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Quick: Define Leadership

Quick: Define Leadership | Human Capital & Business Trends | Scoop.it
If you don't know what your leadership is, how are you going to make it persuasive to others? Only a few people have a solid answer.
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Of course there is "No Single Definition, and Rightly so" of 'leadership'. Luckily the author sets out some examples of commonly used and posed definitions.

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Job automation: Speed of innovation could send economies towards stagnation | Oxford Martin School

Job automation: Speed of innovation could send economies towards stagnation | Oxford Martin School | Human Capital & Business Trends | Scoop.it

"The latest Citi GPS Report, Technology at Work: The Future of Innovation and Employment, explores trends in automation and points to sluggish job creation caused partly by increasing automation."


Via Hallie Siegel
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A new and must-read report by University of Oxford researchers Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael Osborne in cooperation with Citi GPS on the impact of technology on the Future of Work.

 

Some comments from Frey and Osborne on the new research:

"So far the digital age has not created very many new jobs.  According to our estimates only 0.5% of the US workforce is employed in industries that did not exist at the turn of the century."


 “Predicting the type of new jobs that will emerge is difficult. Nobody in the early 20th century would have predicted many of the jobs and industries we have today, such as software engineer or tourism. (The new jobs) share one characteristic: they are significantly more skilled than most jobs of the past."


Direct link to the report 'Technology at Work: The Future of Innovation and Employment':

http://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/downloads/reports/Technology%20at%20Work.pdf

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26 charts and maps that show the world is getting much, much better

26 charts and maps that show the world is getting much, much better | Human Capital & Business Trends | Scoop.it
Poverty is down, literacy is up, and life expectancy is rising.
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I have totally missed International Happiness Day (last week). Fortunately, the people at Vox made a nice collection of graphs showing that 'we' are doing better and better and our world is becoming a nice place to live. (Eg. on economic, health, security and technological progress.)

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Companies Led By Moral Bosses Are Actually More Profitable

Companies Led By Moral Bosses Are Actually More Profitable | Human Capital & Business Trends | Scoop.it
Good character is good for business. ...
Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s insight:

Interesting study by KRW. Good character also means good business, according to a new study by leadership consulting firm KRW International. The study found a link between a business' performance and the integrity of its CEO.


Firms where employees rated the CEO's moral principles highly performed better than firms whose top executive had a lower character rating. (Employees rated their CEOs on four traits: Integrity, Responsibility, Forgiveness and Compassion)


Read the full article of the study in this month's HBR:

https://hbr.org/2015/04/measuring-the-return-on-character

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Linda A. Hill on the Creative Power of the Many

Linda A. Hill on the Creative Power of the Many | Human Capital & Business Trends | Scoop.it
The Harvard Business School professor explains how leaders can harness collective genius to achieve innovation success.
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It's a myth that innovation solely happens when a single genius has a great idea. According to HBS professor Linda Hill most innovations happen through collaboration and unleashing the power of many: collective genius. But what does this mean for innovation leadership?


Her research shows that successful innovation leaders share three capabilities: creative abrasion, creative agility and creative resolution. Or respectively, the abilities to stimulate and manage idea generation, to thoroughly test and refine ideas, and to ultimately make bold decisions.

 

But what is key to reap the success of collective geniuses?

"Innovation really comes from the bottom up. I think the trick is to get leaders to think differently about what their role is. When you let more people play out their passions, you get unbelievable outcomes."

 

Also read last year's article in HBR about this topic: 

https://hbr.org/2014/06/collective-genius

 

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Where the Digital Economy Is Moving the Fastest

Where the Digital Economy Is Moving the Fastest | Human Capital & Business Trends | Scoop.it
The transition to a global digital economy in 2014 was sporadic – brisk in some countries, choppy in others. By year’s end, the seven biggest emerging markets were larger than the G7, in purchasing power parity terms. Plus, consumers in the Asia-Pacific region were expected to spend more online last year than consumers in North America. The opportunities to serve the e-consumer were growing – if you knew where to look.
Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s insight:

Cool research on digitization at HBR.org by researchers from Fletcher School, Tufts University. According to their annual 'Digital Evolution Index', countries either perform stronger or weaker when it comes to their digital progress.

 

Serious notions are that while "Break Out countries such as India, China, Brazil, Vietnam, and the Philippines are improving their digital readiness quite rapidly", "most Western and Northern European countries, Australia, and Japan have been Stalling Out". With huge consequences for businesses, competitiveness, and consumer markets.

