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Leadership development: Seeking the perfect CEO

October 8, 2014 by Wally Bock

You’d like Tom. Pretty much everybody does. He’s a people person with a great personality. He’s just finished his third, successful stint as a CEO. He’s a gourmet cook, a husband and father who’s got a good relationship with grown kids. He’s a happy guy, but hardly what the Economist would call a “philosopher king.” […]

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The Treachery of Language

December 24, 2013 by Wally Bock

I was reading David Jardin’s post, “Why You Really Need to Start Treating Talent Like Assets” when I came across the following. “When it comes down to it, companies treat talent as either assets or expenses.” Jardin’s point is that people are assets in the sense that you invest in them. They are sources of […]

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Making Sense of Big Data and HR

August 20, 2013 by Wally Bock

“I avoided every science or tech course I could in college. I’m lucky that my daughter is tech savvy, so I don’t have to worry about computer stuff at home. And now they want me to make sense of Big Data!” My friend is a senior HR executive at a big company. She knows that […]

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HR Tech for Me

June 18, 2013 by Wally Bock

Tech firms, top executives and pundits often portray technology as “The Universal Solution to All Problems.” Reality is more mundane and frustrating. Yesterday, I read an excellent article titled “The Future of HR Technology” at Human Resource Executive Online. It’s a great read if you want to read some deep thoughts about what’s coming. Let’s […]

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Behavior and Process

February 5, 2013 by Wally Bock

Derek Irvine wrote a fine article recently with the headline, “Meaningful Work? It’s Just as Important to Employees as a Paycheck.” Looking at the headline, you might think it refers to those “studies” that prove that people would rather die than give a speech. That didn’t happen here. Derek was careful in his conclusions. “That’s […]

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How to Determine the Impact of 360-Degree Feedback

January 31, 2013 by Sandra Mashihi

“It is better to make many small steps in the right direction than to make a great leap forward only to stumble backward.” -Old Chines Proverb The initial 360-degree feedback provides a benchmark and baseline for the talent. It is hoped that the results of the 360-degree feedback program will result in enhanced performance and […]

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Let Employees Nap (On the Job) To Increase Performance

January 13, 2013 by Ken Nowack

“The amount of sleep required by the average person is five minutes more.” Wilson Mizener     We all seem to be working longer and harder with health, sleep and mood being affected. Research by Sylvia Ann-Hewlett and Caroyl Luce show that 62% of high earning individuals work more than 50 hours per week, 35% […]

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Technology, Trends, and Trade-Offs

December 18, 2012 by Wally Bock

It doesn’t matter what the fad/trend of the moment is. In the beginning, it is the sure-fire, long-awaited, never-before-seen solution to just about everything. Consider “mobile,” a little word that covers a lot and one of today’s hot, make-everything-better fad/trends. Inc. magazine reports that “Nearly half of all Americans own a smartphone. Globally, mobile users […]

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One Seat at a Time

December 11, 2012 by Wally Bock

Last week, Matt Stollak, Associate Professor at St. Norbert College, posted on True Faith HR about his reaction to the continuing discussion of HR’s “seat at the table.” Here’s the money quote. “The role of the strategic HR leader has changed…yet, in 2012, there is still conversation about that piece of furniture.” Matt linked to […]

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Coaching Research: How Effective is Executive Coaching?

November 30, 2012 by Sandra Mashihi

“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” -Winston Churchill Executive coaching seems to be more popular than ever based on some recent survey findings of the International Coach Federation ( But, for whom and under what circumstances, does executive coaching result in successful change? Anthony Grant, […]

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