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Executive Book Club: August 2013

The definitive guide for using social media to build more effective organizations.
Today's networking technologies-wikis, blogs, and social networking sites-are changing how we build professional relationships and work collaboratively. In this insightful book, three organizational development experts from Oracle Corporation offer executives down-to-earth strategies for leveraging the power of social media to build more effective and agile organizations, engage employees, and sustain competitiveness.
  • Offers practical advice for using social media (wikis, blogs, and social networking sites) to increase organizational effectiveness
  • Presents proven recommendations for building teams, accelerating
  • ...

#Nextchat: Experience or Influence?

What’s more important – experience or influence?  IQ or Klout?  These are the questions companies are beginning to ask as we move from a knowledge economy to a social economy.
In many professions, the traditional resume is taking a back seat to the applicant’s personal brand. “Some companies are actually using the measurement as a first-round qualifier,” notes Jeanne Meister in an article on
Regardless of profession, recruiters and hiring managers now look at social media profiles to find clues about your personality, influence and level of connectedness.  An appealing personal brand could be the...

Aligning Employer Branding with Business Strategy

We all know the importance of employer branding in talent acquisition – it has become one of those buzzwords in the HR industry that everyone likes to talk about and most people like to claim they are doing right. But employment branding is so much more than just posting jobs on social media sites. Instead, the most successful companies recognize that employer branding is critical to not just finding talent, but ensuring that HR strategy is aligned with overall business strategy.
One of the best ways to improve employer branding is to get non-HR people into the function....

Transforming Engagement

My friend Robin Schooling wrote a compelling piece a few days back. She conceptualized a two-headed HR department:
Head 1: Transactional -  which handles benefits, employee relations, HRIS, new hires/terminations/transfers and compliance.
Head 2: Transformational -  which has responsibility for performance management, talent management, learning and performance, leadership development and business strategy.
Robin is a smart young lady who has been in HR for a good spell. Her notion of splitting the HR function is particularly relevant to the function formally known as Employee Recognition. Simply put, recognition is transactional while engagement is transformational. 

Four Reasons HR Professionals Should Use an RSS Reader

Whenever I talk with HR pros about social media and technology, there’s one question that regularly comes up.

“How do you find the time to get everything done?”

Technology isn’t supposed to make things more complex and time consuming. It’s supposed to help us do our jobs faster and more efficiently. One of the tools I use every day to help me stay on top of what’s happening in my industry and profession is an  RSS reader.

Some of you might be wondering – What’s an RSS reader? RSS stands for rich site summary or real simple syndication....


#NextChat: How Do You Look Beyond the Resume?

In a recent Business Insider article, Jeff Haden put the pressure on interviewers, rather than the interviewee, to find the right candidate.  Employers often rely on the interviewee to do all the work – prepare, impress, and seal the deal.  Interviewers can turn the process around and proactively find the candidate that his or her organization needs by looking beyond just a resume.
The Daily Muse on Mashable offers crucial steps can be taken by the interviewer to find the ideal candidate fit for the company.  This can include steps such as paying attention to the amount...

What's Next for Health Care Reform

Most of us assumed President Obama’s re-election in November 2012 was the final out in the game of repealing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). After all, achieving universal health care reform was the president’s domestic policy home run, and the Obama Administration was not about to allow major changes to PPACA in its final four years in office.
But, (in keeping with the early baseball theme here) as the great American philosopher Yogi Berra said, “It ain’t over ‘till it’s over.”
As 2014 approaches, many wonder if there could in fact be changes to...

#Nextchat Recap: HR Philosophy - Finding the Right Fit

On July 24, @weknownext chatted with special guest Robin Schooling (@RobinSchooling) about HR Philosophy and Finding the Right Fit.

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




Going Deep!

The majority of our days are spent with people in some form or fashion.  In the workplace, you encounter people in many situations and often with different outcomes.  Even though we spend the bulk of our time at work, we don’t really have “deep” relationships.
This isn’t bad.  In fact, the reality is taking relationships deeper at work can be tenuous. The dynamics in the workplace need balance in order for them to be effective. Collaboration comes from a healthy give and take with folks.  You can have very close friends you work with, but I think that leaves...