most important: 1. They are focused on the customer and gather feedback and input from the customer on a regular and consistent basis. They understand the concept of relationship development, both internally and externally and they work hard at forming new relationships and strengthening old ones.

Is Your Definition of Success Making You Miserable?

45 Things

Is your definition of success a fatal mistake? For some, success is defined in terms of the dollar amount on a paycheck. For others, it's the title on their business card. Others may define success in terms of the accolades and awards they have won.

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Predicting 2009


Cliche, perhaps, but please indulge me as we start the year. As I sat down to think about the year to come, what’s interesting is that in spite of all the talk of global uncertainty there are some things about 2009 that seem pretty crystal clear. Let me know if you agree


The Bamboo Project Blog: Do Employees Need Social Media Guidelines?

The Bamboo Project Blog

I've written before about some of my thoughts regarding the responsible use of social media and whether or not we can count on people do the right thing when it comes to blogs and Facebook and Twitter. In general I

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.