 

Conclusion of the researchers: "We may be on a journey toward a digital planet — but we’re all traveling at different speeds."

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When Merging Businesses, How To Keep Your Best People From Leaving

When Merging Businesses, How To Keep Your Best People From Leaving | Human Capital & Business Trends | Scoop.it
Don't let a changing company landscape disengage the good employees you already have.
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Tagline: "Nothing kills employee engagement quite like a merger." OK, but "what can companies do to preserve employee engagement after a merger?" According to this Fast Company piece it all comes down to one thing: Communication!


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Will the cloud have a silver lining for HR outsourcing?

Will the cloud have a silver lining for HR outsourcing? | Human Capital & Business Trends | Scoop.it

This article is from the CIPD series, "Changing HR Operating Models"


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The importance of business structure on HR operating models

The importance of business structure on HR operating models | Human Capital & Business Trends | Scoop.it

This article is from the CIPD series, "Changing HR Operating Models"


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Con Sotidis's curator insight, February 18, 5:38 PM

"I did not create it, but observed, researched and wrote about it"

Andrew Gerkens's curator insight, February 18, 9:36 PM

Useful to consider from an L&D perspective also.

Gary Johnsen's curator insight, February 24, 6:06 PM

Good ideas about changing OM

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2015 Workplace Trends

2015 Workplace Trends | Human Capital & Business Trends | Scoop.it

n the 2015 Workplace Trends Report you will read how organizations that place the Quality of Life of their employees at the center of their thinking and pursue strategies to support and encourage it, create a more engaged, committed and productive workforce.

Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s insight:

Recent published Workplace Trends report by Sodexho. Pretty interesting stuff on the Future of Work and the Future of Quality of Life. It is worth reading!

 

Among the The Workplace Trends are: 

- Aerotropolis: Airports as the New City Center

- Rateocracy: Working and Managing in an Era of Extreme Transparency

- Mindfulness at Work

- Whole Brain Thinking: Skillsets for our New Conceptual Age

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Are You Management Material?

Are You Management Material? | Human Capital & Business Trends | Scoop.it
Do you have what it takes to be an effective manager? Here's what 400 higher-ups told us they look for in potential leaders.
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A survey from Robert Half among execs in advertising and marketing shows that "the most important factor they consider when promoting professionals to supervisory positions [is] employees with strong motivational or leadership skills."


The blog article includes a self test to determine whether "a leadership position is right for you".

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Stop Wasting Your Employees’ Time

Stop Wasting Your Employees’ Time | Human Capital & Business Trends | Scoop.it
Smartphones are not the problem—it’s bad management that people resent.
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Interesting article by Strategy+Business on the downsides of increased flexibility and working times. Citing a 2012 study by Center for Creative Leadership on the impact of smartphones in the workplace.

 

Findings of that study were:

- Majority were "connected to work" daily for 13,5 hours or more

- 60% "appreciated the increased flexibility" and "didn't resent their smartphones"

- "What did they resent? Having to stay connected because of bad management practices, forcing them to spend business hours waiting instead of working." (Oops)

 

Quoted for truth: "Even the most hardworking employee, when overcommitted and overwhelmed, becomes a bottleneck."

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Managing the Talent Pipeline - Closing the Middle Skills Employment Gap - Accenture

Managing the Talent Pipeline - Closing the Middle Skills Employment Gap - Accenture | Human Capital & Business Trends | Scoop.it
Read Accenture reports’ on how managing the talent pipeline and closing the middle-skills employment gap is essential to competitiveness.
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Are middle-skills jobs becoming redundant? This recent Accenture report does not agree.

 

"Estimates show that almost half of all job postings today (47 percent) are for middle-skills jobs—those requiring more than a high school diploma, but less than a four-year degree.

Accenture research has found that 73 percent of employers expect to see their need for middle-skills jobs grow in the next two to three years." 

