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Wednesday, 25 September 2013 12:00

HOW TO MODERNIZE MENTORING AT YOUR ORGANIZATION

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Businesses today operate in an era marked by increased complexity and competition.  With organizational hierarchies flattening, every worker in your organization is becoming more autonomous and increasingly responsible for making daily decisions that can alter the course of the corporation--for worse or for better. For this reason, it’s important to ensure that everyone throughout your organization has the timely knowledge they need...

Tuesday, 17 September 2013 06:00

BAD MILLENNIAL MANAGERS: WHAT HR CAN DO ABOUT IT

Written by Kristin Boe

Think your Millennial boss has some room for improvement? A recent article by CNBC says you are not alone; only 5% of the current workforce thinks that Gen Y is ready to lead. And the Millennial-damning statistics don’t end there. A recently published Ernst and Young study, featured in the article, reveals that the prevailing perception in the workplace is that Millennial bosses aren’t overly effective; in fact 68% of survey respondents think Millennials...

Tuesday, 27 August 2013 04:00

THE EVOLUTION OF MENTORING

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In the late 1980s, I was hired to do some executive leadership development consultancy work at a large Fortune 500 company. I remember being on site and walking down a hallway, which was lined with portraits of past company officers and executives, on the way to the executive office area. What struck me as truly rudimentary during my stroll down this hallway was the lack of diversity represented in the portraits. I have to believe that this company has since taken these paintings down, given the fact that all the subjects...

Tuesday, 20 August 2013 02:00

THE MILLENNIAL TSUNAMI IS COMING. IS YOUR ORGANIZATION PREPARED?

Written by Kristin Boe

The Millennial generation, to which I belong, is 80 million strong, and it is estimated that we will make up 50-75% of the workforce by 2020.  Now, I don’t think that the Millennial generation will cause any Tsunami-like destruction (except maybe to outdated corporate practices and policies), but Millennials’ potential Tsunami-like disruption is what I think could be most powerful...

Monday, 22 July 2013 14:00

3 TIMELESS BOOMER LESSONS FOR EVERY GENERATION

Written by Kristin Boe

I have been fortunate in my short "Millennial" life to have encountered some truly great mentors, from teachers and bosses to colleagues and friends.  But one particular mentor stands out: my mom. My mom started an aerospace and defense contracting company (mostly providing engineering and IT services) in her basement a few months before 9/11 happened and sent the economy into a downward spiral. Nevertheless, she kept her company (and her dream) alive through the Great Recession...

Gen Y, that. Millennials, this. Oh, this about Gen Z also. Blah, blah, Boomers retiring, blah. Does this sound familiar? Gen Y, the next mega-generation, Gen Z, the youngest and still mostly unknown generation, and Boomers, the generation that represents today’s leadership and C-Suite occupants, sure are getting a lot of ink these days. But what about Gen X...

Tuesday, 11 June 2013 12:00

FORGET GEN Y. GET READY FOR GEN Z.

Written by Randy Emelo

Just when we all finally think we have a handle on how to talk to, interact with, attract and retain Millennials into our workforce, the inevitable happens: A new generation comes of age. Sorry, Millennials, but it looks like you may have some competition for that bright spotlight soon. While Generation Z (loosely defined as people born between 1995 and today) may still have a few years before they begin to trickle into our corporate halls, they will be the next big generation to enter the workforce after the Millennials...

Tuesday, 21 May 2013 08:00

WHY MILLENNIALS GLASS HALF-FULL ATTITUDE IS IMPORTANT TO YOUR WORKFORCE

Written by Kristin Boe

Recently, as I’ve been doing some research for Millennial-related projects and thinking about how my generation is posed to influence organizations in the future, I’ve come to an interesting conclusion.  While the Millennial generation has many important attributes that employers will need to consider as it enters the workforce in droves, one of the biggest strengths this generation possesses is their shared hopeful and optimistic nature.  While these two descriptors could easily be dismissed as naïve or “green” by someone more seasoned; in my humble (Millennial) opinion, I think this positive mindset could have an important impact on the workforce...

Tuesday, 30 April 2013 10:00

SELF-PERCEPTION AND SUCCESS IN THE WORKPLACE: ARE WE OUR OWN WORST ENEMY?

