Ben Daubney, Vanson Bourne – The link between strategic alignment and staff productivity

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Ben Daubney, Research Partner at Vanson Bourne discusses a recent study investigating business execution methods used by over 400 organizations across Europe, North America, Australia and India. Ben shares features that differentiate high performing companies from those that struggle to achieve strategic workforce alignment.The study found that merely taking an active, open minded approach toward exploring methods for strategy execution is associated with higher levels of performance.  In other words, it pays to be curious about improving your company’s business execution capability.

A report detailing the research study can be found at the following link along with a short questionnaire to assess your company’s business execution focus: www.the-next-economy.com. But don’t just read it, hear it first hand from the author by listening to Ben Daubney, this week on Business Execution Radio.

Adrian Bray, Shirlaws – Aligning employees around the things that drive company valuation

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Adrian Bray, Business Coach and head of Professional Services for Shirlaws Consulting, discusses methods for increasing the overall valuation of organizations.  He discusses how companies can integrate financial strategies with executive coaching techniques to radically increase the overall valuation of the organization.  Adrian explains why companies must look beyond profit as the sole driver of a company’s financial value.  He also shares what is required to get employees to move away from traditional business mindsets and embrace innovative strategies that will accelerate a company’s market value.

It is rare to find a person with Adrian’s unique mix of financial knowledge and executive coaching skills. Learn what happens when you mix financial know how with change management expertise – this week on Business Execution Radio.

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Alison Eyring, Ph.D. – Supporting Business Growth in Emerging Markets

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Alison Eyring is CEO of Organisation Solutions and an Adjunct Business Professor at the National University of Singapore.   Alison discusses the realities of growing a business in the APAC emerging markets including China, India, and Indonesia.   She explains three levels of change companies have to address when expanding into markets characterized by large scale economic expansion:  adapting the organization, developing effective leadership styles, and managing individual challenges.

Competing in the emerging APAC economies is often characterized as a high risk-high return undertaking.  Learn how you can decrease the risk while maximizing the return when working in this region of the world – this week on Business Execution Radio.

Susan Meisinger- SPHR, JD: Making HR relevant to business leaders

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Susan Meisinger is former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).  Since leaving SHRM, Susan has focused on writing,speaking, and consulting on human resource management issues.  Susan shares insights from her experience as CEO of the world’s largest professional association devoted to human resource management.  She identifies common mistakes that occur when HR professionals try to make HR topics relevant to non-HR business leaders.  Susan also talks about strategies to ensure HR is collaborating with line leaders to drive business execution, and how to avoid having HR be seen as purely an administrative, support function.

When it comes to knowing what HR does well and how it can do things better, there are few people who can match Susan Meisinger’s experience.  Hear what she has to say – this week on Business Execution Radio.

John Hollon- TLNT.com: Workforce management in post-recession economy

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John Hollon, Vice President of Editorial for TLNT.com and ERE Media discusses changes in the talent landscape that are occurring as the US economy transitions into apost- recession economy.   Drawing on his extensive experience reporting on the world of work, John shares some alarming data related to turnover risk as the economy recovers.   He then discusses how the need to increase employee engagement is leading to innovations in the use of collaborative technology to improve the cores skills required to be an effective manager.

Research suggests one in three of your employees may be actively seeking work in a company other than yours.  Want to know what can you do now so they don’t leave tomorrow?  Listen to John Hollon, this week on Business Execution Radio.

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Richard Donkin- Author: The Future of Work

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Richard Donkin has studied the nature of work for over 20 years as a columnist for the Financial Times focusing on work and employment, and as a regular contributorto Human Resources Magazine.  Richard talks about his new book, The Future of Work.  He discusses how trends in workforce demographics, social networking, and performance measurement are turning employees into suppliers:  people who view work as something they do for themselves as much as they do it for others.  How is work changing and what does it mean for you – find out this week on Business Execution Radio.

Todd Raphael- ERE Media: Four changes transforming how companies recruit talent

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Todd Raphael is chief Editor in Chief at ERE Media, a leading provider of information on talent acquisition and recruiting.  Todd discusses what companies are doingto build the workforces required to support their business strategies, and explains four issues that are driving major changes in the world of recruiting:

·         The rise of social media.  Social media allows companies to fulfill the vision of maintaining external candidate pools.  But it poses challenges on how to differentiate your company’s message from the large amount of job information bombarding candidates.

·         Growing use of contingent workers.  Contingent and temporary workers have become a significant portion of many company’s workforce.  This poses challenges around how to effectively select and retain employees “who aren’t actually employees”.

·         The aging workforce.  We still aren’t getting any younger.  Companies have known about the aging workforce for more than a decade, but now that they are starting to retire companies are grappling with what it means to lose large numbers of your most skilled employees.

·         Greater need for skills translation.  As the economy shifts we are seeing surpluses of workers in certain sectors (e.g., construction) and shortages in others (e.g., healthcare).  Leading companies are finding ways to transition candidates from one sector of the economy to another.

Want insight into the next generation of recruiting techniques?   Listen to Todd Raphael, this week on BizX Radio!

Steven T. Hunt, Ph.D.- SuccessFactors: What you should go back and listen to again from 2010

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Dr. Steve Hunt, the host of Business Execution Radio provides a short recap of shows recorded in 2010.  He summarizes some of the topics addressed this year and specific shows worth revisiting.  This includes:

Using social media to drive business results: Suzy Tonini (episode 76) and Ross Fubini (86)

High performance work environments: Paul Limbrey (83)

Leveraging HRIS technology for Business Execution: Nick MacIlvane (81)

Decreasing biases in hiring, pay, and promotion decisions: Tony Greenwald (89)

Employee confidence and company performance: Jeffrey Saltzman (87) & Scott Brooks (84)

Getting from strategy to execution: Nilofer Merchant (88)

Workspaces, telecommuting and business performance: Glenn Dirks (78) & Georgia Perkey (80)

Influence of performance measurement on business execution: Dean Spitzer (77) & Jahn Ballard (79)

This is a just a small portion the valuable content in our archives.  We look forward to continuing this dialogue as we move into 2011.  Let us know if there are topics or guests or you would like hear on Business Execution Radio as we move into our 3rd year on the air.

Ken DeMeuse, Ph.D. – Korn/Ferry: The influence of learning agility on business results

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Dr. Ken DeMeuse is Associate Vice President of Research for Korn/Ferry Leadership and Talent Consulting, the division of Korn/Ferry that includes Lominger products and services.  Ken explains the concept of learning agility and how it impact leadership and business execution.  Drawing on extensive qualitative andquantitative research, he discusses the 5 major aspects of learning agility and their influence on performance.  Of particular interest is Ken’s description of the limitations of learning agility and examples showing how high learning agility can actually hurt performance in some situations.

Learning agility is increasingly considered to be one of the major predictors of leadership potential.  Find out what it is, how to measure it, and its advantages and disadvantages this week on Business Execution Radio.

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Enrique Washington- Generator Group: Getting the talent you need to execute.

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Enrique Washington, co-founder of Generator Group discusses methods for ensuring your company has the talent needed to support its business strategies. Drawing on his extensive experience in recruiting, Enrique discusses what line managers need to do to ensure they have access to the right talent at the right time. He also provides insight into what it takes to find and hire the best candidates.

Find out how to get the “right people on the bus” – this week on Business Execution Radio.