Building and Seeding Talent Pools II
It sounds impossible. Business needs change dramatically and quickly. Business cycles cause planning and then obliterate plans like so many trailer parks in a tornado.
Nonetheless, planning is the essential element of acquiring and developing adequate talent supplies. Planning, the bugaboo of the rush-around-reactors who fight the daily fires of staffing problems, requires focused time that doesn't immediately produce results. Planning will
save you a dozen hours for each hour you invest.
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A brand new and exciting employment brand, recruitment campaign, and career website were just recently developed and are now being rolled out for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. This dynamic, strategic mix was created by their agency of record, NAS Recruitment Communications.
The Perth Leadership Institute White Paper on the current credit crisis and its link with leadership development practices, both in the financial services companies and on other companies that consume these services. The White Paper argues that the crisis was due at least in part to a lack of business acumen on the part of managers and executives in the industry and that this has been perpetuated by the lack of leadership development programs that identify and develop business acumen.
The approach in the White Paper is based on the book by Dr. E. Ted Prince, Founder and CEO of the Institute, entitled The Three Financial Styles of Very Successful Leaders, published by McGraw-Hill in 2005.
AutoZone (NYSE: AZO), the nation's largest automobile parts retailer, has completed the roll out and implementation of their new enterprise-wide applicant tracking and talent acquisition system from nowHIRE.com. With nowHIRE, AutoZone has realized a paperless process from the initial application to hire and significant hard and soft costs savings.
Comings and Goings: Rania Sedhom has joined Buck Consultants as a Principal in the firm's New York City office. Sedhom joins Buck from BDO Seidman, LLP, where she served as Regional Leader of the Labor, Compensation & Employee Benefits Practice Group.
On Tuesday, December 4, the night will sparkle as PDXfX (Portland Female Executives) hosts its annual silent auction benefit, "Silent Night," from 6 to 9 p.m. at the historic University Club of Portland. Proceeds benefit Portland-based BecomeX, a leadership and personal development program for young women, and PDXfX, a non-profit organization supporting the advancement of women in business.
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POINT RICHMOND, CA: Outreach Program Launched to Returning Veterans: VISN12, Three Wire, and MHN Partner to Provide Reintegration Support
The North Chicago Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Division 12 of the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN 12) announced that they have introduced a new program, the VetAdvisor Support Program, to support Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) returnees. This program includes outreach to OIF/OEF veterans enrolled in VISN 12 Medical Centers and is supported by a contracted team of clinicians from Three Wire Systems and their partner MHN.
The VetAdvisor Support program is designed to assist veterans in obtaining VA health care and to offer them an opportunity to receive answers to any questions they may have. The program is staffed with licensed clinical care coaches. Using VA-approved screening protocols for military and civilian personnel, these coaches phone veterans to offer them an opportunity to be screened for health conditions that can be associated with serving in combat. The screenings have been developed to enable the Care Coach to gather necessary information about the veteran's military experience that may have an impact on the veteran's reintegration into civilian life.
About Three Wire
Three Wire is based in Vienna, VA and provides engineering, healthcare program management, and technology services. For more information on Three Wire, please visit the company's website at www.threewiresys.com.
About Health Net
Health Net, Inc. is among the nation's largest publicly traded managed health care companies. Its mission is to help people be healthy, secure and comfortable. The company's health plans and government contracts subsidiaries provide health benefits to approximately 6.6 million individuals across the country through group, individual, Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE and Veterans Affairs programs. Health Net's behavioral health subsidiary, MHN, provides mental health benefits to approximately 7.0 million individuals in all 50 states.
Survey Says: Claymore Partners Survey Reveals that Financial Service Hiring is Expected to Rise in 2008 Despite Credit Crisis
Over half of the financial services firms surveyed over the last few weeks by Claymore Partners in their 2008 Financial Services Talent Acquisition Survey are still planning on increasing professional hiring in 2008. Another twenty nine percent (29%) of financial firms planned on flat hiring and only nineteen percent (19%) expected lower hiring in 2008.
Ninety percent (90%) of respondents indicated that the impact of the credit crisis on their 2008 hiring plans would be slight or have no impact. However, specific investment banking and mortgage firms and areas that are deeply and directly impacted by the credit crisis are reducing hiring plans in specific areas, but the impact does not seem to be wide spread at this point.
Information technology and sales positions are expected to be in greatest demand by financial institutions in 2008. Information technology positions were also viewed as the most difficult function to fill by financial institutions despite the use increasing use of outsourced and offshore technology resources. The finance function was also viewed as being difficult to find by financial service organizations.
Claymore Partners is an executive search and consulting firm specializing in the financial services arena. The 2008 Financial Services Talent Acquisition Survey was sent to over 350 Human Resource Executives from leading financial service institutions across the USA. If you would like further information on the findings from the survey, please contact Steven Landberg at slandberg@ClaymorePartners.com.
Deep Release: Team Building – Impact Achievement Group's Breakthrough Approach using the Harrison Assessment System
A popular assessment tool can revolutionize team building, says Impact Achievement Group.
Team building has long been touted as a panacea for myriad corporate ills – such as low employee productivity, disloyalty and substandard group outcomes – driving many organizations to invest in workshops, seminars and retreats. Yet, a new application of a popular assessment tool can revolutionize team building, according to Impact Achievement Group.
In a breakthrough approach, Impact Achievement group leverages the Harrison Assessment® System to provide an accurate prediction of team performance, recognizing that self-management is the foundation for management and leadership development.
Most organizations resort to team building exercises to improve performance or remedy a dysfunctional team. Rather than traditional "feel good" activities, there is much more leverage in understanding the underlying team member traits and preferences. This allows team members to become self-aware and self-manage, continuously improving team performance in present, and future, situations. An ideal tool to achieve tangible results is found in workshops that integrate the Harrison Assessment® team application, according to Impact Achievement Group.
"When teams come to understand the underlying nature of the individual relationships within their team, they can take responsibility for continuous improvement for team performance," said Lee Klepinger, president of Impact Achievement Group. "In this way, teams become more proficient at self-management and adopt a process for resolving conflicts and disputes, in addition to taking advantage of diverse points of view and leadership traits."
The Harrison Assessment® System is a highly validated instrument that is effectively used for selection, developmental coaching, succession planning, and team development. According to Klepinger, Harrison's exhaustive research and unique Paradox Theory reveals team dynamics in a way that has never before been possible, enabling individual team members to easily identify how their behaviors contribute or obstruct the team objectives. It provides a step-by-step plan in which each team member can make adjustments to facilitate optimal team performance.
The Harrison Assessment® System helps team members identify paradoxical traits of their own behavior and how their behavioral patterns interact with the patterns of other team members. Through case studies, challenging activities, and guided discussion, Impact Achievement Group helps members assess the team behavior patterns against templates for communication, decision making, innovation, risk taking, motivation, power, leadership, accountability, strategy and organization. Teams can then focus individual member strengths in more productive ways, and leverage their specific individual talents to reach team goals.
About Impact Achievement Group Impact Achievement Group is a training and performance management consulting company that provides assessments, coaching, story-based interactive workshops, and simulations for managers at all levels of organizations worldwide. Impact Achievement Group helps companies dramatically improve management and leadership competency for bottom-line results. Company experts Rick Tate and Julie White, Ph.D. are internationally recognized authorities in leadership development, human performance, customer-focused business strategies and workplace communications.
Contact: Lee Klepinger, 888/248-5553, leek (at) impactachievement.com
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