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Your Data System: Make Sure Your Data Bubble Doesn’t Burst

February 2000. Pets.com, an online pet supplies company, made its Initial Public Offering on the US stock market. Shares began trading at $11 but reached a high of $14. Pets.com were on a roll. In the New Year they won numerous advertising awards for their website, and were ranked number one by USA Today’s AD Meter for their first national commercial. Just 9 months later pets.com was liquidated with a share price of $0.19.

The story of pets.com was part of a wider period popularly termed the dot com bubble, when the phrase “get large or get lost” was a...

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Waiver of Attorney-Client Privilege Via Facebook

Breaches of confidentiality via Facebook and other social media are more common than most of us would like to think.  Employees post information about customers, clients, and patients on Facebook, in violation of internal company policies and privacy laws, such as HIPAA, for example.  I recently wrote about a plaintiff who could not collect a sizeable settlement payment because his daughter posted about the settlement on Facebook, which served to demonstrate that her father had breached the confidentiality provision in the settlement agreement. 

There’s another reason to be concerned about what employees say on social-networking sites—waiver of the attorney-client...

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I Need a Bucket !!

Before you think this is a post about Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, it really takes a different twist (even though I’m a devout Python fan !!)

There has been a recent trend in blog posts that came to life at work for me this week.  I first came across Susan David‘s fabulous post on Harvard Business Review on engagement and meeting employee’s needs. Secondly, I read one of my faves Paul Hebert on Symbolist and his take on finding out what employees want.  If you take nothing else from this post, make sure you connect with these...

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10 Ways to Create a Sense of Ownership

“Act like you own the place,” is a silly slogan when people are treated like expendable cogs in machines.

Hypocritical leaders expect people to act like owners while being treated like employees. Everyone knows its sleazy manipulation.

Employees don’t take ownership when they are treated like employees.

Central concern:

Owners run the place.

Compliance is easier and simpler than dealing with people who feel a sense of ownership. Leaders who emphasize control want compliance.

Ownership declines where people feel controlled.

Where taking ownership prevails:

  1. Organizational mission feels right. Compelling mission drives organizations where taking ownership
  2. ...
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How NOT to get hired if you are a candidate

I have worked in the talent acquisition world for many years.  I got started while working as a manager in the manufacturing world and then shifted my focus to the HR generalist side in the non profit and professional services space.  Over 8 years ago I moved to the Executive Search world where I work with candidates every week, if not every day. 

I have so many stories I could tell.  Most candidates have their heads “screwed on straight”, but there are times I meet with or talk with candidates...

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Does the Future of Human Resources Include Marketing?

There are some similarities between human resources and marketing. When we think about the 4 P’s of marketing – price, place, promotion, and product – it’s very aligned with the HR functions of compensation/benefits, work environment, talent development, and corporate culture.

So it’s not farfetched to consider a role where human resources and marketing are combined. In fact, I known several HR pros who have had a combination marketing/human resources role in their organization. Wondering what that might look like? One of my friends was incredibly gracious to give me a copy of...

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Human Resources & Marketing: Not So Different After All?

It’s been about a month since the 2014 SHRM Annual Conference in Orlando.  By now, those of us who attended have settled back into the realities of our jobs and day to day life.  We’ve probably filed away our notes and stashed our swag, but have we thought about what we actually learned?  Have we spent any time at all considering how we can take some of the ideas we gathered and put them into practice?

One of the concepts that particularly rang true with me was the notion that Human Resources professionals need to start thinking more like marketers,...

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Top 10 Social Media Mistakes Made by Supervisors

We often hear that our supervisors are our eyes and ears in helping to ensure legal compliance and minimize risk.  This is true when it comes to social media, but only if supervisors receive training on what to do and what not to do.  The do’s and don’ts of social media are not always intuitive. Here are ten of the more common mistakes that supervisors make in the absence of adequate training:

  1. Posting a job opportunity without including the appropriate EEO and/or AA tag line. A posting is an advertisement for legal purposes.
  2. Failing to retain a posting about job
  3. ...
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#Nextchat: Creating Highly Accountable and Engaged Teams

Striking the right balance between accountability and engagement in the workplace can be a challenging task for leaders. One is directly manageable and the other is not. Accountability is something leaders can control, while engagement is something they can hopefully influence.

Many leaders claim that they want more accountability from their employees, but they’re also looking for greater levels of enthusiasm. The secret to balancing the two and achieving high levels of both is to recognize and capitalize on their interdependence. Leadership is about helping people to do their best work, and understanding the relationship between holding employees accountable and...

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