June 20, 2017
The trouble with talent! Is that consultant you contracted with really a contractor?

[vc_row][vc_column][us_image image="6648" size="full" align="center" link="|title:Global%20Deployment%20of%20Top%20Talent|target:%20_blank|" onclick="custom_link"][vc_column_text]If you hire contracted talent, you can learn from my mistake... About eight years ago, I learned the hard way how inconsistent the government classification of employee vs. contractor really is. For over 15 years prior to a very unpleasant incident with the state unemployment insurance division, I had helmed […]

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June 20, 2017
How to Find the Time to Become an Adaptive and Agile Organization

Change is a resource hog. It involves time, money, people, strategy, risk, leadership, training, courage, commitment and governance. Picture each of these as a big boulder, in a big pile, burying and crushing the life out of your mission to become an adaptive and agile organization. To transform your organization, you have to remove each […]

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June 20, 2017
The Argument for On-site AND Remote Contract Teams

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]While I haven't been able to determine precisely how many staffing and talent outsourcing companies there are in the world–I'd estimate at least 100,000 worldwide based on numbers I found–the American Staffing Association's 2015 fact sheets indicate that 16 million contract and temporary employees are placed in jobs annually in the U.S. alone. Using my […]

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June 20, 2017
So, What's the Next Industrial Revolution Really?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]In researching the subject of Smart Operations–which is essentially the data-reliant OpEx that's overlaying the Lean Six Sigma-dependent OpEx and facing outward as much as inward–I Googled "next industrial revolution." The first two pages of the search returned mixed results (to say the least): The Atlantic says it's Eco-efficiency Business Insider goes with the Internet […]

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June 20, 2017
Your skills are who you are not what you do?

Neil Beyersdorf, a highly respected Quality/Risk/Change Management Consultant, Continuous Improvement Coach, and Operational Excellence Leader, shared this posted infographic on LinkedIn and I haven't been able to stop thinking about what it means. It's wildly exciting to me because the World Economic Forum classifies these human qualities, how we operate neurologically, as "job skills." Skills. […]

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June 20, 2017
Change Management Experts: Our Children!

Okay, so a few weeks ago I got all excited about the World Economic Forum's report on the top 10 skills in 2020 vs. those in 2015. I wrote a cerebral and lofty blog about the future of our value to business being who we are, not what we know. That blog crashed and burned. […]

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June 20, 2017
Can You Speak Baby Boomer, Gen Xer, Millennial and Y?

I just read an insightful article about leadership communication that drew a number of useful conclusions about communication skill levels in the workplace, especially as they relate to choosing new hires. It hit me: how does leadership communicate equally well to teams whose members speak the diverse vernaculars developed over four generations? I'm a boomer. […]

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