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The New Rules of Talent Management

Posted on May 18th, 2018 by The Learning Factor

You could say HR is going “agile lite,” applying the general principles without adopting all the tools and protocols from the tech world. It’s a move away from a rules- and planning-based approach toward a simpler and faster model driven by feedback from participants. This new paradigm has really taken off in the area of performance management. (In a 2017 Deloitte survey, 79% of global executives rated agile performance management as a high organizational priority.) But other HR processes are starting to change too.

In many companies that’s happening gradually, almost organically, as a spillover from IT, where more than 90% of organizations already use agile practices. At the Bank of Montreal (BMO), for example, the shift began as tech employees joined cross-functional product-development teams to make the bank more customer focused. The business side has learned agile principles from IT colleagues, and IT has learned about customer needs from the business. One result is that BMO now thinks about performance management in terms of teams, not just individuals. Elsewhere the move to agile HR has been faster and more deliberate. GE is a prime example. Seen for many years as a paragon of management through control systems, it switched to FastWorks, a lean approach that cuts back on top-down financial controls and empowers teams to manage projects as needs evolve.

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Agile isn’t just for tech anymore—it’s transforming how organizations hire, develop, and manage their people. This package provides a guide to the transition.

3 Things Companies Do to Build an Exceptional Culture

Posted on May 18th, 2018 by The Learning Factor

Exceptional workplace doesn’t happen by accident.  It starts with a clearly defined vision that includes the company’s core values, a detailed description of what each of those values means on a day-to-day basis, and a system for measuring  whether or not the people in the organization are living those values.

I refer to this plan as a culture blueprint, and it’s critical to the creation and scaling of your company’s culture, just as an architect’s plans are to the building of a skyscraper. Done correctly, it serves as a North Star to the senior management team as you hire and manage the company’s workforce. Without it, you’ll end up building something that’s likely to collapse under its own weight.  

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Top employers create a blueprint, treat HR like a sales organization and govern by meritocracy.

MIT Professor: To Be Happier and More Productive, Spend 30 Minutes Each Day ‘Wasting Time’

Posted on May 18th, 2018 by The Learning Factor

When I was a kid, I took a bus to school each day. If I wasn’t immersed in a book, I would probably spend the forty-minute trip each way just looking at the same storefronts and billboards passing by on the side of the road. Or, sometimes, I’d wrestle silently with problems I could obviously never solve, like “What’s beyond the end of the universe?” 

Before electronic devices started to occupy a greater share of my life–Atari Pong, and then the Atari 2600 video game console, then the Apple II+ computer, then the Sony Walkman –I would spend a good deal of time in the margins between school, doing homework, playing team sports, riding my bike, and doing the other things young boys do, just thinking or daydreaming. 

Today, my life is packed with activities and distractions. From the moment I wake up, before I’ve even crawled out of bed for my first essential cup of coffee, I’m already plugged into work via email, and I can find out what’s happening in the world with a glance of my news feeds on Facebook and LinkedIn. After waking and feeding my kids and walking them to the bus stop, I jump in my car and head to the office, where I open my laptop to a constantly growing pile of tasks and projects and initiatives

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“Technology is making it difficult for us to just think anymore. With this super simple habit, you can regain the time and space you need to recharge.”

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