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I’m always blown away at the level of free, quality learning there is on the internet.  Despite the fact that the world seems nuts lately, we truly live in a blessed time my friends.

My recent ‘learning’ obsessions are a course taught by Professor Michael Ganz at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University on organizing and leadership for social change

and of course,  The Kahn Academy – which I may have mentioned before.  I am obsessed with this site.   I’m actually going to leverage this technique for employee communications (the videos I mean).  The setup is so basic and to the point.  Short, sweet, powerful and relevant.  All good.

I so deeply appreciate folks who share their knowledge so freely.  Again, it’s a great world.  Enjoy!

Happy Tuesday!    I just received information on some great (free) tele-seminars.  Click on the Topic titles to register…see you there!

Topic: The Transformational Power of Smart Trust
Date: Thursday, March 1
Time: 10 AM (PST) / 1 PM (EST)
Speakers:  Stephen M. R. Covey, Author, Smart Trust

Whether you want to get ahead or simply stay afloat in today’s world, understanding how to build trust in relationships is imperative.   Join this live webinar to hear Stephen M. R. Covey, author of Smart Trust, explain how the power of trust can transform your personal and professional life.

Topic: Hiring for Attitude
Date: Tuesday, February 28
Time: 10 AM (PST) / 1 PM (EST)
Speakers:  Mark Murphy (moderated by Patricia Wheeler)

In today’s marketplace, qualities that drive success have changed. Technical proficiency, once a guarantee of lifetime employment, is a commodity in today’s job market.  Attitude is what today’s companies are hiring for.  And not just any attitude; companies want attitudes that perfectly match their unique culture. Google and Apple are both great companies, but their cultures are as different as night and day.

Organizations pour thousands of dollars into creating brands, but when it comes to their employment brand and finding the people who actually have the right characteristics to succeed in their unique culture, they often look the other way.  Leadership IQ’s research discovered that 89% of the times new hires failed, it wasn’t because they didn’t have the right skills; it was because they didn’t have the right attitude to succeed.

During this 60-minute conference call we will be discussing the three points below plus fielding your specific questions:

  • How will the hiring landscape change in 2012 and beyond? 
  • Why do so many fail within the first 18 months on the job and what can be done about this?
  • How and where can companies find candidates with the right attitude?  What is the impact of social media?

Wow, has it really been over a week since I posted last!? Unbelievable how quickly time flies. Too much stuff going on I guess. Not the least of which – I was asked to manage publicity for an Off- Broadway show entitled ‘Friction’ which is opening here in NYC on November 5th. I’ve never done work like this before, and I love learning new stuff, so its been an interesting few weeks. So far I’ve supplied the play’s tagline, the synopsis, press release and am organizating the opening night. Here’s the website if you’re curious or even better, in town, on any of the performance dates! www.frictiontheplay.com

Now to the topic of my post – developing a talent management program. I’ve found that this can, in general, be a daunting task for most organizations. First of all – if you’re embedded in a group, or division etc – you are in reality a team within a team. You need to manage your talent within a larger talent construct. If its the opposite and you’re at the top of the house, you need to corral the cats and ensure the folks down below fully understand and leverage what’s being provided to them in the larger structure. It’s tough any way you look at it, and more often than not the reality falls just a tick short of glory.

To help, I’ve included this one pager/graphic I’ve cobbled together over the last few years that for me continues to provide a blueprint and guidepost for the kind of program I always seek to create when positioned in a ‘talent’ role.

Generic Talent Model by ThePeopleStuff.com

I think its robust, cohesive, and flexible and, when I’ve been able to fully execute on it, it has worked for me a like a charm. Here’s why:

Other than quickly organizaning my thinking and allowing me to accurately assess a current state, this model helps to ensure a few key things:

1. I am addressing all phases of the employee lifecycle – Attract, Develop, Retain and Retire
2. I am ensuring close alignment to the overall business strategy and keeping management in the loop through creation of a Workforce Planning Committee – which consists of the senior management team
3. I am clearly indicating that ‘I can’t do it all’, nor should I, by outlining where responsibility sits with HR, and where it sits with my function

This can all, of course, be modified to suit each unique group and situation, but by leveraging a model of this kind – I assure that I don’t miss the important stuff AND it allows me to communicate clearly to all my key stakeholders in a simple and straight forward way.

In upcoming posts I’ll expand upon each component of this model – so please subscribe for the latest updates. Oh! And if you think you can make this better, or have a model of your own you’d like to share – please do!   I love feedback and believe as Emerson did that “Our best thoughts come from others.”

Here’s an invite from Marshall Goldsmith for an upcoming (and free) teleforum on leadership.  I’ve participated in forums such as this in the past and they are absolutely worth the time. I really try not to miss these when they’re offered.

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Marshall Goldsmith and Patricia Wheeler invite you to a Thought Leader Teleforum on Thursday, September 23rd at 1 PM Eastern time.

Please join us for a Thought Leader TeleForum on Thursday September 23rd on “The Truth About Leadership: The No-Fads, Heart-of-the-Matter, Facts You Need to Know” with Jim Kouzes and Patricia Wheeler.

In these turbulent times, when the very foundations of organizations and societies are being shaken, leaders need to move beyond the pessimistic predictions, the trendy fads, and the simplistic solutions. They need to turn to what’s real and what’s proven, to understand what the evidence tells us about how exemplary leaders get extraordinary things done.

Join us as Patricia and Jim discuss ten fundamental truths about leadership that drive successful leadership in our current marketplace.

This 60-minute Teleforum will cover the following points, plus field your specific questions:

1. What are the must-know differences about the CONTEXT of leadership today?

2. What are the must-know differences about the CONTENT of leadership today?

3. What truths of leadership that successful leaders should embrace?

Jim Kouzes is the Dean’s Executive Professor of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University. A highly regarded leadership scholar and experienced executive, The Wall Street Journal has named Jim as one of the ten best executive educators in the U.S. He and Barry Posner are the award winning authors of bestselling The Leadership Challenge, which has sold over 1.8 million copies; they have published seventeen books and over 50 training products.

Patricia Wheeler is Managing Partner of The Levin Group, a leadership advisory and executive coaching firm. Her clients range from global Fortune 500 organizations to mid-cap companies, and she has spent 20 years coaching and consulting with senior leaders. Articles by and about Patricia have been published in Business Week, Leadership Excellence, Capital Magazine, and HR.com. She is a contributor to Best Practices in Organizational Development and the AMA Handbook of Leadership.

There is no charge for this TeleForum, which will be held at 10 AM Pacific/1 PM Eastern time on Thursday September 23rd. Please click here to register. If this link does not work in your browser, you may cut and paste the following URL: http://www.LeadingNews.org/signupgc.htm.

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If you have further questions, please contact Lori Glover at +01 858 382-4687.

We look forward to your participation!

Patricia and Marshall

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