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The Darkwing Duck Action Figure You've Always Wanted, and More of the Best Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's weekly round up of all the fabulous new toys just waiting to drain our wallets of their precious monetary fluids. …

Comics

HR has lost the trust of employees. Here is who has it now

Human resources has to be one of the greatest bait-and-switch professions one can join today. HR departments position themselves with a forward-facing fluffy image, whether improving the productivity of workers through training and development programs or perhaps righting the yawning inequality gap …

The Business Consulting Industry Is Booming, and It's About to Be Disrupted | Inc.com

Management consulting is a $250 billion industry. It's big. It's growing. It's highly profitable. And it's about to be disrupted.<p>Whether the focus is strategy, operations, tax, finance, HR, or IT, business consultants are a staple of corporate life. Today, over 700,000 consulting firms provide …

Innovation

Ten Ways Great Leaders Manage Change

Change isn't easy. Even change for the better. Great leaders know that and don't pretend otherwise. Here's ten ways you can help navigate your team and organization through uncharted waters.<p><b>Lead from "Why"</b><p>One of the main reasons change programs fail is because people don't understand why they're …

‘Terrible. Looks like hell’, ‘Rather like a ferret, though friends of the Coxes’, were two instant opinions of clients at a wartime marriage bureau – but there were weddings galore<p>Before sex-before-marriage there was marriage, and to help it happen there was the personal column, the matrimonial …

Books

Two reasons companies fail -- and how to avoid them

Is it possible to run a company and reinvent it at the same time? For business strategist Knut Haanaes, the ability to innovate after becoming …

5 Email Newsletters That Will Teach You More Than an Harvard MBA

These newsletters are packed with content you need day in and day out.<p>When you imagine high-powered CEOs starting their morning, you probably picture them kicking back with a copy of <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> or <i>The</i> <i>New York Times</i> to get a handle on the day's news.<p>But you'd be wrong.<p>Quartz recently …

Silicon Valley workers want less risk, so they're OK with less reward, survey says

Silicon Valley might be losing its sex appeal.<p>Workers in the tech industry are increasingly craving stability and — gasp! — work-life balance over …

Silicon Valley

Prevent Exit Interviews With Stay Interviews

We haven’t thought about them for a while, but stay interviews might be making a comeback. They’re defined as structured interviews designed to learn …

Employment

How Being Agile Changed Our Human Resources Policies. - James Goebel (part 1 of 3)

The Driving Force behind Agile HR Service Delivery

Agile HR In Today's Workplace - Interview with Armin Trost

Agile HR! - Knowledge Bite with Armin Trost

Using Agile in Human Resources - HR

Fabiola Eyholzer - How can HR adopt an Agile mindset at Adventures with Agile

The future is agile

Why agility pays

New research shows that the trick for companies is to combine speed with stability.<p><b>Over the past decade,</b> we’ve studied the impact of a wide range of …

Agility: It rhymes with stability

Companies can become more agile by designing their organizations both to drive speed and create stability.<p><b>Why do established companies</b> struggle to …

Hire the Best People, and Let Them Work from Wherever They Are

I ran into a former HR colleague at a conference last month. We got to talking and she mentioned she was finding it difficult to hire a cybersecurity expert. I wasn’t surprised. Security talent is scarce in the tech sector right now. “I found someone phenomenal, but she’s in Washington State, and …

Bet Big on Agility... The Agile Workforce

This morning when I woke up, I checked my iPhone for any messages through the night. Once again I got a request to accept a new upgrade to my apps. It seems like this is happening on a daily basis now. It didn't stop there. My laptop informed me that I have a new upgrade to my video conferencing …

Aligning Your Organization with an Agile Workforce

<i>Leaders recognize that lean and agile business strategies require new ways of accessing talent to fill critical gaps — without necessarily bringing on more full-time employees. But most organizations aren’t set up for getting the most out of non-traditional employment relationships. In this excerpt</i> …

DJ Food shares 30-minute Star Wars-inspired mix

Star Wars: Battlefront Fighter Squadron mode gameplay footage

DICE has shown off a first look at Star Wars: Battlefront's aerial combat mode, Fighter Squadron.<p>Footage shown during EA's Gamescom 2015 press …

Some fans argue Oscar-winning actor is too young to play the role, but others point out Tomei is the right age to play opposite the new teenage Peter Parker<p>Comic book fans have taken to Twitter in protest after it was revealed that Oscar-winner Marisa Tomei is in line to star as Spider-Man’s …

Marvel Universe