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The Leadership Power That Comes From Inexperience

The Leadership Power That Comes From Inexperience | Human Capital & Business Trends | Scoop.it
While researching her book Rookie Smarts, Wiseman studied 400 different scenarios where people were new to something or not: Taking on pieces of work, debugging a program, writing a proposal, teaching a class, etc. Her team looked at how experienced people handled tasks and compared it to people doing them for the very first time. Here's what she found:
Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s insight:

Good read and interesting article, appeared on Fast Company, about what management and leadership can learn from newcomers and rookies. Some takeaways:


- Experience creates a number of blind spots

- We develop scar tissue (from bad experiences)

- Ignorance can drive top performance

- Some leaders increase the capacity of everyone around them (some do the opposite)

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The Changing Nature of Middle-Class Jobs

The Changing Nature of Middle-Class Jobs | Human Capital & Business Trends | Scoop.it
The types of jobs that pay middle-class wages have shifted since 1980. Fewer of these positions are in male-dominated production occupations, while a greater share are in workplaces more open to women.
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Cool interactive infographics by New York Times on the changes and developments in American Middle-Class Jobs.

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The definitive guide to whether or not a robot will take your job

The definitive guide to whether or not a robot will take your job | Human Capital & Business Trends | Scoop.it
Lost in the debate over automation and labor markets? Look no further.
Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s insight:

Nice resource on the impact of robots on the future of work, by the people at Wonkblog of the Washington Post. A long list of articles and studies "on all sides of the debate". From "Robots are taking our jobs" to "Robots are not the main problem".

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Your New Robot Colleague Will Make You Richer, More Productive

Your New Robot Colleague Will Make You Richer, More Productive | Human Capital & Business Trends | Scoop.it
Robots are coming and it may not be a bad thing for most workers.
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Will the rise of robots certainly cause higher unemployment rates? No says researchers from London School of Business and Uppsala University.

 

A new study of 17 countries published this month found the introduction of robots to the workplace increased economic growth by 0.37 percentage points and labor productivity by a similar margin.

Moreover, overall employment did not suffer from the use of robots. (Although the researchers said robots can crowd out hiring of low-skilled and some middle-skilled workers.)

 

Read the full study paper here:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/258387612/dp1335

 

Or download the paper here:

http://cep.lse.ac.uk/pubs/download/dp1335.pdf

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Human Capital Trends 2015 | Deloitte

Human Capital Trends 2015 | Deloitte | Human Capital & Business Trends | Scoop.it
Deloitte's Human Capital Trends survey of leaders from around the world identifies the critical trends shaping the HR agenda.
Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s insight:

Updated and renewed trend report by Deloitte and Bersin on Human Capital. Read the introduction and research overview here:

http://dupress.com/articles/introduction-human-capital-trends-2015/

 

"The new world of work presents organizations with challenges that require a new playbook—one that makes HR more agile, forward thinking, and bolder in its solutions."

 

This year's 10 Global Human Capital Trends are:

1. Leadership: Why a perennial issue?

2. Learning and development: Into the spotlight

3. Culture and engagement: The naked organization

4. Workforce on demand: Are you ready?

5. Performance management: The secret ingredient

6. Reinventing HR: An extreme makeover

7. HR and people analytics: Stuck in neutral

8. People data everywhere: Bringing the outside in

9. Simplification of work: The coming revolution

10. Machines as talent: Collaboration, not competition

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Productivity Future Vision - YouTube

"How could emerging technologies transform the way we get things done 5-10 years in the future? Watch Kat, a young independent marine biologist, and Lola, a corporate executive, work together in a highly interconnected and information rich future."

Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s insight:

Promo video by Microsoft on the Future of Work. Microsoft’s vision involves top notch technology such as holograms, 3D printers, super thin tablets, and bendable displays. But as the Verge (http://www.theverge.com/2015/2/26/8113003/microsoft-productivity-future-vision-video) rightly comments, in the future we (apparently) are in no need of headsets.

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KPMG to move away from bell curve-based performance appraisal

KPMG to move away from bell curve-based performance appraisal | Human Capital & Business Trends | Scoop.it
MUMBAI: Consulting firm KPMG plans to junk the widely used and much debated bell curve-based performance appraisal in the next financial year and rate employees on the basis of their respective...
Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s insight:

Interesting experiment by accountancy/consultancy firm KPMG to change the way it does performance management. (Looking forward the results...)

 

Comments from KPMG's HR chief: "We want to encourage a collaborative work culture and take away the internal competition between employees, thus encouraging qualitative discussions on performance. We do believe this will help support and drive a high performance culture."

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The strategic role of HR

The strategic role of HR | Human Capital & Business Trends | Scoop.it

This article is from the CIPD series, "Changing HR Operating Models"


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Andrew Spence's curator insight, February 18, 4:19 PM

"What is the relationship between the design and management of the HR function and HR's role in organisational strategy?"


