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Why People Leave Organizations

Kevin Wheeler

Professor David Finegold and Senior Research Scientist Susan Mohrman, at the Center for Effective Organizations at the University of Southern California presented a paper in the Spring of 2001 at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland entitled: What Do Employees Really Want? This paper presents research from a wide range of organizations, people and cultures and disputes many of the reason people commonly give for leaving.

5 Reasons Why Traditional Employment is in Trouble

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The organizations that offer project-type work, work that poses a challenge, or work that fulfills humanitarian needs are not having much trouble finding good people. have been storybook examples of how organizations may look as we move into this century. As traditional organizations try to fit round pegs into square holes, the smaller startups and enlightened larger firms are finding it easier to hire good people. According to the U.S. Labor Department, 2.1

Thoughts on Education in the 21st Century Organization

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Old ways die hard. Corporations hang on to the actions that made them successful decades in the past, and seem powerless to change and adapt to changing environments and needs. Corporate education is often the last to change. Brick and mortar still dominate. Teacher led classes are common and leadership development hasn’t changed much since the 80s.

5 Trends that will Shape our Future

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We will see smaller and flatter organizations emerge much more focused on integrating people and their ideas into collective systems that deliver unique services or products.

Talent Pools vs. Communities: What’s the Difference?

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They are people roughly qualifeid for a position or to work in an organization, but we really don’t have any realtionship with them. They are organic and alive with conversation and sharing of opinions and thoughts. True recruiting communities would include your employees as well as potential candidates talking about the organization, what it does, how it does it, and who does it. Potential employees feel that the organization is open and honest in its communication.

The Language of Success: What the CEO Wants You to Know

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What would it “buy” your organization? Talent strategies are critical to every organization. If the CEO cannot get the talent she needs to execute strategy, the strategy will fail and along with it the organization. That means showing how what you do will increase the profits of your organization. There is a common language used by top-level managers in every company and these managers assume that every employee can speak that language.

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The “New” Recruiter

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As more organizations realize that it is service, innovation, productivity and relationship that bring profit, the focus moves away from the manufacturing and production side to the people side. What you do is solve talent problems and make it easier for your organization to achieve its business goals. It says that you are strategic and know the business issues and goals of your organization.

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Plays Well With Others

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Most organizations that I am familiar with place individual accomplishment way above teamwork, although they may espouse teamwork publically. When you were in elementary school I bet you received a report card with a section that indicated how well you played with the other kids in your class.

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Three Experts Talk about Corporate Learning and the Future

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The new corporate learning model will begin to offer tools and methods to address making good choices, they will help people filter and organize information in meaningful ways, and information architects will find better ways to store and retrieve facts and ideas. I consult and work with learning organizations globally to implement some of the ideas above. Corporate learning is going through profound changes as the need for fast, anytime learning grows.

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Should We Just Blow it Up?

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Do you know that recruiting is one of the least efficient processes in an organization? They also may be the ones who have the foresight to explore new careers or move to a more stable organization. What should always matter is whether they have the skills and qualifications to perform effectively for your organization, and whether they fit our culture and share our passion.

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Corporate Learning Trends- What Endures During Recessions

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This last recession has been true to form with many organizations trimming learning back deeply and early. They were the mainstay of the 18th century and are making a comeback today in organizations that understand how learning takes place. I spoke at the Global Learning Summit in Singapore last week where I listed the trends that I see emerging around the world that will have wide-ranging effects on corporate learning.

An Ode to SIGS – Down with Communities!

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It seems like every organization is using social media to attract and engage interesting and qualified people in their opportunities. While they call this “community” building, I am not sure that is the best term.

Which Century is Your Organization In?

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Home About Future of Talent Subscribe Over the Seas Thoughts on Recruiting, Learning and Other Things as I Ramble around the World Which Century is Your Organization In? by Kevin Wheeler on February 15, 2010 If you read my previous post on talent trends , you are aware that life in organizations is undergoing tectonic change. Where is your organization? This short poll may shed some light on what thoughtful and future-oriented organizations are thinking.

