September, 2009

It's Not the Tool That's Boring. It's You.

The Bamboo Project Blog

Great post from Sarah Horrigan on a training she did with University staff on using virtual learning environments (VLE's). Apparently there were complaints prior to the session about VLEs being "boring," that Sarah decided to face head on, pointing out that it's not the VLE that's boring.

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From E-Learning to We-Learning

Josh Bersin

The corporate training industry is undergoing some major changes. Over last few months we have been involved in many discussions with organizations about the tremendous needs to build, manage, and. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management. Learning Culture Learning On-Demand Learning Programs cisco citrix e-learning facebook linkedin microsoft Plateau Saba sun taleo we-learning webex

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If the Army Can Put Its Doctrine Up On a Wiki, You've Got No Excuse

Conversation Matters

A few weeks ago I had the privilege of watching an astounding event - a room full of Soldiers typing Army doctrine onto a wiki so that Soldiers in the field could make changes as they were discovering new and better tactics in the midst of fighting a war. There were a couple of amazing things about this event. One was that it was happening at all, because to the Army, doctrine is close to sacred.

Launch E2.0 Broad, Then Go Deep

Transparent Office

In my previous post, I argued that companies should Skip the Pilot for Enterprise 2.0 applications. The argument, which came out of my own experience with hundreds of implementations, is that small-scale pilots are not representative of the way companies use collaborative tools at scale.

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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.

Dilbert on Why Working at Home is More Productive

Future of Work

Had to chuckle when I saw this in today’s paper: Not much more to say - Scott Adams is usually spot on.

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An "Admirable Use" Policy

The Bamboo Project Blog

Will Richardson has an excellent post, Don't, Don't, Don't vs. Do, Do, Do , in which he muses on "acceptable use" policies of social media in schools and how restrictive and anti-learning they can be.

Taleo 10: Taleo Becomes an End-to-End Talent Management Software Company

Josh Bersin

Today Taleo announced Taleo 10, the company’s new product family name for Taleo Enterprise Recruiting, Taleo Performance, Taleo Compensation, and Taleo Development. Yes, today Taleo formally. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management.

Legal Check Update


ReviewSNAP is currently working on adding a legal check tool to our text editor. This tool will be available on any page within the system that has a text box. Our legal check will be used to search for discriminatory and derogatory language and offer alternative words or phrases to replace the discriminatory or derogatory language. This tool is in the process of being built and the estimated date of completion is October 23rd.

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Transparency, not Anarchy

Transparent Office

In a recent post , ZDNet blogger Dennis Howlett asserts that Enterprise 2.0 is a "crock." It's a smart and thought-provoking post, which has elicited equally smart and thought-provoking replies from Andrew McAfee , Thomas Vander Wal , Larry Hawes , Gil Yehuda , and others. I think Dennis's argument is wrong. But it's interestingly wrong, which is a very good thing. There's a special place in heaven for interestingly wrong arguments.)

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.

New Book on Cost-Efficient, Sustainable Facility Practices to Debut at World Workplace

Future of Work

We are very pleased to share the following special announcement from the IFMA Foundation (Charlie and I authored one chapter of the book and did much of the production and quality-control editing): **. HOUSTON — (Sept. 11, 2009) — The IFMA Foundation is pleased to announce a new publication detailing how facility professionals can immediately cut operating costs, institute sustainable building practices and gain a voice in the strategic facility decisions made within their organizations.

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True Faith HR

One of my favorite websites to visit is Rate Your Students. The posts usually deal with the joy of teaching undergraduates and the vagaries of academic life. Two recent posts recently caught my interest.

Augmented Reality and the Future of Learning & Work

The Bamboo Project Blog

A few weeks ago I was doing a social media training and a couple of participants started talking to me about "augmented reality" and how it was going to change learning and work.

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SuccessFactors Rebrands Itself Business Execution Software

Josh Bersin

This week SuccessFactors took a somewhat bold move by relaunching itself as a “Business Execution&# software company. This idea, which is not at all new (The Balanced Scorecard. 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.

Lifestyle Company versus Growth Company


Gerhard Gschwandtner''s post on the premium oyster farm whose motto is "that''s enough for me" reminds me of an unfinished post I had written about lifestyle companies versus growth companies. I don''t have it with me but it went something like this:Starting Nobscot Corporation I found to be a relatively easy and fun challenge. We were creating a technology (WebExit) that we knew there was a need

This is why people think HR is stupid and evil

Evil HR Lady

It's that wonderful time of the year--flu season! And to add to it, this year adds in the lovely schweingrippe to the mix. So, I imagine that hospitals are putting together all sorts of plans for how to handle this. I like to have positive attitudes (ha!) towards those in leadership positions.

Going Mobile Overnight: Business Continuity Insurance

Future of Work

This is a reprint of the Compass article from our September Future of Work Agenda newsletter. We are reproducing it here to call attention to the importance of preparing for the upcoming flu season in North America, and the value of having a flexible/mobile work program as a means of coping with a pandemic. By Jim Ware and Charlie Grantham. It’s fall here in North America, and the flu season is upon us.

4 Strategies to Help You Get More Money This Year

45 Things

Are you going to get a raise this year? If not, are you going to ask for one? You can quit laughing now. I'm serious. I realize times are tough, but I got to wondering as we watch the stock market recover, if some of those profits will

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.

Community Conversations

The Bamboo Project Blog

I'm currently at the USBLN Conference in Maryland, where we're exploring various "business to business strategies to promote the business imperative of including people with disabilities in the workforce.". Yesterday I attended a great session co-facilitated by Manpower, Inc.

US Employment Update: Not Out of the Woods Yet

Josh Bersin

As part of our TalentWatch® business research program we keep pretty close watch over US and worldwide employment figures. Each quarter we try to give members actionable insights into key trends in. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management.

The Wind Beneath the Organization's Wings


There''s an interesting discussion going on over at my new friend Laurie Ruettimann''s Punk Rock HR blog regarding the death (or not!) of HR.It''s interesting that for some reason people evaluate HR based on the performance and job duties of the clerks in the profession. It''s as if people think the role of HR is keeping track of vacation and holiday time or posting rules in the lunchroom.

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Evil HR Lady

I work for a state university. One of the requirements for evaluating our employees is that we establish "development" competencies for each employees. We must establish at least two for every employee. The state considers that every employee can improve their performance all the time. Here is my problem. My one employee is our 63-year-old receptionist who has been with us for over 10 years.

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.

Futures Thinking 101

Future of Work

Just came across (via Twitter ) an excellent basic guide to futures thinking (&# Futures Thinking: The Basics “), written by Jamais Cascio for Fast Company magazine. A good summary: Fortunately, [being a futurist is] also a job with some definite practical uses.

What to Do When You've Run Off Into a Career Ditch

45 Things

If I could leave you with one thought today, it would be this: You are a work in progress. Rather you're trying to get a job, starting a new career, in mid-career, or thinking about retiring, you can never write the ending to your story

Augmented Reality and the Future of Learning & Work

The Bamboo Project Blog

A few weeks ago I was doing a social media training and a couple of participants started talking to me about "augmented reality" and how it was going to change learning and work.

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Celebrity Compensation

Working Girl

This isn''t the first time I''ve blogged about celebrities and human capital management. In my post about Non-Monetary Benefits , for example, I discussed the motivational benefits of hiring celebrities as managers instead of just normal people.

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.