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Whirling Chief
Nº 130

Fold Up that Corporate Ladder, Hop on the Career Jungle Gym!

The median number of years that wage and salary workers have been with their current employer is currently 4.6 year (as per an Economic News Release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics). That median varies by age and occupation – the median tenure for workers aged 25 to 34 is just 3.2 years. Extrapolate that info and you see a person could have a whopping 10 to 20 jobs in his career!1 The majority of us grew up watching our parents work for the same company their entire careers and, for the most part, only advancing by climbing the proverbial corporate…

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Whirling Chief
Nº 129

Congrats, You’ve Hired New Talent! Now How Do You Keep ‘Em?

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Ready for an alarming fact? A majority of corporations lose 33% of newly hired talent within the first year. One-friggin’-third! Scary, right? When it comes to talent acquisition, organisations tend to assume their fresh employee is a lock-in after the oftentimes gruelling interview-and-selection process. We are here to tell you they are most definitely not! ☺ Staffing is not only the most important people process you’ll lead, but it is also a multi-faceted activity that requires more than just interviews. On-boarding can (and does!) play a big role in offering your new hires better support and a more positive experience…

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Whirling Chief
Nº 128

Our Summer of Love…and Thanks!

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Wow, what a year this has been for Whirling Chief! On June 15th, we marked the first anniversary of our platform. A big heartfelt congratulations to our community! It’s hard to believe that in just one short year, our team has grown to 5 core team members, 11 contributors, 11 collaborating businesses, and 4 academic partnerships…while our followership has grown to over 1K subscriptions (subscribe here), over 2K followers on Facebook, over 700 on Twitter and almost 250 on YouTube. Somebody pinch me, because this has got to be the best dream ever! When we launched our platform last spring, we predicted…

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Nº 127

Top 3 HR Trends: How do You Measure Up vs. the Competition?

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As our readership goes up, we are starting to get inquiries about specific HR topics – digitalization of certain people services is one! Not only we want to respond to our readers’ areas of interest, we want to highlight those businesses that share our passion of championing humanity into the workplace. Today, we have our first guest post from MyHub, an intranet software company offering customized solutions to do just that! Make sure to pay attention to statistics as well as trends included! These are indeed the top trends we are seeing in our consulting work also and they may…

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Self-reflection: Uncover the True Leader within You

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Whether you’re a leader or entrepreneur, we’re all caught up with overloaded email boxes, deadlines to meet, presentations to be done, etc. We are forever busy, but instead of constant acceleration, leadership demands a period when we take a moment to stop and reflect. Self-reflection is not about spending hours putting together a gigantic plan, but simply taking 15 minutes a day for yourself that can make a significant impact on your life balance and performance. Self-reflection is also a basis for understanding others. How could a leader read other people without having an awareness of her/himself? Self-reflection is about…

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Why HR Professionals Need to be More Selfish…in a Positive Way

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Human Resources and training professionals, coaches, and consultants are some of the most dynamic and interesting people in my personal and professional life. They are also a terrific pipeline of clients for our job search and career transition coaching firm, so it may appear self-serving to lay on the compliments. But, I assure you that my accolades are beyond self-serving. There is no more deserving client for coaching than you – the HR professional. Often, however, you are the last to go to the professional “self-care well.” Day in and day out, you lay your professional (and sometimes personal) life…

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Whirling Chief
Nº 124

Attracting and Keeping Talent Requires, Well, Talent

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Recently, at the 2nd World Technology, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Conference in Istanbul, I was asked to present on ‘Talent 4.0’ in response to the developing business environment. For someone who doesn’t feel comfortable with the word ‘talent,’ I was nonetheless super excited to speak on the subject. For the purposes of this blog, we will define talent as “a person or group of people with a special ability to do something well.” It is without a doubt that the HR profession has been evolving more rapidly now, and has done a remarkable job focusing on the ‘war for talent’ for…

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Nº 123

Think You Know HR? Think Again!

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We have been talking a lot about how HR is now at a crossroads. Despite some criticism and suspicious looks, we believe all functions involving people operations – whether they call themselves the ‘human resources’ function or similar – can and will rise to the occasion in time. The challenges we have in business are never one-way streets. If we have a sales challenge, for example, it would be wrong to assume there is an issue with only the sales department. If we have a quality issue, it would be wrong to assume there is an issue with only the…

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Nº 122

Women in Business – This One’s for You!

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May was the mother of all busy months for me. I hopped continents, meeting potential clients, providing status on current work, and presenting at major conferences. Now that I’ve had a little time to reflect, I realize there were so many key learnings from my spring business trips. The biggest of all? Learning how to speak up, clearly and concisely as a woman in business. See… Just a few years ago, in a corporate job, I belonged to a reading club with a group of female colleagues I adored. We got together once a month in one of our flats,…

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HR Management, Video

Nº 121

Videos from HR Tomorrow Conference

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In April, our Founder, Sesil Pir, was invited to speak at a highly-regarded HR event, HR Tomorrow Conference. You may recall we published her notes from the event, found here. Many of our readers asked about the presentation. We are overwhelmed by the interest – thank you! For a copy of slides presented at the conference, click here. For those interested in speaking notes, we put together two short videos (one above) on Shift in Business Context and A New Motto for HR  to give you a sense of dialogue that took place. For interest in speaking engagement requests, we encourage…

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