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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The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

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.

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.

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.)

Designing Equitable Performance: How to Create Fair, Inclusive Assessments

Speaker: Aubrey Blanche & Sahra Kaboli-Nejad

We are all susceptible to bias and strive to mitigate it through reading, taking classes, and participating in trainings - yet, it seems like these aren’t driving the change we need. Women tend to receive vague, personality-based feedback, where men tend to receive performance related feedback. Work completed by Black men is more likely to be rated as lower quality than White men. And Black women face these overlapping biases in even more extreme ways. So what can we do to address the inequities in the system? Look at the system itself - are we designing an equitable performance system that benefits everyone? Join Culture Amp’s Global Head of Equitable Design and Impact, Aubrey Blanche, along with Diversity, Equity, and Belonging Lead Sahra Kaboli-Nejad, to discuss how we can re-evaluate our performance management systems. We will discuss the benefits of designing a system at every level (individual, manager, and organization) to help mitigate bias and ultimately create a system that finally succeeds at what it is supposed to do - improve performance.

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.

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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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.

Workplace Mask Policy & Return to Work Templates

Paycor’s comprehensive checklist and customizable letters will help you re-start your business and welcome your team back to a new normal.

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


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.

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.

On the Job by Anita Bruzzese: 4 Ways to Handle Your Childish Boss

45 Things

4 Ways to Handle Your Childish Boss. There's probably no subject that generates more discussion on this blog than two words: "bad boss." Personally, I don't know anyone who doesn't have a bad boss story. I know I have more than a few

Even During COVID-19, I-9s Have to Be Done Right, on Time, and in Person

Help make sure you can get your remote hires onboarded quickly, even when you don’t have a physical office location or trained HR in the area. Download this free e-book, and you’ll be on your way to simpler Form I-9 and Section 2 completion.

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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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.

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.

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.

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

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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What's in it for me?

Evil HR Lady

I work in a small creative firm and have an employee who is technically very good, but a few times now has expressed this "what's in it for me?" attitude when asked to consider contributing to something that is outside the realm of their regular job. And don't get me wrong, it's not like we regularly ask or expect people to put in overtime, or go above and beyond the call of duty, but from time to time every company needs its people to go that extra mile).

COVID-19: Returning to the Workplace in a New Reality

COVID-19 has created a new set of risks that require a new way of working. Download Gallagher’s latest COVID-19 report for insights into encouraging resiliency in your people, building confidence in your organization, and preparing for the future of work.