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    Inclusion Measurement - Tracking the Intangible

    Inclusion Measurement - Tracking the Intangible
    Diversity and inclusion are, in some ways, like peanut butter and jelly. They're not the same but are often combined, making up a whole that's more than the sum of its parts. So when i4cp - on behalf of its members-only Diversity Accelerator group - decided to look at inclusion metrics, we first had to carefully define, identify, and separate the ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Taking on a "Risky" Hire

    Taking on a "Risky" Hire
    A reader writes: I recently received a job offer from the HR person of the company that I interviewed with. She said "they are taking a risk in hiring me and offering me the job." I thought it was a strange statement. When the managers in that company discuss me, they can say "OK, let's take a risk and hire this ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Don't Plan Succession, Manage It

    Don't Plan Succession, Manage It
    "Succession planning" is not just a flawed term, it's based on a flawed business paradigm. In fact, thinking of succession in terms of just "planning" is among the top reasons most organizations perform poorly in this area. Consider this: Improving Succession Plans: Harnessing the Power of Learning and Development, a major new study published by the American Society for Training and ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Managing a Problem Employee

    Managing a Problem Employee
    A reader writes: As you hail from the non-profit sector just as I, you can probably lead me down the right path with this one. I'm a new HR rep for this mid size organization, and have inherited this situation: We have two employees who work in our fundraising department. They both work full time, but telecommute at their will, which ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    How Do You Replace an Employee Who Doesn't Know She's Being Fired?

    How Do You Replace an Employee Who Doesn't Know She's Being Fired?
    A reader writes: I’ve been going through your archives to see if you had any advice on replacing a current employee before they know they are being replaced…when that employee is HR. In a small company with one HR person we certainly can’t place an ad – and they want to have viable candidates before this person is let go. This ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Performance Metrics: Beyond the Numbers

    Performance Metrics: Beyond the Numbers
    Peter Drucker once said, “What gets measured, gets managed.”  It’s very true.  Tracking the numbers is essential to running your business.  But it’s also important to not just calculate numbers. You need to have a good understanding of what they mean. I’ve always enjoyed math and accounting, so I’ve never really shied away from formulas.  But over the years, I’ve learned ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    8 Ways to Create an “A Team”

    8 Ways to Create an “A Team”
    "Winning is habit. Unfortunately, so is losing." - Vince Lombardi How would others describe the performance of your team? Would they refer to your team “the A team”? Or are they compared to the Los Angeles Clippers (winning percentage: .362)? In either case, here are 8 things you can do to boost the performance of your team: 1. Invest in your ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Can You Be a Good Manager if You're Shy?

    Can You Be a Good Manager if You're Shy?
    A reader writes: I'm shy. Sometimes people misinterpret this as aloofness or snobbery. Being outgoing and making friends with everyone I meet has never been a part of my personality. I just have a hard time making casual conversation (which is necessary for good relationships with coworkers), and I have a hard time in difficult/important professional conversations (which are necessary for ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    10 Tips for Developing Your Leadership “Cojones”

    10 Tips for Developing Your Leadership “Cojones”
    Note from Dan: while I normally write a PG blog, this post is rated PG13, parental discretion is advised. Sarah Palin recently said on Fox News Sunday that President Obama doesn't have "the cojones" to effectively address the issue of illegal immigration. Yikes, when’s the last time you heard a political leader accused of that? Actually, according to my extensive 10 ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Do We Get Talent Management?

    Do We Get Talent Management?
    So there's good news and not-so-great news about talent management (TM): On the positive side, organizations - especially top performers - recognize that operating in silos restricts their ability to respond quickly to changing business needs. A holistic approach to talent management has become mission-critical. Some organizations have already plunged full speed into integrated TM, but with mixed results. The bottom ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    How to Onboard a New Manager

    How to Onboard a New Manager
    We all know how important it is to provide new hire employees with a good onboarding experience. Proper onboarding helps improve ramp-up time, productivity, moral, and retention. However – what about onboarding a newly promoted manager? Unfortunately, a lot of companies probably don’t pay as much, if any, attention to this. The “onboarding” process is more of a coronation – “I ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +3
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    The Long Era of Lackluster Leadership

    The Long Era of Lackluster Leadership
    The single greatest business failure of the last 20 years is the inability of organizations to excel at leadership development. Consider this: in 2010, three quarters of respondents to an i4cp study said developing leaders is a highly important issue, but less than a quarter said their company is highly effective in this area. This wildly disproportionate ratio makes leadership development ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Performance Management: Not Everybody's a Superstar

    Performance Management: Not Everybody's a Superstar
    It's time to take off the type-A blinders and get some perspective; not everybody in the workplace is a superstar or future leader, and a lot of people don't want to be. They want to work, to get things done, to keep things moving and to do a good job of it. They don't have huge egos or need constant attention, ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Individual Development Plans (IDPs) Are Worthless

    Individual Development Plans (IDPs) Are Worthless
    …if no action is taken. I take a lot of pride in helping people write "Individual Development Plans", or IDPs. Thousands of people have stumbled upon Great Leadership searching on this topic, and I’ve probably helped write over 1000 of them as part of my day job. When working with a leader or aspiring leader, I’ll follow this process: We usually ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    The Business Case for Managing Ourselves

    The Business Case for Managing Ourselves
    The Harvard Business Review published a post by Vineet Nayar on Who is the New CEO? The article is a well-thought out vision that, in the future, successful CEOs will focus on building decentralized organizations and enabled employees. This makes total sense to me. I'm sure businesses right now don't want to build extra layers and structure. That can be very ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Are Leaders With Low Emotional Intelligence Weakening Your Bottom Line?

    Organizations with emotionally intelligent executives could have an advantage in today's high stress work environment, suggests i4cp's latest research on emotional intelligence (EI). i4cp found that only about a quarter of companies with a 1,000 or more employees have implemented an emotional intelligence initiative in parts of their organizations. But among those that have, high market performers were considerably more likely ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    The Greening of Executive Pay

    The Greening of Executive Pay
    There's a new metric in town when it comes to determining executive pay - at some companies at least. Now, in addition to earnings per share and stock prices, some executives are earning incentive pay based on a series of sustainability measures. The trend is a bit more common in Europe than it is in the U.S., with the Dutch leading ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Do Your Job Postings Suck?

    Do Your Job Postings Suck?
    Someone recently sent me this link to a job posting as an example of a company that finally got a job ad right. What's awesome about this ad is that you can actually read it and understand what the job is all about. There's no incomprehensible jargon, no sentences that sound like they were lifted out of a poorly-written internal processes ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Reorganizations: Don't Just Shake up the Bird Cage

    Reorganizations: Don't Just Shake up the Bird Cage
    I've heard some employees call frequent, questionable reorganizations "shaking up the bird cage". You get a lot of noisy chaos and ruffled feathers flying, and at the end of the say, the same bunch would just be sitting on different perches, albeit a little dizzy from all of the cage rattling. Nothing else seems to change. That kind of a cynical ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Why Don't Most Companies Manage Performance Well?

    Why Don't Most Companies Manage Performance Well?
    There's a good reason the performance reviews in your company probably aren't going well. Most of your managers don't know what they're doing. Less than a fifth of organizations have leaders who are either highly or very highly skilled at conducting performance reviews, according to a new study i4cp conducted for a member organization. Companies should not expect employees to be ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rated: +1

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?

Poll: How do you feel about crying at work?