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IBM Leaders Share How Algorithms and Bias Affect Us

 

To prevent biased algorithms you need to make sure you have unbiased training data on hand. You also need algorithms to be developed by a diverse set of people.
–Lisa Seacat DeLuca, Director of Offering Management and Distinguished Engineer for IBM Watson Internet of Things

 

How do we select vendors and what do we focus on? We must ask the question: what data...

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Should We Be Asking for Pay History Data on Job Applications?

In many states, it’s still legal to ask about candidate pay history. While some states have outlawed this practice, I still get questions like the one below fairly regularly:

I have a question for you that I thought you would be uniquely able to provide advice for. I am currently seeking new employment. When submit an application, the prospective employer asks for me to input a salary into the online application. The field does not allow a range and does not allow letters so I cannot say “negotiable”. How should I answer this since I am experienced professional and I

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Senior Leadership Changes Can Interrupt Organizational Culture

Talent development continues to be an organizational focus. Organizations are asking their managers the question, “What are you doing to develop talent? And specifically, your replacement?”.

The primary role of a manager is to hire and train their replacement. It goes without saying that a big interrupter can occur in company culture when there’s a change in management. Organizations don’t always get to plan for management changes, so when they do, it’s a big deal. It’s a visible process that demonstrates whether the company really lives their cultural values.

In the book,...

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Asking for Help When You are Understaffed

 

Q: I feel like I’m doing all the work in my department. We normally have three people but currently one position is open, and the other position has been given a leave of absence that starts next week. I’m the only one left and I’m feeling overwhelmed. Although I’m not disgruntled I’m simply exhausted and feeling burned out. I love my job and the company is great, but how can I get my boss to understand that he can’t expect everything to get done when it’s just me working?

A: This...

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Creating a High-Performing Culture Is About Removing Burdens

The problem with the concept of "empowerment" is it implies that "power" is something to be bestowed on others from on high. But employees already have power. The best thing businesses and HR leaders can do is get out of the way so employees can tap into it.  

That's the thesis of Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility (Silicon Guild, 2018) by Patty McCord, who served as the chief talent officer at Netflix for 14 years. McCord helped create the well-known Netflix Culture Deck, which has been viewed online...

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#Nextchat: Creating a Culture of Civility in the Workplace

 

 

“Who do you want to be? It’s a simple question and, whether you know it or not, you’re answering it every day through your actions. This one question will define your professional success more than any other because how you show up and treat people means everything.” ~ Christine Porath

Rude comments, discourteous behaviors and heightened tensions. As if HR professionals didn’t already have enough on their plates, they must now contend with the growing prevalence of incivility in their organizations.

While incivility has always existed inside and outside the...

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The Top 10 Management Skills You Need

 

Being a manager is a tough job, but being a great one is even tougher. Just consider the array of knowledge and skills it takes to deal with a variety of people, tasks and business needs. Authors James Manktelow and Julian Birkinshaw say that, ideally, managers should know between 90 and 120 individual skills. Manktelow, founder and CEO of MindTools.com, and Birkinshaw, deputy dean for programs at London Business School, surveyed 15,242 managers worldwide to identify the most critical competencies, which are highlighted in their book Mind Tools for Managers:...

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