Even Incredibly Simple Questions Lead to Mentoring (especially when you're changing the world)

Forbes published an article in August 2012 entitled "Three Incredibly Simple Questions the Most Successful People Use to Change the World" written by Mike Maddock.

Of course I was intrigued. In this day of 140-character tweets, drive-through windows, and instant text messages, I knew the answer would be brilliant in its robust simplicity. And I was not disappointed.

3 Simple Questions to Change the World:

Question Number 1: What's the outcome I want?

Question Number 2: What stands in my way?

Questions Number 3: Who has figured it out already?

Followers vs....


SHRM: October LINE Report

In October, for the third consecutive month, more HR professionals in the manufacturing and service sectors say their organizations will be hiring compared with a year ago, according to the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) survey for October 2012.  Hiring rate will increase slightly in October. 
More than one out of three manufacturers (34.6 percent) and service-sector companies (33.9 percent) will add jobs in October. The layoff rate will rise in manufacturing and fall in services in October compared with a year ago.

3 Small Steps for a CEO, One Giant Leap for Leadership & Culture

CEOs by nature are time-starved species.  Critical to their success and that of their organization is how they carve up the hours on the clock. Those who invest their time advancing their company’s business model or seeking a new one are adding value to their organizations.  ‘Advancing the model’ is just another way of saying improving or fortifying the company’s competitive advantage.

Differentiation holds the key to competitive success. CEOs that understand and appreciate the notion are intensely passionate about innovation as the means to this end. They spearhead innovation by ensuring their organization’s cultural norm is continuous...


#NEXTCHAT: The Internship Imperative

Hiring interns is an essential part of building a diverse and talented work force.  By allowing you to try young talent before you buy, internships are a uniquely powerful tool for companies to discover new grad hires who fit their unique office culture and skill needs.  Currently, converting interns into full-time hires has become the number one way in which new grads are hired, with close to 70 percent of interns being offered full-time roles!

However, the world of attracting and hiring the right interns is changing rapidly and becoming far more competitive.  Students are starting to intern younger,...


#NEXTCHAT RECAP: HR Leadership in the 21st Century: He Said-She Said

On October 3, We Know Next chatted with Robin Schooling and Bill Boorman about HR Leadership in the 21st Century.  Is HR Old School or New Cool? 

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






Executive Book Club: October 2012

The Leadership Deficit: Recruiting and Retaining the Multi-Generation Workforce

Businesses everywhere are grappling with an unfolding skills dilemma that is challenging the way we manage and plan the workforce of the future. People are remaining in the workforce longer than they used to, yet there is a growing shortage of skilled talent. The aging and declining workforce is a global phenomenon taking place in all industries and across traditional boundaries. Generational differences, which emerged over the last decade are beginning to solidify and have lasting implications for...


How To Hack Your Culture - Networks

The fourth post in a series.

Your organizational chart matters. A little.
In a lot of ways it does not. Ideas, information, trust, influence, opportunity and other resources move through networks of relationships without necessarily adhering to what the org chart says. Social network analysis tools now allow us to make the invisible visible so that we can be more deliberate in our approach to networks. There are a couple of big opportunities here:

  1. Good ideas often have social origins. Innovation is fueled by the exchange of ideas and perspectives and identities, and
  2. ...

Social Media and productivity in the Workplace

Some companies are still of the mindset that social media is a big waste of time, a fad that is only going to pass us by. But is it?

Think about how much time it takes to sort through emails, or prepare and send a fax or interoffice memo that may or may not reach the person in the time needed to receive an answer?

A new report finds that we are spending 28 percent of our work weeks writing, sorting, responding and deleting emails. That’s HUGE.

What if you could alleviate email, interoffice mail and...


For most CEO's it's too hard to be soft

Some CEO’s get it — most CEO’s don’t. Treating employees with respect and dignity while working to gain their trust; this is the secret sauce to begin an organization’s path to a great workplace.

It is not complicated. The CEO must live by these basic principles.

The One’s Who Get It

Executives who adopt and model trust and respect as a way of living and working are the ones who want to improve upon their already great environment, afraid they will slip somewhere and want to make sure their leaders are communicating – both ways –...


#NEXTCHAT: HR Leadership in the 21st Century: He Said -- She Said

Quite often, we get stuck in quicksand in the human resources profession while we endlessly gaze at our navels and debate whether we are in the Strategic vs. Tactical, or the Traditional or Cutting-Edge camps. We read, we discuss, we talk…but at the end of the day it becomes the ACTION we take, as individual practitioners and leaders, that can define HR for now and the future.

There are a number of authors, academicians and pundits who write about the human capital space. In June of this year, the group of Dave Ulrich, Jon Younger, Wayne Brockbank and Mike Ulrich released...