16 March 2021
Is your organization prepared for the worst-case talent scenarios? Do you have a plan to transfer knowledge of your leaders at all levels? Have you identified high performers who can move into these roles? If not, you need a succession plan.
17 October 2017
Succession planning is a process for identifying and developing new leaders who can replace old leaders when they leave, retire or die. It increases the likelihood of having internal, experienced and capable employees that are prepared to assume these roles as they are vacated. Succession planning is crucial in order to avoid an organizational crisis when someone in a key role leaves.
11 July 2017
Productivity, collaboration and innovation is a difficult proposition for many employers. For those employers that have telecommuters, many have used and/or developed internal tools from Instant Messaging to blogs to internal LinkedIn type pages to encourage teamwork, camaraderie, and innovation within the workplace. However, the tide appears to be turning.
25 October 2016
In the Fall 2016 Edition of Training Industry Magazine, Marshall Goldsmith, Alan Mulally and Sam Shriver challenge the old paradigm of leaders as experts. The article states that: “Historically, leadership has largely been considered a top-down function. Leaders were masters of their crafts that doled out their knowledge over time to eager apprentices aspiring to gain wisdom. Enter the ‘Knowledge Worker.’”
4 October 2016
An October 3rd Wall Street Journal article may provoke some controversy within organizations. As you might guess from the title, "Why the Best Leaders Want Their Superstar Employees to Leave," this article runs counter to conventional wisdom. The author, Sydney Finkelstein, may prompt us to consider whether targeting retention may be the wrong focus for organizations. Instead, we might be better served becoming talent magnets and talent developers.
13 September 2016
Is your learning and development (L&D) function tactical or strategic? In a September 2016 Chief Learning Office article, titled "The Cultural Revolution," Dan Pontefract makes a compelling case for moving the L&D function from order takers to culture leaders.
30 August 2016
Empathy is hard to learn and nearly impossible to teach. It’s a skill that is part of the national workforce’s soft skills gap that is continuing to widen. But some companies, like Ford, are developing new creative ways to bridge this skills gap.
16 August 2016
The Talent Symposium on August 11th was a resounding success. There were about 200 attendees in total, including exhibitors, presenters and ASE colleagues. The registrants represented HR leadership, HR business partners, generalists, and talent specialists. Attendees collectively rated the experience a 4.5 on a scale of 5. Most importantly, there was high energy and great sharing of ideas in the sessions and on the ASE app. We’ve compiled a summary of each session with some key...
16 August 2016
After weeks or months of sometimes agonizing recruitment efforts, your new hire is finally starting! You are excited to welcome them on their first day, and the team can’t wait to meet them. But now they need to get up to speed in order to be a productive member of the team. This is not only important for the business, but also in the retention efforts which should already be commencing. Successful onboarding is key to successful retention.
23 March 2016
In order to win more in our respective marketplaces, and to engage employees so they contribute their best, it may be time to rethink structures. A recent article in The Economist makes a compelling case that there are significant opportunities to improve organizational results by working more as teams, instead of the traditional technical silos.
10 February 2016
In a recent speech Laszlo Bock, the senior vice president of People Operations at Google, made the case that taking power away from managers may be a good thing. In a recent Business Insider article, we learn that Google is increasingly relying on peer feedback for employee performance evaluations and less on the manager. This is because Bock believes coworkers are generally less biased than managers. In his book, Work Rules, Bock writes that peer evaluation is a key part of performance...
23 December 2015
Fast Company posted an article this week titled “Former Googler Lets Us In On The Surprising Secret To Being A Good Boss.” The author, Kim Scott, an accomplished coach, tells us that the single most important thing a boss can do is focus on guidance—giving it, receiving it, and encouraging it. Guidance, which is fundamentally just praise and criticism, is more commonly called feedback. But the term “feedback” has come to sound screechy and make us want to put our...
29 October 2014
Critical thinking remains the top of the list of needs for employers today. An American Management Association survey that asked 768 managers and executives found 72% of respondents agreeing that critical thinking skills are critical to the success of their organization, but half (49%) responded that their employees’ critical thinking skills were average at best. Why is critical thinking important and how can you improve your critical thinking skills?
22 October 2014
Organizations are beginning to invest in management development again, recognizing it is a “force-multiplier” for employee engagement and organizational productivity. At the same time, many organizations hesitate to make that investment because they are not yet sure they have the right people in management roles.
Let’s take a step back to consider how HR might help managers determine for themselves whether they are right for management or not. If you can help them ask the...
8 October 2014
A new study of college graduates in the workforce suggests that certain college experiences correlate with different levels of employee engagement later on. Some of the findings seem intuitive and therefore not surprising. But there are a few surprises as well as implied hints at strategies employers might consider in vetting potential new hires.
Employee engagement is one of those phenomena that is far easier to recognize than it is to understand. Ours is an age when business leaders nearly...