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Nº 137

Interview with Dave Gartenberg, Slalom Consulting

Slalom is a business and technology consulting firm headquartered in beautiful Seattle, WA. The company, which is a division of Slalom, LLC, employs over 4,500 people across 25 offices in North America and London. Slalom has been named a best company to work for by numerous sources such as Forbes Magazine, Fortune Magazine, Consulting Magazine, Glassdoor, was recognised by the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index with a perfect score of 100 in 2015, 2016, and 2017, earned the #3 ranking on the “Best Firms to Work For” list by Consulting Magazine and more recently was nominated for 100 Best Places for Women to Work. We asked Dave Gartenberg, CHRO of…

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Leadership & Team Development, Video

Nº 136

Team Performance Through Intention, Interaction & Influence

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On an every day basis, we rely on individuals and teams to help execute on our organisational strategies. And yet, we rarely talk about the individual or the teams?! Think of the last time you purposefully and intentionally nurtured someone and/or designed and deployed a team? Do you really know what drives team performance? Your team’s performance? Human Capital Institute  and Whirling Chief share a passion to make work better through science and data! We are proud to announce our contributor Bennett Bratt, Founder of Team Elements has been invited to take part in a research examining how organisations are designing and deploying teams. In…

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There are Only Two Things in this World…

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Let’s make things really simple. Run with me on this one – there are only two things in this world, Context and Content. Content, the stuff we do, the work we take on, how we do it, all the conversations we have, the things in our lives… Context, the meaning we make of all of the above. Quite often organisations, departments, colleagues or employees, indeed customers or the community – however we chose to describe them –  well actually they’re all just people, get drawn to focus on the Content – we get busy doing more stuff, after all it’s…

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How to Build Effective Mentoring

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Today, let’s talk about a topic we all want to discuss, yet most of us struggle to determine its true value. How many times have you been automatically assigned a mentor inside an organization? How many times have you seeked someone out? How many times have you found value in your mentorship relationship? There is absolutely no doubt that sponsorship inside an organization makes a difference for how one experiences their environment. This was the case for baby boomers and it will be for generations to come. Sponsorship, though, is vastly different than mentorship, and we do ourselves an injustice…

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Leadership & Team Development, Video

Nº 133

Emotional Intelligence for Business Professionals & Leaders

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Two of the very early articles we had published on Whirling Chief in 2016 were around what majority of us calls ‘King Managers’ because these managers believe (and therefore behave in a way) they have the ultimate solution. King Managers: Skills you should learn before losing time! King Managers, continued… By writing about these topics, we try to bring humility and humor into very real human scenarios, which make or break up our days at the workplace, every day. It is really a shame that despite a ton of research and best-selling books on the topic of leadership, many people…

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Nº 132

We Invite You to Join our Workshops!

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Have you ever been in a situation where your manager claimed to hold certain values, yet didn’t seem to live up to them? Guess what? You are not alone. Did you know the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that employers with fewer than 100 employees provided only 0.8 hour – that’s only 48 measly minutes! – of manager training per six-month period. And organizations with 100-500 employees provided only 0.9 hour (54 minutes) of training for the same time span. Further, a survey by Progressive Business Publications shows that a pitiful 52% of companies trained their managers once a year or less. This…

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Nº 131

Professions of the Future

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I recently attended TEDx Lugano as a speaker. The theme of the event was very dear to me: Professions of the Future. It was very uplifting and inspiring to join 10 other speakers to spread very worthwhile ideas, and engage in a dialogue with such an engaged audience. Whirling Chief founder Sesil Pir has already written a very detailed update on the topics discussed at TEDx Lugano, which you can find here. I have also written a more specific blog post on my talk…including some poetry as a gift for you! What I would like to discuss here are some…

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Nº 130

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

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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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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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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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