RBL Insights
11.16.17   by Jade White
Hold off throwing dirt on top of HR
For the past 10+ years, various publications and prominent management gurus have circled like vultures over HR. They testify of  HR’s increasing lack of relevance with titles such as “Why We Hate HR” and “It’s Time to Blow Up HR.” These articles, among many others, highlight the lack of progress from HR in connecting explicitly to market or business strategy, and therefore delivering tangible impact to the organization.
11.15.17   by Jessica Johnson
4 Common Coaching Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them
Coaching has become an overused and misused term to describe all types of interactions between a leader of people and her/his subordinates. In reality, coaching is a true partnership between a leader and their team member. The coach manages the process—one that can be thought provoking and creative for both parties—and the subordinate is accountable for actions and results. Being able to help someone recognize their own strengths and weaknesses and how they can improve requires that the coach be the facilitator, not the owner, of change.
11.07.17   by Darryl Wee
Critical Lessons from Start-Ups for Human Resources
The news is constantly discussing how digital start-up companies are disrupting their industries. Interestingly, when I examine these companies further, I find that many practices which are common among start-ups to drive more value in their businesses that HR should also consider adopting.
10.03.17   by Erin Burns
Objectivity in the Workplace
One of the most important, unique contributions leaders can bring their organizations is the use of discretion to respond to pressures or opportunities that have not been anticipated by existing policies, procedures, methodologies, etc.
09.14.17   by Joe Grochowski
Three Targets of Change
We live in a highly unpredictable world that ushers in great opportunities, as well as turmoil. Embracing change is critical to the survival of our companies, as well as each of us as individuals.
08.28.17   by Abdulmajeed Albalushi
3 Technology Improvements to Boost Your HR Department Outcomes
Round Seven of the Human Resource Competency Study (HRCS7), sponsored by The RBL Group and the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, researched the competencies and activities in HR departments and how they impact the value the HR department generates for stakeholders. The
08.10.17   by Mark Nyman
5 Principles for Creating Organizational Alignment
We all intuitively understand the value of alignment and how much better the organization would function if silos didn’t exist and if everyone were working together, with the same goals and the same end in mind.  Organizations that are well aligned have clarity about what matters most.
07.18.17   by Joe Grochowski
Tips and Tools to Know Your Context and Stakeholders
As HR professionals, we need a deep understanding and knowledge of the outside world if we want our internal actions to have a real business impact. Effective HR professionals must look outside to identify opportunities for business growth by knowing their firm’s business context and stakeholders.
07.13.17   by Mark Nyman
5 Organization Misalignments That Are Hurting Your Business
In good and bad economies, functions such as HR, Finance, and IT are in a continual cycle of growing then shrinking and centralizing only to decentralize. They are reengineering, downsizing, outsourcing, or creating shared service organizations. One day they are asked to increase responsiveness, the next they’re asked to cut cost and improve efficiency.
07.13.17   by Adam Rampton
How Do You Create Business Value?
In the past three months, I’ve been to China twice, each time working with different Fortune Global 500 companies that are all wrestling with the same challenges: changing market conditions, accelerating competition, and the tensions inherent in trying to maintain local connectedness while ensuring global reach.
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