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Climbing the Corporate Lattice


Cathy Benko, the Chief Talent Officer for Deloitte L.L.P., recently wrote an article in the New York Times about the “corporate ladder” and how it is an out-dated metaphor.  The notion of the career ladder is so ingrained in many of us that it is startling to think it just doesn’t apply the way it used to.  Cathy cites an increase of women in the workforce balancing families and careers, and a shift from baby boomers to Generation X and Y who are more willing to explore less traditional career...

Obama and Leadership


While watching Obama’s victory speech last night to his supporters in Grant Park, I was overwhelmed by the incredible rise and almost unbelievable story of this man’s journey to the presidency. To see an African-American elected to the highest office in the country reassures me that the United States of America is still a land of opportunity and a beacon of hope for the world. Obama’s emergence as a national and global leader was fueled in part by three factors; (1) technology, (2)...

Linking Employee Engagement to Stock Price


The Holy Grail of human capital management has always been the direct linkage and correlation between investment in leadership development and increasing stock price.  Each year  The Great Place to Work Institute publishes a list of the “100 Best Companies to Work for.”  The analysis looks at observable investments (like a cafeteria or daycare) as well as employee attitude and engagement.  Research conducted by the Great Place to Work Institute in 1998 and again in 2006 confirmed that companies...

Performance Review vs. Performance Preview


On October 20, 2008, one of the top 3 articles emailed on the Wall Street Journal was not about the election, or the sinking stock market.  It was about one of the lowliest and least popular of all business activities — the Performance Review.  Why did an article about the performance review rise above the noise of a contentious general election and panicky stock market?  The answer just may be the title of the article itself, “Get Rid of the Performance Review!” by Samuel A. Culbert, a...

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