“The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” Book Review

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7 Habits of Highly Effective People

When I was in my first official leadership role, one of my team members recommended a book to me. I first viewed this book with some skepticism as it came with a recommendation that included the phrase “life-changing.” However, wanting to be a leader who was open to input from his team members and also… Read more »

Relevance and Lifelong Learning

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Relevance and Lifelong Learning HR Elevated

In today’s fast-paced world the saying, “The only constant is change,” is more accurate than ever before. In this environment of constant change, it has become more critical for individuals and organizations to continuously assess and invest in their relevance. With that in mind, what defines relevance? Regardless of the level of performance, customers, investors,… Read more »

Owning Your Development and Readiness

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Development Opportunity Readiness Promotion

One of the greatest misconceptions I have seen over the past twenty-five years is the belief that personal and professional growth is synonymous with upward mobility or promotion and there is a clearly defined map that leads to that end. In my experience, this is a very narrow view that frequently leads to frustration and… Read more »

Continuous People Development

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Continuous People Development Skills Knowledge

As the name implies, continuous people development is about embarking on a journey of never-ending personal and professional improvement. The approach I’m sharing today is a perpetual cycle of four key phases: seeking feedback, planning development, increasing knowledge and skills, and implementation for improved results. This is a cycle that revolves around the individual’s and… Read more »

People Optimization Model

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People Optimization Model

This may be a leap, but I’m going to assume in this edition of HR Elevated that we are on the same page with regards to three points. First, our working definition of optimization – to make as effective, perfect or useful as possible or to make the best of. Second, our goal is to… Read more »

Organizational Optimization Through People Optimization

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Organization Optimization Through People Optimization

It’s quite insightful to comb through Fortune magazine’s list of 100 Best Companies to Work For and compare each one to the top financial and growth performers in their industry. Interestingly enough, they are either at or near the top of their industry’s list. I’m convinced there is not only a correlation but a cause and effect… Read more »

Return on Value (ROV): Measuring the Impact of Developing People

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Developing People Return on Value Desired Outcome

Return on Investment (ROI) is a widely accepted metric when it comes to measuring financial benefits received from the use of resources. However, I’ve come to question the accuracy – and even the integrity – of using it in measuring the impact from developing people. Even with the most complex calculations, it is virtually impossible to… Read more »

“It’s Your Ship” Book Review

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It's Your Ship Captain Abrashoff

Over ten years ago, just a few years after its initial publication, I heard about the book, “It’s Your Ship” by Captain D. Michael Abrashoff. In the spirit of full disclosure, I judged the book by its cover and its title. I thought to myself, “What does leading a crew have to do with the… Read more »

Increasing Value: Four Steps to Sustainable Relevance

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Increasing Value: Four Steps to Sustainable Relevance

A short time after awakening to the fact that people are an organization’s only increasing asset, it also dawned on me that it was up to me to continue increasing my value if I wanted to remain relevant for any organization to which I belonged. This meant that I would have to regularly ask myself… Read more »

People: An Organization’s Only Increasing Asset

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People: An Organization's Only Increasing Asset Increase In Value

Almost 30 years ago, I was working as a night security guard at a food distribution company. Being at the bottom of the tenure list, it fell upon me to work Christmas Eve night alone. Never before had I seen so many thousands of square feet so empty or so still. It was then that… Read more »