Published on: Thursday, December 12, 2013
It's clear that businesses and their leaders need to understand all they can about the Millennial generation – a group that is important to their future business success.
But what's also clear is that the characteristics and qualities of Millennials remain a mystery. In his presentation to World Innovation Forum delegates, Will Pearson, President and Co-founder of trivia magazine and website mental_ floss, provided some insight into this influential generation.
"It's not just knowing some things about Millennials, it's understanding what we then do with that knowledge," said Pearson.
Published on: Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Your competitors may not know this, but hiring activity does not slow down during the holidays. In fact, 95 percent of the recruiters we surveyed say this is definitely not the time to shut your search down.
According to our latest survey of search consultants, the same amount of jobs are still being posted, and 75 percent of recruiters say they are available and returning calls. So use this time to begin building relationships with recruiters and get a jump on the competition. Here's a list of what recruiters recommend you do during the holiday season.
Published on: Monday, December 09, 2013
As part of ExecuNet membership, I conduct a bi-weekly teleconference called Six-Figure Hotline where members call in to ask the questions keeping them up at night, and to gain market and trend insight from the career experts who join me in talking about issues that are important to executives today.
In one such teleconference, Bill Belknap, an executive career coach joined me. A member asked, "What can I offer recruiters to help them?"
Published on: Friday, December 06, 2013
There has been a lot of news coverage lately about bullying between teammates on the Miami Dolphins. By all accounts, it's an ugly situation — the team in disarray, sponsors cancelling contracts, season ticket holders cancelling tickets, the Dolphin brand becoming a punch line for comedians' jokes, and an overall loss of value for the franchise. To my mind, the real story is that so many people are surprised by it.
The fact is bullying is a real problem in business, and can become a major issue if it's ignored or unchecked. It's something that can happen in any business, which successful owners understand and, when necessary, take steps to overcome. Professional footballer players notwithstanding, not all workplace bullies are men. Women can be bullies as well, and are sometimes downright nasty to each other as well as intimidating to men.
Published on: Wednesday, December 04, 2013
What is design-driven innovation? "It's not just about packaging and graphics," said Mauro Porcini during his stage presentation at the World Innovation Forum in NYC. Porcini, an expert in infusing design thinking into an organization's culture with an innovative, consumer-center approach, said, "It's not just about styling. It's all about people. It starts with people, understanding people."
He stressed how companies can engage people beyond the products they create through ideas and through a vision. "Every time we say we don't design products, we design experiences, there's always a double level of connection and communication between people and product brands," explained Porcini. He said the first level of communication is between you and the product, the pleasure derived from the product.