Leadership Development: #1 Priority for Human Resources Leaders

Coaching Tip

Leadership development is the number one priority for human resources (HR) leaders globally, according to Talent Management : Accelerating Business Performance , a survey by Right Management, the career and talent management experts within ManpowerGroup. Among the more than 2,200 senior HR leaders globally who participated in the survey, 46 percent identified leadership development as the top priority for 2014.

The Importance of Human Resource Policies and Procedures

HR Digest

Human Resource Policies and Procedures are an integral part of present-day organizations. In case there is an issue in the organization, the HR Policies and Procedures manual and handbook can be referred to in order to resolve the workplace conflict.

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Your New HR Reference Guide

Coaching Tip

Experienced human resource professionals and consultants, Barbara Mitchell and Cornelia Gamlem, share their 30+ years of first-hand experience in their completely revised and expanded, "THE BIG BOOK OF HR". This reference guide provides any business owner, manager, or HR professional with the most current information to get the most from their talent.from strategic HR-related issues to the smallest tactical detail of managing people. Leadership Development Investments.

Are You Betting On the Wrong Job References?

Strategy Driven

Most of us can relate to this scenario: when completing an employment application, you are asked to identify a number of references (typically 3-5) for prospective employers to contact. In order to put your best foot forward, you choose these references wisely and list those whom will provide the most glowing reviews of their professional abilities. Does this mean that your references are no longer important? a reference and background checking firm doing business since 1984.

Developing Leaders to Drive Business Results

Coaching Tip

The chief human resources officer must take the lead in developing leadership programs, processes, and events to ensure that leaders are ready and effective. Develop action plans. Develop Leadership Skills: A Mobile Reference Guide.

Will Artificial Intelligence Take Your Job?

Leading Blog

A PEW RESEARCH CENTER study found that Americans are roughly twice as likely to express worry (72%) than enthusiasm about a future in which robots and computers are capable of doing many jobs that are currently done by humans. Human Resources

7 Reasons Your Former Supervisor Might Give You a Bad Reference

Strategy Driven

While the track record of corporate Human Resources is generally (but not always) consistent with this policy, it is a different story when considering former supervisors. While there are a number of reasons why your former supervisor might offer potentially damaging information about you, the bottom line is that you should never assume that your prior supervisor(s) is following company policy when they are contacted about offering you a reference.

Leadership Development Investments

Coaching Tip

study of nearly 400 organizations by Lee Hecht Harrison has identified that 54% of employers plan to increase investments in leadership development in 2015. Only 5% of employers plan to decrease investments, and a further 41% reported leadership development investments will stay the same.

How To Hire Greatness

Eric Jacobson

Golden Boy" - Discount references from people who have worked indirectly or consulted for a candidate but didn't directly work for or with them. Finally, after talking to a candidate's references you should have information on : The candidate's significant accomplishments.

Hiring Tips That Will Increase Productivity in Your Business

Chart Your Course

All of the qualifications and work experience a candidate claims to have, should also be checked thoroughly, by checking every reference they provide and by speaking to their referees, if it’s possible to do so. by Lucy Wyndham and Greg Smith.

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9 Ways We Sabotage Ourselves

Leading Blog

Sabotage by Committee possible, refer all matters to committees, for “further study and consideration.” Sabotage by Reopening Decisions Refer back to matters decided upon at the last meeting and attempt to reopen the question of the advisability of that decision. Human Resources

Leadership Development is Shortsighted

Coaching Tip

Frontline leaders aren’t meeting new job challenges and their organizations aren’t preparing them to succeed according to a new global survey of nearly 300 human resource executives. . Development is Shortsighted.

Cutting Costs/Curtailing Services Can Produce Crappy Customer Service

Chart Your Course

Their personal and professional skills are key to making connections, and establishing loyal customers that will come back and refer their friends. business developmentIn uncertain economic times, it’s common for businesses to focus their time and energies on ways to cut costs.

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Succession Planning | Passing The Torch And Avoid The Talent Crisis

Chart Your Course

The committee should reference employee assessments, security, development, communications, and succession nominations and create the policy around these issues. Development plans include preparing individuals for their future promotions.

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Online Behavior Assessments and the Science Supporting Them

Chart Your Course

Learn More Competencies Measuring 23 research-based personal skills directly related to the business environment, Competencies are defined on three levels: well developed, developed, moderately developed, needs development.

