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By: Dr. Deborah Waddill On: February 28, 2017 Associated Program: Master's Certificate: NextGen HR
Cloud computing is the rage in the business realm.  One would have to be completely isolated to miss this fact.  As HR professionals we tend to have a level head and are not swept up by passing fads.  But this trend is here to stay and here is why. Many HR systems are moving to the cloud.  While your organization may have legacy systems, the potential cost reduction of leveraging cloud technologies provides an attractive and justifiable lure to those in the Board Room, C-Suite, and IT Department.  Perhaps even more compelling is the business side demand on the IT... read more

By: Lorraine Little  On: September 23, 2016 Associated Program: Essential Management Skills
In many organizations the notion of performance management often refers to the assessment process and the appraisal tools used to ensure whether the employee meets or even exceeds expectations.  However, managers need to hold up the mirror to determine whether they have set their staff member up for success or failure. It begins with the end in mind.  What do we (the organization and department) hope to accomplish in the year ahead, what does success look like, and how does each individual contribute to the goal.  It sounds simple, logical, yet why do many employees miss the... read more

By: Eileen Nash On: January 21, 2016 Associated Program: Master's Certificate: NextGen HR
In my role as Senior Program Coordinator for Rutgers Executive and Professional Education (EPE), the seamless transition of participants from registration through graduation is always my goal.  Upon the start of each NextGen program, I am always eager to see the excitement and anticipation in students’ faces upon their arrival for the first day of class. Although participants are not initially aware of what to expect, they arrive with a curiosity and desire to learn and grow in their current jobs and careers.  With each hour we spend together interacting, it is always so... read more

By: Terrence Seamon On: February 12, 2016 Associated Program: Essential Management Skills
How do leaders build organizational cultures that do not stifle creativity? How can leaders encourage such innovation practices as bootlegging, skunk works, and other forms of healthy "contempt and defiance?" Consultant Don Cohen once told the story of an HP engineer who disobeyed an order from management to stop working on an idea that turned into a successful product. The manager called a meeting of HP engineers and others to present the renegade with a medal for “extraordinary contempt and defiance beyond the normal call of engineering duty.” Would your organization tolerate... read more

By: Ron Guido On: February 18, 2016 Associated Program: Essential Management Skills
You could not have escaped that inevitable question confronting every girl and boy presented to them by seemingly every adult who crosses their life paths. The twin inquiries of “Who do you want to be when you grow up?” or “What do you want to do (for a living)?” often froze us as kids as we were just beginning to cope with becoming an adolescent or pre-teen. It may have appeared like an uneducated answer to that question would forever cast us into a vocational pursuit that would brand us for all eternity with a label telling the world that junior or missy must not become a fireman or nurse,... read more