How to Make the Most of Your Interns

Interns have a different perspective on employment opportunities than traditional job seekers. While some, especially those close to graduation, might actively play the long-game in hopes of securing a position post-graduation, most seek a short-term experience that may ultimately be used elsewhere. Specifically, interns are concerned with practical, front-loaded benefits and questions such as what can I learn from this 90-day assignment? […]

State of Human Resource Profession

A student from the City Business School in Russia recently interviewed me on the status of HR. For those in or considering entering the profession, I hope the following is helpful. What does a career in HR mean today? A career in HR has both expanded and specialized in recent years. Originally, it morphed from “personnel” – a largely administrative function to a “Generalist” […]

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. […]

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 […]