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What’s Happened to “Human” Resources?

What’s Happened to “Human” Resources?

Metrics. They’ve taken over business. From the C-Suite to the front-line, everything is measured, evaluated and judged. Why? Mostly because we can easily measure things now. But there are limits to the value of metrics. You can only measure what is evident or what people are willing to divulge. You cannot measure the intangibles that drive people to believe in, or act on behalf of, an idea. As some wag put it recently, “You can’t measure the ROI of your mother.” So as HR departments pore over spreadsheets, and C-Suiters sweat over the results neatly presented in their...
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Part 15: The Meaningful Workplace – The Future Is Here

Part 15: The Meaningful Workplace – The Future Is Here

Summary Armed with engaged and motivated employees – housed in a meaningful workplace – a business becomes a powerful force against what Gary Hamel calls, “the threats of accelerating change, hyper-competition and commoditized knowledge.” The meaningful workplace is the workplace of the future. Its clearly stated ambition serves as a beacon to everyone in the workplace. The way it leaves employees feeling makes them eager to participate, collaborate and create. The behavior of the employees creates a meaningful culture that serves as a magnet to prospective recruits,...
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Part 14: The Meaningful Workplace – Self-propagating Meaning

Part 14: The Meaningful Workplace – Self-propagating Meaning

A process of self-discovery and self-identification “Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” –Vince Lombardi The focus in the development of a meaningful workplace really needs be on self-discovery and self-identification. It is about helping employees to be aware of, to identify with, and to connect to the ambitions, feelings and behaviors the business seeks in its workplace.  The efforts to build a meaningful workplace must not result in dictates, mandates or rule books....
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Where Is Your Brand on People’s “Trajectory of Life”?

Where Is Your Brand on People’s “Trajectory of Life”?

In a recent New York Times article, philosophy professor Todd May suggested that life has a trajectory which can be conceived narratively.  “A human life can be seen as a story, or as a series of stories that are more or less related”, he wrote. And then he asked, “What makes a trajectory a meaningful one?” This is important, May writes, because we find ourselves in an age of commerce, in which people “are currently encouraged to think of the themselves as either consumers or entrepreneurs”. May points out that this drive to be “shoppers of...
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Part 13: The Meaningful Workplace – Going Beyond Selling

Part 13: The Meaningful Workplace – Going Beyond Selling

Going beyond sending “messages” “The words printed here are concepts. You must go through the experiences.” – Saint Augustine It was earlier noted that people today – including employees and prospective recruits – are looking for more meaning in their lives. This shift has not only prompted companies to reconsider their business models, product offerings and workplaces, it has made them rethink the terms on which they engage people.  This is especially true when trying to build a meaningful workplace. It becomes far more involved than simply...
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Part 12: The Meaningful Workplace – Making It Happen

Part 12: The Meaningful Workplace – Making It Happen

Making it happen: the meaningful workplace master plan A meaningful workplace is built from the company’s master plan – a “strategic platform” used exclusively by senior management – that defines the three core elements of “ambition” (purpose), “feelings” (values)” and “behavior” (building a culture).  This master plan drives all subsequent activities, which include: Macro Plans – how the business itself will be evolved,  Group Plans – how groups of employees will be engaged, and  Solo Plans...
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Corporate Culture Becomes Behavior

Corporate Culture Becomes Behavior

“Behavior” is the new “corporate culture” “If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.” – Albert Einstein A business’s fate is determined in large part by its culture. A “business culture” is the reality created by how people act, react and interact with each other based on their attitudes, beliefs and ambitions. The most damaging business cultures are those in which aggression, neglect and punishment leave employees feeling they have no reason to commit their energies and skills, share their ideas or help the company...
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Part 10: The Meaningful Workplace – Values Become Feelings

Part 10: The Meaningful Workplace – Values Become Feelings

“Feelings” are the new “values” “People may not remember exactly what you did, or what you said, but they will always remember how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou The goal of employee engagement is to drive employee attitudes, behavior, morality and ethics in such a way as to improve their productivity, morale, satisfaction and usefulness within the organization. However, many companies have struggled with converting their proclaimed “values” into compelling, work-changing experiences for their employees.  Often, the problems...
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Attracting Talent To Your Business – Recruiting The Emotive Branding Way

Perhaps the most significant outcome of the emotive branding process is the new story you’re able to tell. It’s a story that engages people on a different level than most recruitment communications. Why? Because it answers that very question… it explains why it is particulary worthwhile to work for your company. It marries the necessary rational information with a strong dose of emotion. It transforms work from something one has to do, to something one wants to do. It attracts top quality people who bring the kinds of values and behavior that will make your company stronger...
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McGuire Indoor 2011

McGuire Indoor 2011

See the full gallery on Posterous The 2011 refresh of the McGuire Furniture Collection uses a documentary style to showcase existing clients proudly sharing “their McGuire” in the context of their own homes. Showing the product in real, lived-in environments helps illustrate the potential of the brand and help new users to become inspired. The collection of photographs and stories is followed by a statement of relevancy on design, collections, quality and craftsmanship. Proud to say “My...
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