Drum Roll, Please


Finally: the moment you’ve all been anxiously awaiting.

The winner of the 2014 HR Analytics Haiku Contest is Evan Sinar!! (Cue wild applause and confetti.)

Evan’s winning haiku captures something of the very essence of analytics:

The perilous route
From raw data to actions
Analytics guides

As the winner, Evan will receive copies of two must-reads: the HR Analytics Handbook and Haiku U.

Congratulations, Evan, and thanks to everyone for all the clever, funny submissions we received.  We enjoyed reading them, interpreting them, debating them, and, of course, counting their syllables.

3 Meta-Trends to Harness in 2014


As 2013 draws to a close, the economies of most of the developed world continue to recover from the Great Recession at a painfully slow pace.  But a convergence of three meta-trends is laying the foundation for a brighter future:

1.  Sustainability is becoming mainstream.  After decades of operating at the periphery of corporate operations, sustainability is increasingly seen as a  source of competitive advantage.   As a result, it is now receiving an unprecedented level of attention from Boards of Directors.

2.  Corporations are increasingly naked.  Although there is a lot of kicking and screaming, corporate transparency is on the rise.  “Technology-fueled people power“, combined with initiatives that are underway to force greater transparency, are chipping away at corporate secrecy and beginning to usher in a new era of more open corporate behavior and decision-making.

3.  Human potential is being unleashed.  There are (at least) three aspects to this:

  • MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are making learning available to anyone with internet access
  • “ObamaCare” is making health care more accessible in the United States, thereby reducing people’s need to stay at jobs just for the health insurance
  • The increasingly diverse generational mix of the workforce fosters a fertile environment for innovation (even as it simultaneously creates new managerial challenges)

Separately, but especially together, these trends create tremendous opportunities on the “people side” of the business for those organizations understanding and embracing these forces, and put them to work to create sustainable competitive advantage.

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12 Questions to Enhance Your Career, Part 2


As noted in last month’s newsletter, among our clients, the “better question folks” enjoy disproportionate success.  A key to career success often involves taking a step back and assessing things from a different perspective than many of your colleagues.

The first of the eight questions we proposed last month was the following: “If I were offered the opportunity, would I invest any of my personal assets in my organization?”  If your answer to this question ranged somewhere between “Not so sure” and “You’ve got to be kidding me,” here’s a set of questions for your consideration:

1.  What is it about your organization that makes it a poor choice for investors?

2.  What would it take to turn this situation around?

3.  What role can your department (or function, location, etc.) play in improving the attractiveness of your company to investors?

4.  What does this suggest about the measures and analysis you should be providing to your CEO, Board of Directors, and investors, that would help move your organization in the right direction?

And consider this bonus question: Given your answers to all 12 proposed questions, what role can you play in improving the attractiveness of your company to investors?  Consider possible options for how you might take that path in the days and weeks ahead.  (And if your answer is “none” then you are either working in a hopeless situation, or you have become complacent.  In either case, a change of scenery may be in order.)

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HR Raging Debates


This week, I’m taking part in a discussion on “HR Raging Debates,” sponsored by Halogen Software.

We begin with a discussion on “Talent Shortages – Really?” and go from there.

Please check out the discussion – and use the commenting feature to add your own voice to the debate!

McBassi CEO Laurie Bassi to speak at 2013 i4cp conference


Dr. Laurie Bassi, the CEO of McBassi and chair of the SHRM HR metrics standards committee, will speak at the i4cp 2013 Annual Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, March 18 – 21, 2013.

Laurie will speak on “HR Standards: Updates, Controversies, and Next Steps.”

Two significant HR standards-setting initiatives are underway – one under the auspices of SHRM and the second by the Center for Talent Reporting.  Laurie led the most controversial among these efforts – an attempt to create Guidelines for Reporting on HC Metrics to Investors – and will discuss both these broad-based initiatives, as well as why the Investor Metrics standard has been withdrawn and what this means going forward.


Join us for upcoming webinar on Good Seller


Join Laurie Bassi and Bob Sherlock for our January 2013 webinar “Good Seller = Great Performance.”

We know from the research behind Good Company that being a Good Seller pays off.  Companies that systematically do the right thing as sellers achieve greater financial success.  That’s because the good opinion of your company’s key constituencies – especially customers and prospect – matters a great deal to enterprise value.

But what if your company isn’t yet performing as well as you’d like in this area?  How can you affect how customers and prospects feel about your company?

In this brief, focused webinar, McBassi CEO Laurie Bassi, teams up with strategic marketer Bob Sherlock to review how to assess where you are and build greater Brand Preference for your company:

  • A simple framework for assessing your current degree of brand strength, and for building on that foundation
  • How to get customers and prospects to recognize the Worthiness your company already exhibits
  • Moves you can make to better stand out in your marketplace

Date and time: Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 11:00 am to 12:00 noon EST.

Click here to register.

Space is limited – register today!

McBassi, KnowledgeAdvisors partnership announced


I’m delighted to report that earlier today, McBassi and KnowledgeAdvisors announced our partnership: full details available here.

Good Company wins award


Exciting news: we’ve just received word that Choice Magazine, the official publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, has selected Good Company as one of the winners of its Outstanding Academic Title award.

Join us for upcoming webinar on “How to Get to Good”


Don’t miss Laurie Bassi and JJ Jordan in November as part of our Good Company webinar series: “Good Company = Great Performance: How to ‘Get to Good.'”

The world’s leading companies already understand: to produce sustainably great results, they have to be a good company.

In this dynamic webinar you will explore and learn:

  • How the best companies beat the competition by being good employers, sellers and stewards
  • Just how good is your company, really?
  • How your company can “change for good” – and stay that way

For your convenience, the webinar is being offered at two different times:

  • Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 3:00 to 4:00 pm EST
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 11:00 am to 12:00 noon EST

Space is limited – click here to register today!


How to create more value from employee surveys


A new McBassi article from the September 2012 issue of Talent Management is now available.

Click to find out how HR leaders are using survey data to drive business results!