Managing Change: Strategic Planning Moves from Meetings to Mindsets

Managing Change: Strategic Planning Moves from Meetings to Mindsets   Change is the only constant in life (and even more so in business). Forecasting change and constructing actionable plans to address new situations and needs is at the core of strategic planning. Ironically, organizations are finding that the function of predicting and reacting to change…

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Wide World of Training: Braving it with The SyN Learning Institute

Wide World of Training:  Braving it with The SyN Learning Institute With organizations investing between one and three percent of payroll on training, more and more leaders seek the biggest bang for their learning buck through the wide and wonderful world of outsourcing (SHRM).  The SyN Learning Institute, a live seminar and online training company,…

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Strategically Seated: HR Pros Take Their Place at the Financial Roundtable

Strategically Seated: HR Pros Take Their Place at the Financial Roundtable By Rocky White, CEO, The SyN Learning Institute Gone are the days when the human resource point of view isn’t a valued and necessary voice in an organization’s strategic and financial decision making. The current conversation is about strategic human resource management, moving HR…

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Business Acumen Signs Line the HR Road

Rear View: Business Acumen Signs Line the HR Road By Rocky White, CEO, The SyN Learning Institute   “In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield,” quotes Warren Buffet. From my driver’s seat, the rear view has been filled with headlines proclaiming the importance of business acumen for sometime now.…

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The Name Game: New Titles for Administrative Assistants

The Name Game: New Titles for Administrative Assistants By Rocky White, CEO, The SyN Learning Institute Since the term “secretary” went out of favor in the 1970s, organizations have been trying to find the right job title to describe an increasingly expansive role. Most widely used now is “administrative assistant,” but in today’s high-tech and…

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The Bleeding Edge: Top Trends in Talent Management

The Bleeding Edge: Top Trends in Talent Management By Rocky White, CEO, The SyN Learning Institute   Companies invested more than three billion dollars in talent assessment in 2014, which is pretty solid evidence that hiring the right people remains one of the most important human resource functions out there. If people are a company’s…

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Improving Communication: What Would Henry Ford Do?

Improving Communication: What Would Henry Ford Do? By Rocky White, CEO, The SyN Learning Institute   “Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs,” quoted Henry Ford. He was speaking about his theories of mass production and went on to prove his point and change the world by breaking down the complex…

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Have the Courage to Lead?

Leadership is a hot topic right now. But not for the usual reasons. In the past, employers chose some folks to get special training or assign expanded roles, so they could gain new skills and move up the ranks of the organization. This worked when organizations were hierarchical. But today, with flatter structures that look…

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Your Goal For 2015 – Increase Employee Engagement

How engaged are your employees? In the 2012 Global Workforce Study, Engagement at Risk: Driving Strong Performance in a Volatile Global Environment, conducted by Towers Watson, they found that: 35% of workers are engaged 22% are unsupported 17% are detached 26% are disengaged Engaged workers scored high in: believing in company goals, having an emotional…

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