Doesn’t everyone have a succession plan in place?

As I talk to small businesses or I teach a class that has an HR representative from a small or midsize company we stumble a bit when we get to the subject of succession plans. Many understand the concept but have never dealt with the subject at work. In fact, most of these businesses don’t …

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HR is not minding its own house

In the SHRM certification classes, we discuss the subject of succession and replacement plans. Yet a recent article by Valerie Bolden-Barrett in HR Dive, suggests that HR does not live up to what we are teaching others or preaching to our management teams. Many would leave tomorrow According to the article, 61% of CHROs would …

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What It Takes To Break Into the Executive Suite

An article recently published by SHRM, written by Rebecca Hastings, entitled What It Takes to Break the ‘Glass Ceiling’ offers the findings of a study on what it takes for women in business to break in to upper management. It is a very interesting article and I highly recommend reading it. However, I think the …

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Generational Diversity: Peace or War?

It is no big secret that there are FOUR generations of workers in today’s workforce. This diverse group of people include what are called the TRADITIONALS (born pre-1945 and rapidly decreasing); the BABY BOOMERS (born 1946 to 1964, many of whom were retired and would be today except for the sucky economy); GENERATION X (born …

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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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Jump Start Your Brain: Great Reading for a Monday

Last Wednesday on March 31st the HR Carnival was published at the Precept Employee Benefits Blog. What great reading. A feast of knowledge to jump start your brain on a Monday following a holiday weekend. Blog posts include: Succession managment Getting a delegated task back on track Employee engagement is not the end goal How to …

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Replacement Planning: Are You Prepared for Your Star To Get Hurt?

As a baseball fan, the Atlanta Braves in particular, I spent sometime this weekend listening to the ball games as I was driving around town. In Sunday’s game Tom Glavine, starting pitcher for the Braves, hurt a hamstring and had to come out of the game after just 19 pitches. Unfortunately the Braves lost to …

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