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Millennials to Employers: Show Me the Money!

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July 20, 2016

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Management

Millennials to Employers: Show Me the Money!

Back in the 1960s, Baby Boomers were famous for the mantra, “don’t trust anyone over 30.” Now Millennials are following their example. They don’t trust leaders, or politicians, or the companies they work for. As a result, they insist on transparency in all things. According to generational experts, Millennials thrive […]

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“Just the Facts, Ma’am”—The Power Behind HR Analytics

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June 16, 2016

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Technology

“Just the Facts, Ma’am”—The Power Behind HR Analytics

Last month, Forbes published Portrait of an HR Data Analyst, which lays out the case for HR analytics, the skills required to excel at it, and the reasons people with these skills are in short supply. The article is one of many that urge HR to beef up our analytics […]

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Treat New Performance Management System As Major Organizational Change

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May 4, 2016

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Human Resources Change Management

Treat New Performance Management System As Major Organizational Change

Judging by the number of recent articles about performance management, it might seem that organizations are discarding annual appraisals in record numbers. Critics of traditional systems write them off as traumatic events that gobble up time, yet fail in a multitude of ways: Performance feedback is not timely or believable. […]

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March Madness at SteelBridge: A Change Management “Dream Team”

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April 6, 2016

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Human Resources Change Management

March Madness at SteelBridge: A Change Management “Dream Team”

While the NCAA Basketball Playoffs were in full swing, the sound of referees’ whistles filled my house. I wasn’t the one glued to the TV until the wee hours of the morning, although I followed the brackets and even had the conference apps on my phone. The biggest influence March […]

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Change Managers: Don’t let Workday Reporting Fall Through the Cracks

Change Managers: Don’t let Workday Reporting Fall Through the Cracks

My mission this week has been special and urgent: To help my client’s Workday HCM project team get a handle on reporting. Historically, clients have not focused much attention on reporting because they hear early on that Workday has “hundreds of standards reports.” That is true, but there’s a catch: […]

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The Manager’s Dilemma: Is it Good to Be “Nice?”

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February 24, 2016

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Business, Management

The Manager’s Dilemma: Is it Good to Be “Nice?”

An article in the Harvard Business Review pushed my buttons. The title was How nice bosses get ahead. Nice is a wimpy word, an imprecise word. It pussyfoots. It equivocates. Nice is vanilla, neither a strong compliment nor a biting insult. We default to it when a person or situation […]

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Why Your Brain Views Change as a Saber-Tooth Tiger

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February 10, 2016

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Human Resources Change Management

Why Your Brain Views Change as a Saber-Tooth Tiger

Change management articles and white papers warn us about the havoc change wreaks on employee engagement. Employee fear, resentment, and resistance during major modifications to strategy, structure, culture, systems, and processes are among the biggest obstacles to successful change. In healthcare, where new mandates like electronic records are cause for […]

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Six Tips for Becoming a Successful Change Manager

Six Tips for Becoming a Successful Change Manager

It’s easy to recognize a new change manager. You can tell by the panic in their eyes, their trembling hands, and the beads of sweat on their brow. Believing themselves inadequate to drive the initiatives essential to business transformation, they might even be wailing, “I can’t do it! I don’t […]

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Is Employee Engagement Dead?

Is Employee Engagement Dead?

Amidst all the buzz about employee engagement programs, a growing contingent wants to throw them out. Rodd Wagner, in Forbes last year, predicted The End of Employee Engagement, calling it a “check the box exercise” at many firms. Josh Bersin, founder of Bersin by Deloitte, declares that engagement programs have […]

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Taming the Change Management Monster

Taming the Change Management Monster

“Abominable! Can you believe that? Do I look abominable to you? Why can’t they call me the Adorable Snowman or…or the Agreeable Snowman, for crying out loud? I’m a nice guy.” —The Yeti in the movie, Monsters, Inc. As Halloween approaches, my thoughts keep turning not to ghosts and goblins, […]

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