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#Nextchat: Leaning In and Opting Out

For the past 40+ years, Boomer and Gen X women have “leaned in” to balance work and family in order to have it all.  Many have done so with great success.  However, that success seems to drop off significantly somewhere between the levels of “management” and the “executive offices.”

McKinsey & Company reports that interviews with some 200 successful women yielded intriguing insights: "Despite their career success, 59 percent of women said they did not aspire to the C-suite."   And Catalyst reports that while 46 percent of the U.S. labor force is women, only four percent are in the C-Suite."...


2,380 Days Later!

I have done over 300 speaking engagements on the topic of Employee Engagement over the last 6 years and I am getting tired. My quest to find the essence of what creates organizational culture and how we can empower workforce awesomeness has been trumped by a number of things:

  • People who seek easy answers to complex organizational problems.
  • Vendors who think gifts and/or technology can automate engagement.
  • Organizational indecision due to fear of change.
  • ....and so much more

In simplest terms, Engagement can not be packaged and sold. Engagement is not a


Smart Social Media Policy Starts with Managers: 5 Key Questions to Ask

With social media, what you don’t know can seriously hurt your organization. One 2010 survey found that employees estimate spending roughly four hours every day checking multiple email accounts, with up to two hours spent on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. A 2012 survey found that 64 percent of employees visit non-work related websites daily. And don’t think blocking employee access to social media on company networks is the answer; personal smartphones and tablets are ubiquitous, and easily fill the gap.

The dilemma for today’s organizations is that while social media use at work has...


Manufacturing an Economic Recovery

Millions of goods-producing jobs have been eliminated in the past 20 years, and although the manufacturing industry has bounced back in recent months, the most consistent growth in the labor market has been tied to the service sector for the past several quarters.

Manufacturers, however, aren’t quite ready to cede their standing as a pillar of economic strength. In fact, experts say the industrial sector could return to a level of productivity not seen for decades—before major technological advancements, overseas outsourcing and several recessionary periods began to decimate its ranks.

By 2025 manufacturing could reach 15 percent of U.S. gross...


#Nextchat: The Next Generation Workplace

Where do young professionals see themselves in the next 10, 15 … 25 years? 

Where do their employers see them?

We know that the next generation of workers has already initiated a historical shift in the workplace.  They’re demanding cultures that are mobile, flexible, collaborative, and learning-focused.  They view top-down organizational structures as obstacles for accomplishing goals and prefer networks of peers over hierarchy.  

But what do they think about leadership and ladder climbing when their vision for the future doesn’t really have any ladders?

As organizations transform their cultures to attract and retain talent, the power seems to...


Executive Book Club: May 2013

Talent practices from the world’s top companies and foremost workforce planning strategists.

From the C-suite to the sales force to the ground floor, downtime is deadly. When a job opens or turns over, organizations must adjust seamlessly. In Positioned, some of the world’s best people strategists examine how best to address the constant challenge of having the right people available when needed.

Thought leaders including Dave Ulrich, John Boudreau, James Walker, Jac Fitz-enz, Peter Howes, Dan Hilbert, and Naomi Stanford weigh in on the future of strategic staffing, virtual...


SHRM Leading Indicators of National Employment Report - May 2013

In May, the hiring rate will rise in the service and
manufacturing sectors compared with a year ago,
according to the Society for Human Resource
Management’s (SHRM) Leading Indicators of
National Employment (LINE) survey for May 2013.

Employers will continue to grow payrolls in May.
A net of 42.9 percent of manufacturers and a net of
37.1 percent of service-sector companies will add jobs
in May.

Recruiting difficulty was mixed in April. Difficulty
in recruiting candidates for key jobs decreased
in manufacturing and increased in services compared
with a year ago.

Weak wage growth continued in April....


Fish Don't Know They Swim in Water

Most fish don’t know they swim in water.  At least not the fish whom I have interviewed.

The same is true of most human beings when it comes to corporate culture.  Most of us don’t appreciate fully the cultures of which we are a part.

Corporate culture is a product of human beings, and none of us is perfect, so no corporate culture is without some strengths and weaknesses. Indeed, the weaknesses usually are the strengths (taken to the extreme). 

Keep in mind, however, that there are often different corporate cultures.  There is the public culture and then the underground culture.   And if...