Human Resource Executive magazine in their September 16 issue reported the results of the 2013 “What’s Keeping You Up at Night” survey. As in past years 35% of the respondents replied that getting employees engaged within the organization. The ongoing solution was employee engagement surveys every 12-16months. While surveys are fine, they tend not to explain some of the reasons for the non-engagement
Without exception every organization is seeking to find and retain engaged employees…Continue
Over the past week I have been going through some family issues which began with a medical emergency last Friday. Everyone we talked to from our family practitioner to the ER medical team believed that the signs pointed towards one thing. When the surgeons went in to operate on Saturday morning, they found an entirely different problem was manifested in the same environment. Upon reflection we do the same steps in the HR world we work in.
Every single day we are confronted with…Continue
Added by Daniel T. Bloom on May 2, 2013 at 10:14am — No Comments
In the LinkedIn groups (TLS-TOC Lean & Six Sigma in particular) there has been an ongoing conversation about when you merge the three. In the course of the discussion we posted a comment regarding an output from a seminar we were facilitating which talked about an organization in which the job requisition was reviewed and approved three times by the same person in a hiring effort. One of participants replied that that was an indication of mismanagement not a system problem. He further…Continue
Added by Daniel T. Bloom on April 12, 2013 at 9:51am — No Comments
While unemployment rates are still higher than average across the nation, the war for skilled leaders rages. The process of identifying and nurturing rising talent within an industry is crucial to establishing our next business leaders. By creating practical and astute assessments of potential leaders and guiding them, you can ensure your company’s future success.
The Need for Leaders
Great leaders can energize and effectively manage people within their fields.…Continue
Added by Linda Sharkey on April 9, 2013 at 12:10pm — No Comments
It has been an interesting week between Marissa Mayer's clamp down on telecommuters at Yahoo and Sheryl Sandberg's pitch that women sabotage their own careers.In both arenas there seems to be a criterion missing. That criterion is how do you view your human capital in your organization - are they a liability or are they an asset? Let's look at the two events separately:
Marissa Mayer contends that in order to make Yahoo more productive she wants all human capital assets under one…Continue
Added by Daniel T. Bloom on March 12, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments
Awhile back we posted a blog entry in this space based on the marque of a local church. When I drove by it the other day the announcement of this Sunday's sermon was on the marque and is the title of this post.
I hear everyday people telling me that they know things need to change within the organization, but it will take time and they will wait it out until the organization gets around to changing the culture or the policy, usually by managerial edict.
The problem is that is…Continue
Added by Daniel T. Bloom on March 6, 2013 at 1:35pm — No Comments
We had in one of the first posts here asked you to define what you thought HR Excellence was. From the level of responses I am assuming ( I know the problems with assumptions) that you are having a hard time coming to some sort of consensus. So let me tell you what I feel the components of the definition of HR excellence are:
Achieving HR EXCELLENCE is the result of:
CARING more about your organization than others think wise;
Added by Daniel T. Bloom on February 28, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments
At a recent seminar, a woman who helps run a community college stood up to ask a question.
"Well, the bad news," she said, "is that we have to let everyone in. And the truth is, many of these kids just can't be the leaders you're describing, can't make art. We need people to do manual…Continue
Added by Daniel T. Bloom on February 12, 2013 at 9:55am — No Comments
To my HR purist friends I apologize if you think I believe that HR does not have a vital role within our organizations.I am in no way equating HR to playing the child game of house. What I am suggesting is that there is a new visitor in the neighborhood.
For some time I have had some elementary interest in a new tool to increase employee engagement called gamification. It came to the forefront when I received a LinkedIn Invite from Noreen Poli of…Continue
Added by Daniel T. Bloom on February 10, 2013 at 10:17am — No Comments
On two separate times in the past week, my inbox contained entries which centered around the image that the corporation puts forth to the marketplace. In each one to some degree the organizations involved forgot what their purpose is -- to acquire and maintain customers. To do that we need to have the "right person, in the right job, at the right time and in the right place."
Consider these events. The first involved a cheerleader on the Baltimore Ravens. She was banned from being…Continue
Here we are on the weekend before Christmas and the Iowa Supreme Court handed us an early "gift" Before I explain what the gift was, let me take you back in time to when Bobby Darin was still performing and he sag the following words:
"WelI … I don’t know what you got But it’s got me and baby I’m hooked Like a fish in the sea. You make angles call from above. You could make the Devil fall in love. An-a … who-o-o wouldn’t fall for irresistible you."
Over the past several decades…Continue
I recently was involved in a conference call with a prospective client who was asking me whether I would be available to come speak to their office meeting about how the staff could work closer with corporate HR professionals. I got off the call and began to look back to the time in my career when I was in the external recruiter's seat and what was important to me to establish that relationship.
So for what it is worth, here are my thoughts.
We have just recently undergone a decisive election era in which some very strong views have been expressed. Some of those comments made me take a moment and reflect on the status of diversity within this country and the workplace in particular.
One of the facts that became abundantly clear is that there is a dramatic change in the demographics of the society in which we live. Change is tough but when the majority suddenly finds itself in the minority it raises a wide range of…Continue
Added by Daniel T. Bloom on December 2, 2012 at 7:39am — No Comments
If people are a company's key to gaining competitive advantage, then this is the area where an employer brand strategy should be looking to generate the most traction.
To place the sole responsibility for your employer brand strategy with one department, be that HR or Marketing makes no sense at all. This is a shared responsibility and so needs a shared involvement. How many CFO's or COO do you know that have involvement in their company's employer brand strategy? Then ask why it is…Continue
Added by Martin Shaw on August 25, 2012 at 6:00am — No Comments
Everything I know about leadership I learned in the Marines.
I enlisted in the Marine Corps on my 19th birthday after a half-hearted attempt at college. I spent the next twelve years learning to lead using the 14 Leadership Traits and 11 Leadership Principles. Nearing the end of my third enlistment my wife and I discovered that she was pregnant with our first child. So, I decided to hang up my guns.
Since then, four children have come and a dozen years have passed. I've read…Continue
Little words that can change the way we communicate!!!
There have been numerous books written on the subject of communication. One of the best is "Conscious Business" by Fred Kofman. I am reading this book now, but have read numerous others on the subject. The one thing that sticks in my mind…Continue
How do we know when we’ve found a great leader? What differentiates the effective leader from the high performer, the effective manager, the superb executor? The great leader is the proverbial needle in the haystack. But when you know what sets them apart, they can be identified with confidence.
What defines a great leader? The answer is surprisingly simple: followers. There is great wisdom in that observation. Leaders engage in five consistent and specific…Continue
Added by Thomas Spry on December 1, 2011 at 3:13pm — No Comments
Last week I received a call from prospective client who was struggling with a high staff turnover. He pleaded with me to help him stem the outflow. He is a small manufacturer that sells his products largely through distributors. I arranged to visit his offices in the Eastern suburbs the next day.
As I pulled into his carpark it wasn’t hard to spot his Porsche parked next to the front door. Upon entering the building it looked as though the premises hadn’t been renovated since…Continue
Added by Aaron Dodd on September 15, 2011 at 4:34am — No Comments
This summer the little blue guys came to the big screen. No, I’m not talking about Blue Man Group. I’m talking about the Smurfs! I remember watching the television show as a kid, thinking to myself, “Why won’t Gargamel leave the poor guys alone?” You see, Gargamel was the evil genius (or so he thought) that was always devising a plan to capture the Smurfs. His plan, much like that of…Continue