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Eighty-three percent of companies are seriously worried about their leadership pipelines. That’s understandable. The working population is getting smaller in size and younger in age. At the same time global growth plans are expanding. Senior executives are wondering who will step up and lead satellite work units and/or cross-functional business teams. Bersin says that identifying,…
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Culture Through The Eyes Of Your Employees

I’ve read and heard many good definitions of culture, most of them coming from the world of academia. Few, however, are written from an employee’s perspective. If HR leaders could hear what employees think about the world they work in (i.e. your company’s culture) they would pay more attention to the role they can and…
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Maestro And “Team Member Excellence”

One of the leading growth priorities for today’s CEO revolves around what some call “team member excellence.” That’s a level of talent performance that’s optimized across the entire enterprise. Something that’s made possible through outstanding people practices inducing programs that impact everything from recruitment to retention. Reward strategies are a big part of those initiatives.…
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Start Recognizing Employee Efforts Now

December’s Jobs Report, released last Friday, made news for a variety of reasons. The 252,000 net new jobs created along with positive revisions made to previous postings were considered healthy signs by experts. But to me the real story was not in the monthly numbers, but in the aggregate figures for the end of the…
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Context Made Simple With Maestro

Want your messages to connect? Behavioral economics tells us that people respond more to communications that put goals and objectives into a personalized context. And by “context” I mean a familiar framework that reflects their individual working circumstances. By designing and implementing employee communications and reward offerings with context in mind, you can increase the…
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Don’t Launch Without This

So you had the best intentions. You implemented a new employee recognition program. Good for you. Problem is no one’s using it! Now what? You are learning a hard lesson: All of the care and planning in the world means little if managers don’t embrace the system from day one. You could have avoided that…
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Happy New Year everybody! From all of us at Madison may all of you in the HR and sales operations space have a happy and of course, a prosperous 2015! Notice I didn’t “wish” you a New Year? I purposely left out that word because wishes are hopes and we know how to remove the…
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Make More Recognition Your New Year’s Resolution

A few years ago, when the economy was in a deep recession, I wrote a white paper that argued (with passion and purpose) that recognition still mattered. It presented the case for ramping up (and not reducing) employee recognition. My thesis was simple: Companies who took the attitude that their employees had nowhere else to…
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What are the top leading priorities for today’s CEO? According to the Wall Street Journal‘s guest blog website; one of the biggest concerns is “team member excellence.” An aspiration made possible through outstanding recruitment and retention and all the other human resource practices that support it. CEOs expect to see HR leading the way in…
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What makes an employee happy? We talk a lot about recognition in this blog—being appreciated for what you do by the people you do it with. And while consistent recognition is the key to keeping an employee satisfied, it’s what people feel as they are being recognized that makes them happy. To be truly happy…
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