Leading when Change is on the Menu

Who among us hasn’t dealt with the need to implement and manage change?  Whether focusing on a large-scale organizational change or a small-scale “in my department” adjustment, every leader is faced with the responsibility to execute and manage change.

Some of us become excited and energized by the possibilities while others are much more hesitant and, quite frankly, terrified.  No matter the initial reaction we realize the importance of the tasks ahead of us as well as the need to “lead the change” by bringing others along with us on the journey.  Quite often we characterize this move...



It is hard to believe another season of Downton Abbey is over. Of course, Downton Abbey refers to a property, at least technically. But it is obviously much more than just that. It is about the family who lives there and the changing times.

Perhaps less obvious, it is also about an employer. As Dowager Countess of Grantham so emphatically pointed out, among the responsibilities of the aristocrats is to provide jobs. And jobs they do provide.

In a very real sense, the family are like the owners of any business. Or, at least, the members of the C-suite....


#Nextchat: Finding HR's Voice

Thomas Jefferson once said, "America is not governed by the majority, but by the majority of those who participate."

Jefferson's belief about the impact political advocacy had on Government 200+ years ago still rings very true today. That's why SHRM has embarked on a 5-year initiative to establish the SHRM Advocacy Team; a network of SHRM member advocates throughout all 435 congressional districts across America.

It’s important that HR pros have a dialogue with their elected officials.

As an advocate for the HR community, you can keep your elected...


#Nextchat RECAP: The Tangled Web of HR and Recruiting

On February 27, SHRM @WeKnowNext chatted with Nisha Raghavan (@TheHRBuddy) about the topic: "The Tangled Web of HR and Recruiting."

In case you missed it, here are all the great tweets from the chat:







The Next Shift in Collective Leadership

It’s important that we surround ourselves with others that can encourage and inspire us to see things from a different perspective. We’ve heard folks tell us that “It’s lonely at the top.” We’ve had discussions with many leaders who have shared their personal stories of feeling lonely, and that they were the ones who took on the bulk of what happens in our organizations because it seemed as if no one else cared as much as they cared.

But isn’t leadership really more about inspiring others to become a part of the process? Isn’t it more about team-building...


Executive Book Club: February 2013

All In: How the Best Managers Create a Culture of Belief and Drive Big Results

To have any hope of succeeding as a manager, you need to get your people all in.

Whether you manage the smallest of teams or a multi-continent organization, you are the owner of a work culture—congratulations—and few things will have a bigger impact on your performance than getting your people to buy into your ideas and your cause and to believe what they do matters....


What Makes a Great Leader?

There have been countless books, articles and blogs written about “leadership.” A Google search brings 457,000,000 results. Well, I’m going to make it 457,000,001. I’ve had the good fortune to have worked for some fantastic leaders and each one had unique characteristics that made them great. They were humble, self-aware and fair. These may seem obvious and simple, but these traits are routinely overlooked when hiring for such an important role.

Great leaders realize they aren't going to win every battle or situation. Some of the great leaders never won a championship or the “Gold Leader Award” of...


#Nextchat: The Tangled Web of HR and Recruiting

When an organization sets out to find the best and brightest talent, the collaboration between HR and recruiters is critically important. Unfortunately, friction often exists between the two groups as they attempt to meet numbers and reach goals. This unfortunate dynamic increases the cost per hire and negatively impacts the success of the organization.

On top of all this lies the ambiguous layer of ethical icing that coats the whole process. Competition for a shrinking pool of skilled employees has intensified the argument over where to draw the line with “creative recruiting techniques.”  Can the pressure of competing for talent...


#Nextchat RECAP: Does HR Have Skills Gaps, Too?

On February 20, SHRM @WeKnowNext chatted with Sabrina Baker (@SabrinaLBaker) about the topic: "Does HR Have Skills Gaps, Too?"

In case you missed it, here are all the great tweets from the chat:







What Creates a High-Performing Organization?


That’s right - Sharing. Not sharing staplers or a filing cabinet drawer. I’m talking about sharing information.

In his book The Collaborative Organization, author Jacob Morgan says collaboration efforts have a direct impact on business performance. The results show as high as 36 percent. Morgan explains the result is linked to the role collaboration plays in helping employees solve company problems.

Studies report that high-performing organizations are more likely to use shared workspaces and wikis than low-performing firms. Workers in high-performing organizations are also more likely to say that social media boosts collaboration and improves...