While analyzing a study of 300,000 people employed at high-performing companies. Authors Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton, found commonality: a culture in which employees believe in their company and their leaders. Want to empower your workplace? Consider these tips.
Taking Charge of Your Career: Next Steps
Experts discuss the importance of mentoring, sponsorship, and coaching in career development.
What Does The C Suite Want From HR
Company CEOs want HR leaders to acquire business knowledge and to advocate change, Ryan Estis writes. "Speak the language. Do the requisite homework. Become an expert in the business you support and serve," Estis writes.
Luring Talent With Perks
Companies in less-popular cities cite other benefits in recruiting workers. Many established companies are finding it tough to attract talent. High salaries and increased bonuses aren't enough. The pressure is on to compete on fringe benefits.
3 Ways To Fight The Burnout Risk
Human resouces pros need to help structure reward-and-recognition programs, provide more training for career development and hire more staff if they want to fight the growing burnout reported among employees. "Companies can't run on skeleton staffs forever--as the burnout trend ominously indicates" Tim Gould writes.
10 Tips On Hiring For Creativity
Innovative business strategies come from innovative people, but where do innovative people come from? This article lays out 10 tips for hiring creatives, including the recommendation that employers give candidates a task to work on.
Have you got the leadership gene
Biologists are looking to win a spot in America's business schools by studying the genetics and biochemistry of management. Researchers have already found that genetic variations can explain a leader's successes and failures, and that variations in sex hormones play a role in sales. "Management science looks set for a thorough, biology-inspired overhaul," according to The Economist. "Expect plenty more lab coats in business-school corridors". (The Economist September 2010)
The art and science of giving good feedback
Giving feedback to both successful and failing employees is part and parcel of being a leader -- but many people give feedback in ways that are deeply counterproductive. Try to avoid praising people for either raw ability or effort; instead, focus on pointing out specific things that people got right or wrong, to enable them to reproduce their successes and avoid repeating their failures. By Mary Ellen Slayter (SmartBlog on Workforce, September 2010)
How To Win An Argument Without Words
Many arguments are won or lost before you even open your mouth, writes communications coach Nick Morgan. Using body-language tricks such as mirroring and alignment, it's possible to defuse tension, cut off hecklers and ensure your ideas get a positive reception. "Try the nonverbal argument right from the start. It may save you a lot of time and trouble," Morgan advises. By Nick Morgan (Forbes Magazine July 2010)
How to Bounce Back from Adversity
Here's a way to understand - and redirect - your instinctive reaction to crisis. By Joshua Margolis and Paul Stoltz (Harvard Business Review, Jan-Feb 2010)
Conversation proves key to successful collaborations
Good communication is key to successful collaborations because without it, those involved might not trust others and it can lead to misinformation and errors, Rodd Wagner and Gale Muller write. Speaking directly with one another is key because it enhances the relationship. "It's not just the content, it's the contract that only real conversation creates," they write. Gallup Management Journal (free content) (1/2/2010)
3 keys to an empty inbox
You can empty your e-mail inbox every day if you make immediate decisions about each item by filing in three files: To-do, reference and wait, Gina Trapani writes. To begin the process, put any mail that's more than three days old into a backlog folder and work through it later, she writes. FastCompany.com (2/1/2010)
Tasting the Fruits of Effective Innovation
Companies wanting to innovate will have to do more with less. But how?
The Changing Landscape of BioPharma
MBAs vs. Entrepreneurs: Who Has the Right Stuff for Tough Times?
Research: Entrepreneurs don't think like MBA's
SHRM Notebook: How to engage Gen Y
To effectively attract and manage Generation Y, managers must understand the high expectations those workers have of themselves and others, journalist Nadira Hira said at the Society of Human Resource Management's Staffing Management Conference. Her advice for how to do that: Clearly articulate the company's mission, provide opportunities for them to meaningfully contribute and keep the feedback channels open.