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Design Thinking: Out with the Old, and in with the New

April 7, 2017 | BetterWorks | HCI

In the world of business, design thinking is an essential tool for simplifying the way organizations operate. Design thinking helps organizations manage change, handle complexity and strategize while putting people first. It means rapid prototyping – failing quickly, but making adjustments necessary to provide perfect solutions.

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Webcast Recap: Performance Management Overhauls Are Constant Works in Progress

April 6, 2017 | Anna Burke | HighGround

Even though the HighGround study found employees and managers prefer a more frequent cadence for performance conversations, a poll of webcast attendees revealed that 44% of respondents still have performance conversations just once a year. So how can HR and organizations deliver the ongoing approach that managers and employees want?

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An Art and Science Approach to Data

April 3, 2017 | Yuval Dvir | HCI

With the right context, visuals and analysis, data is your best friend when trying to make a point and convey a message – a powerful ally in the workplace. For that reason, as well as for the fun of learning new insights, I love data.

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3 New Learning Trends, 3 Warning Signs

March 30, 2017 | Jessica Farquhar Campbell | CGS, Inc.

Three warning signs flash up for me as I consider the 2017 learning and development trends in the CGS annual report the: Lack of cross-enterprise collaboration; fall of the facilitator; and rigid nature of many L&D strategies and initiatives. Over 70 percent of those surveyed state that the role of L&D will change this year. That's huge! If your team doesn't have partners in the business, a smart replacement for the facilitator, and processes that pivot alongside your corporate goals and initiatives, you may not be in control of that change.

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Crossing Oars: Team Building through Intuitive Interdependence

March 27, 2017 | Crystal Kadakia | HCI

One of the biggest myths today, especially with regards to the millennial generation, is that team building is as simple as creating a fun, collegiate environment through changes like installing ping pong tables, offering free food, and hosting Friday happy hours. That’s what they are used to and are asking for, right?

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Unconscious Bias and its Impact on Business Practice

March 16, 2017 | Rumeet Billan | MHS

We tend to believe that we are seeing everything in its complete form, however, it’s not possible for us to see the world as it is. Instead, we see the world through the lens of our experiences, biases and various identity factors. As a result, the assumptions we hold shape the decisions that we make, but these decisions may be creating unequal outcomes for our employees.

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So, You Want to Build a Coaching Culture - Now What?

March 13, 2017 | Lexy Thompson & Dr. Christina Barss | HCI

Coaching is a powerful tool organizations may leverage to create the capacity for appreciative and supportive interaction that directly leads to the achievement of business results. Is coaching a way to achieve strategic objectives in the workplace, a trend, or a sustainable business strategy?

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Go Beyond Frequent Surveying to Increase Employee Engagement in 2017

March 10, 2017 | Glint | HCI

Over the past year, we saw a wave of organizations adopt the practice of “continuous listening” by more frequently surveying their employees. While this represents a great step forward in the way organizations seek to engage, motivate, and retain their people, it won’t be enough to continue to engage the workforce in 2017. Organizations will need to master the art and science of analyzing and presenting employee feedback—going beyond just frequent surveys and focusing instead on action, in order to sustainably improve people success this upcoming year.

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Curb Complexity as Your Organization Grows

March 6, 2017 | Yuval Dvir | HCI

I always saw complexity as my nemesis throughout my career. Whether in product, strategy, or operations, complexity always found a way to creep in and undermine strategies we put in place. Our devised strategy just didn't matter unless we could breach through the high wall of complexity the organization had built over the years.

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Three Plays for Developing New Leaders

March 2, 2017 | Bill Catlette | HCI

Just like rookie baseball players are gearing up for spring training, the new players on organizational teams, in particular, new front-line leaders, are also entering the big leagues. Perhaps, the support felt by both squads of recruits is quite meager.

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There is No Single Source of Hire

March 1, 2017 | Chris Brablc | HCI

Source of Hire is an important measure for organizations to understand how the attraction methods they use ultimately convert candidates into applicants and most importantly hires. It gives value to the sources that don’t just provide quantity in terms of applications, but quality in terms of your future employees.