7 Principles of Leadership Development: Strategy for Leadership Development

Mike Cardus

An earlier post listed the 7 Principles of Leadership Development in no specific order of importance : Necessary Skilled-Knowledge. Strategy for Leadership Development. Strategy for Leadership Development. How is the leadership-development strategy being evaluated?

50 Shades of Decay

In the CEO Afterlife

Now that I have your attention, the decay I am actually referring to is the 50 warning signs of corporate decay. Employee development is on the backburner. Watch out for them in your organization. If you spot four or five, work on resolving them, now.

How to (or NOT to) Stand Out With Your Resume

Women on Business

Candidate listed her dog as reference. Candidate was fired from different jobs, but included each one as a reference. Career Development Human Resources Issues Job Search resume resume tactics resume writing resumes stand out resume unusual resume tactics

Not a joiner? Join the club*

Surviving Leadership

Or maybe someone tries to throw you into a generalized reference to a “them” when telling a story. They will devote time, energy, attention, resources – anything they need to do in order to make sure their decision makes a difference for someone.

Even “bad” cultures get some things right

Surviving Leadership

There is a noticeable focus on “culture” lately, whether the topic is recruiting, engagement, development, retention, what have you. In the high potential development program, we took participants to other locations and gave them a chance to learn more about a new business unit.

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Entrepreneurs: Do you have a People Strategist?


Siddharth is the author of How Many: A Human Number , an free ebook on designing customer centric HR interventions. Enter, the Human Capital Strategist! A Human Capital Strategist can provide just that. It refers to the underlying human processes at work.

Principles of Leadership Development: Necessary Skilled-Knowledge

Mike Cardus

An earlier post listed the 7 Principles of Leadership Development in no specific order of importance : Necessary Skilled-Knowledge. Strategy for Leadership Development. Like every term within organization development we started by developing a shared definition of Skill and Knowledge.

The 20 Most Common Things That Come Up During Reference Checks

Harvard Business Review

Along with job applications, resumes, and interviews, a reference check is one of the most common parts of the hiring process. In fact, we don’t know much about what works and what doesn’t when it comes to reference checks.

7 Principles of Leadership Development: Education for Leadership

Mike Cardus

An earlier post listed the 7 Principles of Leadership Development in no specific order of importance : Necessary Skilled-Knowledge. Strategy for Leadership Development. The interviews supplied the development team with a current level of competency and areas for development.

References Should Come from a Candidate’s Coworkers, Not Just Their Boss

Harvard Business Review

One of the most common ways to reference check a job candidate is to talk with their former managers over the phone. The same can’t be said for reference checking, and until now, there has been no systematic research on the differences between feedback provided by managers vs. coworkers. We examined feedback from a total of 20,000 references, who provided both numeric and narrative data on one of 5,000 job candidates. Hiring Human resource management Digital Article

Selection vs Development Assessments


I’ve written about assessments for leadership development before. While there are lots of them to choose from, the common ones used for development tend to be 360 degree assessments (multi rater) and personality preferences (DISC, Kolbe, Hogan, FIRO-B). Most of my work involves development assessments. That is, the manager takes an assessment, the results go back to the manager, and a coach helps to interpret the results and come up with a development plan.

Management Coaching and Development. Situation, Objectives and First Meeting Plans

Mike Cardus

Coaching and development for 5 high potential managers. Their direct manager and the human resources director believe these managers have the cognition, complexity and skilled-knowledge to be successful in his current role and would benefit from 1 on 1 coaching and development.

What Makes You Relevant, How Do You Know? The Relevance Enneagram

Mike Cardus

I am giving a talk to the Buffalo Niagara Human Resource Association and you can come, it is going to great! The individual in reference to what is relevant to them as a person – as a team member – as a member of an organization.

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How to Get the Most Out of Reference Checks

Harvard Business Review

You think you’ve found the perfect candidate for your team, but there’s one more step you need to take before officially offering her the job: reference checks. Instead of seeing reference checks as one final hurdle, take them as an opportunity to really get to know the candidate.

Glamorous Celebrity Deaths and Minimal Taxes in 2010 :: Women on.

Women on Business

I’m not referring to the passing of our own family members, friends and coworkers, but the tragic deaths of the celebrities, socialites and business moguls that we’ve known and loved (or not).

