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  • Establish a Culture of Trust
    by Dr. Maynard Brusman - May 15, 2018
    Countless management books, seminars and programs offer insights into how leaders can develop trust within their organizations. Their consistent theme—“It begins with you”—is certainly valid, as leaders must model trust and set an example for their people. Success depends on a personal campaign of inner reflection, values assessment and relational intelligence. Training can be effective and rewarding, b...
  • Better Office Seating Arrangements Increase Productivity
    by Alexandra Levit - May 8, 2018
    Cornerstone OnDemand researchers have discovered a surprisingly simple way to increase productivity: better office seating arrangements. In a recent article in Harvard Business Review, Jason Corsello and Dylan Minor described the results of a new study, which suggested that who an employee sits next to affects how they perform — and that grouping the right types of coworkers together can improve productivity and work...
  • How to Illuminate and Eliminate the Problems Haunting Your Company
    by Steve Farber - May 3, 2018
    Johnny Mercer and The Pied Pipers first recorded the song “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive” in 1944, and many stars have covered the tune–Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Paul McCartney, Barry Manilow, and, for you punk fans, The Vindictives, just to name a few. But for David Corbin, it was a version by a dancing bear that stood out. Corbin, a friend I’ve grown to respect as a fellow professional speaker...
  • 3 Tips for Leaders Who Engage on Social Media
    by Marshall Goldsmith - May 2, 2018
    Some relationships are permanent; examples can include our families, life partners, close friends, and professional colleagues. These are lifelong bonds we form with some people. Other relationships are transient. Transient relationships with friends, acquaintances, coworkers and colleagues can be highly enriching or quickly forgotten and last for a few days or a few years, either way, they are temporary. Today we have a...
  • The Trap of Non-Specific Feedback As a Replacement For Coaching
    by Kris Dunn - April 25, 2018
    If you look around long enough in your life - especially if you have kids - you'll see a pattern emerge. People are trying to coach others as much as they can, but they default to non-specific feedback that is unhelpful at best and counter-productive at worst. Want some examples? Sweet! Here you go: 'Try Harder' 'You Just Need To Work More' 'Focus' 'Be Patient' 'Give Them What They Want' Read that...
  • Why it's Essential for Every Leader to Understand Project Management
    by Alexandra Levit - April 23, 2018
    Being overlean could be your downfall. Why project management is not just for the big firms. Shazir Mucklai is a startlingly young angel investor and adviser in disruptive startups. He currently runs a six-figure PR firm helping startups commercialize their products and launch their ideas. I say that he is startlingly young because according to his LinkedIn profile, he is still in college. One of things I love about work...
  • Are Pay Secrecy Policies Another Necessary Casualty of the #MeToo Movement?
    by Connie Bertram, Emilie Adams - April 18, 2018
    Over the last several decades, pay secrecy policies have persisted – and even thrived – in the American workplace. Employees who are told not to discuss their compensation with their colleagues rarely question the legality of such a prohibition and, even if they did, are fearful of violating it for fear of losing their job. As a result, pay secrecy policies have long provided a critical advantage to employers during salary n...
  • New Guidance on Interns: Are They Employees?
    by Michiko Clark - April 18, 2018
    The practice of hiring interns has become widely recognized across different organizations. Determining whether an intern is considered an “employee” under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) has been a troubling task for most organizations until now. The Department of Labor has recently updated Fact Sheet #71: “Internship Programs Under the Fair Labor Standards Act,” and have adopted a “primary b...
  • OFCCP and the Rule of Law – Part IV: “Similarly Situated” Employees
    by Bill Doyle - April 18, 2018
    In the three prior articles in this series, we have evaluated OFCCP's recent regulatory and enforcement positions through the lenses of the fundamental and perennial question, 'What is Law?' Since our earlier articles, Secretary of Labor R. Alexander Acosta has continued to build his team at the Department of Labor (DOL). For example, the Senate recently confirmed Patrick Pizzella as Deputy Secretary of Labor. We expect...
  • State and Local Affirmative Action Requirements
    by Bill Osterndorf - April 18, 2018
    When we think about affirmative action in employment, the general tendency is to think about the federal affirmative action laws and regulations that are enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). However, there are many state and local units of government that also have affirmative action requirements for certain organizations. At times, these requirements can be...