Middle Managers Will Always Be the Strategic Linchpin of Your Organization—Make Sure You Look After Them

Middle management seems to be going out of fashion in many businesses. As organizations become flatter and senior executives want to be more involved in daily business operations, middle management is sometimes thought of as an inconvenience. Getting rid of the middle layer, some say, will help shed operating costs, enable employees to make their […]

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Prediction 10: HR will take its own medicine in boosting capabilities.

Changes driven by advanced technologies and shifting workforces are creating unprecedented opportunities for transforming the workplace. At the same time, the very nature of the relationship between a business and its workforce is changing. Old, top-down management paradigms are fading away. Teamwork, mobility, innovation, and inclusion are taking center stage, along with redefining work with […]

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Prediction 3: Treating employees like customers and empowering agile teams will become key HR strategies.

More than a clever turn of phrase, “treat your employees like you do your best customers” signals HR’s shift from managing processes to empowering employees and creating engaging environments in which they can thrive. And thanks to low unemployment rates and a strong economy, employees are now firmly in charge. Herb Kelleher, the legendary businessman […]

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Prediction 2: Accelerating digital transformation will force new leadership models.

According to Deloitte’s latest research with MIT, more than 70 percent of companies today are transforming their products and services into “digital businesses.”[1] This doesn’t mean they are just building apps and installing new systems. They are realizing they must transform their products and services to become more digital in nature, which in turn creates […]

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Do You Reward Without Rating?

Early data from our upcoming High-Impact Rewards study shows that 8% of organizations surveyed currently do not assign formal performance ratings, and another 4% assign ratings but do not communicate them to employees (aka “shadow ratings”). Are you an HR or rewards professional interested in “Ratingless Rewards”? If so, let’s talk! In conjunction with the […]

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Experiential Leadership Development

Effective leadership development has long moved beyond instructor-led, classroom-based education. Nowadays, leaders at all levels can learn through a blend of offerings including face-to-face interactions, learning platforms, immersive experiences and social connections[1]. Some organizations take the term “experiential leadership development” a step further. With the aim of exposing leaders and high-potential talent to a completely […]

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