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M&A Integration: Three Ways to Keep Top Talent

m&a integrationM&A integration takes careful execution. In Mergers and Acquisitions: Three Ways to Keep Top Talent, in the June, 2015 issue of WorldatWork’s Workspan magazine, Axiom partner Juan Pablo Gonzalez explains how organizations can succeed in M&A integration by focusing on three priorities to capture the value of human capital that may be at risk during a merger or acquisition: intent, eligibility and award size.

WorldatWork members can find the original article in Workspan magazine here.

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5 Steps to a Talent Management Strategy that Addresses Business Needs and Realities

By Aaron Sorensen and Steve Strelsin

When it comes to your talent management strategy, ask yourself: Are we aiming too low? Should we settle for compliance with HR policies and programs? Or should we aim higher and turn talent management into a capability for winning the battle for business?

In helping organizations ranging from Fortune 500 companies to family-owned businesses, we’ve learned that there are five steps the HR leader must take to get off the talent treadmill and execute an integrated talent management strategy that actually delivers business results.

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Simplify: The Most Important Leadership Skill

By Steve Strelsin

April 6, 2015

An entire industry has been built around emulating great leaders. It began with the Greek philosopher Plutarch around 100 AD, who wrote The Lives of the Noble Greeks and Romans so that young people could learn from the experience of Achilles, Alexander the Great and other notable figures. Today, an Amazon search of books about “leadership” generates 136,344 results. Using the search term “Jack Welch” alone yields 1,787 titles.

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Gender Equality Research Measures Attitudes of European Males

Gender Equality Research

Gender Equality Research Among European Men

In our work helping organizations analyze, evaluate and implement gender equality programs, we have seen that one of the most powerful barriers preventing progress is an “us vs. them” mentality. Both males and females carry gender stereotypes. And it is important to recognize that conscious and unconscious attitudes contribute to this mindset. A deeper understanding of what men think about gender equality within their organization could help individual organizations make more informed decisions about where to invest their time and effort in promoting diversity and inclusion.

Download the report here.

Among the key findings:

  1. Men perceive personal value in gender equality beyond the classic business case argument that more diverse teams lead organizations to better results. Where gender equality prevails, leaders are more likely to be accepted for who they are; not stereotyped as a “company man.”
  2. Men who had or have a female manager are more conscious of the advantages of gender equality and they promote it more openly. We seem to have found a virtuous circle here: more female leaders lead to more buy-in from men.
  3. The implementation of gender-based quotas and concerns about shrinking long-term career opportunities most commonly drive men’s concerns about workplace gender equality. This is particularly true among men in the middle management layer.
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Aligning Strategy and Talent to Keep an Energy Company’s Competitive Edge

Opportunity:

A multibillion-dollar energy company was growing fast on the back of a compelling strategy and positive energy environment. Operating in a business with eye-watering capital requirements, our client had no problems raising the capital required to execute its business strategy. However, a lack of specialized human capital was beginning to threaten the organization’s ability to execute its strategy. Remarkably, some critical roles, if left unfilled, could literally halt operations at the cost of tens of millions of dollars per day. Furthermore, the organization was struggling to attract and retain talent in an extremely competitive labor market, and was resorting to writing ever-bigger checks in an attempt to stem the flow of talent.

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