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Career Planning & Development


Career Planning is the process of defining an individual’s career goals and creating a road map that will build skills and knowledge to best forecast success through goal achievement. Development is the process of growing through experiences, often paired strategically with formal programs or informal learning within organizations.

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Early Career Experience: How BD Develops Global, Customer-Focused Leaders

By Edward Franzone /Senior Director of Worldwide Learning and Development, BD

The Early Career Experience is designed to accelerate the career development and networking of its members. As a result of completing this program, we wanted participants to (1) gain an understanding of BD's varied businesses; (2) build a personal network that crosses BD's worldwide businesses, func... Read More

CDW: Integrated Talent Management

By Bpi   /CEO, Best Practice Institute

Faced with a three headed beast of unaligned processes, a rapidly growing talent population and too many technology platforms, CDW marshaled its entire human resources group to bring order to the chaos. Transforming talent management from an isolated event to an on-going and integrated effort that a... Read More
This case is a summary of A. O. Smith Corporation’s journey towards aligning and developing talent within a global business environment.  All salaried employees participate in the core talent management process – performance management.  This includes goal alignment, skills assessment(s) and i... Read More
This case study describes the design of a comprehensive, multi-module leadership development program that was created to anchor an evolving talent management strategy.   ... Read More
A focused employee retention initiative utilizing career development, management training, team agreements, and employee surveying as tools for creating a preferred place of employment in the telecommunications industry.This case outlines a successful effort used by Cellular One to consciously incre... Read More

A Global Career Development Process (Career Fitness) for all employees designed to create a culture for continuous learning and personal responsibility for career growth through career management, coaching, and advising.

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This case study outlines a self-assessment, personal change-based program that is designed to develop managers within this merged healthcare organization.In this case study, you will find:•    Building the Business Case•    Best Practice Study•    Assessment and Development Planning... Read More
This chapter describes the talent management framework, models, and approach implemented by Ecolab, Inc. for building their leadership bench strength to support growth in their business. Ecolab’s approach is based on implementing leadership development systems that promote individual action planni... Read More

Research


Retaining Employees in the Liquid Workforce

By Bpi   /CEO, Best Practice Institute

I put the following quick-react-report together in response to questions concerning how to retain employees beyond the first few years in the organization. Read More
The global workforce is made up of 4 generations. By 2025 there will be five generations in the workforce. Each generation displays some unique behaviors and how they perform tasks. Although multiple generations in the workforce are not new, the makeup of the workforce and the reliance on technology... Read More
Re-alignment of Human Resource Departments from transactional to the transformational has been taking place for the last 20 years. In the past, HR departments were more of a support organization. Many Senior Managers and Executives believed that Human Resource Departments should be more strategic in... Read More
Consultative Selling is a process that builds relationships. It makes sales, but as important, it secures a continuing partnership. The process takes its time to draw specific information from prospects that gives dimension to the customer’s needs and wants. This information then provides the d... Read More

3 Studies in Process Leadership Technology

By Bpi   /CEO, Best Practice Institute

Process leadership is a big picture approach, a holistic, whole systems look. It aims to build or re-engineer effective processes and manage them for the delivery of business goals. Read More

Best Practices in Contingent Workforce Transformation

By Bpi   /CEO, Best Practice Institute

The US Department of Labor defines a contingent worker as “a temporary member of an organization who does not possess a contract for permanent employment.” Under that guidance contingent workers include, part-time, contractors, on call, workers hired for a specific period, professional employmen... Read More
Re-alignment of Human Resource Departments from transactional to the transformational has been taking place for the last 20 years. In the past, HR departments were more of a support organization. Many Senior Managers and Executives believed that Human Resource Departments should be more strategic in... Read More
Over the last few years, a growing phenomenon in performance management (PM) throughout premier companies such as Adobe, General Electric, and JP Morgan Chase has been exchanging the traditional annual performance review for a system of ongoing development discussions. Why has this phenomenon beg... Read More
When business dictates the next step is stretching outside the U.S., organizations must tread with care. While the company may have a domestic talent strategy, there is much to consider when looking for overseas talent. Each country has its own unique set of challenges, from how to obtain and tra... Read More

