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Dear Workforce How Do We Introduce the Process of Career Development to Our Workforce

September 7, 2011
Our real estate company is just beginning to start the process of career development, including succession plans. We have about 15 divisions and about 95 different titles within the company of 350 employees. Our goal is to make career resources available to anyone who wants to expand their skills. I’m in charge of proposing a strategy to our executive team and our operating divisions. However, I’m overwhelmed by the scope. How do I break such a complex project down into manageable tasks?
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Dear Workforce How Do We Capitalize--and Recognize--Intellectual Capital

September 7, 2011
I have a highly motivated worker who helps other people out whenever he can. He often contributes in ways that go well beyond his job description, simply because he possesses broad knowledge and experience. On certain occasions, however, the very people whom he has helped wind up taking credit from management for solving the problem, without duly giving him credit. I’m concerned this may be a growing problem in our organization and could lead valuable contributors to defect. How could we act swiftly to address this situation?
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Dear Workforce How Do I Become an Influential Leader

September 7, 2011
I have good experience doing technical work, but I am finding it difficult to get my subordinates to follow my technique and style. I see this with others in my position. I believe it is because our senior management does not provide continuous training for managers. What will help me improve my influence?
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Dear Workforce Quelling Anxiety About Job Evaluations

September 7, 2011
We are implementing a project to evaluate jobs. Naturally, people are nervous. Many think the company is trying to find out who is underpaid or overpaid. (That’s not the case; this is simply a long-overdue project.) But people remain skeptical. How can we convince them the evaluation is not being done in preparation for cutting jobs?
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Dear Workforce Our New Career-Mentoring Programs Are Falling Flat. How Do We Salvage Them Before Its Too Late

September 7, 2011
We have developed several workforce programs and manager tool kits, such as “career planning” and “mentoring.” These programs were developed in response to a directive from our CEO. Yet, although our business executives seem pleased that we have these programs, I'm struggling to get their ongoing support as we try to implement them. (These programs need the support of the business leaders—they can't be HR initiatives.) How am I to overcome this and build enthusiasm so our efforts won't be in vain?
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