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How Silicon Valley Works…Ecosystems Breaking Traditions for Transformations

Many business leaders don’t get Silicon Valley. They know the reputation, the high-tech giants, the casual dress, the innovation that fails and succeeds in SV and the unicorns. But the common theme among the SV innovation labs, venture capitalists, and start-ups at The Conference Board’s 6th Annual Innovation Master Class hosted at the storied Xerox… Read More

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Strategy Shift: Innovation and risk as the foundation for strategy and financial success.

In Strategy Shift, my colleague, C. Brooke Dobni Ph.D. with co-author  Christopher Sand, Ph.D. assert that organizations that want to be innovative need a strategy shift. To innovate and pivot quickly, firms must continually nurture their culture to innovate and adapt and evolve with their ever-evolving business context. Human Resources leaders have a role at the… Read More

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Six strategies to recruit a Veteran workforce of 240,000

This week the US recognizes and thanks veterans for their sacrifice and service to the United States. It is a great time to assess your own veteran recruiting program, or if you don’t have one, to start one up. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that the unemployment rate for veterans in October 2018 was… Read More

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Digitizing Your Company? Success Depends Largely on One Factor…

Empirical evidence has long shown that transparent, collaborative and adaptive cultures empower business and financial success by enabling innovation.[i] Now companies are learning that if they do not have innovative cultures their digitization strategies languish. According to McKinsey’s 2018 Global Survey on digital transformation, 80% of the nearly 1800 respondents have launched digitization efforts in… Read More

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30% Discount for San Francisco Innovation Master Class

Would you like to connect with more innovation experts? Are you ready to expand your role as an innovation leader? If so, then I encourage you to join us for the 6th Annual Innovation Master Class on December 6-7, 2018 in Palo Alto at George E. Pake Auditorium at PARC, A Xerox Company. We have partnered with The Conference… Read More

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Technology geek, mission, and business ethics

The irony could not have been stronger. On my news feed, I saw that legendary Medtronic founder and technology geek Earl Bakken died at age 94. Then, just below, I spotted another headline reading, “Will Silicon Valley Ever Act Ethically?” For 12 years as the leader of human resources for various Medtronic business divisions, I… Read More

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Try the No. 1 non-pay benefit that saves you money!

A CEO exclaimed that she could not compete with the higher-than-average pay and benefits of large employers. “What can I do?” she asked. I told her she should offer flexible work arrangements to her employees who did most of their work through a computer. This would help her attract more employees, increase productivity, improve employee… Read More

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10 Talent Strategies to Support Cultures of Innovation

Companies large and small are racing to digitize their operations and to find the new technology in their domain that will allow them to disrupt their competition and find new markets. The companies that succeed in this race are agile ones that also spend the time nurturing and developing transparent, collaborative and aligned cultures. Human… Read More

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Time to tap 70 million forgotten workers

Shelley Winner had an extraordinary and courageous story to tell about herself in her five minutes of speaking at DisruptHR San Francisco Bay Area last May 31. Shelley is a lovely, tall, slender, young, white woman who had the air of confidence and invincibility I find among many young women in Silicon Valley, but with… Read More

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5 leadership lessons from the maverick of the Senate

Arizona Senator John McCain, known as a genuine war hero, a political maverick, straight talker, champion of bipartisanship in service to America, and two-time candidate for the Presidency, died over the weekend after a long fight with brain cancer. His passing is feared to be end of political era of bipartisanship and selfless service to… Read More