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Our 5 Favorite HR Articles of the Month! – July 2016


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 the subway. But corporate learning management systems remain slow, hard to use, and difficult to maintain. They’re getting in the way of employee development instead of supporting it…


7 Steps To Foster Emotional Intelligence In Your Team by Tanveer Naseer in his blog

When Daniel Goleman released “Emotional Intelligence” in 1995, did anyone think that this best-selling book would transform the role of leadership? After selling more than 5,000,000 copies and being dubbed “a revolutionary, paradigm-shattering idea” by the Harvard Business Review, it’s clear that Goleman struck a chord with business leaders.  But, is it possible to create emotionally intelligent teams?...


Research: Narcissists Don’t Like Flat Organizations by Emily Zitek and Alex Jordan in Harvard Business Review

Flat organizations are having a moment. Research has shown that reducing hierarchy can lead to more satisfied employees and speedier decision making, and some companies have concluded that flatter structures would work better. Zappos, for example, became a “holocracy” in order to empower employees to act like entrepreneurs. Similarly, Treehouse eliminated managers after noticing that “people had really great ideas but were powerless to implement them.”…


Company Culture – The Back Bone of Employee Retention by David Walker in People Development Magazine

The days of long-time employment at a single company are long gone.  As job roles become increasingly varied and more competitive, the nation’s workforce and company culture have demanded their roles to incorporate a better work-life balance than their predecessors. Whilst in the past job security was a concern for many, with growing and expanding industries this is no longer the case for the modern employee. Accused of being ‘the most high-maintenance workforce in history’, millennials are the largest demographic in the office, and yet the hardest to keep hold of…


Big Business Can Take A Lesson From Child Psychology, by Kate Vitasek in Forbes

One-sided power-based business relationships could take a lesson from child psychology and behavioral studies that are based on the power of positive, incentive-based approaches to foster collaboration and win-win results. Here’s an example: Lincoln Alternative High School in Walla Walla, Washington, decided to approach troubled, acting-out youths with love and respect rather than punishment. A KPJR Films documentary—called “Paper Tigers” – provides an excellent account of the school’s shift to positive discipline for troubled teens…

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