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Post date: November 3, 2015
The pace of change and its implications on HR and business planning continue to accelerate, but is HR keeping up? For the past few decades, HR has been asking for a seat at the business strategy table and has largely been invited in—as organizational leaders realize the importance of a well-skilled...
Post date: January 19, 2017
When it comes to providing top of the line service for employees, HR leaders understand all too well the complexities involved. From developing key employment strategies and initiatives to managing benefit plans and technology investments, today’s HR executives are responsible for ensuring that all...
Post date: September 14, 2016
How good is the quality of your work culture? Do senior leaders understand culture? Even more important, do they understand the condition of your current culture and senior leaders’ responsibility in refining that culture? At most organizations, executives don’t pay much attention to culture. Their...
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Post date: September 14, 2017
Deceit or honor? How does your organization play the game? This is among the fundamental questions being explored in the extraordinary series Game of Thrones. In the war for power over the Seven Kingdoms, the cast of characters leverage all the strategic tools available to them. They do their best...
Post date: April 4, 2017
By Marc Sokol If you follow this journal from quarter to quarter, you know that six months ago, we devoted our fall 2016 issue to the theme of candor and transparency, two key attributes that impact who we choose to follow—or not follow—as senior leaders. Three months ago, early in 2017, we devoted...
Post date: December 1, 2016
Companies love to label or typecast leaders over time. As an executive coach and former CHRO, I wish I had a dollar for every time we labeled a senior leader as not being “strategic” enough to get to the next level. Some consultants often use elaborate assessments to create a false sense of...
Post date: May 5, 2017
At Patagonia, an outdoor apparel company based in Ventura, Calif., preserving and protecting the environment is a core value.  So Patagonia, which brands itself as an "activist company," offers a unique employee benefit—paid time off for workers when they participate in peaceful environmental...
Post date: July 13, 2017
Organization alignment is a coveted and sought after state of affairs for organizations and leaders. Imagine an organization whose work, structure, metrics, people, rewards, and culture are all optimally aligned to carry out the organization’s strategy. (Obviously not a reality, but we’ve seen some...
Post date: February 13, 2020
Few chief learning officers (CLOs) disagree they have a mandate to ensure that learning initiatives align with organizational strategy. A great deal of research exists about how to align the two. However, what does it look like for employees to connect their learning and development with an actual...
Post date: September 8, 2017
Like a living organism, businesses exist in dynamic environments where continual change and evolution is required not only to survive, but also to thrive. To effectively adapt and differentiate, leaders in companies must look at their markets and consider how they will guide their organizations to...