Future Friday: Common Ground

We are now in a state of workplace being where we have five generations working together. The challenges for leadership, particularly HR leadership, is how to develop communication that reaches the maximum number of people.  Richard Bailey, the president of HP’s Americas region, writes in Fast Company,  I have found that every generation in the workforce …

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A replay: “Have you” questions to ask yourself

I was flipping through my copy of The Little BIG Things and came across the pages that this previous post was written about. I thought as we approach the end of the year holidays it would be a good time to replay this post from earlier this year. Appreciation goes a long way! I am …

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How to Maintain and Engage Your Millennial Workforce

This post is from my friends at Socialmonsters.org. Although this article talks about younger workers many of the things mentioned in this post also apply to other workers in all age groups. Forty-six percent of the workforce will be comprised of millennials by 2020. This may be an unsettling thought for some employers and businesses. …

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From the Archive: 10 Reasons to Keep Your Older Workers

I thought that this post was appropriate today, the day after The Day Without Women protest. Women are trying to demonstrate that they are valuable in the workplace. To my way of thinking all workers are valuable. Older workers are another group that gets discriminated against, so I am republishing this post about keeping older …

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Want your employees to improve? Treat them like they do on The Voice.

My wife and I are fans of the singing competition show called The Voice. It is a show on which competitors display their talent in hopes of being selected to participate in a competition in order to become “The Voice” at the end of the show. It is not unlike the selection process companies go …

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Empowering employees to make decisions: A review of The Decision Maker.

Do you allow your employees to make decisions? Without repercussions for mistakes made in that decision? Well you should, at least that is the contention of Dennis Bakke in his book The Decision Maker. I read the book and found it to be an interesting story of how a company is turned around when the …

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Is Boredom the Opposite of Engagement?

Associate professor of Strategy and Organization and blog writer for the Harvard Business Review Mark de Rond asked the question “Are you Busy at Work, but Still Bored?” He indicated that he has a job that many of us would probably envy, at least I would, yet he is bored with it. In reading his …

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The Value of Games in Work and Life

  Occasionally it is important to take a look at things from a perspective other than the one you have on a daily basis. That is why I am writing about the value of games in work and life. This is based upon a TED talk that was given by game designer Jane McGonigal entitled …

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A Good Lesson in Strategic HR

  I was reading an article from the McKinsey Quarterly from about a year ago, entitled Why good companies create bad regulatory strategies, where the authors were talking about the difficulty that many companies have in making an impact with stakeholders and regulators with some of the decisions they make. Authors Andre Dua, Robin Nuttall, …

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