Why Aren’t More Women in Leadership Positions?

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As I hear and read about women in business, the same question keeps resurfacing: Why aren’t more women in leadership positions? Organizations are striving to improve gender equity figures in the hopes that a more diverse workforce will appeal to an increasingly diverse customer base. In addition, it’s been proven that a more diverse workforce can increase financial returns, employee engagement, and innovation.

Blueprint for Success—Your Road Map For Achieving Top Performance in Accounts Payable

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The financial management (FM) research team at APQC is rolling out a series called Blueprint for Success. The first report focuses on accounts payable and includes definitions, detailed analysis, and benchmarking data on seven AP key performance indicators. But many of you may be wondering what a blueprint is and how it can help your organization.

What’s Driving Finance Improvement?

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Today to win, organizations have to outmaneuver the competition, and this is where finance needs to step up and become a better business partner. But how are CFOs, and the finance functions they manage, driving process improvement efforts that lead to this outcome? To answer this question and more, APQC’s Senior Research Fellow in Financial Management, Mary Driscoll, fielded a survey to determine what tools, techniques, and technologies will enable finance to reach its full potential and stay relevant in the eyes of the business.

Build-A-Bear CEO Shares Her Secret to Turnaround Success

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Turning a struggling organization around is a daunting challenge that many people would run from.  Sharon Price John, however, runs toward tough jobs and has a successful track record of turning around unstable brands and unprofitable businesses.

How Cisco is Rewriting the Rules on Performance Management

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The 2016 Great Place to Work® Conference starts today in sunny San Diego and I'm thrilled that I'll be attending the conference! Last week I had the opportunity to interview one of the presenters--Ashley Goodall, Senior Vice President of Leadership and Team Intelligence, Cisco Systems, Inc. who will be speaking on Making People Leaders Your Biggest Bet. In this interview with Mr.

How to Build a High-Trust Culture—Lessons from the 2016 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For®, through the Eyes of a Millennial

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Building a high-trust culture should be on the mind of every business leader as findings released by Great Place to Work® reveal the close connection between high-trust organizational cultures and voluntary employee turnover. Organizations featured on the 2016 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For® list have a voluntary turnover rate half that of industry peers. So, what are these organizations doing differently?

Is the Superchicken Management Model Hurting Your Productivity?

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Margaret Heffernan coaches CEOs on how to make work more meaningful and fun. On a recent TED Radio Hour, The Meaning of Work, she discussed the productivity of groups by describing an experiment conducted by evolutionary biologist William Mure that involved chickens.  

Kill the "Culture Vulture" Preying on Your Organizational Change Initiatives

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Have you experienced difficulty implementing a change initiative or getting buy-in for a process improvement? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, over 20 different people-related challenges are getting in the way of process and performance improvements, according to APQC’s recent process and performance management survey. Organizational resistance topped the list of process-change barriers, followed by culture, or as one person described it, “the culture vulture.”

Major Overhaul of Performance Reviews Predicted for 2016 and Beyond

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Performance reviews can incite fear, confusion, frustration, and even tears. Fortunately, the process that provokes dread from both employee and manager alike is predicted to change in 2016 and beyond. APQC’s Talent Trends Survey Report: A Positive Outlook for HR not only debunked long-standing HR myths, but also revealed the most significant HR needs and HCM predictions.

How Saatva's Logistics Changed The Mattress Industry

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According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, retail e-commerce sales for the 3rd quarter of 2015 were 7.4% of total retail sales—a 15.4% increase from the same quarter a year ago. What does this mean for the traditional brick-and-mortar retailers? It means they are facing stiff competition from organizations with shorter, faster, and cheaper supply chains.