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.

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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.

ABCs of Data Normalization for B2B Marketers

Data normalization. It’s not a far stretch to suggest that the topic isn’t exactly what gets marketers excited in their day-to-day workflow. However, if lead generation, reporting, and measuring ROI is important to your marketing team, then data normalization matters - a lot. In this eBook, we’ll break down the ins and outs of data normalization and review why it’s so critical for your marketing strategies and goals!

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.

Scaling the Digitally-Ready Workforce

The digital future will require a new set of skills, behaviors, and ways of working, but most organizations have not defined the critical competencies needed to compete in an age of disruption and do not have a process in place to assess digital readiness in their own people, a new Aon study finds. For HR leaders, the continuous state of disruption requires a new, more flexible approach to workforce planning and development. Download the full report, which shares insights from 1,551 senior business executives, HR leaders, and employees from around the world, to learn the 5 key insights and the steps your organization can take to transform your approach to people, jobs, and rewards to thrive in an uncertain digital future.

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 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.

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.

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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?

100% Remote Onboarding: Group Demonstration

Speaker: David Secunda, CEO, WorkBright

Join WorkBright on Thursday, June 24th to get a first hand look at how a 100% remote onboarding process works using their system. They'll cover a few of the new COVID-19 related legislation changes and how they can be easily facilitated with their platform.

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.

Get a Better Handle on Your Remote Workforce

During these uncertain times, more employees are working remotely than ever before. Form I-9 completion for remote employees can be particularly challenging for HR teams. Download this eBook from Equifax Workforce Solutions to help navigate offsite Form I-9 compliance.

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, […


How to Keep Employees Engaged and Connected in the New Normal of Remote Working

Speaker: Elena Valentine, CEO, Skill Scout

The way we conduct work has completely changed. Before the pandemic, remote working or a few work from home days were allowed for certain employees. Now, remote working is our new normal. We have had to align our business to make sure that our employees are productive and have the necessary resources to succeed. But, did we make sure that they still feel connected with the rest of their team? Join Elena Valentine, CEO of Skill Scout, to learn how to make employee engagement a top priority even when everyone is working remotely.