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  • Practical People #2: Finding and retaining talent.

    Since McKinsey & Co. announced the War for Talent in the late Nineties, Talent has rarely been out of the business news. Here is my own (perhaps slightly contrarian) take on how to win that particular war...

  • Focus Factor

    I have heard it from external recruiters, and I have heard it from internal talent professionals. I understand the logic, but here is why I disagree...

  • Why, Robot

    There appear to me, to be two reasons why business leaders are so absorbed with (fixated on?) robots and AI, just now...

  • Practical People #1: How can my team work better?

    Whether you have just changed job, or are leading a long-standing intact team, there is one thing that you and your team members all need in order to become more effective...

  • The answer you really want

    Business is all about solving problems for other people; which in turn means finding answers to questions, both for your customers and your own business...

  • Human

    You are the CEO of a business with thousands of employees. You swim in an ocean of data and information about every aspect of your business - except one...

  • The Elaura Stack

    Yes, we do have a secret family recipe for delicious fat-free, dairy-free, no-egg pancakes, but that isn't the stack I am talking about today...

  • Talent Analytics: Blind Spots

    In business, as in life, it is usually what you can't see that kills you...

  • Snapshot: The power of Birkman for under $30

    We have spent a lot of time trying to make this enterprise-class tool more accessible to anyone who wants it, regardless of where they come from....

  • Cultural Diversity… are we mislabelling?

    We may be quite mistaken in attributing cause, and labelling lack of synergy between people, as ‘cultural’...

  • Damage: or "what's wrong with your Employee Engagement Surveys?"

    During the Second World War, the US Eighth Airforce brought in a statistician to look at combat damage on aircraft and advise them on structural alterations that might be needed...

  • The King's Speech: Understanding derailers

    There are a lot of assessments out there at the moment, designed with the aim of stopping people in organisations from derailing themselves...

  • How to get the programme you really need

    I have written several times over the years about how Job Descriptions which give too much detail drive off the stellar performer...

  • Does Personality Change?

    The question I am most frequently asked when I explain the stability of Birkman data...

  • What can profiling & assessment tools do for me?

    The truth is, just like with many things, there is a plethora of tools out there claiming to measure just about anything...

  • What does a credible Organisational Assessment look like?

    Unless you are a trained statistician, and preferably a psychometrician, it may be challenging to make sense of the typical technical manual, with its reliability and validity statistics...

  • What a bad hire actually costs you

    There is a widely held attitude that says that in buyer's market, employers have their choice of the supply, so recruitment gets easier...

  • Why would you embrace change?

    Change is difficult; everyone knows that. There is 'change resistance', 'change reluctance', 'change aversion' and (danger, Will Robinson!) 'change management'. So change must be a really big deal...

  • Implementing success

    Why not Google 'implementation success rate', as I just did, and see how many corporate programmes of all kinds never make it into the air...

  • What would fix your Change Programme in 2017?

    I was recently reminded of my favourite exit interview story...

  • Sketching the End-to-End Talent & Development Backbone

    If your CFO reported last quarter's results in dollars, this quarter's results expressed in how many boxes of product had left the factory, and next quarter's using the number of chocolate bars employees had consumed, you would soon be looking for a new CFO…

  • Manage your own development, right now!

    Chances are, even if you really love your current job, that you want to develop your career. You would like more responsibility, more opportunity - even if you still want to be flying the plane, or closing the deal, or writing the code...

  • Make or break for high achievers

    Here's a thought, prompted by a conversation with colleagues this week, for your personal development folder...

  • In the future, you will manage your own career (and so will everyone else)

    I wrote a few months back about the problems with most programmes for identifying high-potential employees...

  • It's not what it seems

    Just spent a day working in Tableau, looking at our some of our aggregated Birkman data...

  • Picking up lost threads

    I remember reading a crime novel years ago about an antiques dealer who had an incredibly slow vintage car. At the climax of the plot, just when being able to travel somewhere above 7 mph would have been really useful, the female interest of the story elbows him out of the way, takes the wheel and - with a flick of the dashboard lever - sets the car racing down the road at 40mph. Yes: the car has gears; its owner had just failed to recognise their existence.

  • How do young people become work and future ready?

    A couple of weeks back I attended a Problem Based Learning (PBL) event hosted by Republic Polytechnic, here in Singapore. I’m a great fan of variety (Green Needs - to the Birkman savvy!) and this 3-day symposium provided plenty!

  • Searching for Predictive Talent Analytics? Already can...

    Sometimes it pays to look at the obvious. 

  • Don't pigeonhole people: change lives

    If anyone had told me, even at the beginning of 2000 when we first registered Elaura as a company...

  • L&D needs a platform, not another programme

    Talking with leaders of HR, OD, Talent and L&D for large, MNC organisations operating in Asia, I hear two consistent themes.

  • One thing your Clients really don't want you to even think

    I was reading an interesting review of organisational design for HR organisations yesterday, but stumbled when I saw that deadliest of phrases:

  • Check your blind spots!

    I’ve told this story before, but it is apposite. In his early 80s, my father (who went on until just past his 98th birthday), started to develop holes in his retinas (macular degeneration).