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Tuesday, 04 March 2014 06:00


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Collaboration—such a simple word with such a complex nature.  Collaboration can lead to increased self-discovery, learning, creativity, and innovation. But collaboration isn’t always easy or productive.  We’ve all sat through meetings, participated in learning groups, worked on projects and so on where we know that the resulting collaboration could have been improved, to say the least...

Tuesday, 28 January 2014 06:00


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I am no career expert, nor am I some crazy-successful Millennial CEO or entrepreneur. I am not on the 30 under 30 list, nor is it likely I will be there next year. That said, as a part of my job, I manage our River blog and social media efforts, so I am constantly looking for articles and resources that have to do with Millennials, getting ahead in one’s career, and other HR, learning, talent, and performance related topics to either blog about or to share with our followers...

Tuesday, 19 November 2013 16:00


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A November 2013 CareerBuilder survey found that nearly eight in 10 managers are at least somewhat concerned about the skills gap that exists in their company, but only about four in 10 organizations are doing anything about it. I agree that the skills gap is a very real and serious problem, but if companies are not willing to do anything to address the issue, then they need to stop complaining about it...

Tuesday, 12 November 2013 12:00


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Employee loyalty. Workforce productivity. Customer loyalty. High Revenues. What organization doesn’t want these types of coveted results? None that I can think of. But now comes the harder question: How can we achieve these results? According to the 2013 Employee Engagement Trends Report from Quantum Workplace, the answer lies in employee engagement, which they found strongly correlates with each of these keys to organizational...

85% of hostile employees don’t receive enough coaching from their boss, according to Quantum Workplace’s latest research study. What’s happening there? Is the manager just ignoring them, or is the manager ineffective at coaching? What do employees want out of coaching? Is it different than the manager’s perception? I sat down to research the topic to see how my advice on effective employee coaching would match up with what others...

We can all relate to the feeling of not having enough hours in the day to do the work we need to get done.  Or those times in our lives when we convince ourselves that we don’t have time to try something new: from a new software at work to yoga on the weekends, because we are too busy and “already don’t have enough time in the day.” But if we knew that trying the new software could help us get ahead at work or that yoga could reinforce a healthy lifestyle that prevents us from getting a disease, we might find a way to make time for these new activities...

Wednesday, 25 September 2013 12:00


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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 04:00


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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 02:00


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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...

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...

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


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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...

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...

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


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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...

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 12:00


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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 08:00


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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...

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