The 'Get it Done' Strategy

I’ve read a lot of books on strategy. The best ones influenced my mode of operation as an executive of Jacobs Suchard, the maker of coffee and chocolate brands, Jacobs, Nabob, Toblerone, Suchard and Côte d'Or. I was devoted to master strategies and “big play” innovations that ideally position a company to dominate their chosen market(s) and enjoy sustainable competitive advantages. The philosophy begins with a mindset obsessed with the competition. It worked well for me in my 17 years at Jacobs Suchard, although I am the first to admit that we managed just two blockbuster strategic innovations over...


Creating a Global Learning Organization

In Peter Senge’s landmark book, The Fifth Discipline, he introduced the idea of the learning organization: “An organization where people continually expand their capacity to create the results they truly desire, where new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, where collective aspiration is set free, and where people are continually learning how to learn together” (Senge, 1990 and 2006).  Senge said this was an imperative for organizations to manage the complexity of 21st century business.  He’s right.  I would add, however, that the primary reason that business today is increasingly complex is because the world is more interconnected. ...


SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition... Make The Event Count!

There is little doubt you’re already thinking about what clothes to pack for the forecasted weather in Atlanta, as you prepare to attend the SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition next week.  As important as it is to know how to pack appropriately, you should also take some time to identify objectives and establish a strategy to get the most out of your time.

If you haven’t attended before, all it takes is a quick perusal of the concurrent session listing on the website to realize just how big of an event this is and how easy it is...


In the Year 2525

In 1969, Zager and Evans sang “In the Year 2525.”  If you are smiling, you too probably have looked in a mirror and asked: how did that happen? 

Did you ever wonder what the employment world will look like in 2525?  Perhaps the following:

  • The NLRB will help unions which are failing to thrive by trying to make employers post union-marketing notices to drum up business for them.
  • The DOL will create a smart phone application to help employees track their time so that they can more easily sue their employers.
  • The EEOC will
  • ...

HR Tools and Tech:

SmartRecruiters is a free recruiting software and networking platform that embodies the next generation of Internet recruiting. This free tool enables job posting and applicant processing on an integrated online platform, allowing organizations to manage the hiring process from start to finish. 

SmartRecruiters is integrated with the top free boards, social networks and commercial job boards. SmartRecruiters’ listings can be posted to niche job boards and promoted on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. The platform’s recommendation engine allows users to optimize listings by providing them with reports on...


#NEXTCHAT: Diversity & Inclusion In The 21st Century: What's Next?

Diversity and Inclusion.  We’ve seen it grow and thrive in our organizations. It’s evolved from understanding and embracing differences to leveraging those differences to promote innovation.  A diverse workforce drives the success of our organizations.
But what worked 10 years ago doesn’t necessarily work today. The United States is undergoing major demographic changes, and technology and social media are making a global workplace the new reality. 
Is your organization working to ensure that its Diversity and Inclusion programs are ready for the 21st century?  Do your policies and practices promote an inclusive workforce by bringing...


The Expo Floor At SHRM12

This year marks my fifth appearance at the SHRM Annual Conference and Exposition. I am always excited to connect with great people and learn from amazing HRCI-certified speakers; however, I want to remind everyone that great networking and learning can happen on the exposition-hall floor.

When I worked as a Human Resources generalist, I was often suspicious of anyone who tried to sell me something. It didn’t matter if you had a product or service that could make my life easier — I didn’t believe you. I had this vague and naive notion that every encounter with a...


#NEXTCHAT RECAP: #SHRM12 Bloggerpalooza

SHRM is known for producing some of the most brilliant, entertaining and informative HR conferences on the planet and the “SHRM Annual Conference” is our flagship.

If you’ve never attended a SHRM Annual Conference, it may be difficult to understand why “The Big Show” is on almost every ambitious HR professional’s yearly bucket list.

Whether they’re a first-year generalist or a seasoned employment attorney, SHRM members usually reserve the last week of June on their calendars 11 months in advance.

On June 13, we gathered all of the #SHRM12 bloggers and attendees for an incredible hour...


Let's Make #Workflex the New Workplace Norm (for Fathers, too!)

All would agree that the workforce has changed.  Increasingly, employees are experiencing a time famine, or a feeling of not spending enough time with loved ones or having enough time for themselves. There are now four generations in the workforce and four in five of all employees who are married are in dual-earner couples. One of every five employees currently provides elder care and this number will increase dramatically to almost half of the workforce over the next several years.  And, it is no surprise that employed men, especially working fathers in dual-earner households, are experiencing more work-family conflict...


Executive Book Club: June 2012

Executives today recognize that their firms face a wave of retirements over the next decade as the baby boomers hit retirement age. At the other end of the talent pipeline, the younger workforce is developing a different set of values and expectations, which creates new recruiting and employee retention issues. The evolution from an older, traditional, highly-experienced workforce to a younger, more mobile, employee base poses significant challenges, particularly when considered in the context of the long-term orientation towards downsizing and cost cutting.

Loaded with...