Are Senge’s 5 Disciplines Still Relevant?

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In 1990 Peter Senge published a book called The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of the Learning Organization. This book summed up his thinking about how organizations can more effectively function based on his systems thinking background at MIT. He had come to the belief that there were five core disciplines or elements that would ensure that an organization could continuously learn, adapt and thrive.

Do You Really Want Only “A” Players?

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I believe, instead, that “A” players more often emerge from within your organization, or are made by it, because of the systems and processes you have in place. I also believe that you may not want to have an organization full of competing “A” players – especially from outside your organization. Great people are best scattered throughout an organization and surrounded by more ordinary “B” players who support their efforts and put their ideas into action.

Getting More Value from Your Social Media

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However, most organizations are operating without an overarching strategy that defines how to get a solid and visible return from their social media approaches. Organizations are creating Facebook fan pages, LinkedIn groups and so on with little understanding of their goals for doing so. Many organizations have a Twitter account, a Facebook fan page, a LinkedIn page and perhaps other social media vehicles as well.

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Chief Talent Officer - A Common Role by 2015 | Over the Seas

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Ideally, an organization would have solid data about revenue generated by specific employees and functions or about products and services designed and delivered. However, most organizations can’t even assess who the best employees are in a quantitative way.

T-Shaped People and Collaboration | Over the Seas

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Home About Future of Talent Subscribe Over the Seas Thoughts on Recruiting, Learning and Other Things as I Ramble around the World T-Shaped People & Collaboration by Kevin Wheeler on February 9, 2010 Many organizations are realizing that when people are assigned or choose roles to play in an organization they are often more creative and efficient than when they are confined to the duties prescribed by a title or position.

Are Senge’s Five Disciplines Still Relevant – Part 2?

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Thousands of organizations have developed mission or vision statements over the past decade, but these statements, unfortunately, are rarely part of the fabric of the organization nor are they echoed by every employee. Truly exciting and effective organizations strongly embrace the idea of everyone working toward a common and widely shared vision that is often broad and general enough to survive changes in tactical direction and product focus.

Gen Y Redefines Learning | Over the Seas

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Home About Future of Talent Subscribe Over the Seas Thoughts on Recruiting, Learning and Other Things as I Ramble around the World Gen Y Redefines Learning by Kevin Wheeler on August 10, 2009 Gen Y, those in their twenties now, and all those who follow are born of bits and bytes. They hardly read.

Are Senge’s Five Disciplines Still Relevant? Part 3

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Pete Senge called these assumptions our mental models — those operating models about business, organizations, our products and services and about employees that need to be examined. By challenging assumptions, trying new ways, and being open to change organizations will better weather doing business is this complex world. Even fewer organizations realize how important it is for employees to find meaning and passion in their work.

Is HR Relevant and Does it Matter? | Over the Seas

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Most business leaders, line managers, and even employees are uncertain of the value HR brings to the organization or its people. Despite the rhetoric, Human Resource functions at large, hierarchical organizations with traditional manufacturing or service employees remain much the same as they were 10, 20 or more years ago. Newer organizations are already using HR in a different way.

Do We Need Internal Recruiting At All? | Over the Seas

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by Kevin Wheeler on February 2, 2011 As the years have rolled by I have become more and more aware of how poorly internal recruiting functions perform when compared to recruitment process outsourcing (RPOs) organizations or agencies. They are entrenched in almost all organizations, and because their function is perceived as incidental to overall organizational performance or success, not much in the way of efficiency is really expected or, unfortunately, rewarded.

From Social Networks to Communities

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Almost all large organizations have some sort of presence on one or both of these networks and perhaps on others as well. They are organic and alive with conversation and sharing of opinions and thoughts. Home About Future of Talent Subscribe Over the Seas Thoughts on Recruiting, Learning and Other Things as I Ramble around the World From Social Networks to Communities by Kevin Wheeler on June 16, 2010 Social media and social networks are all the rage.

