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How 2016 Will Be The Year That Will Transform Performance Management

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

The sheer foundation that kept performance management running for the past 2 decades (if not more) has finally started to unravel. Forced ranking, yank and rank, stack ranking or forced distribution – whatever you’ve called it, the way we drove performance in organizations was by telling one person ‘you’re the best’ and someone else ‘you’re the worse’. No matter the circumstances, context or business. If you were rated better than me then you were given a bigger bonus, salary increase and promotional and learning opportunities. The wheels are finally coming off. CEB found that 95 percent of managers are dissatisfied with the way their organizations conducted performance reviews, and nearly 90 percent...

How to Use Superhero Personality Traits to Define Your Team

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

A few months ago a cinematic phenomenon that many had been waiting for was released – Batman vs. Superman. While the movie presented plenty of eye candy by way of the CGI and action sequences, what appealed to me was the personality traits the main protagonists displayed. Both have common goals (justice and peace) but their approach varies. And so is the case for many other superheroes and super-heroines. They all work towards common or similar goals, but possess such differing personality traits that they don’t end up achieving it in a similar manner. This is much like your own team’s dynamics. All of them work towards the goals...

Innovative Ideas to Help You Stay Ahead of the Learning Curve

Posted by on Jun 23, 2016 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

I always claim that similar to the half-life of a nuclear material, knowledge also has a half-life. Depending on the industry, your knowledge half-life can last a couple of years or, for the most advanced academic or technology sectors, maybe just a couple of months. Hence, your learning curve cannot stagnant because one thing is certain: The half-life of knowledge across any profession is shortening rapidly. And to stay ahead you have to invest significantly. Dani Johnson in her Bersin Research Bulletin claims that learning moves from inside-out focused learning (70-20-10 rule) to outside-in focused learning. In this, the learning itself is driven by the need for continuous knowledge throughout...

Do You Know How to Measure Next Generation Leaders?

Posted by on Jun 21, 2016 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

When you were in college or university you were faced with the challenge of choosing your “major”. An area to specialize in for the next 4 years. After you achieved your degree you searched for a relevant job that related to your area of specialization. All that was great to kick start your career. But for ‘next generation leaders’ the area of specialization will matter less and less. Next generation leaders won’t be identified by what they currently do. Instead, when preparing their list of star talent, current leaders will consider the length and breadth of their talent pool. I’m not talking about the tenure or experience of the talent pool. I’m...

6 Innovative Ideas to Get and Select the Best Talent

Posted by on Jun 16, 2016 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

Last week I shared with you the famous innovator behaviors by Clayton Christensen that could help you develop more innovative HR solutions. Over the next few of weeks I will help bring you up to speed on the latest trends, thoughts and approaches on: sourcing, developing, engaging and retaining talent, performance management, reward concepts, organization structures, and leadership development concepts. Today, I’m going to shed light on the latest trends of finding the best talent for your organization. Getting the best talent is not of course just the selection process. It includes sourcing, selecting, hiring and onboarding talent. And all of this should be based on, if it isn’t...

4 Steps That Will Help You Set Your Ultimate Professional Goal

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in Personal Growth | 0 comments

At some point or the other, I’m certain you’ve been asked this cliché interview question about your professional goal: “Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?” For decades it’s the most overused interview question, yet it catches interviewees off guard. It makes you stop and think. In retrospect, it should be the question that you’re already well prepared to answer. A question that if you’re asked, should give you an opportunity to showcase your professional desires and aspiration. This should be where you highlight your “swan song”. It’s not easy to set your professional goal, but if you think it through you’ll find its closer than...

5 New Tricks to Developing Really Strong HR Solutions

Posted by on Jun 9, 2016 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

As part of my series on how to become an Incredibly Successful HR Leader we have reached the point where it is all about how you translate and use your reputation, your skill and expertise, and your insight and foresight to develop innovative HR Solutions. These HR solutions need to support line managers in maximising the performance of their teams and individuals as well in building the right organisational capabilities to succeed in the future. In supporting the line, HR has got four levers to focus on: Talent: Selecting, developing, engaging and rewarding people with the right abilities and commitment to deliver results for the organisation Structure/Processes: Enabling the right structure and processes at...

How To Use Technology To Enhance Internal Communication

Posted by on Jun 7, 2016 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

Your organization has two key strengths that form its pillars – the products/services it offers and the people it employees. Both are pivotal for its success. Your organization’s external brand is heavily reliant on the strength of its internal brand. And to build on that, you need a strong internal communication strategy. We’ve been living in the Information Age for some time now. An age where data and information is essential for us to operate, make decisions, and shape our organization’s culture. In the past few weeks I’ve shared with you how you can embrace automation to collate data and information and produce meaningful analysis which can help you...

3 Traits That Will Make You an Impactful HR Business Leader

Posted by on Jun 2, 2016 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

In the last couple of weeks I have taken you through my recipe for becoming an incredibly successful HR Business Leader which can be viewed as: “Building on an impeccable reputation a successful HR Business leader combines business and people fore-sights/insights to effectively implement innovative talent, structure, processes, culture and leadership practices to support line managers in maximizing performance and building capabilities to achieve the aspirations of individuals, teams the organization and its stakeholders at large.” Two weeks ago I shared with you how you can build your personal reputation and credibility and last week I emphasized on the need for you to combine business and people insight and foresights....

Why You Should Be Confident With Your HR Numbers

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

Let’s face it, it can be very highly embarrassing to put up inaccurate HR numbers to the senior management. More so, it can be catastrophic when decisions are made based on those numbers. Decisions that impact your talent. At some point in your careers I’m sure you’ve heard someone say that when making critical decisions that are beyond the norm it’s wise to take a calculated risk. To do that, you’ll need to be confident with the HR numbers you are using to analyze and make decisions. And this confidence in numbers will arrive if you’ve taken steps to minimize, if not eliminate, human errors. For far too long...