Written by Laura Francis

In a new Dove beauty products ad campaign called Real Beauty Sketches, we see normal women describing themselves to a sketch artist who cannot see them.  We hear them make some rather harsh and unflattering comments about themselves, from having round cheeks and a full face to crow’s feet and thin lips.  In this social experiment, these women then spent 20 minutes with a stranger, and then that stranger described the woman to the sketch artist. The difference between how the women described themselves and how the strangers described them was astounding...

Tuesday, 26 March 2013 08:00

DYNAMIC LEARNING NETWORKS IN LIFE

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I have a three-year-old son with special needs. Born two and a half months premature, he has been surrounded by doctors, specialists and therapists since day one. These professionals make up a very important part of his life. What I hadn’t realized until now, though, is that those same people make up a very personal and very important dynamic learning network for me. For some reason, I always think about learning networks as something that form within the confines of work...

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 10:00

CONNECTIONAL INTELLIGENCE: MILLENNIALS NOT SO SECRET WEAPON

Written by Kristin Boe

I’m a millennial, and I am not ashamed of it. In fact, I embrace it. I am proud to be part of a generation known to be “wired,” connected, inclusive, creative and willing to learn and to share. Networking and sourcing relevant information is what people of my generation, knowingly or not, have been doing their whole lives. We innately want to be more deeply connected, and we know how to achieve such interconnectivity through the use of technology. I’m tweeting as I type this blog, and I watched a training video while I completed an eBook earlier today...

Wednesday, 07 November 2012 14:00

WHY LEARNING DATA AND ANALYTICS MATTER TO YOUR COMPANY

Written by Randy Emelo

I recently read an article on the conclusions drawn by The Talent Management Panel at the HR Technology Conference and thought their deductions were extremely relevant to learning and development practices in the workplace today. Walmart, Motorola Solutions, and Merck were among the participants who discussed diverse approaches to deploying talent management processes and technologies to help reach overall organizational goals. One particular theme emerged from the panel that I think is worth exploring – the importance of meaningful data and reports on L&D efforts and practices...

Wednesday, 24 October 2012 10:00

THE ONE WAY TO KEEP YOUR YOUNG TOP TALENT

Written by Randy Emelo

A recent study published in Harvard Business Review estimates that the average young, talented worker only stays at the same job for 28 months before moving on to another company. The same report stated that nearly three-quarters of a company’s young high-achieving employees are actively looking for other opportunities outside of their company, and are interviewing with another company at least once a year. On top of this, 95% admitted to regularly looking for other potential employers and employment opportunities...

Okay, take a deep breath, because I’m going to ask you a question and I want you to reflect on it and answer it honestly.  Are you ready?  Okay, here goes.  Do you openly, willingly and humbly share your knowledge with others? I know most people will instinctively and quickly say yes, but I encourage you to dig deeper.  Do you really share your insights with humility, with the idea...

Tuesday, 06 July 2010 12:00

UNDERSTANDING CONTEXT - THE KEY FOR 21ST CENTURY KNOWLEDGE WORKERS

Written by Chris Browning

For knowledge workers today, it is not enough to have access to the wealth of information available in one’s organization (it is not that this is unimportant, it is just not enough). Employees must also be able to understand the context of their job and/or the issue at hand so that they can appropriately apply knowledge to the situation. It used to be that many knowledge workers could simply follow an established methodology (e.g., input data from field X on the form into field Y in the application)...

Wednesday, 23 June 2010 12:00

SaaS PROVIDERS AREN'T ALWAYS EXPERTS

Written by Chris Browning

There are a whole host of SaaS (Software as a Service) vendors, providing an assortment of viable solutions for businesses. That said, buyers should work to clarify what they need from their SaaS providers and then identify the vendors that can meet their needs. The “Service” in Software as a Service simply means that the software is being provided as a service to the buyer (e.g., the buyer “subscribes” to the software, which is hosted on the vendor’s servers). It does not necessarily mean that the vendor is providing additional services to the buyer. In other words...

About 20 years ago, I was sitting in the student section of a basketball game while an undergrad at the University of Notre Dame. We were locked in a tight battle with Syracuse and the Joyce Center was rocking. We fouled a Syracuse player late in the game, and as he stepped to the line to shoot two critical free throws, the decibel level in the building was deafening. The effect, however, was like loud white noise; the sound was loud but not distinct. The player calmly sank the two free throws and I turned to one of my roommates and exclaimed, “You know, constant...

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