2010 Trends: Generations at Work: Flexibility is Key

For the first time in history, four generations will participate in the workplace at the same time. And although the integration of these generations can happen smoothly, for many companies this poses significant challenges. There is, however, one common denominator between these widely varied groups: they are all looking for flexibility at work. Due to…

2010 Trends: Get Your Talent Strategies Straight

Managing talent in the workplace is not an easy task during an economic downturn. Most companies focus more on survival strategies and cost efficiencies than on expansion and growth. As a consequence, HR has been working on redundancies, social plans and exit strategies, while salary increases and training budgets have been slashed. Talent management might…

Reading: Outliers

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell I bought this book because I enjoyed two previous books written by this author: Blink and The Tipping Point. And even though Malcolm Gladwell once again provides a highly entertaining read, I came away disappointed, as this book does not deliver on its promiss. Nevertheless, the author is very adept at…

Reading: Predictably Irrational

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely Over 200 year ago, Adam Smith already knew that the economist should not ignore emotions, feelings and morality as aspects of human behavior, but instead treat them as topics worthy of investigation. In the aftermath of the financial crisis, it seems that many…

Reading: The Perfect Prey

The Perfect Prey by Jeroen Smit A collegue recommended that I should read this book while on holiday. It was a terrific read. Jeroen Smit has done a wonderful job in describing the rise and fall of one of the largest Dutch banks and has managed to write a fascinating story. The book reads like a…

2009 Trend 7: KPI’s – Managing HR means measuring HR

When (turbulent) developments in the external environment lead to the need for change within the company, this must be based on reliable data and analyses. This is to avoid that organization continually reacts to changes at the expense of its chosen direction incorporated in the mission and vision. For HR this means having detailed (quantitative and…

2009 Trend 5: Developing the Organization and Leadership of Tomorrow

The borders of the traditional company are fading: depending on the contract, another company can be either a competitor or a partner, or sometimes even both at the same time. The result of this is that companies work together in various combinations: sometimes assignments are fulfilled in-house, and sometimes an assignment is carried out by…