RBL Insights Blog
03.18.18   by Dave Ulrich
Hubris—One of the Greatest Sins of Silicon Valley, and Elsewhere!

What are the warning signs of hubris? Consider these ways of thinking.

03.09.18   by Joe Hanson
Jumpstart Your Business Transformation: The Seven Pillars of Turnaround and Transformation
Over the past twenty years, I have seen many leadership teams successfully guide their businesses through major change. There is a common denominator in our business turnaround efforts: ‘Seven Pillars of Successful Turnaround and Transformation.’
03.08.18   by Mark Nyman
Applying Best Practices: Proceed With Caution
Occasionally while driving one will see a road sign that reads, “Proceed With Caution.” This warning sign alerts us to be particularly aware of our surroundings and reinforces the need to pay attention to details. It is different from a stop or detour sign. We are supposed to continue moving forward, but to do so with thoughtfulness and focus. 
03.06.18   by Darryl Wee
3 Steps to Becoming a Credible Activist, an Asian Perspective
In the latest round of our HR competency research, we asked which of the nine domains would help HR professionals get a seat at the table? It was no surprise that the domain that stood out most in our data was ‘Credible Activist’. These are HR professionals who succeed in achieving the level trust and respect required to be viewed as influential and valuable partners of an organization.
03.06.18   by Justin Allen
Talent Accelerator (part 3)
Recently, I shared the results from a study on Talent in Asia, performed by RBL and the Singapore Ministry of Manpower. We evaluated how talent impacts 570 of the best performing businesses in China, India, and Singapore, in both the public and private sectors. This is the final part of a series, Summary of the 10 Secrets to Success from the Best Performing Organizations in Asia. Because many countries in Asia are shifting from exporting low-cost manufactured goods to exporting high-value financial and technical services, it has become difficult for many organizations to drive, cultivate, and foster talent, during this period of tremendous economic growth and dramatic transition.
02.27.18   by Dave Ulrich
Welcome to HR! Certification vs. Competence
Having spent much of our careers working to upgrade HR professionals, let us offer three insights into the HR certification vs. competence quandary.
02.13.18   by Dave Ulrich
Five Hints for Navigating the Divergence/Convergence Leadership and HR Paradox
In The RBL Group's research, we found that today’s leaders have to know when to diverge and when to converge. 
02.12.18   by Michael Phillips
Light the Fire Within, Not the Fire Below: Motivating and Engaging Employees
With the advent of the Pyeongchang Olympics, I am reminded of the tagline from the 2002 Winter Olympics we hosted in Utah: “Light the Fire Within.” I frequently refer to this phrase when working with an organization to improve employee motivation and engagement. However, to make this tagline more applicable to the workplace, I have added a few additional words: “Light the Fire Within, Not the Fire Below.”  When thinking about different perspectives on motivation, the hard-driving boss comes to mind immediately. I picture him/her insisting on lighting a fire under folks to get them going—usually in the form of threats and bullying. Not Surprisingly, experience tells us that this method of “motivation” rarely yields truly positive and sustainable results.
01.24.18   by Michael Phillips
Do You Really Want More Collaboration?
Innovation and collaboration—those two words come up nearly every time I ask business leaders what they want to see more of in their organization. It doesn’t take too long to find out that these leaders don’t always know exactly what those words mean. It seems like the desire for “collaboration” is often nothing more than hope for better communication and increased speed.
01.19.18   by Abdulmajeed Albalushi
HR in the Era of Blockchain
If you’re in HR, you’ve probably heard the word “blockchain” floating around recently. As blockchain technology becomes more mainstream, we’re seeing a lot of speculation about the potential of blockchain to revolutionize the fundemantels of HR. Blockchain’s biggest potential comes when HR professionals use it to support organizational capabilities. Here, we’ll provide an overview of how blockchain works and then use the HR Competency Model to discuss specific ways that HR can integrate it in their existing practices.