Book: The Introvert’s Guide to Job Hunting

Most career books take one of two approaches: They provide theoretical frameworks that are difficult to apply or they offer cookie-cutter answers to a series of stock interview questions that, in reality, rarely get asked. The Introvert’s Guide to Job Hunting provides a flexible, easy-to-follow process for selecting or affirming your career goal, crafting a rock star resume that sets you […]

Book: The HR Guide to Getting and Crushing Your Dream Job

People often assume that you have an abundance of free time when you’re job hunting. They figure you’re either phoning it in at a current employer or channel surfing in a bathrobe. The truth, however, is that searching for a new gig or vying for a key promotion is a full-time role in itself. The HR Guide to Getting and Crushing Your Dream Job was written for busy […]

Book: Strategic Planning Unleashed

Written by seasoned practitioners who have applied the tools in over 200 client companies, Strategic Planning Unleashed provides a practical, comprehensive playbook for each phase of the process; Environmental Assessment, Internal Capabilities Assessment, Strategy Development, and Strategy Deployment. Most strategic planning books focus on theoretical frameworks or rely on an approach endorsed by a single “ideal company”. Generic models and classroom-inspired case studies […]

Research: Charting a New Course for Strategic Planning in Human Resources

To be successful, a functional strategic plan needs to offer more than a list of pro- jects to be completed within a specific period of time. Yet, like most staff func- tions, human resources (HR) often does a poor job of aligning its efforts with the enterprise’s overall strategy and objectives. Grounded in seven best practices that call for thorough […]

Research: How to Ensure Your Coaching Program Pays Off

To improve productivity, accelerate professional development, and reduce turnover of key talent, many organizations have established in-house coaching programs to supplement their other training offerings. Though well intentioned, many of these initiatives fail to produce a quantifiable return on investment. Worse yet, in some cases their efficacy is never measured at all. By first understanding the value, purpose, and limitations of […]

Research: Strategic Integration: How to Realize the Value of an Acquisition

When organizational leaders can no longer achieve their goals through internal growth engines, they often embark on a merger or acquisition. Many of those transactions, however, falter when leaders fail to achieve the synergies they had expected, typically because of overvaluation of the target organization and a narrow focus on the closing. A significant portion of the blame also can usually be […]

Research: The Secrets of Operational and Organizational Due Diligence

Companies that opt to grow by merging with or acquiring another organization must systematically address the due diligence phase of the process. In particular, their leaders must focus on the key issues affecting the target organization’s operations and organizational structure. These include distribution channels, consolidation of physical assets, business strategies, value chains and processes, human resources practices, talent retention, and change management. […]

Research: The Talent Funnel: How to Surface Key Human Resources

Despite the efforts of well-intentioned HR professionals, talent management remains a silo-driven, disjointed endeavor that rarely meets the human capital needs of today’s organizations. This failing, which calls into question the strategic value of HR, stems from both organization-oriented shortcomings, such as poor strategy, lackluster processes, and immature management, as well as more contextual issues that speak to the heart of senior […]

Research: Do You Have the Guts to Grow During Tough Times?

Today’s business leaders face ever-increasing global competition and a more robust regulatory environment than ever, and they are doing so in the midst of the most profound financial and economic dislocation of the past 100 years. Too many of them, however, seem to flinch in the face of these challenges by trying to extricate their organizations from the jaws of the […]

Research: Managing Change: Nine Blunders—and How to Avoid Them

Despite increased awareness of change management processes, principles, and practices, many business leaders continue to struggle with navigating their organization through a change initiative. These challenges often stem from a series of common blunders that can significantly impede progress in achieving project goals. The experiences of several executive sponsors of large-scale change, however, show that employing a holistic change […]