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Mary Barra, General Motors' Next CEO, Breaks Ground for Women and HR

December 11, 2013
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Barra is viewed as a leader in the company’s turnaround since emerging from a Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2010. She replaces CEO Dan Akerson who will retire in January 2014.
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Helen Darling to Retire from National Business Group on Health Next Year

December 10, 2013
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Darling will retire at the end of April 2014 after 12 years as president and CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit employer coalition.
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Leadership Gets a Checkup at Kaiser

December 5, 2013
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‘It’s not what we say that matters, but how we behave,’ said new CEO Bernard Tyson.


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What Are the Keys to Engaging Employees?

December 4, 2013
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How should our organization define the term employee engagement?

—Open-Ended Question, staffing/HR services, Highland Mills, New York


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How Should We Treat Our Contingent Workforce?

December 4, 2013
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We are an apparel maker that uses contingent workers for a variety of high-level tasks, such as designers and engineering. Is it important for us to engage them like our paid staff, and if so, why and how do we do it? 

—Laboring to Make the Connection, generalist, manufacturer, Memphis, Tennessee


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How Do We Know When Is the Right Time to Use an Assessment Center?

December 4, 2013
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We've been hearing about this idea for a while, but as I understand it, assessment centers can be pretty pricey. Given that we have a tight budget, is there a good way to assess whether the ROI is there for us? We're a medium-sized company and putting a premium on strong leadership.

—Assessing Our Options, senior HR consultant, legal/consulting, Zagreb, Croatia


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Ram Charan Is the Guru of Globalization

November 13, 2013
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Ram Charan, author and management consultant, has a heady warning for U.S. companies expecting business as usual to continue.
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Holy Crap(s)

November 12, 2013
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I’d never played craps before. But at a recent conference at the Mandalay Bay resort I gave it a try. Almost immediately, the employees manning the tables earned my respect.
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Employee Crisis Communications 101

November 10, 2013
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Here are five suggestions for smart employee communication during difficult times from Alison Davis.
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Interview With John Boudreau: Analyze This — and That and That

November 10, 2013
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A USC professor, John Boudreau has written books on the business impact of HR and the use of HR analytics. Workforce spoke with him about the state of talent management.
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