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Clarifying Your Career Path: Technology is Eating Your Job

The Bamboo Project Blog

This may be the one of the most important career posts I've ever written. I urge you to read it, even if you don't think it applies to you. . This morning I was tagged in a G+ conversation that linked to this article on the impact of technology in the workplace.



Making the commitment to change the culture of an organization is a bold step. It requires the courage to publicly say that you are not satisfied with how things operate today, and that a change is not only on a wish list, but that it is now mandatory. That is a bold step.

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HR Practices – Do You Have Zombies in Your Office?

Effortless HR

A hit show (just finishing up their 3 rd season) is “ The Walking Dead ”, about a zombie apocalypse. Whether or not you have ever watched it or heard of it, the show is scary and if you put the concept into your office, it can be REALLY frightening. Do you know if you have ‘real-life zombies and ghosts’ walking around your office on a daily basis?

Top 10 Ways to Create and Sustain an Enterprise Social Network


Friday, March 29, 2013 :00am. Top 10 Ways to Create and Sustain an Enterprise Social Network By Jim Bowley. When it comes to creating a social environment within your organization, what are the top 10 things HR should consider? #5:


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.

Career Resilience for Entrepreneurs

The Bamboo Project Blog

. Regular readers know that I'm a strong proponent of working for yourself. Even if you have a day-job, I think you should always be looking for ways to diversify your income streams as the next lay-off could be right around the corner, despite your best efforts. .

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Course Correct Early with 360 Degree Reviews


It’s exciting when you get to bring new people on at your company. They’re fresh faces with lots of energy. However, their hire date could put them out of rotation with the performance review cycle.

It’s Time to be Serious about Mobile HR Management


Wednesday, March 27, 2013 :00am. It’s Time to be Serious about Mobile HR Management By Greg Belkin. What are the most critical topics in human capital management that should be on your radar in 2013? Topic #12: Mobile HR.

Building Resilience: The 5 Stages of Deliberate Change

The Bamboo Project Blog

Building your career resilience is an intentional, deliberate process. Leaving it up to chance is a recipe for failure. But what's the process for making change happen? .

There's Still Work To Do When It Comes to Firing Employees

True Faith HR

You''re Tubby Smith, head coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers. You''re successful in your job, leading your teams to 20 win seasons in 18 of the 21 years you''ve been a head coach. You''ve won a National Championship in 1998.

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!

