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Writes about workforce strategy, leadership, and future of work. Founder & Managing Partner at sparkChief & Co. (www.sparkchief.com).

A seasoned HR practitioner recently proclaimed that Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Analytics are just hyped-up trends and words invented to apply traditional statistics to more data. But this statement is untrue. It is a little like saying that Einstein’s relativity is just Newton’s rules applied to very large or fast-moving…


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The answer lies not so much on implementing costly HR programmes, but in taking practical, common sense steps.

No matter how financially successful a company may be, smart leaders know how to spend funds wisely, efficiently, and effectively. Yet, so many organisations squander their budgets with little or no reward when it comes to hiring and retaining the best talent.

Companies worldwide continue to struggle with the problem…


“Transparency in business can be described as an honest, two-way openness between employees and management. When transparency is part of workplace culture, it comes along with trust, communication, and greater levels of employee engagement and advocacy,” according to Darren Perucci. “Without transparency, employees may feel underappreciated, apprehensive about the future…


Many organisations consider sales employees to be their top scorers, the employees who drive the business forward. After all, sales growth, whether of products or services, is a key concern for all leaders — and it should be. Without sales growth, business would be nonexistent, and no organisation of any…


Two key perspectives on employee engagement are observable when we talk to our clients. Employers, on one side, complain about the lack of engagement from the individuals they hire. …


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Numerous studies indicate that many merger and acquisition (M&A) deals fail to meet financial expectations — a figure that can vary from 50% to as high as 90%. According to McKinsey research [1], 70% of mergers do not achieve their expected “revenue synergies.”

Why do M&As fail? One author suggests…


Business leaders need to become more serious about the future of work and how it will impact their workforce and the company’s long-term viability. The future of work is not just about upgrading technology infrastructure, streamlining operations, seeking efficiencies in processes, designing and creating new products and services, developing ESG…


There are many perspectives on organisational change. One size truly does not fit all. However, many leadership teams overlook the importance of some basic principles. …


No matter their experience level and knowledge, at some point in their work life, most leaders make one or more mistakes that have the potential to derail or stall their career path. …


As a society, we must each contribute to reducing the hidden costs of ignorance and struggle against complacency and mediocrity. By leading ourselves and guiding others in their search for becoming better individuals and developing more productive careers — as well as adults seeking meaningful employment — our efforts can…

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