• HR's Guide to Predictive Workforce Analytics

    As a manager,  wouldn't you rather prescribe than describe? Predictive analytics can be used to identify retention risks and to identify recruitment risks. Every manager wants to hire the best person for the job. No manager wants good employees to leave the company. You do not have to be an expert in statistics, but Quantum Workplace recommends that you think about predictive analytics. In the slides above, they give examples of questions to ask to identify retention and recruitment risks.
    Of course, Quantum wants to be hired by managers to perform predictive analytics. They emphasize, "Having a predictive analytics mindset is crucial to determine which HR strategies and initiatives to pursue, and being more informed with survey data can refine those efforts even further."
    Explain how a manager might perform his or her own predictive analytics.
  • 72andSunny Published a Diversity Playbook That It Wants All Companies to ‘Steal’

    72andSunny Published a Diversity Playbook That It Wants All Companies to ‘Steal’ as part of the company's global mission to expand and diversity the creative class (advertising agencies and clients). The Playbook offers key insights as well as actions organizations can take.

    “One of the things we’ve realized over the last six months to a year, was the more conversations we’ve had with people the more we’ve realized there’s an unmet need for sharing the basics of how to even get started. It’s a daunting thing to jump in to especially if you’re a smaller company, even a bigger company, figuring out how to do this,” Evin Shutt, COO, partner, 72andSunny, said. “[Diversity] is bigger than all of us and so important that we need to share it. As an industry the only way to move forward is through openly sharing and having these conversations. Our hope is it can be a catalyst for that,” Shutt added.

    Read the playbook at the link above to find nine key points, or plays, which 72andSunny has learned about diversity.

    Explain which play you think is the most important.

  • Merriam-Webster adds new words 2017 - Internet of Things and Onboarding

    Merriam-Webster added 250 new words to the dictionary. 

    Two words used in management are Internet of Things and Onboarding.

    Internet of Things is the networking capability that allows information to be sent to and received from objects and devices (such as fixtures and kitchen appliances) using the Internet.

    Onboarding is the act or process of orienting and training a new employee.

    View the list and choose other new words that you find of specific interest to management. Explain your choice(s).

  • Millennials at Work

    Are you a Millennial? If so, you were born between 1980 and 2000 and are entering the workforce. Millennials are fundamentally changing the rules of a game called “work”. The attached report "Collaboration Generation: The Rise of Millennials in the Workplace" breaks down this new species of employee.

    How to managers get a multigenerational workforce to work together towards a common goal?

  • What really motivates people to be honest in business

    In the video above, Alexander Wagner explains why one in seven large corporations commits fraud each year.

    Explain the importance of a code of conduct or ethics for managers and employees in a business.

    What is the problem with appealing to benefits and costs to get people to behave according to them?

    Explain why managers should hire employees who have the values that are in line with the business.

  • Heidi O'Neill of Nike at Code Commerce Fall 2017

    Heidi O’Neill, the president of Nike’s billion direct-to-consumer business, including Nike.com and Nike retail stores, has a new role as of June: To unite all of Nike’s interactions with customers under one organization and to build shopping experiences that make the most of the advantages that digital and physical retail each offer. In the interview above at the Code Commerce Fall 2017 conference.

    Do you wear Nike?

    Do you shop at Nike.com? Explain.

    Why did Nike decide to partner with Amazon?

    Explain Nike’s relationship with frenemies like Amazon.

    How is Nike fighting off robots and counterfeiters?

  • Humility is Important

    Corey Thomas, president and CEO of Rapid7, describes what he learned about leadership as a young man:

    "My first job was as a janitor for local churches in Georgia, where I grew up. And there were some important leadership lessons there. You learn a lot about the difference between how people act on the outside and how they behave when no one's looking. They might seem upstanding, but you learn that they expect others to clean up after them."

    Would you be willing to work as a janitor?

    What does being 'humble' mean?

    What does being 'confident' mean?

    How can you be confident and humble at the same time?

  • Things the iPhone Destroyed

    It seems hard to believe that the iPhone was introduced just ten years ago. Since then, a lot has changed. Many people do not carry a camera, wear a watch, or use a paper map to travel. Most never leave home without their phone. The New York Times video above is a (slightly) tongue-in-cheek look at all the things this ubiquitous gadget has laid to waste.

    Technology is an important element in the business environment. What management examples would you add to this video?

  • 67% of Americans Consume News on Social Media

    Social media sites as pathways to news

    Sixty-seven percent of Americans consume news on social media, with 55% of those ages 50 or older using social to stay informed about current events, Pew Research reports. Twitter, Snapchat and YouTube have experienced the most growth in news consumption, and Instagram, WhatsApp and LinkedIn also are becoming popular sources.

    Where do you get your news?

    Explain what managers should do when they know that  Americans are more likely than ever to get news from multiple social media sites.

  • How Management Teams Can Have a Good Fight

    The Explainer: How Management Teams Can Have a Good Fight by Kathleen M. Eisenhardt, Jean L. Kahwajy, L.J. Bourgeois III

    The six tactics below can create productive conflict with a focus on issues, not personalities.

    • more information
    • multiple options
    • common goals
    • humor
    • balance of power
    • share ideas

    Explain how the six tactics can reduce conflict.

    Which one do you think will work the best?

  • How to build a company where the best ideas win

    In the video above, Ray Dalio makes the business case for using radical transparency and algorithmic decision-making to create an idea meritocracy where people can speak up and say what they really think -- even calling out the boss is fair game.

    How did Dalio create one of the world's most successful hedge funds?

    What if you knew what your coworkers really thought about you and what they were really like? Explain how radical transparency and algorithmic decision-making can create an idea meritocracy.

    How might you harness the power of data-driven group decision-making?

  • Decision Making with the Eisenhower Matrix

    The Eisenhower principle, named after Dwight D. Eisenhower the 34th President of the United States, can help you to prioritize tasks by urgency and importance results in 4 quadrants.

    Identify a decision that you need to make. 

    Use the model above to identify tasks that should be done first, items that should be scheduled, things that should be delegated, and what can be ignored.

    What things are you doing that you  should not be doing at all?

  • Happy Labor Day 2017!

    I hope you had a happy and safe Labor Day. In the infographic above, WalletHub gathered some Labor Day facts.

    Did you celebrate the Labor Day holiday at home or away?

    To gain a better understanding of the biggest issues facing workers today and how they’re likely to evolve in the near future, WalletHub posed the following questions to a panel of leading labor experts. How would you answer the questions?

    1. What are the biggest threats facing working people today?
    2. How is the “Gig Economy” changing the nature of work? Should “Gig Economy” workers be treated like traditional employees or do we need new labor regulations for this growing sector?
    3. What policies should governments and firms adopt to improve the quality of life of American workers?
    4. How likely is it that Congress will pass new supports for workers, including an increase in the Federal minimum wage or mandatory paid family medical leave?
    5. What tips do you have for people that are planning a getaway for the Labor Day weekend?