Contingent Workforce Research Report

By Bpi   /CEO, Best Practice Institute

This report begins with a discussion of the different options available for managing a global contingent workforce program. The data for the program options were gathered from reports and interviews. The discussion is followed by the interviews, summary of results, recommendations, and list of re... Read More

Strategies for Capturing Lost Knowledge for Employee Exits

By Bpi   /CEO, Best Practice Institute

Knowledge held closely is an asset. Knowledge shared is a treasure. With all the investment in corporate knowledge management systems, so much still depends on human nature. And, that presents a real risk to organizational performance and futures. In an economic ecosystem that tolerates and promote... Read More

Most Loved Workplace Research

By Bpi   /CEO, Best Practice Institute

A new study from Best Practice Institute has revealed some surprising results. In a global survey of over 150 Fortune 1000 organizations companies, we’ve shown that employees who love their workplace are up to 4 times more likely to perform at a higher level than those who do not. This reveal dat... Read More

Test and Learns

By Bpi   /CEO, Best Practice Institute

“Test and Learn” is a term given to business practices aimed at accelerating performance. It assumes that learning is largely a heuristic behavior of trial and error. It’s a pragmatic learning experience in which people are satisfied with “good enough” solutions that could be optimal ... Read More

Benchmarking Best Talent Practices

By Bpi   /CEO, Best Practice Institute

1. Mentoring Programs Best Practices 2. Best Practices on Creative Approaches to High Potential Identification 3. Moving HR Technology – best practices in switching HRIS/HCM providers 4. Best Practices in Rotational Development Programs 5. Best Practices in Performance Management Transitio... Read More

Comparison of Performance Management Vendors

By Bpi   /CEO, Best Practice Institute

The following is a survey of tools that enable the employee feedback that supports performance appraisals. The intent is to identify and measure those tools that compete directly with Skillrater. I have found that the “big” tools serve Human Resources and Human Capital Management in extensivel... Read More

Matching Analytics to HR’s Chief Goals

By Bpi   /CEO, Best Practice Institute

Almost every aspect of workforce management and top talent identification is viewed as a “high” or “very high” in terms of importance by the HR professionals in our survey. This shows that analytics has the potential to impact talent management at every level but may also signify that anal... Read More
When business dictates the next step is stretching outside the U.S., organizations must tread with care. While the company may have a domestic talent strategy, there is much to consider when looking for overseas talent. Each country has its own unique set of challenges, from how to obtain and tr... Read More

GLOBAL TALENT MANAGEMENT TRENDS FOR 2016

By Bpi   /CEO, Best Practice Institute

Continued global commercial volatility and unpredictability means talent strategies are constantly evolving. Talent scarcity remains a pressing concerns for most HR principles in 2016 and this is being reflected by a heavy strategic focus on talent sourcing and retention. Surprisingly, in a ... Read More

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John Nelson is a veteran of organization transformation. Whether it is the result of an integration from a merger/acquisition or due to an internal reorganization, John has built a model based on his personal experiences with organizations such as Diversey, Ritz-Carlton Hotels, Baxalta, Cargill, Med... Read More
Sally Helgesen is the bestselling author of seven books including her latest book, "How Women Rise," co-authored with Marshall Goldsmith. In this session, Sally will draw on decades of stories and insights to identify the twelve most common habits that undermine women in their quest to become more s... Read More

Digital Tools - Using HR Analytics in a Powerful Way

By Agnes Johansen /Vice President People and Leadership, Equinor

HR needs to become a more active business partner to leaders in helping them make more informed leadership decisions. In order to do so, HR must take part in the process of providing data in a highly participative and contextual manner. In an effort to become better at using digital tools for HR an... Read More

What Leaders need to know in order to create and sustain an agile organizational culture

By Mary Eggers /Senior Partner and co-developer of “Whole-Scale® Change.”, Dannemiller Tyson Associates (DTA)

