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Organizations report that their global mobility programs are critical to supporting new business growth, improving financial performance, and enhancing employee engagement, succession planning and talent management.

But organizations also say the mobility function remains a low strategic priority. And while many new expatriate assignments are predicted for the new year, a majority of companies report that their global mobility programs do not deliver value for the money spent.

Mobility Program Benefits Recognized

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January 15, 2015

On January 14, SHRM @weknownext chatted with John Bell (@JohnRichardBell) about Doing Less, Better and reducing complexity in organizations.

In case you missed it, here are all the great tweets from the conversation:


January 14, 2015


As a proud member of the HR Community, I was trying to think of things that, individually or collectively, we potentially could do better in 2015. With that background, I came up with following eight resolutions:

1.         Avoid HR Jargon.  People appreciate plain English.  Enough with the paradigm shifts, synergistic partnerships, value added relationships and outside the box thinking.  And by the way,  if you are outside the box, you are still defining yourself by the box!  Enough with the box.

January 13, 2015


Complexity is in the eye of the beholder. To me, astrophysics is a complex discipline; to Stephen Hawking it is not. People engaged in complex situations fall into two categories: those who accept complexity as a fact of life and work with it, and those who fight it every inch of the way. I’m in that later camp.

January 12, 2015

This weekend I had to get my HR Nerd on and go see The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies. It was phenomenal and you should absolutely see it in the theater for the best experience.  You may not be a Middle-Earth/Lord of the Rings fan, but I think the movies did a great job capturing the essence of the books that I have read multiple times.

December 29, 2014


Anything you can do, I can do better. That could very easily be the subtitle of a new report put out by The Hackett Group that highlights what differentiates world-class human resource organizations from their peers—or their wannabe peers.

World-class HR organizations are those that are among the top quartile of companies in both efficiency and effectiveness, according to The Hackett Group's benchmarking methodology.

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December 9, 2014


As a frequent speaker on workforce analytics at HR conferences, I often start with a confession to the audience: I was formerly a vice president of finance and CFO.

In that role, I explain, I worked closely with HR in much the same way that finance professionals likely collaborate with HR professionals in most organizations. I would listen politely to HR’s requests for resources to invest in staff, systems or training. And then I would say “no.”

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December 8, 2014

How can HR become more strategic? Is there an opportunity for HR to have a much bigger impact on business performance?

A 2012 PwC study found that organizations are looking for leadership from HR. In the survey, 62 percent of business executives felt that human resources departments need to serve a leadership role in managing skill and talent shortages.

November 6, 2014


More HR leaders shift focus to developing staff who can interpret big data

One of the biggest challenges human resource executives face is increasing the analytics capabilities of their staff. With the abundance of workforce-related information made available through big data, HR leaders have a prime opportunity to use that data in ways that help business leaders make more informed, cost-effective talent decisions.

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November 5, 2014


 Getting hiring right requires getting interviewing right


Too many companies’ interviewing tactics are hurting their chances of rooting out top performers, said Geoff Smart and Alan Foster during their keynote session at the Staffing World 2014 conference, held Oct. 13-15 near Washington, D.C. But a multitude of common hiring mistakes can be corrected if staffing professionals and hiring managers simplify their interviewing process.

Smart and Foster asked conference attendees what kind of interviewers they were.

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October 23, 2014

Analytics at Work: Smarter Decisions, Better Results

October 22, 2014

Research shows where HR should focus to make improvements 

Lack of strategy, cultural awareness and solutions to manage an increasingly diverse, mobile employee population are keeping many companies from building a workforce that will meet their future business objectives, according to research released Sept. 10, 2014.

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October 21, 2014


Authors of new book promote unconventional ways to make meetings more meaningful

A decade ago, Eric Lindblad—vice president and general manager of Boeing’s 747 program—multiplied the number of people who attended his meetings by their average hourly rate and concluded that meetings were a pretty costly way to communicate.

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October 16, 2014


It’s time for HR to step up to the plate—and take a few lessons from baseball.

Beyond the obvious—that HR professionals, like baseball players, do best when they work closely as teams—there are additional baseball practices that can HR leaders can emulate:

October 14, 2014



October 13, 2014


Female leaders deliver better financial results, studies show


Want your company to have a healthier bottom line?

Put a woman in charge.

A new survey published by HR consulting firm Development Dimensions International (DDI) and The Conference Board reveals that organizations with better financial performance have more women in leadership roles.

Those findings are backed by other research—and experiences on Wall Street.

She’ll Show ’Em the Money

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September 17, 2014

Someone once said that everything stops during a takeover, as people speculate on the direction of the fall of the axe. The sudden techtonic shift reminds us that companies are put together as human constructs and can quickly be remade. In this blog, I want to focus on what the HR team in particular can do to prepare.

HR Help urgently!

August 25, 2014

HR professionals encouraged to evolve, anticipate and help grow leadership  

How do you tell if your current leadership development and talent management strategies will improve your bottom line over the next three years?

By looking to the past and anticipating what’s next.

So says a new study from consulting firm Development Dimensions International (DDI) and The Conference Board, which includes survey responses from more than 16,000 respondents consisting of business leaders and global human resource executives.

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August 18, 2014

The market for HR Technology solutions has probably never been more dynamic, interesting, and potentially confusing to navigate for the HR leader and practitioner. But HR leaders know that applying the right technology solution to your most pressing organizational and workforce challenges can make the difference in elevating HR from administrative support function to trusted strategic business partner. As technology solutions become more powerful and complex, organizations can sometimes implement technology that doesn't live up to all the promises made during the sales process.

August 11, 2014