The New Groupthink: Problems with Teams
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - May, 2012
A recent survey found that 91 percent of high-level managers believe teams are the key to success. But the evidence doesn’t always support this assertion. There are insidious disadvantages to teamwork, notes Professor Heidi K. Gardner in her April 2012 Harvard Business Review article, “Coming Through When It Matters Most.” “Just when teams most need to draw on the full range of their members’ knowledge to produce the high...
What Happens to Your Brand When Change Hits?
by Valerie Sokolosky - May, 2012
Working 15 years as a change management consultant in Fortune 500 companies, I learned how leaders handle the stress that often accompanies changes like a reorganization, downsizing (or whatever sizing is the buzz word of the day!), mergers or acquisition, and even having a new boss. What can you do during these difficult times to show your strengths and never deviate from your strong brand? Here are a few tips – not on...
The Puzzle of Disability
by Bill Osterndorf - May, 2012
In the last few years, there have been dramatic changes to the focus points at the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP). While for many years, OFCCP had little interest in issues concerning veterans and persons with disabilities, these groups are now at the forefront of OFCCP's efforts. We know this is true in part because of the proposed regulations regarding veterans that were...
Recap from the OFCCP’s Webinar:
by Jacquelyn Peterson - May, 2012
Status of Pending Compliance Evaluations of Entities that Participate in TRICARE Networks On April 25, 2012, the OFCCP announced that it rescinded its Directive 293, which is the OFCCP policy that determines if healthcare providers and insurers who use TRICARE are covered contractors or subcontractors. It was rescinded due to recent changes in the healthcare industry and pending litigation; such as, the OFCCP vs. Florida...
OFCCP Enforcement Issues: Ready or Not Here It Comes!!
by Sandra Zeigler, Esq. - May, 2012
On April 18, 2012, the subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions of the Committee on Education and the Workforce held a hearing on the potential impact of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs' regulatory and enforcement actions. The areas covered included the proposed Section 503 (disability), Section 4212 (protected veterans) and Compensation data elements of the proposed revised scheduling lett...
What does it really mean to be an Affirmative Action Employer?
by Terri Swain - May, 2012
It never fails in our office. The frantic phone call because a Department of Labor Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) audit letter shows up on a desk, two weeks after sitting on the President's desk, with the yellow sticky note "please handle." Before fear and panic set in, here are some pointers for keeping ahead of the scary audit letter. Explore if your organization IS covered by the Affirmative...
Career Coach: Advice for blushers and job hunters
by Dr. Joyce E. A. Russell - May, 2012
Managing a difficult co-worker Q:I have a co-worker in another office who often scolds me via e-mail and adds additional names to the “cc:” line. It is not as embarrassing as it is annoying. How do I approach her tactfully to put an end to this? A: E-mail is often used inappropriately. It is definitely not the best forum for delivering bad or uncomfortable news. The e-mails often escalate back and forth and then the issu...
Make Job Promotion a Reality For You
by Betty Cohen - May, 2012
Whether you’re outdoors reveling in the warm air or you’re a curious window shopper gazing at the new pastel-colored clothing in store windows, it is clear; we’re now well into Spring. And, to many of us, that is a welcome change. With a new season often comes a desire for transition in other parts of our lives as well, such as creating a fresh new look in our garden or home decor. But, let’s not stop there. As part of this...
Focus: A powerful element in job search
by Dawn Bugni - May, 2012
(This is a long post, but hang with me …) It’s unusual for our land line to ring much anymore. It’s more unusual for us to answer it. Most of our friends and family have made the transition to our cell numbers. I keep our “house phone” for ease and comfort during client intake consultations. Anymore, incoming calls on that line are telemarketers, and now, political pitches. When the phone rang at 6 o’clock on Friday nig...
How to Develop Emotional Intelligence (EI)
by Dr. Maynard Brusman - May, 2012
I recently spoke with the director of human resources a San Francisco Bay Area company regarding providing executive coaching for the company’s CEO. The director of human resources asked some very insightful questions to determine whether we were a good fit. She specifically wanted to know how I worked with different personality styles, and my methods for initiating behavior change. She was very interested in my executive coac...
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