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How to Make Performance Management Less of a Burden

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

Performance Management as a process dates back to over 60 years when the need to evaluate employee output was recognized. Since then, how we evaluate performance may have evolved, but the process still widely remains to be dependent on paper. As an HR leader you’re all too familiar with how line managers perceive the annual performance management cycle – it’s always with a “oh no here we go again.” No doubt it’s a time consuming and mind raking process. It takes a lot of soul searching. Performance management requires managers to be creatively eloquent, constructively critical and supportively encouraging. That’s not easy. And if all that’s on paper? You’re really...

How to Use Your Personal Reputation to be Incredibly Successful in HR

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

In order to become an Incredibly Successful HR Leader you have to support line managers to maximize the performance of individuals, teams and the organization and build capabilities for the organization to succeed in the future. To deliver on this promise HR leaders design and sustainably implement innovative HR solutions. Solutions that are based on their solid professional, interpersonal and influencing skills. Along with this, their deep understanding of the business, its people, and the trends that impact them. However, you can have the best skills and the most insightful suggestions but if your business partners don’t trust you, you won’t be able to achieve anything. It doesn’t matter how many...

How to Automate HR for a More Productive Team

Posted by on May 17, 2016 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

What’s the attrition been in the past 6 months? What’s our current revenue to employee cost ratio? How much of the company’s budgeted headcount increase cost has been utilized? These are some key questions that management could ask you periodically. And if they don’t, they should. Any seasoned HR professional knows that it’s not about simply managing people. It’s really about extracting and understanding numbers that will help key decision makers see where their company is headed. Through these numbers, you as HR will become part of the strategic team. The answers to these are vital to make business decisions. Not only should they be accurate, but prompt as well. And...

Your Recipe To Be An Incredibly Successful HR Leader

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

In my view an Incredibly Successful HR Leader: “Builds on an impeccable reputation, combines business and people fore-sights/insights to effectively implement innovative talent, and 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.” Wow that is a mouthful. To put the same in just a few words: “A Successful HR Leader supports line managers to maximize the performance of individuals, teams and the organization”. The Recipe for Success The key to success for a successful HR leader follows the below recipe: The first two steps are what HR Uber...

Why You Should Stop Wasting Your Time Pushing Paper

Posted by on May 10, 2016 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

I’m sure you wonder how long you’re going to waste your time pushing paper. Your company hires the same way it used to 10 years ago. It conducts on-boarding and orients new recruits the same way. It makes critical HR decisions based on the same analysis it used to do for years. After all why change now? What’s Changed in the Past Few Years? In the past 3 years or so, smartphones have been literally forced into our hands. If you were evading this rapidly growing technological trend, it wasn’t long before you got a smartphone. If you didn’t know how to use a smartphone, you learned. There was...

5 Research Backed Tips to Help You Grow Your Team

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

My proudest achievement throughout my career hasn’t been the contributions I made to the bottom line of the companies I worked with. It wasn’t the growth other companies achieved. Neither has it been leading a high performing team that transformed the way HR operated in that company. In fact, looking back at my career, the one thing that I am most proud of is that out of all the people that I’ve worked with and had the pleasure of leading, at least 20 of them are now HR Directors in various companies, industries and countries. Of course most of them would’ve achieved that feat without my ‘interference’ but nothing...

Are You the Right Leader for Your Team?

Posted by on May 3, 2016 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

Through observations and interactions I’ve often been able to distinguish between transformational and transactional leaders. Their personalities are clearly different. Though both are focused on achieving organizational goals their approach to problem solving and building teams is distinctly varied. Not only have I seen this in the leaders themselves, their teams clearly reflect the style of leadership they are operating under. While a transactional leader’s team focuses on daily and weekly tasks, a transformational leader’s team is more concerned about the direction the team and the organization are headed towards. What Sets Transformational and Transactional leaders Apart The two vary in ways similar to micro-managers and macro-managers. A transactional...

Explaining Why and What but Not How

Posted by on Apr 28, 2016 in Transformational Leadership | 0 comments

In its now classic landmark study “Driving Employee Performance and Retention Through Engagement”, the Corporate Leadership Council assessed the impact of 160 ‘levers’ on performance and retention. Various aspects were covered such as the role of the line manager, satisfaction with compensation, the daily work, learning and development and organizational culture. From this study three elements came out as having the biggest impact on the effort employees were willing to make. None of these elements were money, purpose or growth. Instead it was alignment; i.e. an employee’s ability to understand: the connection between their work and the organization’s strategy the importance of their job to the organization’s success, and how to successfully...

How to Survive Being Led by a Millennial Boss

Posted by on Apr 26, 2016 in HR Tips, Tools & Resources | 0 comments

These days, there’s a good chance that after crossing the golden years of your life you’re going to be led by a millennial boss. A boss who’s old enough to be your son or daughter and someone you find hard to take seriously or show the same respect you would to an older boss. This can be quite challenging and even distressing. Particularly when you’re so close to the finish line and you just want to smoothly sail to the end of your career. Millennial bosses are often faster at processing than their older counterparts. Partly because of technology and partly because they’re extremely agile. The pace and leadership...

Are You Helping Your Team Make a Difference in the World?

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

Giving a sense of meaning is becoming more and more important to attract and engage talent. We all want our work to matter. One of the most powerful motivators is knowing that you are making a difference in the world. Of course you can work for a company that: has integrated ‘doing good’ in their business model, exists with the sole purpose of serving the community (government or NGO), has products which play a vital role in health (healthcare or pharmaceutical), or focuses on the development of society (financial institution, education, or art). However, most of us work in organizations where there is no obvious correlation between the product and services the company...