Are you paying attention to graduation rates?

An article published in The New York Times, republished in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, talked about the rising graduation rate of high school students. The Department of Education announced that the graduation rate for the 2013-14 school year was above 82%, the highest ever recorded. The Obama administration hailed this and said that is expanding the …

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Sometimes the Employee is not the Problem

  In the teaching I am doing this week my students covered human resources development. We talked about the process of organizational development (OD). In that discussion they learned that sometimes the employee is not the problem. A supervisor’s complaint Many times training and OD initiatives get started with a supervisor’s complaint that his employees …

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Who do you associate with on a regular basis?

  As you were growing up I am sure your parents were concerned about the friends you hung out with. They did not want you falling in with the wrong crowd. If you have children you are probably concerned about that as well. What about for your professional life? Are you concerned there as well? …

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The Importance of Aligning Objectives

  Ever had one of those days when the people you are working with just don’t seem to be working in concert with you? They just don’t seem to be getting it? This may be the reason why.Self-interests Alan Weiss, in his Monday morning memo shares a brief story about his granddaughter and a new …

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Arrogant versus Confident

  I am certain that each of you has at some time in your life have used these terms and applied them to someone you know or know of. We have applied them to fellow employees, fellow students, friends, family members, celebrities, politicians and more. Perhaps these terms have been applied to you in the …

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A Management Tip for Evaluating Employees

I was reviewing some notes from a book that I found to be inspirational. Alan Weiss wrote a book called Thrive! Stop Wishing Your Life Away. I think one of his tips is particularly valuable and makes an excellent management tip for evaluating employees. According to Alan: We all grow by exploiting STRENGTHS not by …

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Having HR Involved in Succession Planning is a Cardinal Sin

That title comes from a paragraph in Alan Weiss’ book The Consulting Bible, which reads: Most organizations relegate succession planning to the human resources division of department, which is a cardinal sin. Succession planning is one of the most important strategic decisions that any enterprise engages in on a continuing basis, and is an executive …

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The Importance of Reading: What Is On My List

One of my favorite “reads” is the monthly newsletter of Alan Weiss called the Balancing Act. It is full of advice for life, consulting and dealing with people. It is educational and often amusing. In this most recent issue Alan makes the comment “The debate whether you’re reading books in hard copy or electronically is …

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Influential books: A Personal List

I do alot of reading. I used to read books a great deal, still do, but less so with the Internet available. I am typing this from my home office, where I have decent size library,( but it does not look like Alan Weiss’ library.) As I sit here looking at my books and wondering …

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