With a slowly recovering economy and a changing consumer mindset, there looms a handful of industries ready to lead the pack in employment growth, productivity, and overall expansion. Small and mid-size businesses in these “hot” industries are poised to stake a claim in markets that are grabbing headlines and the interest of health conscience consumers, aging boomers, “green living” consumers, and technological savvy youth.
For business consultants, facilitators, and coaches positioned to capitalize on these hot markets, I provide a glimpse at what is already on the horizon. Some of these industries are behemoths who are in desperate need of change while other industries are “emerging” and providing new services and products fueled by consumer demand. After a lengthy recession, many businesses aren’t ready to… Continue reading
ESI International, the world’s leading project management training company, today announced the release of its top 10 trends in project management for 2013. The 2013 trends reveal that expert leadership is lacking in all areas of project management, portfolio management and program management.
Many of this year’s trends focus on the need to improve project skills, process and the overall management of our initiatives. This is good news for Team development consulting firms offering team development resources for project management firms.
“This year’s trends bring a murky problem into specific light,” said J. LeRoy Ward, Executive Vice President, ESI International. “Leadership
skills are lacking within the project community, and until project managers learn how to properly lead teams and their projects, project
execution will… Continue reading
The National Association for Female Executives (NAFE) named the Top 50 Companies for Executive Women which now make up 25% of corporate executives up from 22% last year vs. 14% at the Fortune 500. The companies, which now lead the nation in their commitment to female leadership, are featured in the Spring Issue of Working Mother.
“For women, these are the top companies to work for.”
The new report, conducted by the Working Mother Research Institute for NAFE, also finds that women now occupy 26% of all board of director seats at the NAFE Top 50 compared with 17% across the Fortune 500.
The Top 10 Companies for 2013 are: Abbott, AstraZeneca, General Mills, IBM, Johnson & Johnson, KPMG, Marriott International, Procter &… Continue reading
At its recent annual board of advisors’ meeting, board members of The Workforce Institute™ discussed their predictions about the top trends and issues that will impact the field of workforce management in 2013.
Top Trends for 2013
- Big Data & Analytics – Availability of an ever-increasing amount of data presents a challenge for organizations. How can they distinguish between what is interesting versus what is important? New technologies and services will help organizations find value in Big Data via function- and industry-specific analytics tools. Board members believe these tools will continue to gain attention throughout 2013 as more organizations adopt data-driven workforce management practices.
- Mobile – Mobile technologies will continue to transform the way organizations operate and interact with their employees, customers, prospects, and the… Continue reading
Snagajob, which hosts more than 40 million registered job seekers and posts more than 250,000 hourly job listings at any one time, released a look back at hourly job seeker activity based on data captured from its website. Some of the major findings of the first “Counter Intelligence: The Snagajob Service Industry Hiring Report,” which focuses on data captured during the last quarter of 2012 are:
- Job seekers searching again: The “Reactivation Index,” a measurement of job seekers who have picked up their job search after at… Continue reading
Henry Ford Health System Honored as Top Performing Workforce by Gallup
Something more about Gallup
DETROIT–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Henry Ford Health System was selected as a top performing workforce by Gallup.
“Henry Ford’s greatest strength is our people”
Henry Ford received the 2013 Gallup Great Workplace Award, an annual award that recognizes companies that create an engaged workplace culture. A panel of workplace experts evaluates organizations for their best practices and improved business results achieved through building an engaged workforce and evaluate them against criteria of workplace research database comprising millions of work teams in more than 100 countries.
“Henry Ford’s greatest strength is our people,” says Henry Ford CEO Nancy Schlichting. “The culture we have created with our workforce has resulted in a unique… Continue reading
You hire the very best individuals for the team, right? That sentence use to be delivered with a wink and a nod in the back room of private social and networking clubs.
Everyone knew that there were ways to keep “those” people out of the running for senior positions. I’ve sat back with a jaded look at the new signing of equal opportunity legislation knowing that a new group of legislators could easily smudge the ink.
Six individuals renowned for their work in removing barriers to equal opportunity in education and the workforce will be honored when The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) holds its… Continue reading
Few organizations excel at selecting and managing initiatives and capital projects, according to a new Long-Range Planning Benchmark Research Report. Conducted by Ventana Research and sponsored by Planview® and Financial Executives Research Foundation (FERF).
This is good news for Team Development Consultants, Trainers and Facilitators.
The study surveyed 289 global long-range planning professionals across various industries to discover their practices and needs, as well as the potential benefits from improving their existing processes, information and systems.
The recommendations provided in this research report for long-range planning should help financial executives streamline their companies’ planning processes. And this is good news for Team Development Consultants.
Companies use long-range planning to determine the best strategy for succeeding in their markets and to ensure they have the… Continue reading
Ever wonder what separates the successful business consultant from the unsuccessful consultant? The answers may surprise you. It’s not that the successful are burning the midnight oil more than their counterparts, have a burgeoning rolodex of clients they can call on, or are commanding exorbitant consultation fees. These seasoned professionals share four common characteristics that many unseasoned business coaches often overlook. A successful business coach is always booked, highly respected in the industry, and well-paid.
Here’s where the difference lies.
Successful business consultants, facilitators, and trainers know how to approach sales. Most people who enjoy teaching and collaborating with others are service-oriented people. The sales side of things often feels awkward to them and they have the “wrong” perception of sales. Unsuccessful business coaches envision… Continue reading