Habits, Frameworks and Corporate Universities

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Changing Nature of Work: The Labor Recession Will Outlast the.

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Some organizations are looking for ways to adapt to all of this without endangering their own success, but it may be that these two different needs are not compatible. Some organizations allow flexibility within defined parameters or with prior approval. It will be tough to convince very good people to work for organizations that do not allow flexible work. Yet, they are the future of most organizations as Baby Boomers age and move out.

Talent Management Survey

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Some organizations are creating departments with that title, others are changing job titles and responsibilities to include talent management. Over at the Future of Talent Institute , we are collecting responses to a short survey on current talent management thinking and practices. While we have used the term talent management for many years, it remains unclear as to what is actually included.

Learning How to Learn

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Our organizations reflect us as well. Only a few are true learning organizations – ones that can invent the future and do so regularly. Ikea also, as well as Starbucks and a handful of other organizations have developed the skills and trust to perpetually learn.

The New Television: How the iPad Changes Everything

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The Chief Talent Officer – A Common Role by 2015

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Ideally, an organization would have solid data about revenue generated by specific employees and functions or about products and services designed and delivered. However, most organizations can’t even assess who the best employees are in a quantitative way.

The Future of Social Media

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New Work- Jobs for the 21st Century | Over the Seas

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Already I can envision the time when we will need experts in installing and improving artificial organs, in implementing green energy strategies, in mining the Moon and Mars, and in navigating and understanding deep space.

A Pause to Enjoy – Spring Wildflowers

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4 Trends That Will Dominate This Century | Over the Seas

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New companies such as Facebook and IDEO are forging organizations where people take on roles, not specific positions, and where interactivity, collaboration, and intense communication are the primary competencies. Organizations will be flatter and smaller.

4 Trends That Will Dominate This Century

Kevin Wheeler

New companies such as Facebook and IDEO are forging organizations where people take on roles, not specific positions, and where interactivity, collaboration, and intense communication are the primary competencies. Organizations will be flatter and smaller.

Gen Y Redefines Learning

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Home About Future of Talent Subscribe Over the Seas Thoughts on Recruiting, Learning and Other Things as I Ramble around the World Gen Y Redefines Learning by Kevin Wheeler on August 10, 2009 Gen Y, those in their twenties now, and all those who follow are born of bits and bytes. They hardly read.

Innovate? Not Here, Not Now.

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by Kevin Wheeler on March 23, 2010 The cry has gone out in almost every organization I work with for more innovation. Academics and consultants toil to find out why people in medium and large organization are not innovative. Yet, often just across the street from these organizations there is a small shop or apartment where innovation flourishes. Perhaps Cisco Systems and other organizations have found the best approach: watch the market carefully for start-ups and new ideas.

Unemployment, Job Creation and Education

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Home About Future of Talent Subscribe Over the Seas Thoughts on Recruiting, Learning and Other Things as I Ramble around the World Unemployment, Job Creation and Education by Kevin Wheeler on May 22, 2009 Unemployment is an ugly thing.

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The Future of Leadership Development – Part II

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In networked, global organizations the need for a more flexible and less hierarchical development methodology is important. Over the past 2-3 years, organizations have been experimenting. We are really looking at hiring and training guerilla leaders, not leaders of traditional organizations. military may be leading in this, but I am sure other organizations are making progress, as well.

The Future of Leadership Development | Over the Seas

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Most people/organizations are feeling lost and are seeking direction. Current leadership skills suit hierarchical organizations best. Organizations where everyone has a leadership role and takes responsibility when appropriate will gain more acceptance. For more on everyone as a leader see the book by Joe Raelin of Northeastern University entitled Creating Leaderful Organizations: How to Bring Out Leadership in Everyone.