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Business Lessons from the Fictional Elite

Cornerstone On Demand

What does it take to be a good leader? A few standout qualities are accountability, resilience, and compassion. What does it take to be a thriving entrepreneur? Creativity, courage, and an infallible spirit can make the difference between freedom and free fall. That being said, fostering these traits is far easier said than done. We need examples and inspiration so we can shape our own experience.

Everything #HR Needs to Know About “The Cloud”

HR Bartender

(Editor’s Note: Today’s post is brought to you by our friends at Kronos , the global leader in delivering workforce management solutions in the cloud. Over 12,000 organizations run in the KronosCloud including Briggs & Stratton, Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and the Columbus Regional Airport Authority. Enjoy the post!). There’s lots of talk in the business world about “the cloud.” Companies say we should “move to the cloud” or “store stuff in the cloud”, etc.

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A Clear View of the Talent Lifecycle: Performance Management [Part 4]

ClearCompany HRM

“The employee performance appraisal is an underperforming, periodic business process that is loathed by both employees and managers alike. Historically linked to the annual salary review, performance appraisals often focus on HR-driven criteria for skills and competencies rather than business outcomes. The human resources management (HRM) technology solutions offered by leading vendors are typically built around this dysfunctional paradigm.” - Forrester Research, Inc.

Can I (and Should I) Fire An Employee for Social Media Content?

UpstartHR

There is a phenomenon that doesn’t get talked about much publicly, but it’s something that in-the-trenches HR folks deal with fairly regularly. While we want to “rise up” and think about big picture, have a strategic viewpoint, and assume the best , there are always going to be friction points that hold us back.

Professional Development Your Employees Actually Want

Did you know? Language learning is a proven PD tool that many employees already want, whether their organization is multilingual or not. In this eBook, you’ll learn how language learning makes employees more productive, reduces turnover, and more.

Monkey See Monkey Do: New Leaders Emulate Their Bosses

The People Equation

Nobody likes to be told what to do, but give them a positive example, and you might be surprised at the results. Consider this social experiment conducted by author Daniel Pink for his TV show Crowd Control , as reported on the blog Barking Up the Wrong Tree . Pink and his team painted two lanes on a sidewalk, one for people talking on their cell phones, the other for non-cell-phone users. Then he positioned actors as “lane guides” that told people where to walk, based on their cell phone usage.

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What Happens When Leaders Coach?

All Things Workplace

You may already have the right people to enable your company to "win"--however you define the word. A couple of years ago I was involved in designing a leadership program to develop the top talent in a global company. We created a model that used the senior management team as coaches for the structured learning activities. First we coached the coaches on how to coach; then we turned them loose.

Quote of the Week: “It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird…

Something Different

…it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad. – C. Lewis. <en.wikipedia.org> <en.wikipedia.org> For this week’s quote we can thank novelist, poet, academic, and literary critic C. Lewis.

Succession Planning Success: The Golden Rules for Future-Proofing Your Business

Visier

Succession planning is about managing the risk associated with any type of critical skills gap. Consider the role of a senior nuclear engineer: This is not a job you can fill easily by posting on LinkedIn. Nuclear engineers are developed over a number of years, gaining practical on-the-job training and experience related to the functioning of the plant’s reactor cores, radiation shielding, and relevant instrumentation.

Guest Blog: The Reason Work Anniversaries are Important

WorkHuman

One of the most important events in an employee’s career is their first day of work. There’s a constant conversation about making sure an employee is welcomed and made to feel a part of the company on Day One. Every year, employees remember their work anniversary. Anniversaries are special and important events in a person’s life. Whether they are personal anniversaries or professional ones.

A Training Company’s Guide to Selecting an eLearning Platform

Training companies have an opportunity to embrace the change and create meaningful change in their organizations by moving online. Discover the advantages of a digital-first approach, using an eLearning platform.

5 Elements To Sustaining Employee Engagement

Engage2Excel

Today, employee engagement is one of the key factors in the success of an organization and in maintaining its competitive edge. With the rapidly changing workforce demographic, organizations are seeing a reduction in the employee’s joining a company and staying on until retirement. So, how can organizations sustain engagement? Well, there is no single answer. However, employers should make it possible for their people to do their best work.

Why Clean Data is the Best Data

Cornerstone On Demand

In today's HR landscape, data is having a moment. But I'd like to suggest that not all analytics are created equal. HR data is essentially HR business intelligence. This should be the basis on which decisions are made about the people of the organization. All of the cool technology in the world cannot override bad data, which is why the accuracy of HR data is a highly strategic function. First, let me provide some perspective.

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How to Identify Bottlenecks in Your Recruitment Process

HR Bartender

(Editor’s Note: Today’s post is brought to you by our friends at iCIMS , a leading provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) talent acquisition solutions for growing businesses. NJBIZ recently ranked iCIMS 18 th on the list of New Jersey’s Fast Growing Companies. Congrats to them! Enjoy the post.). We all know what a bottleneck is, right? It’s the stage in a process that causes the entire process to stop, slow down, or be less effective.

A Clear View of the Talent Lifecycle: Learning [Part 7]

ClearCompany HRM

“One of the most important (yet often least respected) parts of business is corporate training. businesses spend on average over $60 billion per year in this area supporting an industry that includes hundreds of thousands of training professionals, content and tools providers, and technologies.” - Josh Bersin , Senior Analyst, Bersin by Delloite. Employee Training Performance Management Performance Management System

Explore a Roadmap to Pay Equity for Organizations Like Yours

The national conversation around pay equity has never been so hot. As employees push for better transparency, organizations are assessing and addressing pay gaps. Explore Gallagher's whitepaper, Pay Equity: The Time Is Now, to discover key insights.

