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Executive Book Club: February 2014

Most companies today have access to reams of data: marketing, supply chain, finance, as well as critical data about their workforce. Yet research shows that leaders at these companies lack the confidence to effectively integrate and use this data to compete more effectively in the marketplace. While executives know the results they need to achieve, they often fail to analyze the impact of their decisions on the firm, its processes, and its people. Enter Calculating Success, written by a trio of experts who have spent decades working with...


The Challenge for Mobile in Talent Acquisition

Last week, John Sumser, principal analyst at HRxAnalysts, hosted a great debate with Ed Newman, vice president of Strategy at iMomentous, about mobile recruiting. The two-part debate (Part 1Part 2) is an interesting read – and one of the more candid conversations on the implications and impact of mobile in talent acquisition I’ve heard. Although Sumser and Newman didn’t see eye to eye, both did agree on one thing: the traditional one-size-fits-all recruiting strategies that employers have relied on for years isn’t...


SHRM President to Speak About the Skills Gap

More than 10 million Americans are unemployed. But 4 million jobs languish with no one to fill them. Part of the reason is the skills gap – the divide between the skills job seekers have and the skills employers need.
The skills gap will be the focus of a speech by SHRM President and CEO Hank Jackson on Tuesday, February 11 at 12:00 p.m. ET. at Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, VA. The speech, followed by a dynamic panel of business leaders, HR professionals, and the...

#Nextchat: Romance, Lust and Litigation in the Workplace

In the “Mad Men” days, it was quite common for individuals to find their spouses (or partners) in the workplace.  Indeed, it is hard to find many workplace in which there are not traditionalists or baby boomers whose workplace romances developed into lifetime relationships.

However, in this millennium, workplace romance is incredibly dicey, particularly if it involves any power differential between the parties.  Dating, or attempting to date, anyone over whom an employee has direct, indirect or institutional authority is dicey.

    Indeed, there are potential sexual harassment


    Hey, We’re High Tech, Too!

    When I tell people I work in Huntsville, I usually get a glassy-eyed stare in return. I mean, really, I work in Alabama. How great could that really be, right? Cotton fields… Relatively low population density… Who cares? 

    The other day I ran across this study and wanted to share. Just click on the image to view it larger. The gist of it is that the top three fastest growing technology jobs areas are all centered right in Silicon Valley. No big surprise, right? But number...


    Last month, I wrote a blog on leadership: Influence=Leadership. I emphasized the importance of leaders sharing their human side and making emotional connections with the employees whom they lead.  To quote leadership maven John Maxwell: leaders touch a heart before they ask for a hand. 
    However, making human connections and demonstrating emotion are not without some legal risks. Sadly, the laws which are intended to eradicate discrimination can make human connections dicey. Plus, both women and men may experience different types of gender bias when it comes to making such connections and demonstration of emotions.
    This blog...

    Mobile is a Must Have for Your Recruitment Strategy

    Social media is no longer a nice to have. It’s a must have as part of your recruitment strategy. Here’s why:
    • 92% of recruiters plan on using social media in their recruiting efforts over the next 12 months
    • 49% of recruiters said social media increased candidate quality
    • Recruiters saved $370,000,000 in recruitment expenses with social media in 2012. (See the inforgraphic from iMomentous to more insights about this stat below.)
    Unfortunately, often left out of the conversation when it comes to social media use and social recruiting is how mobile...

    #Nextchat: Hidden Bias in the Workplace

    Unconscious or hidden bias is the subconscious attribution of particular qualities to members of a certain social category such as gender or race and typically develops along the lines of our values and life experiences.
    In his article “Exploring Unconscious Bias,” Howard Ross, founder & chief learning officer at Cook Ross, Inc., explains that “Our fundamental way of looking at and encountering the world is driven by this ‘hard-wired’ pattern of making unconscious decisions about others based on what feels safe, likeable, valuable, and competent.”
    While these partialities will pop up just about everywhere in life, they...