February, 2009

A Rant on “Are There Any Questions?”

Conversation Matters

Every good speaker knows that at the end of a presentation, you have to leave time for questions. Hogwash! Leaving time for questions is the worse learning process we could have invented. We’ve all been brainwashed into the pseudo learning theory that asking for questions at the end of a presentation makes it a better learning experience for the audience. Wrong!

Deep vs. Wide: The New Career Strategy

Josh Bersin

Times are tough. Today we learn of another 590,000 jobs lost and US unemployment rises to 7.6%. We seem to be getting several emails each week from high powered HR or L&D professionals who have. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management.

Bamboo Project Readers' Guide to Blogging for Personal Branding

The Bamboo Project Blog

Networking 2.0: Blogging Your Way Out of a Job. and Into a Career View more presentations from Sacha Chua. tags: blogging web2.0 ). Last week, I asked my readers to share their best advice for using a blog for personal branding and job searching.

Employees Creating Their Own Goals


Do your employees create their own goals in your current review process or do their managers create the goals for them? Now with ReviewSNAP you have the option of creating goals either way.

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.

Is Your Knuckle-Cracking Killing Your Job Chances?

45 Things

I've spent a lot of time lately interviewing people who no longer have jobs. One thing I hear over and over is that they really need to feel they're doing something positive every day.

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Thank You for Sharing Your Knowledge

Conversation Matters

One of the things that has always drawn me to Knowledge Management is that knowledge sharing is essentially an act of giving. And in that sense it brings a bit of humanity and warmth to an organizational setting.

People not just Megawatts: The Vestas Story

Josh Bersin

In today’s new green (and red ink) economy, businesses all over the world are working hard to reduce operational expenses, restructure their workforce, and transform themselves into sustainable. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management.

Is the Best Predictor of Future Failure Your Past Success?

The Bamboo Project Blog

Shafeen Charania makes an intriguing suggestion --that the best predictor of our future failure is our past successes. His premise is that when we've found a course of action that proves successful, we are more likely to become wedded to it.

ReviewSNAP Updates


ReviewSNAP is always willing to make changes upon the request of clients and recently we have made updates to the system. Here are this week''s updates: 1. Goals will no longer automatically carry over to the next review period. All goals will be entered per review period and not carry over to the upcoming review period. You can now use separate rating scales for your competencies and your goals 3.

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 the Attention of the Five-Minute Boss

45 Things

While many people think that never seeing the boss might be a good thing, those who have a manager that rivals the Stealth Bomber know differently. Those who don't get regular face time with the boss are often the most vulnerable , especially in these tough times.

Thinking outside of the box

Working Girl

In these difficult economic times, modern business leaders are exploring creative ways of doing more with less


Connection Before Content: Meetings That Are Knowledge-based

Conversation Matters

Peter Block has a rule of thumb that is very useful if you want a group to apply its collective knowledge to address a difficult issue, Connection before Content.

Aramark: Talent Management at its Finest

Josh Bersin

Aramark is one of the country’s most well-run, talent-driven companies - and they are proof that talent management, when done well, is one of the most important business strategies a company. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management.

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.

A Week Without Google

The Bamboo Project Blog

My daughter is taking a New Media Research studio class at NYU where (somewhat to my dismay), she's learning about using RSS and Delicious. I'm dismayed because I would have taught her about these things for free, but you know college students. Parents are good for tuition, not for tutoring.

Video 60

Short (skirt) Requests

Evil HR Lady

I wish I had one of you were I work so you could take care of this problem for me! I am the administrative assitant at a very small law firm (3 people). My boss is an older man (in his 60's), his partner is in her late 30's and the junior associate is another woman in her mid 20's. I am in my early 20's. My boss, the only man in this small firm, is constantly telling me his preference for skirts. And not just skirts - short skirts. With neutral nylons, if I must wear them, not dark or black.

Help Your Career By Stepping Onto a Sinking Ship

45 Things

Who, in their right mind, would jump onto the Titanic instead of off ? In this tough job market, maybe it should be you. This may not make any sense at first blush, but when you consider the payoff, you may just decide it's a risk worth taking.

The future of business applications?

Working Girl

Facebook is a popular social networking tool and there’s no doubt it has shaped how people use the Internet to network. And I definitely think there’s a place for it in the workplace, where your success may well be dependent on your social connections. But is it more than that?

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.

The Power of the Conversation Architect to Address Complex, Adaptive Challenges

Conversation Matters

One of the most powerful tools a leader has is the power to convene the tough conversations that need to happen in an organization – to focus a group of people on an issue that matters. To convene that kind of meeting, the leader needs to be a conversation architect. We all know that to have an effective meeting we need to have an agenda, keep things moving, and track action items. That is excellent advice when the purpose of the meeting is to work on everyday, routine issues.

How to reduce costs? Better measure training to help cut expenses.

Josh Bersin

Ok we know times are tough. Our just-released TalentWatch® research (Winter 2009) found that 61% of all organizations now rate “financial pressure to cut costs&# as one of their top two. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management.

Getting Naked: Learning with a "See-Through" Business Owner

The Bamboo Project Blog

Christine Martell is one of my closest friends. A relationship that began online quickly blossomed into an off-line friendship that endures, despite the fact that we live 3,000 miles away from one another.

Cheapity, Cheapity, Cheap

Evil HR Lady

I know what the IRS mileage rate is ($.55 55 per mile for 2009). My question is what is the LEAST amount I can pay an employee for mileage reimbursement? She hardly ever drives but needs to a couple times a month for client meetings. Can I pay ½ the IRS rate? Seems like labor law 2802 is very vague about this so I thought I’d come to your HR department since we don’t have one. I so do not know the answer to this and furthermore, I'm not even going to attempt to look it up.

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.

An Emergency Checklist for When a New Boss Shows Up

45 Things

It can take months or even years to establish a good relationship with a boss. There are bumps along the way, but in the end, you feel confident that your boss values your hard work and believes your contribution to the company is important. Of course, that gives you some measure of confidence.

Global Talent Management

Working Girl

Germans are known for being (compared to Americans) stern, phlegmatic and practical. German bosses in particular are not given to being excited about you or emiting unnecessary compliments like ''nice job''. So if you work for a German, don''t expect lots of feedback about how much you rule. Unless you totally screw up, interactions with your German boss are more likely to go something like this: German boss: How''s your project going?

The Four Room Apartment: Where the Energy is for Change

Conversation Matters

There is a model of change offered by a Swedish social psychologist, Claes Janssen *, which has always appealed to me, in part because it’s optimistic about the ability of people to change. It’s a simple model for visualizing where the potential energy is in a person, group, department or company – he calls it the “ Four Room Apartment.”. Janssen says that each of us lives in a four-room apartment.

Why Process Matters


(Eriks note – Written by Keith Messick, SuccessFactors Research) I have a job that most people would find either very interesting or very boring. I’ll let you decide which, but essentially my job is to help people quantify the financial benefits of Optimizing their Investment in their people. Which people? Their employees, human capital, talent, […


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