Research on Leadership and Culture Development for Higher Health and Safety

The Practical Leader

Research from disciplines such as human resources, occupational psychology, and business supports this finding.” Please send any links or references you may have to me at Jim.Clemmer@Clemmer.net.

6 Defining Values of a Leadership Culture

N2Growth Blog

Why should the 8-year old, first generation, 88-person software development company in San Diego expect to have the same desired culture as the 48-year old, 3rd generation, 268-person manufacturing company in Rochester, NY? in 2001, I worked for a boutique strategy consulting firm out of Princeton, NJ that developed and delivered high-cost elaborate strategic plans.

3 Common Business Words That Should be Shot

Modern Servant Leader

“I need to manage my resources.” ” When referring to a team, this sentence should make our stomaches churn. Resources. If you refer to someone as an object how do you expect them to respond? Yet somehow we always refer to people as resources (Human Resources, anyone?!). Instead of resources, try these: People / Person. Calling someone my manager also refers to me as something that must be managed.

The Problem with Using Personality Tests for Hiring

Harvard Business Review

They surveyed 1,000 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) members — HR Managers, Directors, and VPs — with an average of 14 years’ experience. Since then, hundreds of iterations of these tools have been developed, all essentially based on the same premise and theory.

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How HR and Judges Made It Almost Impossible for Victims of Sexual Harassment to Win in Court

Harvard Business Review

Andree Leopold, a saleswoman, sued after her supervisor repeatedly threatened to replace her with someone “young and sexy” and referred to saleswomen using vulgar, dismissive language. But it did foreshadow later legal developments, beginning in 1986.

For a More Flexible Workforce, Hire Self-Aware People

Harvard Business Review

Rather than detailing a job description and looking for someone to match it, companies should look for people with the right fundamental qualities and then allocate tasks in such a way that they apply their talents productively and develop important new ones.

We Approach Diversity the Wrong Way

Harvard Business Review

But things get complicated when we tell a manager, "In general your talent development is great, but you suck at promoting diversity." Human beings learn something once and rely on that learning forever. I'm referring, of course, to those "uncomfortable" discussions.

It???s Time to Retool HR, Not Split It

Harvard Business Review

Wikipedia describes the parable of Solomon from the Bible: The Judgment of Solomon refers to a story from the Hebrew Bible in which King Solomon of Israel ruled between two women both claiming to be the mother of a child by tricking the parties into revealing their true feelings. In the parable, Solomons suggestion to cut the baby in half motivated the babys true mother to reveal herself by imploring Solomon to give the baby to the other woman, rather than see it killed.

It Cannot Hurt to Know Your Teams and Your Behaviors. IT CAN HURT IF IT IS WRONG!

Mike Cardus

The Forer effect refers to the tendency of people to rate sets of statements as highly accurate for them personally even though the statements could apply to many people. Having discussions about this with Human Resources, Organization Development and other consultants.

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Possibility Maximizer: Stephen R. Covey - The Community

Sales Wolf Blog

SHRM - Society for Human Resource Managment Indispensible for the HR Professional! Covey - The Community Each week I like to share a resource that I feel can help you to  Maximize Possibility  in your organization and your personal/professional life.

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A Better Way for Employers to Procure Health Care

Harvard Business Review

Second, employers “in-source” accountability for health care services to Human Resources as a “benefit” rather than a service to be procured to maintain the health, well-being, satisfaction, and productivity of their workforce. When Virginia Mason applied appropriateness and safety standards to patients referred for lumbar fusion, it found that 58% would not qualify for this major operation. Human resource management Supply chain Digital Article

What’s Your Employee Value Proposition?

N2Growth Blog

” Unless you’re a chief human resource officer, your response may not quite be on the tip of your tongue. With social needs met, a person would be motivated to meet esteem needs which come with developing the skills that lead to honor and recognition. The last realm of motivation was referred to the pursuit of self-actualization – that is, living to one’s highest potential.

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The Best Ways Your Organization Can Support Working Parents

Harvard Business Review

Over the past decade of leading human-capital and work-life efforts at Fortune 500 companies, I’ve advised management teams and coached individuals struggling to balance the competing demands of work and home. Focus the resources you do have on key transition points. Smart companies and managers develop ways to “signal” to their employees that it’s time to take a break. Advertise resources already in place — and destigmatize their use.