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4 Talent Management Strategies that Keep Your Company Competitive

Employers are paying increasing attention to talent management and talent optimization in recent years. Companies have now realized that human resources are the direct route to success, and their HR have been working to exploit as well as retain good employees. In the field of IT, the same rule applies. In an article for TechRepublic, Mary Shacklett suggests some ways for IT managers to gather talents and fulfill business goals: Compete for new talent. Develop ...

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The Hidden Toll of Workplace Incivility

Technology was supposed to make everyone’s lives better. Better lives should probably equate to nicer people. Yet McKinsey shares data that 62 percent of employees reported “being treated rudely by colleagues at least once a month” in 2016! Compare that to 49 percent in 1998. What happened? There is no one explanation for the rise in malice, but in an article for McKinsey, Christine Porath discusses the serious repercussions of its presence. Negative Feedback Loop ...

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What Experience Should Matter Most When Hiring a Project Manager?

Are hiring managers emphasizing the wrong things as they seek project managers? Do they place too much emphasis on direct industry or related product experience? In an article for TechRepublic, Moira Alexander examines hiring attitudes and considers what should really count for hiring a project manager. Sorry, It Depends It may not be too surprising to hear that the highest-value candidate traits will depend upon the nature of the job and its inherent risk factors. ...

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Top Reasons Employees Leave and How to Prevent It

People can get so anxious about spending money to adequately train new resources, when the risk of them hopping ship is always lurking overhead. But if you offer an attractive work experience, should that threat really be so large? In an article for TechRepublic, Alison DeNisco discusses findings from a report of 2,500 American CIOs about employee turnover. Don’t Say Goodbye Six top causes of employee turnover were identified. In order, these include limited opportunities ...

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Why Leadership Development Isn’t Developing Leaders

Today, businesses’ methods of developing leaders are not conducive to success. In fact, the exact opposite of what needs to be done is being carried out. To make matters worse, research suggests that one in three employees do not trust their employer. Deborah Rowland explains in an article for Harvard Business Review why the vast majority of leadership development programs are ineffective, and how they can be remedied. Rethinking What Leading Is Leadership programs are ...

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Six Ways to Fix the IT Skills Shortage

CompTIA research yielded the results that eight in 10 US businesses are being negatively impacted by the lack of technology talent. In an article for ZDNet, Mark Samuels offers six suggestions to ignite change: Think differently around your best business practices. Encourage people to switch departments. Source new types of agile thinking. Build a proper apprenticeship program. Make sure younger workers focus on newer ideas. Give students the opportunity to experiment. Short on Luck One ...

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How to Create an Introvert-Friendly Workplace

When we think of introvert and extroverts, we think of two extremes: You are either a wallflower, or you are the life of the party. Research and studies have shown that is not the case. In actuality, it all has to do about where you get your energy from. In an article for, Sarah K. White offers up solutions to make the workplace better for your introverted workers. Make Do for the Meek Extroverts ...

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Do Employees Really Know What’s Expected of Them?

According to a Gallup poll, only 33% of employees in the United States are engaged. But the questions only grow from there. Brandon Rigoni and Bailey Nelson discuss for Gallup if employees know what is expected of them in the first place. A Distinct Difference Further analysis shows that businesses in the top quartile of employee engagement are 21% more profitable, 17% more productive, have 10% better customer ratings, experience 41% less absenteeism, and suffer ...

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Scrum Teams: Hard Skills and Results

Introduction There is a trend in the agile/scrum world to focus on soft skills rather than hard skills. When I talk to a typical “agile coach” or “agile transformational coach,” they are able to summarize scrum and might have some good skills on organizational change, dealing with resistance and getting introverted developers to talk. These are soft skills, important but limited. The lack of hard skills (e.g., requirements, design, estimation, risk management, and verification) leads ...

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Ways to Share and Increase Project Team Knowledge

If you are lucky, your project team has at least one ace that can be relied upon to do heavy lifting. But too much heavy lifting breaks backs. It is better to build a team that can share the load. In an article for Project Smart, Duncan Haughey describes some ways to share and increase knowledge and skills across the team. The End of Back Pain The most straightforward option is to go with actual ...

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