Category: Business Trends

Business trends discusses the implications of economics, employment, mergers, acquisitions, and regulatory changes on talent, leadership, recruitment, and human resources issues.

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The Big Reset Revisited: Global Transformation Is Here To Stay

When I first wrote about The Big Reset in March, I discussed the transformational potential of the Coronavirus. Well now that we’re nine months into the pandemic, it’s clear that the transformation is real. So rather than talking about going “back to work” or “back to normal,” it’s time to accept the future, ... Read more»

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The Ten Keys To Resilient Business Performance In The Pandemic

Businesses have been through insanity this year. Transportation and hospitality companies have seen plummeting demand; retailers and distributors have built all new delivery models; tech companies are seeing explosive growth; and banks and financial services companies are responding to huge economic changes.

Through all this change the #1 issue on the minds of CEOs is ... Read more»

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The Congressional Report on Big Tech: Yes It’s Time To Do Something

The Congressional report on Big Tech is an important document. While I know many will see it as partisan, I found the research thorough and filled with important information. And my conclusion is yes, we do need to take some action.

How Important Tech Has Become

I’ve been a part of the tech industry since ... Read more»

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New Research Shows Dramatic Shift In Priorities Among Business Executives

This month Accenture introduced a two-year research project on the increasingly important role of HR, and it uncovered a dramatic shift in priorities among senior business executives..

The big finding? Business and HR leaders have dramatically changed their perspectives: employee wellbeing has replaced operating efficiency.

The research, which Accenture calls Net Better Off, involved ... Read more»

Productivity Skyrockets: Yes We’re Working Harder. But Also Smarter

I’ve been watching US Labor Productivity data for over a decade and for many years after the 2008 meltdown found it lagging. We struggled to rebuild our companies after the financial crisis and many of the new “labor-saving” ideas (digital tools, organizational transformation, automation) were not increasing output per hour worked. In fact, labor productivity ... Read more»

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EdCast Launches Intelligent Career Mobility: Talent Management Has Radically Changed

This week EdCast joins the list of vendors who announced products for intelligent talent mobility, career pathing, skills matching, and talent marketplace. It’s a big move by Edcast (putting them directly in the mix with Workday, Gloat, Degreed, Fuel50, Eightfold.ai, and others), but it also points to something bigger: the market for talent management ... Read more»

It’s August: Four Lessons From The Pandemic

It’s August, we’ve been dealing with the pandemic for almost six months, and a few things are becoming very clear. Let me share four lessons you may not have considered. And this week I put this into a podcast, which I hope you enjoy.

1. Tech has been the savior of this crisis.

In fact, ... Read more»

What Microsoft Could Do With TikTok!

I have been loving TikTok for quite a while. Not only is it entertaining, positive, and fun to use – it demonstrates a groundbreaking new design, one that clearly works well (800 million users!). And while you may think the company is a bunch of hackers, that’s not true. ByteDance is a sophisticated ... Read more»

SAP To Spin-Off Qualtrics. Yes, The Experience Market Is That Hot

This week SAP, which is now worth nearly $200B, decided to spin off its $8 Billion acquisition of Qualtrics, which happened less than two years ago. Why? Here’s what’s going on.

First, under SAP’s ownership, Qualtrics has been growing like a rocket.

Today SAP sales teams all over the world sell and embed ... Read more»

The Long Road Ahead: Thriving Through Fatigue

One of the biggest problems we face is the challenge of Fatigue. And Fatigue has an impact on the Pandemic, our relationships, and our work.

The Pandemic has been going on for almost six months, many of our cities are slipping backward in infection, and the political system in most countries is dysfunctional. Here in ... Read more»

Despite The Pandemic, Employee Engagement is Skyrocketing

It’s a strange time. A recent poll of 2,000 Americans found that only 5% believe things are “going well” and 40% believe they’re “going badly.” And new research by Towers Watson shows that employees are more stressed about health and financial security than ever.

But in the middle of all this, another trend has emerged: ... Read more»