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Organizational practices to outperform and lead the way

How do businesses survive in today’s increasingly disruptive, digital and agile world?<p>Fundamentally, it depends on a set of leadership and workplace …

Employee Engagement

Learning ROI – It’s Time to Shift the Narrative

Learning and development (L&D) is driving big investments for businesses, with estimates of $96.3 billion spent in 2017 alone. With steep costs …

Employee Engagement

Talent Mobility and Performance

“There are dangers of being too good at your job”, said the CEO of a large South East Asian bank to our consulting team. He went on to elaborate how …

Employment

The Four Ways to Manage Digital Talent and Why Two of Them Don’t Work

Digital has not only forced us to reimagine where and when work is done, but also who is going to do it. Digital leaders are experiencing new …

Safe enough to try: An interview with Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh

Organizations are more likely to innovate and thrive when they unleash the potential of individuals and the power of self-organizing teams, says the …

Data suggests younger parts of the workforce have always had shorter tenures. Are we over-blowing Millenials' tendency to switch jobs? https://t.co/8s0j5kCxhK

Consumer-goods giant Unilever has been hiring employees using brain games and artificial intelligence — and it's a huge success

<b>• Candidates play neuroscience-based games to measure inherent traits, then have recorded interviews analyzed by AI.</b><p><b>• The company considers the experiment a big success and will continue it indefinitely.</b><p>For the past year, the Dutch-British consumer-goods giant Unilever has been using artificial …

Culture for a digital age

Risk aversion, weak customer focus, and siloed mind-sets have long bedeviled organizations. In a digital world, solving these cultural problems is no …

Why Business Leaders Need to Read More Science Fiction

At the end of the 19th century, New York City stank. One hundred fifty thousand horses ferried people and goods through the streets of Manhattan, producing 45,000 tons — tons! — of manure a month. It piled up on streets and in vacant lots, and in 1898 urban planners convened from around the world …

There’s No Such Thing as Big Data in HR

“Big data” has become such a ubiquitous phrase that every function of business now feels compelled to outline how they are going to use it to improve their operations. That’s also true for Human Resources (HR) departments, which is where most of a company’s money is spent, and where — we’d like to …

Technology firms and the office of the future

FROM the 62nd floor of Salesforce Tower, 920 feet above the ground, San Francisco’s monuments look piddling. The Bay Bridge, Coit Tower and Palace of …

How Talent Platforms will Transform Work

We often see dramatic statistics on labor market changes due to demographics shifts, technology and new business models, such as the "Uber-isation" …

Have HR Professionals Made Progress? The 30-Year Evolution of HR Competencies

Note: This article is drawn from the book <i>Victory Through Organization</i>by Dave Ulrich, David Kryscynski, Michael Ulrich, Wayne Brockbank.<p><b>Have HR</b> …

Grit As a Predictor of Success

Over the years, I have been fortunate to work with a great many talented individuals – both colleagues and clients. And some of them leave me in awe …

Self-improvement

How to run HR like an Amazon Bookstore

Seattle was celebrating April 29 as Independent Bookstore Day. The independent bookstores in the area were trying to fight Amazon’s move to build …

HR’s Vital Role in How Employees Spend Their Time, Talent, and Energy

HR’s value and efficacy is a favorite topic of debate in business. Complaints about HR include things from weak, reactive business partnering to poor talent recruitment and development, from time-wasting processes to incomprehensible communications. I don’t intend to defend HR or provide guidance …

Most of the world's largest companies promise to retrain staff even if robots replace jobs

The group polled 1,600 "senior business decision makers" at some of the largest organisations in the world in its report "Amplifying Human Potential: Towards Purposeful Artificial Intelligence," released on Tuesday.<p>The report found that companies across the globe are counting on adopting AI to …

The Future

Almost all the US jobs created since 2005 are temporary

The conventional full-time job is disappearing.<p>Survey research conducted by economists Lawrence Katz of Harvard University and Alan Krueger at Princeton University shows that from 2005 to 2015, the proportion of Americans workers engaged in what they refer to as “alternative work” jumped from 10.7% …

Princeton University

The Problem with Rewarding Individual Performers

In 1968, The Ohio State Buckeyes football team started one of the most cherished traditions in American sports. According to team legend, a member of the coaching staff proposed an idea to motivate the players. After each game, the coaches would reward the best players with small stickers …

How Employees Shaped Strategy at the New York Public Library

The New York Public Library is one of the largest public libraries in the world, with 18 million visitors yearly, a budget of nearly $300m, and 93 branches. It serves vastly diverse populations: toddlers and caregivers, new immigrants, lifelong learners, famous novelists, and scholars. Although …

Are CEOs Overhyped and Overpaid?

How much do CEOs actually matter? Throughout the Western world, and increasingly elsewhere, individual performance is glorified over and above collective team efforts. This is particularly true when it comes to leaders and entrepreneurs. For example, Steve Jobs, Jeff Bezos, and Elon Musk enjoy …

13 Signs That Someone Is About to Quit, According to Research

Despite a century of speculation by managers and scholars, we know very little about whether certain cues or signs exhibited by employees can predict whether they’re about to quit.<p>To help managers and companies identify employees at risk of quitting, we investigated this very question and uncovered …

Let’s Not Kill Performance Reviews Yet

The long march to the boss’s office to get evaluated—it’s a moment we all dread. Performance reviews are awkward. They’re biased. They stick us in boxes and leave us waiting far too long for feedback. It’s no surprise that by the end of 2015, at least 30 of the Fortune 500 companies had ditched …

As Work Changes, Leadership Development Has to Keep Up

As work itself is changing, some of the basic tenets of leadership development are being challenged. The very idea of leading people in jobs is changing with the democratization of work and the continued advance of digital technology. These twin forces are moving work beyond the traditional …

The $112 Billion CEO Succession Problem

Illustration by Martin Leon Barreto<p>Costs can mount quickly when the chief executive officer of a large company is fired or departs suddenly without …

Are you chasing mediocrity in the name of best practices? https://t.co/gh0lHUU7Bk

The collaboration curse

IN MODERN business, collaboration is next to godliness. Firms shove their staff into open-plan offices to encourage serendipitous encounters. …

Coursera expands into corporate learning and development

Coursera, the education tech platform that offers online courses from prestigious colleges and universities, is branching into corporate learning and development and has officially launched Coursera for Business today.<p>Coursera CEO Rick Levin, formerly the president of Yale University, told …

Coursera