Working with organizations around the globe, we have found it universally true that people support what they help to create. This session focuses on a few of the robust Whole-Scale® principles and models that support an agile, empowered culture. Read More
Bruce Cryer draws upon a diverse professional background in business management, leadership development, and resilience training, along with refined artistic skills as a singer, writer, dancer, and photographer in helping people find their creative brilliance in business and personal life. Bruc... Read More
Businesses, especially global ones, are challenged to keep pace with the speed of change in their industry. Emerging competition, regulatory standards, M&A’s, new technology, and changing customer demands are forcing organizations to rethink their business models, corporate culture, organizational... Read More

On Demand Webinars


Filling the talent pipeline for skilled workers can be a challenge. Talent acquisition should not hold back growth for technology-enabled manufacturing. How can organizations find and retain talent in challenging environments? Companies are thinking creatively to find ways to address talent short... Read More
What kind of flexibility, agility, and changes are needed to acquire, hire, develop, and enable the high performance of the next generation/multi-generational workforce? Read More
The BPI Senior Executive Board holds a benchmarking and dialogue session the second Tuesday of each month. Come prepared to learn and share your knowledge and expertise - as well as take part in BPI's process of team development and transformation online. Each Senior Executive Board member may bring... Read More
The BPI Senior Executive Board holds a benchmarking and dialogue session the second Tuesday of each month. Come prepared to learn and share your knowledge and expertise - as well as take part in BPI's process of team development and transformation online. Each Senior Executive Board member may bring... Read More

BPI Research Presentation - HR Business Partner Alignment

By Bpi   /CEO, Best Practice Institute

The BPI Senior Executive Board holds a benchmarking and dialogue session the second Tuesday of each month. Come prepared to learn and share your knowledge and expertise - as well as take part in BPI's process of team development and transformation online. Each Senior Executive Board member may bring... Read More
Enabling our company to transform after a merger/acquisition/major change, yet harnessing the existing momentum and bringing them along. Read More

Managing Virtual Workers Today

By Bob Nelson /Author of The 1001 Rewards & Recognition Fieldbook and 1001 Ways to Energize Employees

Forty percent of today’s employees work virtually, soon to be 50 percent by 2020. Thirty-six percent of employees would give up a pay raise for the ability to work remotely; forty percent would be willing to take a pay cut for that option. Is your company maximizing this labor source, making it ... Read More

Career and Organization Performance

By Jeff Davidson /Author of The 1001 Rewards & Recognition Fieldbook and 1001 Ways to Energize Employees

Learn how to quickly and easily bust through ruts, get into high gear, experience more of what you want, and take charge of your day. Join Jeff Davidson who holds the registered trademark "The Work-life Balance Expert" from the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and travels throughout the U.... Read More

Leadership During Crisis

By Martha Johnson /White House Office's Office of Presidential Personnel, Clinton-Gore Administration and Former Administrator, GSA

Inspired by first hand accounts and interviews with leaders throughout the public and private sector, leadership expert Harry Hutson and for GSA Adminstrator Martha Johnson examined leaders effected by tramautic events such as 9/11, the Oklahoma City & Boston bombings, Hurricane Katrina, hostile tak... Read More

BD's Early Career Experience Program

By Edward Franzone /Senior Director of Worldwide Learning and Development, BD

Ed Franzone, former Senior Director of Worldwide Learning and Development at BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) will present the design, implementation and outcomes of an innovative program designed to accelerate the development of BD’s early career high-potential population. Read More

Benchmarking Best of Best Practices

By Louis Carter /CEO, BPI

Best Practice benchmarking is a critical first step toward developing and designing a leading edge program, system, or intervention within your organization. Before you venture out on your own to diagnose your own system, or if you have already begun designing, it is sage advice to look externally t... Read More

Giving Performance Feedback Live

By Paul Plotczyk /CLO, Best Practice Institute

"Do a performance appraisal! Can I give a speech instead?” Although studies have shown that one of the most feared tasks amongst people is to give a speech, many managers would argue that giving performance feedback may rank higher. Most of us have forgotten that the primary purpose of conv... Read More

The Evolution of the People Development Strategy at H.J. Heinz

By Kimberly Janson /CEO, Janson Associates and Author of Demystifying Talent Management