Pieces of Me – March 29, 2013 Edition

Unbridled Talent

“Pieces of Me” is a regular feature here on the blog, where I’ll share a bit of what’s happening, what’s kicking around in my head, resources I’d like to bring to your attention and a peek into the world as I see it – through lenses colored by Human Resources, Recruiting, Leadership and Career Development. Something awesome that happened: Tuesday of this past week (March 26th) was my 5 year Twitter anniversary! Way back in March 2011, I wrote about the value I had received from Twitter during the first three years in a post titled “Celebrating Twitter As A Business Communication Tool” – and I still feel very much the same today. For me, Twitter is the gift that keeps on giving! According to Wikipedia , the appropriate gift for the 5 year milestone is Wood. But I still want a pony. Something I learned: Well, I re-learned this one. Recruiting isn’t just about finding the most qualified person or finding someone who matches the skills and experience needed for the position. It’s also not just about finding someone who “fits” the company’s culture. Even if you source candidates who match all of those criteria, it still won’t work out if you haven’t considered the personality of the Boss and whether or not it’s a match for the potential New Hire. Some employees like lots of direction – and some Bosses aren’t wired that way. Some employees like minimal direction and some Bosses want to be very involved. Neither style is necessarily wrong on either side of the equation and both sides can usually move a bit in each other’s direction, but it’s highly unlikely there will be a match made in Heaven if the Boss and the New Hire’s style of work aren’t a match. Good recruiting is hard, yo. It’s about way more than just finding people. Someone who made a difference: Lance Haun is the wind beneath my blogging wings. Since I moved this blog to WordPress several years ago, he’s helped me with everything from “Oh my gosh, my website is down!” to “I don’t know how to add a badge to my site, can you help?” This past week, I asked Lance if he could increase the font size on my website – because I couldn’t see my posts anymore with my eyes that I refuse to clothe in glasses. He’s a Champ like that. But really, Lance is way more than someone who helps me with this website. He’s one of the original HR bloggers (along with Laurie Ruettimann and Kris Dunn ) and I’ve learned so much from him over the last few years as he’s moved from HR practitioner, start-up geek, Community Manager and now the Editor-In-Chief at SourceCon. Lance is awesome and I’m happy to call him a friend. He’s got a practical, no-nonsense approach to business, HR, recruiting – and occasionally politics and sports. That’s why he’ll always be Your HR Guy to me. If you haven’t done so already, check out Lance’s blog , blog , blog , blog and follow him on Twitter. A resource I’d like to share: Mercer recently released their Talent Barometer Survey, which includes the results from their study of the talent practices of leading global organizations. You can download the 20 page Executive Summary for free at The Talent Barometer Survey includes findings related to changes in Talent investments, characteristics of an effective Workforce Planning process, key takeaways related to how organizations are addressing the educational gap and the importance of Talent Reviews within an organization to enhance the availability and quality of Talent in the organization. Juicy. Throwback: In November 2012, I was quoted in an article that appeared in the Los Angeles Times – “Put Your Best Face Forward Using Digital Technology” This article is probably the only place where you’ll find a quote from me related to how pimples may or may not affect the job search process. I think the gist of what I was trying to say was “be yourself and put your best self out there in your job search” Or something that sounded way better. Upcoming Goodness: On April 11, 2013, I’ll be hosting the Sourcing and Recruiting Social Summit 2013 in Washington, DC. I’m excited about channeling my inner Oprah while introducing some of the most knowledgeable and experienced Recruiting and Sourcing professionals in our industry. Who knows, everyone may just end up with a new car once the conference is over. “ No dream is too wild, no surprise too impossible to pull off”! If you want to learn from some of the best, join us in DC next month! Use the code JM100 when registering to receive $100 off the registration fee. The World As I See It: I’m not a huge Las Vegas Fan, but I seem to end up there 3 – 4 times a year for conferences and events. So I look for the pretty stuff and hold on to my money. Chihuly Glass Sculpture – Bellagio – Las Vegas, NV. Paris Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV. Bellagio Fountains – Las Vegas, NV. —– Unbridled Talent LLC is a consulting and advisory firm providing services to clients in the areas of recruiting & human resources strategy, employment branding and leadership/career development. We offer keynotes, workshops and training that inspire and teach business leaders to be more effective in their careers and as leaders of their organization’s most valuable resource – people. Contact us to schedule an event or to discuss our strategic consulting and advisory services. Blog Recruiting Jennifer McClure Lance Haun Mercer Talent Barometer Survey Sourcing & Recruiting Social Summit

March Madness: 6 lessons from NCAA coaches to lead your team to success


March Madness comes around once a year, often leading to office pools, water cooler discussions of colleges you may not have heard of, and long and oddly timed lunch breaks. With the championship game coming up, harness some of the lessons of NCAA basketball’s unsung all-stars: the coaches.

Career Resilience in Action

The Bamboo Project Blog

few weeks ago I had lunch with a friend who started a solo business last year. I was sharing with her my thinking about career resilience and the 4 patterns of success , describing each in more detail. . When we got to Connecting, she grew thoughtful. "I

#E20S Social Talent Management ~ HR to HR 2.0 and Human.

Strategic HCM

Shot 2013-03-22 at 16.46.49.png My own session at the Enterprise 2.0 Summit was on Social Talent Management. Unfortunately attendance wasn't great so I'm going to post here covering the key points of my presentation

Preparing for the Workplace of the Future: HR’s Role

Speaker: Robin Schooling, Managing Partner, HR + People Strategy, Peridus Group

Join Robin Schooling, Managing Partner, HR + People Strategy with Peridus Group, to learn what you can do now to prepare yourself and your organization for the future workplace while simultaneously solidifying HR’s impact as a strategic and influential leader for business success

How to Build the Apex, Heart, and Foundation of Employee Engagement

David Zinger

The 3 tiers of the employee engagement pyramid: apex, heart, and foundation. In 2012, I built the pyramid of employee engagement to help all employees, especially managers and leaders, foster and enhance employee engagement. The pyramid was developed as a simple yet practical and tactical framework offering guidance and specific practices to increase employee engagement for the benefit of all.

