Wait and Zap Performance Management

“I hate performance appraisals. They work against the very thing we desire – improved performance. Peter Block, W. Edwards Deming, Philip Crosby and Steven Covey harangue[lecture] against them, and if they can’t change organisational fascination with this annual bloodletting ritual, I don’t imagine my words will help either. Nonetheless, I’ll try” – Rick Maurer Listen to this conversation: Manager: Mary, you had a good year except for the problem on the AnnatermGas account. Employee: I thought that was no longer a problem. I’m not sure why we have … [Read more...]

TALENT Management: How ONE Great Employee Can Change the World!

At the beginning of every great business success there's a human capital story - Dave Lefkow, CEO Talentspark Introduction – the other story of success The narratives we have been using to describe public, corporate and personal successes have been incomplete. Yes, we have been guilty of a single story. We tell stories of the successes of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Apple, Microsoft, Dangote, Adenuga, Fashola, GTBank, Oando, Oyedepo, Adeboye, Sam Adeyemi, Fola Adeola, Daystar, Gani Fawehinmi etc. It almost sounds as though these people are the only … [Read more...]

Nigeria Decides 2015: Hiring the Next President

Next month Nigeria decides. Nigerian people decide the fate of our nation. The fate of generations unborn. Few decisions can compare to the weight of this decision. The weight of the import of this decision is overwhelming. Such is the weight that rests upon each voter’s card. Who would ever have thought that a simple plastic card could wield such power? It has crossed my mind that some may shy away from voting because of the enormity of this decision. Is this the first time we are going to the polls? No. Is there something different about this time? … [Read more...]

The Spirit Behind Strategy

“This new century is a time of extraordinary complexity, opportunity, and risk” – Tony Manning, Making Sense of Strategy Introduction Where are we now? We are in a transition. We are probably in the only time on earth when having a strategy and not having a strategy is a good thing. Call it organised chaos! But if you are looking for ‘a method out of the madness’ it is still better to have the semblance of a strategy than otherwise. But where are we coming from? We were coming from the realization that strategy, on its own, was not enough. Just … [Read more...]

The Return on Right Hiring (ROR)

The old adage “People are your most important asset” is wrong. People are not your most important asset. The right people are. - Jim Collins (Good to Great) The story is simple and I remember it now for it bears a semblance to the issue of right hiring at hand. The Emperor’s New clothes. Depending on when you grew up or the school you attended (no pun intended), then you would be familiar with the story. "The Emperor's New Clothes" is a short tale about two swindlers posing as cloth weavers who promised an Emperor a new suit of clothes that are … [Read more...]

Technology meets Human Resources

The full title of this article is Technology meets HR: Selecting and Justifying the Right Solution. I had my first chance to publicly crystallize my thoughts and research on the confluence of HR and Technology at an international HR conference held in Ghana in 2009. Then, like now, my task as the speaker, was to provide HR professionals and business executives with a sort of road map for selecting and justifying investments in people management technology. In choosing the right solution your objective is to get a solution that meets your needs at the … [Read more...]

NIS Recruitment Crash: The HR Manifesto

With the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) recruitment held on the 15th of March 2014, which claimed precious lives, a humongous price has been paid for our ignorance and existing mindset, with regards to recruitment in Nigeria. We must learn from this. We will learn from this. And here is the matter: our philosophy to recruitment in Nigeria is fundamentally flawed and everyone is at fault. To learn successfully from this avoidable incidence, we must unearth the foundational issues surrounding how we in the public and private sectors view … [Read more...]