Infosys has agreed a civil settlement with the US Department of Justice over the alleged misuse of immigration visas that includes a $34m penalty.
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Know what you want and be able to communicate it to your boss.
From a manager’s perspective, a new hire can’t come up to speed fast enough. Set expectations early on.
This is good advice for what to do when bringing a new employee into your organization. I would expand the article to include the types of steps you should take when on-boarding a contractor or consultant.
An important note, a consultant is different from a contractor that is hired to perform a limited, well-defined task. A consultant is hired to observe, provide opinions and guide some type of change.
There will be times that a great deal of thought should be put into hiring contractors as well. For example, if your organization enters into an outsourcing arrangement expect tempers to run hot due to organizational change and the loss of jobs to outsiders.
Outsourced contractors will come and go. It is in your best interests to standardize the on-boarding process. Yes, your outsourcer will promise to do this for you. Do not believe they can or will orient contractors to your satisfaction.
Companies hire and expect consultants and contractors to start providing value right away. Just as when hiring a new employee, this expectation is unlikely to be satisfied. There are steps that you can take to make the on-boarding process easier though.
Put effort into gathering key facts about what the consultant should know about the company. Many consultants will perform some level of due diligence, or research before and during the hiring process.
What they learn is likely to be gleaned from the annual report, news stories and web sites such as Glassdoor.com.
For a consultant to help an organization, you will want to provide some information about the company and situation from the inside. Help them to help you.
I recall a consulting position with a Big Four organization. The particulars of the role are unimportant here. What did matter was that the description of the customer, situation and goals were written for an automobile parts manufacturer.
When I arrived onsite, I thought I was at the wrong place. The customer manufactured eye-wear and the business situation revolved around the aftermath of an international merger. That was not just a job. It was an adventure!
Remember, this is your company and your customers at stake. The employee, contractor or consultant’s level of engagement will directly affect your wallet.
More importantly, every workers engagement will directly affect your customers’ experience.
One little conjunction could be getting in the way of what you want to say.
The moral of today's lesson: Be careful where you put your but. In fact, you may want to keep your but out of it completely.
Is your parenting crippling your child's growth? Here are 7 ways your behaviors may be holding your child back from growing into a leader.
Are leaders born to be great or do they learn how to be leaders? I have no kids so I cannot say these parental behaviors are crippling children everywhere. If you have a little life to mold, this article offers food for thought.
‘Every time we say yes to a request, we are also saying no to anything else we might accomplish with the time’ Every year I seem to have the same resolution: say “no” more often. Despite my black b...
Missed opportunities may cost you but saying no can pay higher dividends. Learn how to make the right decision.
Don’t waste your breath with absurd questions like: What are your weaknesses?
During the job search, who is being interviewed?
a.> the candidate? or
b.> the interviewer?
If the candidate is a high-achiever, the answer is a. and b.
Be prepared. Come to the table knowing what you need, want and desire. Smart candidates know more about you than you think.
Executive consultant Marshall Goldsmith explains why coaching is never about the coach.
Company culture and cultural fit have a huge impact on your day-to-day happiness at work. Find out what to do if your culture is going bad with these tip!
Lead, Follow or Get Out of the Way (Leave).
Most offices have at least one—the die-hard who refuses to take a vacation. The ill effects of refusing to go on vacation, documented in research, include fatigue, poor morale, heart problems and reduced productivity. Some 15% of U.S. employees who are entitled to paid vacation time haven't used any of it in the past year.
Not taking your vacation may seem like a selfless act. It may indicate problems in other areas.
There are risks for employees, their relationships with family and coworker’s psychological state.
There are business risks too. For example,
Take some time off. Think about it!
The fastest-growing demographic in the workforce knows a few things about motivating and leading others.
Millennials want to make a difference. This has been true of every generation since the dawn of time.
Some of them undoubtedly will. Others will try. Some will fail.
You once felt the same way. Are things so perfect now that you don't want to try to change the world?
If you need reminding...watch this clip
Bye Bye Birdie - What's the Matter With Kids Today
Dov Charney -- the controversial leader and founder of the iconic 'sweatshop-free, Made in USA' fashion brand -- has been fired by his board for alleged misconduct.
The CEO walks around in his underpants. The Board wants to fire him for misconduct.
Gee, what was their first clue the guy needs help?
The Board likely needs to be replaced as well.
"A person familiar with the matter said the investigation found that Charney allegedly stayed in corporate apartments when he wasn't on business, used company funds to book airline tickets for his parents and helped leak nude photographs online of a former worker who was suing him, among other alleged improper decisions."
Is the Board anticipating a takeover bid from Charney or another party?
If you're like me, you've spent countless hours surfing IkeaHackers, where Ikea fans send in their mods and hacks. You've also probably spent money at Ikea thanks to the site, which has inspired a DIY fervor among its fans. Which is why Ikea shutting down IkeaHackers this weekend over trademark claims is beyond boneheaded.
After 8 years IKEA decided the site infringed on its trademark.
What is tone deaf IKEA teaching their fans? Free publicity is bad. Fans spending their own money to idolize a brand. That's bad too! The site making a bit of money on ads? That's the root of all evil.
Wait, no it isn't.
The Best Hacks From the Fan Site Ikea Doesn't Want You To See
Sales guru and persuasion expert Daniel H. Pink explains how you can use motivational interviewing to influence others' thoughts and behaviors.
When people have their own reasons for change, they will be more successful. They believe their own reasons more deeply and adhere to the behavior more strongly.
Are your employees empowered to do what's right for your customers?
I know some people think "employee empowerment" is an over-used phrase.
Empowerment doesn’t mean that you magically transfer power to another. There is no pixie dust. It can be good business. For it to work it has to be done with care.
NASHVILLE - Sen. Stacey Campfield, contacted by phone, said “it was never my intent to insult anyone,” but he is not making an apology and believes the analogy is appropriate.
Thought for the day. Please stop comparing relatively minor issues to Nazi Germany. Thank you, both parties, for speaking out against this sort of hate speech.
Donald Sterling 's statements left fellow NBA owners cringing. He didn't deny what surfaced on an audio recording — words the wealthy owners were sure had cast a bad light on all of professional basketball. One NBA insider predicted the Clippers owner was "as good as gone...The year was 1982."
A determined person can transform an organization. The change is not always for the better.
One rider finds and removes reader and camera that may have been stealing riders' credit card info.
1 consumer out of many noticed something was wrong.
Then, they actually did something about it!
The people who change organizations aren't always employees.
Don’t just stick your card into any old place! If something doesn’t look right…Ask Questions.
As the one-year anniversary of the bombings at the Boston Marathon approaches, one Boston-based director just made a video that will give you goosebumps ahead of the big day.
Electrical stimulation directly to the spinal cord could offer paralyzed people hope, researcher at the University of Louisville finds in her study.
A bit of hope and a story that shows someone actually making a difference.
Agility has been a reasonable survival strategy during times of rapid change, like the 1980s, 1990s, and even the early 2000s. Today, however, the pace of technology-driven change is beyond rapid. Change is too fast for even the best reaction time to be fast enough. These days, thriving is not only about agility; it’s also about anticipation.
Good stuff! Even the US Army changed many years of tradition and embraced the importance of anticipation and change readiness to prepare for opportunities / conflicts of the future. Now I see the idea of VUCA popping up n business literature. http://www.carlisle.army.mil/usawc/dclm/slp3.pdf