TMA People in Energy Conference: Key Takeaways

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TMA’s People in Energy conference was held in Houston last week. Elissa Tucker and I had the opportunity to present APQC‘s research on best practices for developing leaders in the oil and gas industry and to speak with attendees about leadership at their organizations.

Benchmarks for HR Shared Services

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Does your organization use an HR shared services organization? If so, how are you benchmarking its performance? To find out how HR shared services organizations are faring, APQC recently partnered with ScottMadden to complete the third cycle of a custom benchmarking study focused exclusively on HR Shared Services Organizations (SSOs). The study included questions and metrics related to HR shared services delivery models and operations, staffing, performance, and management infrastructure and technology.

Recruiting and Hiring Management Accounting and Finance Talent

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Do you hire or recruit management accounting and finance talent? If so, I would like to invite you to participate in APQC and IMA®’s (Institute for Management Accountants) survey on the state of entry-level management accounting and finance talent.

Is Your HR Department Helping Business Strategy and Growth?

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Organizations have shifted focus from minimizing talent costs towards maximizing talent’s potential. They are transforming HR and human capital management (HCM) to drive business growth. Making this transition requires a mature HCM strategy, mature HCM processes, and mature HR technology systems and an advanced analysis of survey results from APQC and Cognizant confirm this trend.

Why Are CEOs Using Outdated Leadership Ideas?

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Recently, APQC has been sharing its latest leadership research to shed insight into today's leadership deficit. Today, we share guest blogger Jonathan Verney's take on outdated leadership ideas. Verney is the lead writer and creative strategist at The Corporate Storyteller. Find his thoughts below.

APQC respondents say today’s leadership style is outdated

11 Ways to Kickstart Better Leadership

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Organizations today are experiencing a leadership deficit. In recent years, surveys have revealed that CEOs fear a shortage of leaders across the globe will impede their plans for growth. Yet business press and business research show the leadership deficit is continuing unabated. However, some organizations have managed to buck this trend and are effectively developing leaders within their organizations. APQC conducted a best-practices study with several organizations that are best-practice in training and developing leaders. These five organizations are:

Want Better HR Performance? Start Using HR Metrics

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The use of HR metrics is becoming increasingly common. However, some organizations may be hesitant to adopt using a standard set of metrics for measuring HR performance because of the fear of increased costs; organizations understand that money and resources are required for implementing standard metrics because it takes time to develop and implement the measurement system and train employees. Some organizations may not be able to build a business case for these costs in the short term unless using the metrics is associated with lower costs in the long run.

What Great Innovative Companies Have in Common

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I recently talked to Claude Legrand, managing partner of Ideaction, Inc. to find out what makes companies leaders in innovation and what makes other companies struggle.

APQC: What sets successful companies in innovation apart from the rest?

What's Your Leadership Culture?

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For the past year, APQC has been doing in-depth research on the topic of leadership. We've looked at everything from the causes of the leadership deficit to the different types of leadership styles preferred by most organizations today.

Have you ever wondered what the leadership culture is like at your organization? Does your organization have an environment that promotes leadership development?