The worst kept secret in talent management

What’s the worst kept secret in talent management? It’s the fact that annual performance evaluations with ratings are subjective, demotivating, destroy collaboration and innovation, and are time consuming. Ultimately, they do little to motivate, align and improve the performance and…

Incomplete science has shrunk learning organizations. Time for a comeback.

If you listen to some of the pundits or review the marketing materials of technology platforms that offer instant on-line learning, you could come to the conclusion that there is no need for organizational learning. I couldn’t disagree more. In…

Three Lessons to Learn from the Zenefits Scandal…

During the past week, Zenefits’ founder and CEO, Conrad Parker, resigned over a breaking scandal that Zenefits had hired benefits brokers who were not licensed to sell Zenefits’ services in Washington State and other jurisdictions. And worse, that Zenefits had…

Traditional diversity initiatives haven’t moved the needle. These seven strategies will…

When I began consulting, a human resources leader called me from a successful, innovative San Francisco biotech company to discuss diversity: “We haven’t moved the needle. We are looking for solutions that work.” I told him he was not alone. …

Will Perks and Wellness Benefits Alone Enable You to Compete in a Tight Labor Market?

A recent survey from Robert Half shows that while Chief Financial Officers want to expand health and wellness benefits, employees prefer additional vacation days, telecommuting options, and non-traditional work hours[i]. CFOs and employees do agree, however, on the popularity of…

The key to retaining employees is in making the talent management pivot!

Wharton professor Peter Cappelli observes that the staffing of human resources departments is cyclical[i] - staffing goes up in expanding economies and down during recessions. Unfortunately, when human resource staffs are cut back during recessions, businesses lose their talent management…

Human capital plans go a long way toward improving business strategy success!

At a recent workshop on strategic human resources, an attendee asked “How do you prepare a human capital plan?” It’s a timely topic, since Q4 is often when annual plans and strategic plans are written for the following business year…

During this Thanksgiving Season, be the role model for recognition and appreciation!

This week is the Thanksgiving Holiday in the United States. It’s a good time for leaders to step back from the hustle and bustle and reflect on how they have thanked their teams for their hard work and contributions. Thanksgiving…

Leading global teams in Shanghai or Kansas City requires agility! Learn what works…

After an exhilarating flight over the Alps, I landed in Milan, Italy to integrate the human resources department of a recent acquisition. I knew the industry, business and integration strategies, and the key talent. The problem was, I didn’t speak…