Kim Janson, Vice President of Global Leadership and Organization Development at H.J. Heinz will present the business need, design, and implementation of programs and practices that support the people development strategy at H.J. Heinz. Her effective approach to implementation is an excellent example... Read More

SEB: BenchMark-It Session with Dottie Brienza (Topic: Key Talent Pools)

By Dottie Brienza /VP/ Global Head of Organizational Performance, Bristol Myers Squibb

What key talent pools are critical to establish and manage at an enterprise level (i.e. owned by the EC), and what best practices should be enabled for each pool (eg. assessment, development, movement, compensation, succession) in order to best accelerate a robust leadership pipeline? Dottie Brie... Read More
Haig Nalbantian is Senior Partner and Founder/Leader of Mercer Workforce Sciences Institute Read More
This session explores a powerful foundation for driving fundamental business and culture change through integrated talent management. Based on performance standards linked to functional career paths, we will cover the business logic, architecture, development, and implementation methodology as well ... Read More
Ask any successful CEO on what basis s/he hires and promotes people and you will hear “integrity”, “passion for the work”, “imagination”, “entrepreneurial drive” and an array of similar qualities often known – neither helpfully nor correctly – as soft skills. In this webinar ... Read More
David Ulrich and Norm Smallwood are Partners at The RBL Group Read More
GE’s former boss, Jack Welch, once said, “The Jack Welch of the future cannot be like me”. Leaders at all levels are now being called on to work in new and different ways, particularly during these tough economic times. This highly interactive webinar will help leaders: challenge their assumpt... Read More
Bev Kaye is author of Love 'Em or Lose 'Em Suzy Walther is the Global Head of Career Development at Bloomberg. Bev Kaye and Suzy Walther walk through the business case at Bloomberg for Career Development and the how the program was designed. Read More
Valerie Norton is VP of Talent Management and Acquisition at Broadridge Financial. Valerie shares strategies and models to build culture and leadership to drive growth. Read More
Brian Hults is Vice President Organization and People Development at Newell-Rubbermaid. Brian shares information on Newell-Rubbermaid's Learning Culture and Succession Planning. Read More
This webinar will describe the key career related responses that employees across the generations want from their organizations, and the steps they need to take to answer these questions for themselves. It will also look at the expectations we have of managers as well as HR professionals. Participan... Read More

Unlocking Internal Innovation

By Kaihan Krippendorff /CEO of Outthinker, author, speaker, Wharton Executive Education

When a business faces new obstacles, the management invariably turns to one of two approaches: option-narrowing and rule-following. They either apply logic to define and narrow down a seemingly complete set of options or they follow a formula of behaviors that have proven successful in the past. How... Read More
Great leaders mobilize, galvanize and uplift. They sprinkle in a dash of fear — to spur action. They take a group and make it a team. They hold their inspirees firmly on belay, lest they descend into panic or complacency. It looks like magic. But, like any magic act, there is a formula to courage-... Read More
Developing the supply and quality of leaders an organization needs in the future is among most executives’ top priorities. At the same time, surveys of these same leaders indicate that many are not confident that their current talent management initiatives will, in fact, successfully fill the lead... Read More
Today there is more pressure than ever to find ways to achieve better business results. We need to know what is possible, and put people in roles that will achieve that possibility. That is what “aligning potential” is about… it is about making sure that our employees are doing the best that t... Read More
The new economic environment has been described as “tough”; “catastrophic”; “devastating”; and “historic” among other things. It can also be described as a reset, a re-definition and therefore an opportunity for the strongest businesses to not only survive, but to prosper over the lo... Read More
This webinar will focus on moving from what we do to develop our people to “realized development” – to identify barriers that make transfer to real work application difficult and to help identify how to move to what Dr. Peters calls the “development space,” where real learning takes place.... Read More
In this webinar, participants will learn: why people do what they do, the secret to tapping discretionary effort, new ways to measure performance, and how to build and sustain long-term performance improvement. Participants will also learn the following about the program: -The Perils of Tradi... Read More
Today’s leaders and change agents are expected to build a work environment in which their key employees thrive, constantly learn and give their discretionary effort to their organization. Talent-minded leaders know that if their organization is to be productive and competitive, they must not only ... Read More