We tend to think of development plans as just for the company, to make sure that the workforce is prepared to do what it must do to meet business goals. However this is limiting. Agile companies focus far more on managing individuals who cooperate with one another as one large team to achieve business goals. This…

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  HR’s Vital Role in How Employees Spend Their Time, Talent, and Energy  by Eric Garton in Harvard Business Review HR’s value and efficacy is a favorite topic of debate in business. Complaints about HR include things from weak, reactive business partnering to poor talent recruitment and development, from time-wasting processes to incomprehensible communications. I don’t intend to…

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Many companies brag about being innovative and reiterate this in corporate reports and in the different messages sent out to society. Settling in offices with large windows, scandinavian design furniture, walls decorated with photographs of Steve Jobs, Einstein and Leonardo Da Vinci, or a common space for playing table football—this is not what I would…

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We are right on the brink of another Christmas. Another year has slipped by, past our daily chores interspersed by the odd escapade, failed plans, laughs, and why not, the predictable tears. At this point, almost unintentionally and most casually, we stop inevitably to take stock and ponder over the New Year’s resolutions which will…

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Business innovation is regarded as the key driver for competitive differentiation in the new market and business areas of the knowledge economy. As managers, leaders and entrepreneurs, we face markedly different realities from the circumstances that gave life to the predictable, stable and mellow settings of the industrial age. The transition to new practices and…

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Economic slumps that periodically shake the world spur the drive to rethink issues that seemed peacefully embraced. One of the concepts that we must rethink, even if downturns linger on, is engagement. For a long time, engagement was tantamount to unhesitatingly staying put in a particular professional, personal or familiar position. Someone who was engaged…

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In the era of the industrial economy, companies were able to succeed by being more efficient than their competitors. Today, in the so-called knowledge and innovation era, that’s not enough. Given the speed at which changes occur, companies must be able to innovate and to constantly offer products and services that offer new value and…

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  Crises and change processes test the quality of an organization’s management. Good managers in stable environments show their weaknesses when circumstances require effective transformation. As there is no reliable manual for such moments, I’ll take the liberty to propose some guidelines:   Ten keys for managing change successfully   Purpose   What gives meaning…

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By Isa Esparza Should your company have a succession plan? When should it be programmed? What aspects should be used for choosing or hiring a successor? When we talk about succession plans there is no fixed roadmap or universal formula for all organizations to use. Each organization must plan succession that lays emphasis on organizational…

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Using Design Thinking to Embed Learning in Our Jobs, by Josh Bersin in Forbes Since we now expect learning to be as simple and compelling as watching YouTube, hundreds of video-based content providers and MOOCs offer free bite-sized content for us to consume on our phones while sitting in the coffee shop or standing in…

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