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The Last Word: Have You Thanked Your Mentor Lately?

August 6, 2012
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After several years of fiscal malaise in this 'work-more' era of employees swamped with multiple tasks, let's be honest: Who has time to be a mentor?
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SHRM Developing Metrics to Gauge Human Capital Assets

July 20, 2012
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Under SHRM's draft human capital metrics standard, companies would report on topics including spending on training and development, ability to retain talent, leadership quality and employee engagement.
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Game Plan: Coaches Drive Performance at Archer Daniels Midland

June 15, 2012
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The company's short-range goal is to use coaching to boost the bottom line through cost savings and more efficient operations. Longer term, it's hoped that coaching will supplant the annual ritual of performance reviews.
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Layoffs at HP—a New Beginning or the Beginning of the End?

May 30, 2012
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For decades, Hewlett-Packard had a proud culture of respecting employees and investing in research and development. That ethos has been eroding for years now.
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How Do We Teach New Supervisors That It's OK to Be Assertive?

February 15, 2012
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I am a new supervisor really struggling with what seems like a simple problem. How do I suggest assertiveness training to other new managers without coming across as demeaning? I want to make it part of annual reviews, but am not sure this is the best approach. —My Tongue Is Tied, product administrator, services, Seal Beach, California
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The Last Word: Daughterly Advice

January 20, 2012
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Imagine my delight when I found out over the holidays that my daughter was promoted into management. Like any good father, dear old Dad was more than happy to impart his years of experience from the managerial front lines.
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2011 WINNER: Managing Change—City of Peoria, Arizona

December 1, 2011
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For creating a registered apprenticeship program to develop talent in-house, the city of Peoria, Arizona, is the 2011 winner of the Optimas Award for Managing Change.
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2011 WINNER: Corporate Citizenship—Infosys BPO

December 1, 2011
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For its efforts in Egypt, Infosys BPO is the 2011 winner of the Optimas Award for Corporate Citizenship.
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We Are Penn State

November 16, 2011
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What's striking about the Penn State catastrophe is that so many leaders appeared to have failed to take responsibility for stopping awful acts happening in their own “workplace” and community.
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How Do We Get Managers to Loosen Control Over Employees?

October 4, 2011
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Rather than enabling our employees to innovate, our management tends to stand in their way. They would rather exert tight-fisted control over employees. This makes for a work environment that isn't conducive for strategic innovation; we are unable to keep enthusiastic and talented people. How could I persuade management to drop its hierarchical approach so that employees are encouraged to initiate projects that help the company?
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