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...


"The Attractive Classmate Phenomenon" - 3 quick considerations before jumping to mobile...

Nothing is hotter in the tech blogosphere these days than mobile.

After all, there are currently more mobile devices on planet earth than humans. People are even buying fakes, as status symbols.

And increasingly, these mobile devices are replacing existing platforms. In fact, 60 percent of smartphone owners would even like to handle their Election Day ballot on their phone. [1]

Companies are pouncing on this trend and the opportunity it brings. And for good reason.

Sharlyn Lauby, in her We Know Next article on a similar topic, notes that “according to mobiThinking,...


One Important Question for Leaders

Can you do for others that which you have not done for yourself?

This is a critical question when we think about the health of our organizations and cultures.

As a leader or manager:

  •  if you aren’t living up to your own potential and working in a job that is deeply satisfying to you, can you credibly help others to do it?
  •  if you aren’t invested in your own development, can you convince others that they should be?
  •  if you aren’t living your values, can you expect others to align to any values?
  • ...

Workplace Neuroscience: How the Brain Works at Work

Change is hard especially at work and studies now show that because we are reluctant to change we are also programmed to fail.  In 1995, seventy percent of all major changes in an organization failed.  In 2008, we are still sitting at a thirty percent rate of success.  The rise of importance and use of change management as well as tactics, strategies, and theory hasn’t changed a thing.
As humans we are reluctant to change.  We yearn for instant results, and that is purely the fault of evolution.  Except that evolution can be used against...


#NEXTCHAT: The Consumerization of IT

The consumerization of IT is rapidly evolving the technology we use at work. Social, mobile and video technologies have dramatically changed the way hiring professionals source and recruit candidates. As competition for top talent remains at an all-time high, companies like Ongig are making it easy for recruiters to harness candidates-friendly technology to create a more engaging candidate experience.

Meanwhile, despite efforts to establish HR as a more strategic business partner, it remains a largely tactical function for many organizations. Some say consumerized IT could be the catalyst HR needs to evolve into the strategic role they’ve...