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Secrets To Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging. Lessons From The Frontline

As I read about the latest Supreme Court decisions, realizing how many people feel “ignored” by our government, I wanted to give you some solace. Despite the often-dysfunctional nature of our public policy systems, companies can be very fair, diverse, and inclusive.

In this podcast I discuss the “real secrets” to diversity and inclusion, with ... Read more»

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Degreed Returns To Its Roots: Acquires LearnIn, Founder Returns As CEO

If anyone ever tells you it’s easy to build a startup software company, don’t listen to them. That’s the story of Degreed, one of the darlings of the corporate learning industry, now going through a rebirth as the market continues to change.

Let me tell you the story.

About a decade ago, three companies (Degreed, ... Read more»

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A Front Row Seat At Workday DevCon

This week I spent a day at Workday’s DevCon, the company’s fast-growing application developer conference, and there is a lot to talk about.

Let me start with a simple reminder: for all its strategy, sales, and marketing, Workday is essentially a software company. The Workday platform is a marvel of technology, and over ... Read more»

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Amazon Is Running Out Of Workers. You Can Avoid This Problem.

Despite the biting headlines about the stock market correction and possible economic slowdown, one thing is very clear. Jobs are being created.

This week’s BLS study shows that the US unemployment rate remains very low at 3.6% and is 2.2% lower than a year ago. In other words, companies are hiring.

EMSI believes there are ... Read more»

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New Research: Cloud-Based HCM Can Redefine Employee Experience

We just completed two years of research on cloud-based HCM (human capital management) systems and the results are striking. Among the 35+ implementations we studied, the findings are now clear: these systems do much more than clean up IT systems: they transform the employee experience.

Just to be clear, the cloud as a computing ... Read more»

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Cornerstone Acquires SumTotal For $200 Million

Today was a pretty iconic announcement:  after decades of investment, Skillsoft decided to give up on the LMS market and sell SumTotal Systems to Cornerstone for $200 Million.

While I don’t have any details on the deal yet, this pretty much ends the innovative phase of the Learning Management Systems market, clearly marking a ... Read more»

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Irresistible By Design, The Time Is Now

Coming off our Irresistible Conference, I want to highlight the big idea: making your company Irresistible by Design™. In this podcast I overview the concept and give you some stories to help you understand this idea.

In today’s world of economic change, rapid technology change, war, inflation, and many other uncertainties, there is one ... Read more»

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ServiceNow Acquires Hitch: Entering The Skills And HCM Market

Today was some big news. ServiceNow, the leader in enterprise workflow and employee experience platforms, announced the acquisition of Hitch, a small player in the massive market for skills technology and talent marketplace solutions. This puts ServiceNow in direct competition with Workday, Oracle, SAP, and a flurry of others, and opens up the big ... Read more»

Irresistible By Design: The Winning Strategy For The Future

Such a crazy, disruptive, surprising world. One day it’s a pandemic, then a war, then inflation, and now a mass shooting. As I watched George Carlin’s documentary this week I had to reflect: maybe he was right. Are we really a species that may not survive?

Well, let me make you feel a little better. ... Read more»

Becoming Irresistible: Now Is The Time

This week we launch our Irresistible Conference at the same time the stock market has plunged, interest and mortgage rates are rising, and economists are worried about a recession. It reminds me of our first Impact conference in 2008, which we launched the month the financial meltdown began.

Whether the economy goes down or ... Read more»

Microsoft Releases Viva Goals: Performance Management Is Sexy Again

One of the most frustrating, tired, and archaic HR practices is performance management. Most of us have had horror stories with our “performance appraisals,” leading HR leaders to try to reinvent performance management all the time.

We went from top-down cascading goals in the early 2000s to Continuous Performance Management in 2010 to new discussions ... Read more»

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Getting Ready For The Slowdown

Yes, it looks like we’re headed for a slowdown. Not only have high growth stocks and crypto been devastated, but companies are also starting to wonder about growth. While we’re certainly not in an economic slowdown yet, it’s pretty clear it’s coming, so it’s a good time to get ready.

Should you continue to raise ... Read more»

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Understanding Elon Musk, Twitter, And The Bigger Role Of Business In Society

After endless articles about Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter, I wanted to give some perspective. In this podcast I discuss what’s really going on here, and how Elon Musk’s activities are a good lesson for all of us. Yes, business leaders have a responsibility to society, but their #1 mission is to “get good things ... Read more»