While many professions take a beating in a recession, executive coaching seems to be one which is on the upswing even in a down economy. I guess the sheer importance of making every opportunity for business count and the possibility of getting left behind drive companies and individuals alike to use executive coaches in tough times.
Terms like “engaged employees “and ” psychological contract” are frequently used by HR practitioners when they speak of successful people at work. Some believe that intrinsic motivators like a sense of achievement and the challenges that go with the job really influence performance. Others argue that there is nothing like a rich pay packet to make the employee set aside everything else to perform well at work.
The world is beset with swine flu! It has hit India and has the potential to disrupt organisations and the economy- more by the panic it creates rather than by the numbers who might actually succumb to it- however morbid that might sound.
Reports just out indicate that in the US about 0.6 % of those afflicted by swine flu have died with the corresponding figure for Europe being 0.1 %.
Just about anyone can get swine flu especially in large cities where the incidence seems to be much higher. It spreads largely by people to people contact. Continue reading
The Carnival of HR is here. I have called it the Global Carnival because the issues discussed are relevant and applicable across the globe.
Participants have been arranged together in 6 clusters. In the first cluster, Louise Barnfield writes of the need for deliberate practice to pursue excellence. In similar vein and in her own distinctive style, Laurie Ruettimann speaks of Creative People, Superstars and Unemployment. We then learn leadership lessons from the Tours de France from Mike Haberman. Got ten minutes to spare? Spend them with Bill Kutik – named one of the Top 25 HR Influencers in 2007 by HR World.
In this part of the field is the second cluster. Leading the way Kelly Dingee asks Sourcing Disappears? . Stephen Geraghty Harrison challenges you to attract Gen Y talent in ” Go ahead, Recruit Me“. Next door, Susan Burns asks about your branding as an employer to attract the best talent. Not every one in the Carnival is a seasoned blogger. I introduce to you a first timer, Quashan Lockett on the role of HR. We spoke of employer branding but what about the image of HR? Hear what Karen Goodlett has to say! The veteran Jon Ingham raises thought provoking issues in HR and Asset Management.
This part of the field sees the third cluster. Lost in the crowd? You may need to do some scenario planning with the help of Ann Bares. Using common sense which is not so common we navigate our way with Mark Stelzner. If the guys you wanted to meet seem to have pushed off on leave, read what Gireesh Sharma has to say about Online Leave Management System. Having found them, it’s useful to keep in mind what Lisa Rosendahl has to say about Performance Evaluation.
The fourth cluster is rather crowded. Do I see beer on offer? President Obama joined them for some beer but what happened before that? Jessica Lee reports on the Gates affair in Post Racial America. With lay offs becoming more common place, Amit Bhagria has suggestions on branding yourself. Across the way, Jessica Miller-Merrell talks of social networking to get jobs. Training Time chips in with how to make training more effective.
The HR Store shows the way in the fifth cluster to get the best out of a reference. Adjoining this is another take on performance evaluation from Susan Heathfield. I so much like their byline. About.com-Guidance not Guesswork. Further down, Eric Davis raises an important consideration. Do you get what you pay for? Results of a new Deloitte study are shared by Dan McCarthy of Great Leadership.
The sixth cluster starts with Gautam Ghosh on Aligning HR with Business– something we can do more about. Next on air is Wally Bock with the importance of caring for your people. A question booms on the loudspeakers. Who started the Carnival of HR? As my favorite author, P. G. Wodehouse would say “You get a cigar and a coconut for the right answer.” It’s none other than the Evil HR Lady here with tips for job seekers.
The last cluster ends with a challenge posed to you by Chris Young. Do you have a Man on the Moon Mindset?
Sadly, we can’t have the next Carnival of HR on the moon. Instead we are having it on August 19-hosted by Training Time. Have fun!
The compulsions of holding down a job during tough economic times need hardly be underscored. When you work in an organisation, you do build a certain equity in that organisation- amongst your peers, your team members and certainly amongst your supervisors. Call that your Personal Equity. Getting out of a job and getting into another means throwing away the equity you have earned over time due to your efforts and contributions.
I am an avid follower of lists. Out of professional interest as well as a curiosity to find out ” who’s in ” and “who’s out” , I keep a tab on lists to the extent I can. Here’s one you may like: The Best Places to Work in India for 2009 brought to you by the Economic Times in association with the Great Places To Work Institute.