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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.

Curbing Wasteful Compliance Training

February 22, 2012
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I’m writing this blog as I sit in a cavernous auditorium with 14 other Georgia attorneys. The lawyer in front of me is doing a crossword puzzle; the lawyer to his left is scanning her Kindle Fire. Several are sending emails; one’s reading a crime novel, another, a newspaper. One is soundly asleep.
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Going Nuclear—More Safe Power for Georgia's People

February 14, 2012
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Within the week, I read two headlines with strikingly similar themes. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission approved the construction of the first two U.S. nuclear power plants in 30 years. Second, Roger Boisjoly's death was announced.
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Subtle Bias From Grade School to the Workplace

February 7, 2012
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New Rules of Gravity for Today's Leaders

January 31, 2012
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How does it happen that brilliant leaders act so mindlessly and how do you prevent their self-initiated destruction and the damage they leave behind? Telling leaders the rules and explaining applicable laws is not enough.
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Apple Takes a Bite at Learning

January 23, 2012
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Apple Inc.'s newest blockbuster app, called iBook Author, will allow teachers, scholars and anyone else to create their own graphically compelling audio/visual textbooks.
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Learning as Punishment—Sound Engaging?

January 18, 2012
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I got in trouble a few times in eighth grade. I didn’t break any big rules and never, as far as I know, had anything documented on my permanent record. There’s one punishment I haven’t forgotten. I had to write a paper over a fall weekend and turn it in on time. I met the deadline, but had to miss a Pittsburgh Steelers game. That hurt. But that’s all I remember—not what I did wrong or what I learned.
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Twelve Prescriptions—Not Predictions—for 2012

January 10, 2012
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To get through all of this, we need to do more with less in terms of how leaders lead, the standards we set, what we must learn, understand and apply, and how we act and communicate to prevent, detect and correct problems while remaining faithful to our values and missions.
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Click, Click, Click Revisited: Complete That Training or No Bonus for You

December 27, 2011
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In many instances, required tests, courses and forms proved as worthless as blank paper or, more currently, terabytes of unused storage capacity.
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Locker Room Leadership—Is That a Winning Workplace Strategy?

December 19, 2011
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I met with a group of talented, thoughtful executives recently. We discussed values, culture and the role of speaking up in the face of organizational misdeeds. As we talked about leadership, I was asked a challenging question.
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Blinded by Human Nature and Compliance

November 28, 2011
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We need to rethink compliance processes so they do not reinforce inaction and token responses.
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