The Evolution of HRevolution

UpstartHR

This will be a long post and possibly only of interest to those who attended or follow the HRevolution happenings. If you think this will not be interesting or applicable to you, I’d read some before you bail. :-) And this certainly won’t be the last thing I share, either. As with past years, the concepts, ideas, and questions raised at HRevolution have a way of percolating to the surface on a regular basis.

Leadership and Being a Role Model – 20 Ideas

The People Equation

At one time or another, we’re all in a position to lead. We’re parents, teachers, coaches, managers and committee leaders. As such, we know that setting a good example is an important part of leadership. But it’s not always easy. I wrote a post for Smartblog on Leadership called The Six Saboteurs of Positive Role Models. Check it out to see if any of these gremlins are sabotaging your best efforts to set a good example.

If You Can’t Be Sincere, Don’t Recognize at All

RecognizeThis!

by Derek Irvine. Recognize This! Without sincerity, appreciation and praise fall flat. When we consult on social recognition , a common (and important) question is, “Yes, I understand and agree with the value and importance of recognition, but how do I recognize well? How do I coach others to do the same?”.

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Four Ways Leaders Can Impact Learning

All Things Workplace

Leaders, managers, and heads of projects constantly seek ways to grow talent and make a difference in organizational success. More and more, job candidates are asking the question, "What will I learn here?" If they don''t like the answer, chances are they''ll keep looking. So, I began reflecting on some recent speaking and workshop experiences. Four distinct factors came to mind as I thought about the give-and-take that led to learning for all of us. I hope you''ll find these useful. .

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How To Create A 100% Virtual Onboarding Experience

Speaker: Workbright

Are you struggling with virtual onboarding? Whether you are making the switch to remote work or biding your time until you can get back to the office–you need a solution that works. Check out our webinar on Thursday, May 20th at 2 PM E.T. to learn more!

Quote of the Week: A higher rate of urgency does not imply…

Something Different

…ever-present panic, anxiety, or fear. It means a state in which complacency is virtually absent. – John P. Kotter. Image Credit: <intranet.tlsb.co.uk> We can thank Harvard Business School Professor, New York Times best-selling author, and Management Consultant John Kotter for this week’s quote. The quote is timely for me because it speaks to my recent realization that urgency and patience can exist in harmony.

UAB Football Is Dead: Great Leaders Make Great Enemies

The HR Capitalist

In case you missed it, UAB Football is dead. . Technically, the UAB President and the university made the decision to shut down the Division 1 FBS program, which went 6-6 this year and is bowl eligible. Reasons provided by the leadership of UAB state that the program lost too much money and wasn''t sustainable, but most people think it is a power play by the Board of Trustees of the University of Alabama System.

The Dangers of Employee Silence

WorkHuman

“No news is good news” is a common, fingers-crossed sentiment in many HR departments. It isn’t that we aren’t open to hearing from employees. But often we spend so much time running around putting out fires that a little bit of silence can be truly golden. It means things are finally running smoothly. Or does it?

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Why We Hate HR: It’s Often A Problem of Professional Development

Josh Bersin

Over the years I’ve read article after article about what’s wrong with Human Resources. The most famous was “Why I Hate HR” published in 2005 in Fast Company, followed by. Bersin & Associates, Leading Research and Advisory Services in Enterprise Learning and Talent Management. Human Resources

Does Your Company Need Help Solving These 4 Common eLearning Challenges?

If you want to know how to get ahead of the game and avoid the common mishaps in selling your eLearning courses, you’ve come to the right place! Lambda Solutions has identified the most common and costly challenges faced by eLearning providers today.

5 Workplace Lessons We Learned from Mike Nichols

Cornerstone On Demand

The entertainment industry has recently lost a legend in the form of writer/director/producer Mike Nichols. In honor of his unparalleled contributions to American stage and screen, we present five essential lessons about the workplace we've gleaned over the course Nichols' prolific career. Say "Yes, and." " Nichols was instrumental in founding Chicago's famed Second City Improv troupe, where Tina Fey and so many other talented comedic performers got their start.

Employees Need to Own Their Success

HR Bartender

During the HR Technology Conference , I was chatting with someone about job titles. She had heard the most interesting title – Vice President of Employee Success. It didn’t sit well with me then and the more I think about it…it still doesn’t. My apologies if this is your job title, but I do have to take exception to this one. When a person has the job title Vice President of Employee Success, that takes responsibility for achieving success away from: 1) The organization.

Why Your Compensation Management is Failing to Attract and Retain

ClearCompany HRM

Compensation – it is so tightly connected with performance management, attraction and retention. Yet, all of these processes are incredibly disjointed. Ventana research revealed the top goals for compensation management among the companies they studied are to better align the workforce to strategy and goals while improving efficiency. Employee Retention Talent Attraction Compensation Talent Lifecylce Compensation Management

Newsflash: HR Creates a Policy

UpstartHR

Breaking news. Anywhere, USA – This morning we got word that someone in HR created a policy. We’re not sure what the policy was as of the time of this report; however, we were assured by our sources that it was “highly necessary” for the business to continue functioning. Our resident HR expert, Stu Pidhead, had this to say, “I have been a long-time believer in policies.

5 Reasons Leaders Invest in Language Training

Communication is the lifeforce of any company. Without it, productivity, employee happiness, and ultimately your business suffers. Investing in language learning better positions global business leaders to see gains in organizational effectiveness as a result.