Harvard Business Review reveals the bright side to negative feedback


Positive feedback and recognition clearly amplify key behaviors that drive results. But what happens when you are faced with employee behavior that misses the mark?

Harnessing Social Media for Leadership Development - Part 1


Learn how social media is currently being used in leadership development and about the unique benefits it offers

Social Talent Acquisition ~ HR to HR 2.0 and Human Capital (HCM)

Strategic HCM

Probably the best example of social talent management exists in recruiting. I think there's a good few reasons for this, including that: Recruiting is fairly process oriented, with an extensive adoption of traditional technology use

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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.

Employee Engagement Friday Factoid #25: Knowledge Workers

David Zinger

Is your knowledge working? Knowledge workers have driven more than 70% of the economic growth in the United States over the past three decades. Oracle Business Impact of Talent Intelligence ). Commentary. We work in the age of knowledge workers. Are you tapping into your workers’ knowledge to assess, improve, and enhance engagement? I encourage you to use your knowledge workers to drive the growth of your employee engagement efforts. To get a knowledgeable start: ask, don’t tell.

5 must-reads for the in-the-know HR Professional: Week of March 29th, 2013


Coming off the momentum of Sheryl Sandberg’s book launch many discussions have been started about work life balance; how does one obtain it, does it actually exist, and how does it relate differently for men versus women in the workforce.

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On Googling Candidates and Laurie Ruettimann (@lruettimann)

True Faith HR

Earlier this month, Laurie Ruettimann wrote a nice piece for entitled, " Are You Googling Job Candidates? When You Do, Everyone Loses. " As always her advice was spot on , but it really hit home today when I arrived at work and received a n e-mail from a former student who had run into a troubling situ ation where the personal and professional often crosses - romance and work. This former student was romantically involved with someone out side of work.

Podcast: Young Woman Doing Well By Doing Good

Inpower Coaching

I had the pleasure to chatting with a young woman recently who is living an amazing life and doing amazing things for a truly innovative organization here in D.C. called DC Central Kitchen. Abby Elsener has lived an exciting life, vising South Africa and exploring her personal drive to succeed. She is now working for one of the most innovative non profits I know of on the fundraising and development team. DC Central Kitchen isn’t just a soup kitchen.

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.

An Employee Engagement Snapshot

David Zinger

Richard Baker asked, a while back, what I saw going on with Employee Engagement: I see people getting on a horse (engagement) and riding off in all directions at once. Some are Gallup-ing into engagement with their Q12 and some are feeding their staff Hay. Okay, bad puns but it helps me write. We seem to be moving ahead, behind, and staying still depending upon who is looking at engagement, how they are looking at engagement, and how they are measuring it.

[Storify] #A_Chat Wrap Up: March 27th, 2013


Below is a collection of tweets from the March 27th, 2013 webinar with David Brennan, Chief Financial and Operating Officer of A chievers. Thank you for all who listened to the webinar and those who connected with the #A_Chat community on Twitter. To join us next time please sign up for our Apirl 9th, 2013 webinar “ A chievers Latest Product Release: Using A chievers to Drive Employee Success” with Razor Suleman, Founder and Chief Evangelist of A chievers. REGISTER HERE.

How to Sabotage Your Succession Plan


Succession planning, an organization’s way of maintaining or correcting course when key employees leave, is carried out in many different ways. It can involve a secretive conclave where a successor is announced with puffs of white smoke. Or a nominee might undergo a rigorous confirmation hearing before members of Congress. Rock-paper-scissors, etc. Whatever the method, succession planning can be easily derailed by ignoring some basic rules. The rest of the details are up to you.

Using Social Media In HR & Recruiting [SLIDESHARE]

Unbridled Talent

Since signing up for a LinkedIn account in early 2006 ( member #5,852,039 here ), I’ve considered myself a “Social Media Anthropologist”, because I love to study how social media affects the entire employment process – from personal branding, job search, employment branding, recruiting, human resources and employee development.

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.