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Can a Development Plan Reduce Turnover?

July 10, 2014
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Our company is coping with average turnover of 40 percent. Could HR make a development plan that effectively reverses this trend?

— Failure to Communicate, telecommunications, Santiago, Chile


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How Do I Set Up an Onboarding Program?

July 8, 2014
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I am overseeing the inception of an online onboarding/orientation site for new employees. How do I gather peer-reviewed information/suggestions to complete the project (we need to have it up and running by September 2014)? What are the characteristics of a successful implementation and, conversely, what challenges are we most likely to encounter? Are there any good case studies or user examples of how this can be done successfully?

— Still Learning, Education, Manchester, New Hampshire


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The GM Nod and Salute: Legal Poisons at Work, Part 2

June 10, 2014
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My guess is that GM’s silent communication system started with senior leaders becoming so pervasive that people understood these gestures as clearly as if they had heard them out loud.


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The Last Word: A Red Card on Racism

June 1, 2014
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Racism was as prevalent in European soccer stadiums as corner kicks and yellow cards several years before that.
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Imagine All the People ...

June 1, 2014
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Has creativity disappeared from your workforce? The onus is on employers to help put workers’ imagination back to work.
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How Do We Acquire Contagious Leaders?

May 30, 2014
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How do we recruit (or groom) “contagious” leaders — people who spread their skills and develop more leaders? I know it won’t be easy, but give me some idea how to go about establishing this type of leadership culture.

— Leadership Sickness, Oil and Mining, Alabama


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The Office Space Race

May 28, 2014
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Progressive companies have been rapidly redesigning the workplace, rooting out the cubicle farm and replacing them with open tables and shared work “pods.”
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Any Sunday, a Given: How Hans Roderwald Held Court

May 27, 2014
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Hans Roderwald led by example as he organized our weekly basketball games. His untimely passing came as quite a shock, but his memory will live on.
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Legal Poisons at Work

May 27, 2014
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The subtle way intent is communicated through behaviors like tone of voice, eye contact, facial expressions and body language, can diminish the productivity of others.


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Orlando Magic’s Pat Williams: How Walt Disney Conjured Up His Business Success, Part One

May 9, 2014
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In part one, Pat Williams and I discussed the avuncular Walt Disney’s career and a number of other topics, including Williams’ recent battle with cancer.
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