“We Waste Most of the Human Resources We Hire”

CBS MoneyWatch, presents a review of an interesting research by Heike Bruch and Sumantra Ghoshal. The researchers studied what they called “decisive purposeful action,” i.e. the relationship between being busy and being productive and effective. The findings were most interesting and surprised the researches: “Only about 10 percent of the managers took purposeful action.” [...]

Change Systems Are Less Effective Because They Don't Follow Brain Rules

Research shows that very high percentages of change efforts fail. 70% of mergers and acquisitions lose shareholder value (KPMG Global Survey, A New Dawn: Good Deals in Challenging Times, May 2011). 68% of IT projects fail (Standish Group report, CHAOS Summary, April 2009). Most training fades away within 6 weeks ( John T. Wixted [...]

Are You Picking the Right Champions to Spearhead Your Change Effort?

One of the best strategies to get a change effort to catch on in organizations is to prove the applicability and success of the change in one team. Done well, the results are measured to then serve as a wonderful promotional tool for other teams.

In our experience, there is something you need to watch for [...]

The HR Challenge: Guiding Teams to Make Required Changes When Most People Don't Want to Change

Join us in Denver!

Reut Schwartz-Hebron, The Colorado HR Association, January 20th 2012

2012 Human Resources Conference…Smart HR

There are three types of people in your organization:

Those who are both willing and capable of making the adjustments needed in order to achieve [...]

Thanks Giving or Thanks Pretending

With Thanksgiving coming up, it seems like a good time to check in on your organization’s appreciation meter.

Appreciation, like any good thing, is not something you and your team should always apply. However, experts claim a good ratio of appreciation to correction is 20:80, for every two corrections or comments you share consider sharing eight [...]

The DNA of Effective Teams

Richard agreed to work with his R&D team mainly because of repetitive pressure from the manufacturing group. As Systems Division Director in the telecom industry, he knew it was delaying other departments and frustrating clients when deadlines were not met. Richard’s VP realized that development deadlines are not always in [...]

Why Should Experts Guide Managers to Facilitate Change Themselves?

John, a Deputy Director General in a large hospital, found the productivity of Lisa’s team to be a problem because it was draining his time and energy. Lisa was responsible for a team who provided many valuable services to the hospital’s doctors and patients. John believed the team wasn’t made up of the right individuals [...]

Empowering HR to Do the Impossible

Michael Cushman, President, to present at COSHRM 2011

Overcoming high resistance and changing difficult people are nearly impossible, but the combination of three new “people-developing” technologies enables HR leaders to do amazing transformations, quickly, precisely and reliably.

Join the 2011 SHRM Colorado State Conference (COSHRM) for Revolutionary HR Human Capital in the New Economy Sept. [...]

Giving Organizations Access to Their Potential

“The most important thing right now is to redefine roles in a way that serves our sales efforts. I can understand the need to be involved as an owner…we need to serve the business with our strengths and that starts with looking at things soberly.” (COO, manufacturing industry)

Bill has been with the company for over [...]

The Application Test: Cooperation vs. Application

To successfully change other people, and especially people who do not want to change, requires overcoming many traps, one of which is overcoming the power that habits and years of repetition have on people.

We are all creatures of habit. Studies show that people resist changing and making needed adjustments even when their health depends on [...]