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How Google Became Such a Great Place To Work

How Google Became Such a Great Place To Work | HR Transformation | Scoop.it

Google calls its HR department People Operations, though most people in the firm shorten it to POPS.The group is headed by Laszlo Bock, a trim, soft-spoken 40-year-old who came to Google six years ago.

 

Bock says that when POPS looked into Google’s woman problem, it found it was really a new mother problem: Women who had recently given birth were leaving at twice Google’s average departure rate.

 

At the time, Google offered an industry-standard maternity leave plan. After a woman gave birth, she got 12 weeks of paid time off. For all other new parents in its California offices, but not for its workers outside the state, the company offered seven paid weeks of leave.


Via AlGonzalezinfo
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Want an example of great HR - just Google it!

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, January 26, 2013 12:45 PM

Great example of not resting on its laurels... Google keeps reaping the dividens of its investment in their workforce. 

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Management Is (Still) Not Leadership

Management Is (Still) Not Leadership | HR Transformation | Scoop.it

Insight from John Kotter about the difference between leadership and management.

 

The mistakes people make on the issue are threefold:

 

Mistake #1: People use the terms "management" and "leadership" interchangeably. This shows that they don't see the crucial difference between the two and the vital functions that each role plays.

 

Mistake #2: People use the term "leadership" to refer to the people at the very top of hierarchies. They then call the people in the layers below them in the organization "management." And then all the rest are workers, specialists, and individual contributors. This is also a mistake and very misleading.

 

Mistake #3: People often think of "leadership" in terms of personality characteristics, usually as something they call charisma. Since few people have great charisma, this leads logically to the conclusion that few people can provide leadership, which gets us into increasing trouble.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, donhornsby, AlGonzalezinfo, David Hain
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Really clear, short article from John Kotter.  The 3 mistakes highlighted have caused enormous amount of damage, particularly the 3rd mistake, thinking of leadership in terms of personality characteristics.

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donhornsby's curator insight, January 11, 2013 8:32 AM

(Key Thought): "People use the terms "management" and "leadership" interchangeably. This shows that they don't see the crucial difference between the two and the vital functions that each role plays."


QUESTION: Do you know the difference?

AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, January 11, 2013 3:29 PM

Thank YOU!

David Hain's curator insight, January 12, 2013 3:37 AM

Lots of good sense.