John Boudreau and Ed Lawler feel this is an important question to

ask, so important that they have asked it every 3 years in an international survey of HR leaders since 1995.


In 2013, only 21% of respondents said that HR is a full partner in developing and implementing the strategy.


The key question for me is why ? I have tried to answer in an article, "Is your HR Operating Model fit for the future"

on the HR Transformer Blog

Gary Johnsen's curator insight, February 24, 6:07 PM

Good article on BU HR

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What does the HR operating model of the future look like? - CIPD

What does the HR operating model of the future look like? - CIPD | Human Capital & Business Trends | Scoop.it

My brief was to tap into the latest thinking and practice in terms of HR operating models. The result is a selection thought-pieces by key academics, practitioners and consultants, which summarise the relevant issues, challenges and questions associated with the debate about how to structure HR.

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Must-read! Excellent research and collection by CIPD on the latest thinking on 'Changing HR operating models'.

 

Full list of contributions from the best HR thought leaders are:

 

High-impact HR - Josh Bersin
Centres of Expertise - Allan Boroughs
HR Business Partner - Nick Holley
A strategic HR function - John Boudreau and Ed Lawler
Cloud technology - Gareth Williams
Cloud technology and HR outsourcing - Andrew Spence
Importance of business structure on HR structure - Dave Ulrich
An organisation design methodology for HR - Barry Fry and Anton Fishman
HR models in SMEs - Jill Miller
HR models in partnering arrangements - Paul Sparrow

 

Read all the articles and the report bundle here: http://www.cipd.co.uk/hr-resources/changing-hr.aspx

 

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How was work today? New study reveals workforce trends today and the future - Tech Page One

How was work today? New study reveals workforce trends today and the future - Tech Page One | Human Capital & Business Trends | Scoop.it
The way work is getting done is changing forever – but it’s not all changing the same as every industry and role has different technology and environment needs.  Job responsibilities are being met at home, at client locations, even in public spaces like coffee shops and public transportation – and even within the employer’s walls, …
Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s insight:

Last year a joint-study by Dell and Intel (Global Evolving Workforce Study) explored key future trends and Future of Work. The study contains the following highlights:

 

1. One Size Doesn’t Fit All

2. The Office Is King, but it’s a Jungle Too

3. The Productivity Debate: Office Workers vs. Remote Workers

4. Work Life Plus Personal Life = Life

5. The Secret to Happy Employees? Technology

6. The Future of Tech in the Workplace is Bright, But Not Fully Automated

 

Read the press release of the study here: http://www.dell.com/learn/us/en/uscorp1/press-releases/2014-12-02-dell-intel-study-uncovers-truth-behind-technology

 

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How to Lead in Ambiguous Times

How to Lead in Ambiguous Times | Human Capital & Business Trends | Scoop.it
Stability, resilience, and relationships are the keys to thriving amid geopolitical crises.
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Good leadership article strategy+business on leading in times of high turbulence and great uncertainty. According to the authors "sustaining a business in uncertain times requires executives to prioritize stability, resilience, and relationship management." Plus it requires stewardship from the sideline.



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Jerry Busone's curator insight, February 22, 8:06 AM

Hot topic leading in the the VUCA world? 

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Becoming irresistible: A new model for employee engagement

Becoming irresistible: A new model for employee engagement | Human Capital & Business Trends | Scoop.it
Employee engagement is paramount for retaining and attracting today's top talent. Five elements and underlying strategies can make organizations “irresistible”.
Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s insight:

Great DU Press article on creating a modern and attractive workplace where full engaged employees can thrive.

 

The authors see three issues in organisations nowadays:

Employers need to Rethink what “engagement” means todayCompanies need to use real-time measurement tools for measuring employee feedback and engagementLeaders must upgrade employee engagement from an HR program to a core business strategy
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EY - Megatrends that will shape our future

EY - Megatrends that will shape our future | Human Capital & Business Trends | Scoop.it
EY has identified six megatrends that will define our future with their far-reaching impact on business, society and more. How might your business be impacted?
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New trend report by EY identifying six megatrends that will shape our future:

1. Digital future
2. Entrepreneurship rising
3. Global marketplace
4. Urban world
5. Resourceful planet
6. Health reimagined

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