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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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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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Coaching Research: Is Face-to-Face More Effective Than Phone Sessions?

November 24, 2012 by Sandra Mashihi

“I’ll happily mentor anyone who wants mentoring, and most of that goes on by internet rather than face to face.” Bernard Cornwell As the working world becomes more technologically advanced and globalized, there tends to be a decreased level of interpersonal or face to face interactions. Often times, we are utilizing email, social media, skype […]

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Cultures of Talent Development

October 16, 2012 by Wally Bock

Marvin Bower, the legendary Managing Director of McKinsey and Company, gets the credit for coming up with the most famous definition of culture. In his book The Will to Manage, he called culture, “the way we do things around here.” Culture affects just about everything in your company. It’s a powerful force for good or […]

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Learning Today and Tomorrow

October 9, 2012 by Wally Bock

“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read or write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” You can substitute “unemployed” or “unsuccessful” for “illiterate” in that quote and not change the meaning very much. The quote is often attributed to Alvin Toffler, but one thing I learned while […]

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The Value of People Management

August 21, 2012 by Wally Bock

On August 2, 2012, the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) published their study, “Realizing the Value of People Management.” The study was the result of BCG research conducted with the World Federation of People Management Associations (WFPMA). They “surveyed 4,288 HR and non-HR managers about people management challenges in today’s world. The study overview opened this […]

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