Manufacturing Metrics and The Yellow Brick Road

Most organizations use metrics as measuring sticks, showing people how the organization is doing.  Many management teams use a Balanced Scorecard, including both financial (lagging) measures and non-financial (leading) measures.   Lagging measures show us results that have occurred, after the fact.  Leading measures show progress at a designated point in time, allowing time for people…

When it Comes to Systems and Tools, 1 Size Does Not Fit All.

Anyone who has worked in several organizations either as an employee or as a consultant has most likely observed that there are many approaches to building effectiveness and efficiency in organizations large and small and in every industry. Often-times, we do benchmarking against competitors, surveys, and we use Best Practices. As an H.R. professional for…

What is H.R.’s Strategic Role?

H.R. is generally a participant with the executive team in establishing the business strategy. But H.R.’s strategic role goes well beyond a team role in deciding the strategy. Execution is where most organizations struggle or fail, and H.R. can significantly impact execution. There are six Keys to Strategy Execution (KSEs) that are essential to optimize…

Is Your In-house Learning Function A Cost Center Or A Strategic Enabler?

A global survey by HCM Advisory Group found that 48% of executives view their company’s learning function either as a necessary but high-cost contributor or as sunk cost. 52% see the learning function as a strategic enabler for the organization.  86% of the survey participants were US companies. A learning function becomes a strategic enabler as…

This Is The Dawning Of The Age of H.R.

Never before have business conditions been so ripe for H.R. to make its difference.  Not only are companies struggling for profitable growth with some downsizing and some adding people, but now the recipe for business success requires H.R.’s secret ingredients! We all learned about the Stone Age and the Industrial Age, and we could probably…

What 3 Actions Can Drive Success For a New CEO?

“New CEOs face a critical strategic choice. Should they settle into the job, spend a year or more getting to know their businesses, and then start shifting the portfolio? Or is it better to act quickly and boldly early on to divert resources from mature activities to a new generation of corporate opportunities?” This key…

Get Your FREE COPY: Balanced Metrics Survey Results!

  In October, 2013, we completed our first annual survey on the use of Balanced Metrics and/or Scorecards.  Our report provides a summary of survey results that will be invaluable to any organization working to build employee engagement and strategic performance. We thank our survey participants for their investment of time and information. Would you like…