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Get the perspectives and insights on recruiting, talent management, compensation, workforce technology and the ethical workplace from the voices at Workforce and others on the frontline.

The Final Four Verdict: Rutgers Fouls Out

April 17, 2013
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Rutgers is a fine institution committed to building a respectful community. Parsing abusive conduct without regard to its impact on that community, its organizational values, reputation and overall brand is narrow, shortsighted and unworthy of the university.
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Does Stealing Attention Violate Your Code of Conduct?

April 2, 2013
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For those who oppose more rules, how about a voluntary change in culture towards less—rather than more—needless, if not mindless, communication.
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Georgia March Madness Meets Watergate

March 12, 2013
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Today, we focus on distributing Codes of Conduct, policies, check-the-box learning and other communications to prevent compliance and ethical disasters. Bud Krogh's message suggests we give greater emphasis to basic leadership and citizenship, not just rote standards.
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Power Hungry in Today's Workplace

March 6, 2013
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We talk about performance as being the key metric which drives decisions. But too many choices are still guided by irrelevancies or illegalities. We can have every smart device available—or soon to be created—but they don't eliminate our own biases; they magnify and reveal them.
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Reaching the Learning Resistant

February 19, 2013
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We should be considering how to make sure that all of our learning methods address conceptual resistance if we want our investment in education and talent to yield the best results, which is to prevent, detect and correct problems before they lead to workplace disasters.
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Credentialing, Competency, and MOOCs

February 11, 2013
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Our lives will be enriched by technology with advances in learning and communication beyond the limited horizon of our vision. As we move forward, though, we need to take measured, careful steps and keep in mind that learning at work needs to produce ongoing results … not high scores for our permanent record cards.
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Lance's Lot—The Cost of Fraud

January 22, 2013
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Every organization whether in sports, business, academia, or government has rules. But they're enforced retroactively, after the damage is done. We need to think more about the costs of our actions before we do them and temper our desire to win with integrity.
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When HR and Legal Worlds Collide

January 14, 2013
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Organizations work best when legal and human resource professionals work together. That's how to prevent the legal and HR worlds from colliding.
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New Rules for New Communications

January 9, 2013
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We can't follow these all the time, but there's no better time to try to change habits than at the start of 2013.
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An Open Letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta Regarding Joint Chiefs of Staff Ethics Training

November 20, 2012
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I'm willing to bet that the content of the courses is not the problem. The challenge is to determine what more the military can do through the programs' design and subsequent reinforcement to make sure that key lessons are absorbed, retained, applied and sustained by senior and flag officers.
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