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7 Ways to Improve Employee Development Programs

Harvard Business Review

billion dollars on learning and development programs, many executives still grapple with how to improve and enhance their effectiveness. As research shows , the need to revamp and improve learning programs is an important concern among HR executives. To understand how providers of training and development view these challenges, we also interviewed leaders of executive education programs at several leading universities.

Build a Great Company Culture with Help from Technology

Harvard Business Review

Culture, and how to build and sustain one, is one of the toughest challenges for managers, especially in today’s fast-paced, highly competitive organizations. Every organization wants to create a culture that works from a set of core values, where everybody is on the same page about what’s important, where the company is going, and how it’s going to get there. Here at Workday, these questions have been central to our existence from day one.

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Retain Your Top Performers

Marshall Goldsmith

Leaders are debating the changing nature of work and the perceived decline in job security (the lifelong career at a benevolent company is a fading memory) and the erosion of corporate loyalty. Employees are wondering, “If the company is willing to dump me at its convenience, why shouldn’t I dump the company at my convenience?” ” We tend to focus on the profound impact that these workplace changes have on our lives.

Five Questions Every Leader Should Ask About Organizational Design

Harvard Business Review

A few years ago Dave Ulrich, a management thought leader from the University of Michigan, made a comment I found both insightful and profound: “ Every leader needs to have a model of organization design.” Typically a graphic depiction of the organizational components to be addressed in a redesign (for example, McKinsey’s 7S model, which includes strategy, structure, systems, staff, skills, and so on), every consultant and his brother flogs an organization design model.