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What CEOs Expect from HR Leaders

Posted by on Feb 8, 2018 in Career Management, Planning |

What CEOs Expect from HR Leaders

I’m sure you have heard it many times that the CEOs of an organization are more fixated on the “big picture”. They want to see the results that contribute to the “end goals” of an organization. However, this is easier said than done. For an HR professional, it is difficult enough to meet organization needs because they are usually playing the middle role. While the employees of the organization want consolation and consideration, the C-Suite might be looking for a more restrictive and strong-willed lot in the HR department. Regardless of the...

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A Key to Strategy Execution: Leadership

Posted by on Feb 6, 2018 in Planning |

A Key to Strategy Execution: Leadership

Leadership is widely recognized as including a broad set of skills critical for individual and organizational success. It’s so critical a skillset that articles about it are ubiquitous:  we are ever-diligent in reading, writing and discussing definitions of leadership, leadership attributes, who are the best leaders and what great leaders do and don’t do. But, what is Leadership? Kevin Kruse provided the best definition of leadership I’ve seen, in his article on Forbes, “What is Leadership?” where he shares the wisdom of Drucker, Bennis,...

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Move the Needle Towards Results with One Word

Posted by on Jan 28, 2018 in Planning, Profitability, Quality, Turnaround |

Move the Needle Towards Results with One Word

The pressure is on. It’s "do or die" for businesses going through a transformation. Businesses must push forward regardless of uncertainty. Efficiency, productivity, profitability, competitive advantage, quality, or customer satisfaction are all critical objectives. To achieve those results we create plans that use action phrases such as: Manage by walking around, planning, presenting, cascading information down, holding managers accountable, training, communicating, implementing, rolling out, analytic reporting, evaluating, visibility,...

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Leveraging Human Resources During Difficult Times

Posted by on Jan 16, 2018 in Career Management, Competitive, Customer, Innovation, Planning, Productivity, Profitability, Quality, Turnaround, Value |

Leveraging Human Resources During Difficult Times

Shifting market conditions, economic rollercoasters, disruptive technologies and increase competition economic crisis compels businesses to make difficult decisions to remain viable and competitive. Increasing regulatory pressures, decreasing revenues, and continual competitive threats have turned the “status quo” into the “status isn’t”. Oftentimes to get to the other side to reach organizational objectives we must cross a bridge. It turns out sometimes that bridge is on fire and requires immediate action. Immediate action at times means to...

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How to Stick the Landing Despite Uncertainty

Posted by on Jan 14, 2018 in Competitive, Featured, Planning |

How to Stick the Landing Despite Uncertainty

I was struck by inspiration when watching Kerri Strug perform as a gymnast in the 1996 Olympics. Kerri executed a vault routine landing flawlessly on one foot due to a badly injured ankle. She led the U.S. team to its first ever gold medal with that difficult landing. My only experience with gymnastics was being able to do a back bend and cartwheels when I was 5 years old. So the theme of “sticking the landing” took on a whole new meaning for me when I saw what could be accomplished with complete determination.    The business climate is...

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Egalitarian Teams Work Better Together With These 3 Tips

Posted by on Jan 7, 2018 in Featured, Planning, Shaping Culture |

Egalitarian Teams Work Better Together With These 3 Tips

Like many forward-thinking business leaders, you’ve ditched the archaic and limiting company hierarchy. Employees are excited about the changes, and they should be. In fact, a recent report published by The Stanford Graduate School of Business, When Inter-Team Conflict Spirals Into Intra-Team Power Struggles: The Pivotal Role of Team Power Structures, found egalitarian teams are able to work together while hierarchical team members may feel the need to fend for themselves. Which means this new company structure will create a dynamic that can...

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Top HR Strategy Trends: The River of Change

Posted by on Dec 12, 2017 in Career Management, Featured, HR Digital Revolution, Innovation, Planning, Shaping Culture, Strategic Mindset, Value |

Top HR Strategy Trends: The River of Change

“You can never step into the same river twice.” Heraclitus, Greek Philosopher The river flows through the rocks and mud, forever changing the mountains, hills, and forest that may surround it. At times the stream may trickle, or it may rage turning into whitewater ravaging landscapes. The sound of river water moving can be soothing, other times, exhilarating. The phrase “you can never step into the same river twice” refers to the notion that both the river and you are steadily changing. As time flows on, it seems like our river of change...

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Expanding Beyond the Traditional Succession Plan

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017 in Featured, Planning, Small Business |

Expanding Beyond the Traditional Succession Plan

According to Deloitte’s 2016 Board Practices report, 12% of boards across all market caps and various industries don’t know who owns the succession planning responsibility. Considering 60% of senior executive respondents in a 2016 Bank Director survey believe their CEO is expected to retire in the next five years, this is concerning. If your bank has already started the succession planning process, you’re on the right track. If not, you need to start as soon as possible. These four tactics discussed below will take your succession plan to the...

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The Hard Truth About Leading Lasting Change

Posted by on Nov 16, 2017 in Agility, Planning |

The Hard Truth About Leading Lasting Change

One of the toughest challenges leaders face is making change work, from building initial momentum to sustaining change long term. How can leaders help employees to accept change more easily? How often have changes been launched with great effort and fanfare, only to evaporate over time? How many change processes have been touted as models of success for change management? What’s your organization’s change management process?  How many changes can people handle at one time?  Why is successful, effective change so elusive, even when lead by...

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In Moments of Crisis

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Career Management, Planning, Productivity |

In Moments of Crisis

Our hearts go out to those who are experiencing shock and tragedy with what occurred in Boston and Texas.  We lift our many readers up who are from or have friends or family in these areas or those affected by the unthinkable events. It was Maxwell Maltz who said, “Close scrutiny will show that most ‘crisis situations’ are opportunities to advance, or stay where you are.” As we watched the events unfold on television we witnessed the great opportunity to advance by coming together. We felt the pain, the frustration of unanswered questions and...

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