Talent Readiness – The Future is Now

Tom Casey, Tm Donahue and Eric Seubert want ALL CEOs to appreciate the imminent “Perfect Storm” of human capital change.  In their NEW book, Talent Readiness: The Future is Now,  they offer advice for CEOs needing to navigate the unchartered waters of globalization, declining engagement, and shifting demographics.

Available, now,  from Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iBooks.

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Generation Y – Guide to Thriving at Work

I hope you are all doing well during these very interesting times!

On Friday I had occasion to visit with Tammy Erickson a friend and colleague for many years. She shared with me her new book, Plugged In-The Generation Y Guide to Thriving at Work.
I read it over the weekend and frankly could not put it down.

The book is the third one Tammy has written on the dilemma of managing the four separate and distinct age cohorts currently in the workplace. There will be a fourth book published next year.by Harvard Business Press.

I found her insights on point based upon all of our experience of managing the younger workforce and as parents and grandparents. It is also a wake up call for those of us in the Human Resources domain to recognize that during this turbulent period there is a need for us to take the medium term view of how we manage expectations for this cohort. As we develop our displacement and eventual replenishment strategies we need to be mindful of how “Plugged In” and observant are the Generation Y members. They will be looking to all of us to be thoughtful and compassionate as we navigate through this economic crisis.

I would encourage you to visit Tammy’s website at http://www.tammyerickson.com.

Have a great holiday season and a prosperous 2009!

Tom

Enlightenment Incorporated

I wanted ed to share with you my impressions of a book written by 2 colleagues, Scott Lochridge and Jennifer Rosenzweig of Dragonfly.   The book is titled  Enlightenment Incorporated and focuses on the the emerging trends that will impact the Workplace. 

The book is terrific and is a useful read for those of us who focus on employee engagement and take the immediate view that not only is it problematic the “old rules” post recession will not prompt an improvement.

Ths solution set contained in the book I found to be of particular relevance.

Tom

Plugged In-The Generation Y Guide to Thriving at Work Book Reveiw

I hope you are all doing well during these very interesting times!
 
On Friday I had occasion to visit with Tammy Erickson a friend and colleague for many years.  She shared with me her new book, Plugged In-The Generation Y Guide to Thriving at Work
I read it over the weekend and frankly could not put it down.
 
The book is the third one Tammy has written on the dilemma of managing the four separate and distinct age cohorts currently in the workplace.   There will be a fourth book published next year by Harvard Business Press.
 
I found her insights on point based upon all of our experience of managing the younger workforce and as parents and grandparents. It is also a wake up call for those of us in the Human Resources domain to recognize that during this  turbulent period there is a need for us to take the medium term view of how we  manage expectations for this cohort.   As we develop our displacement and eventual replenishment strategies we need to be mindful of how “Plugged In” and observant are the Generation Y members.  They will be looking to all of us to be thoughtful and compassionate as we navigate through this economic crisis.
 
I would encourage you to visit Tammy’s website at www.tammyerickson.com.
 
Have a great holiday season and a prosperous 2009!
 
Tom

Book Review: Understanding Statistics – A Guide for I/O Psychologist and Human Resource Professional

Workforce planning requires knowledge of many domains.  One that is frequently over looked is statistics.  I have read several books on the topic and feel that Understanding Statistics – A Guide for I/O Psychologist and Human Resource Professional by Aamodt, Surrette and Cohen is an good starting point for those needing a refresher. 

Workforce planning describes and analyzes an organization’s employee population in terms of retirement, age, hard-to-fill and turnover data.  Performing these activities for large volumes of data, such as a 10,000 employee workforce is done using statistics.  Yet, most business managers have not calculated r-squared since their sophomore year in college. 

Many managers require a refresher in statistics to be effective in workforce planning.  The book by Aamodt, Surrette and Chohen does just that.  While many books exist on the subject, this book integrates statistics with employee population data, making its descriptions and examples relevant to workforce planning.  While reading this book, you won’t need to figure out how a concept applied to a random sample of 75 Ford F-150 trucks relates to an employee population.

The book addresses the following:

  1. The concept of statistical analysis
  2. Statistics that describe
  3. Statistics that test differences between groups
  4. Understanding correlation
  5. Understanding regression
  6. Met-Analysis
  7. Factor Analysis

  

If you’re looking for a quick overview of statistics that uses employee population data as examples, then this book is for you.