Inheriting a Complex World

One of my new go-to resources is the IBM’s Global CEO Study. It surveys over 1,500 global business leaders about the business and work on topics of concern and trends for the future. You can download this year’s survey here.

Last year, I was very impressed that IBM’s research included for the first time a companion study from students about their views on inheriting this complex world we’re living in.  Very cool!

This is the conversation that needs to be happening.  We need to move beyond presentations that do little more than just put generations...


"How can I keep the white girl?"

The title of this post is comprised of the seven poorly-chosen words from a Vice President of Operations at a Detroit casino right before the casino terminated a white employee for allegedly botching supervision of a dealer card shuffle.

What do you think? Do we have a live race-discrimination claim? Oh yeah, we do! Details after the jump, as well as thoughts on employers who strive to maintain racial balance in the workplace... 

Kimberly Ondricko, a white female, worked her way up through the ranks of the MGM Grand Detroit over several years...


What do these 'Big Trends' mean for HR?

I admit it, I am a total mark for Business Insider.

A superb mix of business, tech, culture, politics, economics, sports, celebrity gossip - all delivered with bludgeon-like ridiculous volume probably running upwards of 100 posts each day.

Recently BI ran one of their guaranteed to generate a ton of page views slideshows that actually drove me to click through all (70!) distinct pages. Titled 'The US 20: Twenty Big Trends That Will Dominate America's Future', it was just the right blend of data,...


My Love/Hate Relationship with Training Activities

Training activities.  Classroom participation events.  Facilitated group learning exercises. Whatever.

Often, something designed to provide an “a-ha” moment to workplace learners ends up creating discomfort, dismay and even distress.  In an attempt to make training FUN (with a capital F!!) group facilitators require attendees to play BINGO or pass oranges with their chins or do art projects.  I’ve been there and done that – on both sides of the equation (mea culpa).

While an employee who is a creative or conceptual thinker may very much enjoy participating in such a learning environment, Mr. Practical and Ms. Reflective...


9 Ways To Boost Your Career Development (by the end of the year)


It is hard to believe that September is nearly half over. As the fourth quarter rears it’s head, individuals looking for work wonder how to keep the momentum up during the holiday season. Many wonder if continuing a job search is even worth it during this time. It is and here are nine things you can do to boost your job search strategy in the next few months.
Take Control. Managing a career and a job search is work. It is easy to start down a path and get side tracked. Now


An Insurance Policy for Making Experiential Learning Successful

Experiential learning has been en vogue in corporate training for some time, and for good reason.  Our research at the Najafi Global Mindset Institute has shown that first-hand experiences can fuel a leader’s motivation to enter into new or challenging experiences and to get to know diverse new people.  This is incredibly important for a leader who needs to interact with diverse others.  It allows him or her to be able to embrace unfamiliar people, practices, and environments rather than being fearful of or irritated by their differences.  The trouble is that while many human resources development professionals recognize...


Inventing The Future

What inspires you to unleash creativity?  The big ideas and breakthrough thinking that will move you and your organization closer to the future you want?

In this era of invention it’s worth considering. The artist needs to tap into the source that inspires creativity.  Increasingly, so does the Sales Professional, HR Manager and Chief Marketing Officer.   As our problems become increasingly more complex and the pace of change continues to accelerate, everyone needs the ability to create what is next and new.

That requires spending time working both in the business (doing the work) and on the...


#NEXTCHAT RECAP: "Why Personal Branding Is Important for Career Development in HR"

On September 12, We Know Next chatted with Jennifer McClure about “Why Personal Branding Is Important for Career Development in HR.” 

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




How To Build A Social Recruiting Platform On Twitter

Social recruiting. It sounds good, it’s ‘buzzy’ – but what does it really mean? More importantly, how can someone new to social media recruiting get started? This is a broad topic; as social recruiting is complex thing with many layers. Over time with, we’ll dissect the layers through a variety of posts covering topics like social referrals, Facebook company pages, employment branding, and sourcing – but today we’re going to focus on using Twitter as a recruiting tool. Specifically, we’ll be sharing tips on how to create, launch, and grow a corporate recruiting Twitter account.


NEXTCHAT: "Why Personal Branding Is Important for Career Development in HR"

If someone were to ask you to write what you believe your "personal brand" is today, what would you write? Are you excited about it? Does it really describe your character, personality and passions?

In today's competitive labor market, building a personal brand with a strong online presence is critical to your career, so it's important to prioritize and identify ways to get noticed inside and outside of the office. There is tremendous value in personal branding and in understanding -- and being able to communicate -- your value and what differentiates you from others in your field....