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Organizational Effectiveness

Organizations Should Put Talent First In 2017

Ed Lawler | Posted 01.22.2017 | Business
Ed Lawler

It is time to move beyond saying that talent is an organization's most important asset. Organizations need to behave in ways that recognize the strate...

The End Of Diversity

Daryl Twitchell | Posted 07.01.2016 | Business
Daryl Twitchell

It is hard to measure diversity when you can't use demographic categories for proxies. It is harder still when by "diversity" you mean heterogeneous approaches to problem solving.

Eliminate Useless Conflicts (How to Start a Fight without Really Trying)

Edward Muzio | Posted 05.12.2016 | Business
Edward Muzio

It takes under thirty steps to get from my car to my office building door - fifteen seconds from one place to the other. Even so, during this morning's "walk," I couldn't avoid being confronted with the kind of behavior that inadvertently screws up workplace cultures and renders managers and their groups ineffective.

What Should HR Leaders Focus On in 2016?

Ed Lawler | Posted 03.18.2017 | Business
Ed Lawler

Most managers and executives now accept the reality that talent is critical and should be a major focus of their attention. What they fail to do is utilize what research shows are the best talent management practices.

"No, I'm not Coming to Your F***ing Meeting"

Michael S Solomon | Posted 03.17.2017 | Business
Michael S Solomon

For managers, meetings are mission critical. It is during meetings that we plan, mentor, hold accountable, align, check-in, etc.. But for the 80% of people in an organization who actually do the heavy lifting (sorry, low blow -- especially coming from a manager), most meetings are time lost.

Got a COO?

Dr. Ebbie Parsons, III | Posted 01.29.2017 | Business
Dr. Ebbie Parsons, III

Some argue that the role of a COO conflicts with the authority of the CEO and creates an unnecessary layer of management. While this argument may have some merit, the CEO is ultimately responsible for ensuring the success of the business. Recent research shows that there is a direct correlation between increased organizational performance and the presence of a COO.

More Time Off Is Not the Answer

Ed Lawler | Posted 12.03.2016 | Business
Ed Lawler

The better thing to focus on is whether the work is challenging, interesting and rewarding. If it is, individuals will happily work long hours and put in high levels of effort.

The Secret to Making Change Stick

Gina Soleil | Posted 11.04.2016 | Business
Gina Soleil

It's not about turning people into puppets. Change happens when you respect people for their individual brilliance and value their input along the journey. One thing most people can agree on is that change is hard, uncomfortable and many businesses do it very wrong.

Unleashing Human Potential and the Future of Work

Lenny Sanicola | Posted 10.26.2016 | Business
Lenny Sanicola

In Deloitte's 2014 Global Human Capital Trends survey report, it was noted that a huge gap existed between the urgency of the talent and leadership issues facing leaders, and their organizations' readiness to respond.

Making Sure the Cup Stays Full at Starbucks: Leveraging Narratives from to Improve Recruitment and Retention

Sophie Sakellariadis | Posted 08.05.2016 | Business
Sophie Sakellariadis

Employee engagement in the retail industry has long been an uphill battle, but Starbucks has been a trailblazer in the field, pioneering generous health benefits, tuition support, and long-term career development programs. But are these efforts paying off?

How to Prevent Burnout From Spreading Like Wildfire

Kristen Lee | Posted 06.02.2016 | Healthy Living
Kristen Lee

As Employee Wellbeing Month gets underway, what changes can you or your organization make to help mitigate the risks of stress overload and burnout? Start your strategy by remembering that within today's complex landscape, we are more likely to do well when we feel well.

Pay Fairness Requires Pay Openness

Ed Lawler | Posted 01.24.2015 | Business
Ed Lawler

When corporations are left to decide on pay amounts without any public accountability, all too often they make decisions that are simply not defensible, ethical, nor fair. This happens because secrecy takes accountability out of play.

Fix It! - 10 Steps to More Effective Problem-Solving

Ray Gagnon | Posted 12.01.2014 | Business
Ray Gagnon

If it's true, as has been said, that the essence of running a business is "getting up every day and solving today's problem," then effective problem-solving goes to the heart of every successful enterprise.

Pointed Reflections From a Long-Time Leader in Philanthropy

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 09.27.2014 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

In her last public act before retirement, Valerie S. Lies, the long-time president and CEO of the Donors Forum in Chicago, took the opportunity to speak truth to power and to leave the field that she so loves with several calls for action.

Do as I Say, Not as I Do?

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 09.07.2014 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

Are there ways in which your practices and values might be misaligned? What might you do to explore that question with your board and staff?

Playing Golf, and Other Mistakes CEOs Make

Adam Grant | Posted 08.27.2014 | Business
Adam Grant

When you become the head of a major company, you instantly join the ranks of the rich and famous. Ethical questions aside, new evidence shows that the perks of celebrity life are bad for companies. Here are six situations that CEOs might want to refuse.

What's Your Meeting Brand?

Shani Harmon | Posted 08.11.2014 | Business
Shani Harmon

Many leaders operate as if their meeting brand doesn't directly affect their professional brand. We're here to argue that they're one in the same. Most professionals spend the majority of their work day in meetings; their perceptions of one another are based on what they see during these.

Eliminating Non-Value Added Work -- Or, 'Cleaning the Corporate Attic'

Ray Gagnon | Posted 07.30.2014 | Business
Ray Gagnon

Work practices, tools, policies and even processes that you developed to serve a specific purpose at a given point in time can become less relevant and effective as your business environment changes.

Five Ironies in Workplace Design

Amanda Schneider | Posted 06.04.2014 | Business
Amanda Schneider

Multitasking actually costs time.

Working With Mindfulness: Overcoming the Drive to Multitask

Jacqueline Carter | Posted 04.28.2014 | Healthy Living
Jacqueline Carter

Whether we work in highly-demanding environments or are doing tasks that aren't particularly stimulating, we can all benefit from training ourselves to be more mindful about where and how we place our precious attention.

HR Should Own Organizational Effectiveness

Ed Lawler | Posted 04.20.2014 | Business
Ed Lawler

What should the role of HR be in a corporation? It many respects, the answer is obvious and simple. It should take primary responsibility for providing input, advice, direction, and execution with respect to organization effectiveness.

Jacqueline Carte: Mindfulness as a Foundation for Organizational Effectiveness

Jacqueline Carter | Posted 03.19.2014 | Business
Jacqueline Carter

It is my contention that any organization that wants to survive, thrive, and excel in our increasingly complex, fast-paced, high pressure work environments should pay attention to the organizational effectiveness benefits of mindfulness programs.

Your Company's 'Cardiovascular' System: How Healthy Is It?

Ray Gagnon | Posted 03.17.2014 | Business
Ray Gagnon

Just as your arteries bring life-giving blood to all parts of your body, so too does your meeting system channel the communication of ideas, solutions, decisions, and so on, that enable your business to run.

'GE Workout': Physical Fitness for Your Organization

Ray Gagnon | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Ray Gagnon

The word 'organization' shares the same root with 'organism' and is no less a living thing. So in order to maintain flexibility, resiliency and top performance, your organization needs 'exercise,' too. Organizations need to stay "fit."