Being the Lead Singer in Your Career

Who would you say are the best rock and roll lead singers of all time? I'm guessing that a bunch of names come to mind for you. In fact, we could probably have a spirited debate over who is the best, even if you aren't a big music fan. Now, name the best back-up singers of all time? You know, those people on nearly every album who provide the harmonies and the depth to the songs. Nothing? The list of the best backup singers is a lot harder to come by.

So, what is it that makes the...


Reverse Mentoring as a Means of Cross-Generational/Cross-Life-Stage Engagement

Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.  - George Orwell 

Mentee perspective – Ross

 I am 48 years old and started working on software before my mentor, Prem, was born.  Prem’s research on Gen Y was intriguing, particularly his
recommendations around reverse mentoring, and I asked if he would be MY mentor a few years back. 

A few of the things I’ve learned is how similar Prem is to h...


SHRM: May LINE Report

According to the SHRM Leading Indicators of National Employment (LINE) Report for May 2012, job creation will continue in the manufacturing and service sectors in May 2012, although the rate of growth will not reach the level of a year ago. 

Manufacturing will continue to hire at a solid rate in May. About 40.5 percent of manufacturers will add jobs in May, while 30.4 percent of service sector companies will hire. The rate of hiring for May 2012 will fall by 3.8 percent compared to May 2011,...


4 Keys to Collaborative Leadership

The world of work is a complicated place.
Technology, globalization and the great recession have accelerated the pace of change and brought about category disruption, new competition and what can feel like never ending chaos.
In a time where we need people to step up and become the very best of who they are capable of becoming, job satisfaction is at unprecedented lows and trust and confidence in senior leadership has plummeted.
We can do better. Leaders and Managers have to recognize that the legacy, command and control style of...


5 Reasons to Rethink High Potential Programs

We all talk about high potentials being the next best thing since sliced bread.   They are the employees in our midst that seemingly can do it all and we recognize them for their efforts.   We come to rely on them whenever there is something we need to get done and done well.  They are thought of first for projects and are primed for promotions.  Where does that leave everyone else, though?  High potentials are a small number from a much larger pool of employees.  If you don't engage this larger group, how will you know what their...


#Nextchat Recap: Why You Can No Longer Say "No" to #Workflex

Workplace flexibility is replacing the one-size-fits-all, 9-to-5 way of working in a growing number of organizations.

What’s motivating companies to consider new ways of making work “work?” And what impact does giving employees more choice over how, when and where work gets done have on workplaces and the bottom-line?

On May 2 at 6 p.m. ET, We Know Next chatted with special guests, Ellen Galinsky (@EllenGalinsky), president, Families and Work Institute and Lisa Horn (@SHRMLobbystLisa), co-leader of SHRM's Workplace Flexibility Initiative to discuss why companies can no longer say “no” to workflex.

In case you missed...


Cross Generational Engagement (Part 5)

Note: This series is based on the paper  My Generation

Generational and life-stage issues affect us both consciously and subconsciously every single day.

A survey by Lee and Hecht Harrison tells us that “70% of older employees are dismissive of younger workers’ abilities and nearly half of younger employees are dismissive of the abilities of their older co-workers”. 

Even at the most progressive of companies, these trends often persist. It’s important to address them head-on to win the battle of engagement.

According to Charles H. Green, Founder and CEO of Trusted Advisor Associates,...


Two Key Ingredients for Building your Reputation as a Global Leader

“You cannot build a reputation on what you are planning to do.”  Henry Ford’s words are resonant in a time where HR leaders are tasked with a myriad of planning activities: strategic action planning, performance plans, development planning, succession plans.  Planning is important, but it is how your plans translate into reality that builds your reputation. 

This is the much recited, ‘past behavior predicts future performance’ mantra that lays the foundation for many leadership programs today.  This is not news to you, I know.  But it is an important starting point to examine what really creates ones reputation. ...


HR Tools and Tech: Jobvite

Jobvite, an innovative and handy tool for recruiters, taps social networks to distribute and target job openings, while tracking the real-time value of job placement ads. In order to promote open positions, make referrals and find qualified candidates, this app leverages social networks such as Facebook and LinkedIn, to send users job invitations, or “Jobvites”.  Recruiters and HR staff can track not only the jobs themselves, but the sources of referrals.

The site is mobile and computer accessible, as long as a Jobvite subscription has...


Learn to Teach. Teach to Learn

When I retired, I thought I was through with business. And I was, until the social network came along and enticed me to blog.

Like most bloggers, I write about what I know -- strategy, leadership and branding. My motive is nothing more than to share my experience with today’s business community, in the hope they might put an old warrior’s advice to good use.

To improve relevancy, I’ve had to familiarize myself with the new economy and products and services that didn't exist when I was CEO of coffee/confectioner, Jacobs Suchard. As a side benefit of this...