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Insights

Insights brings together... helps senior human capital executives address challenges and stay informed about current issues across the entire spectrum of human capital. Each webcast offers concise, insightful research and insights as well as practitioner responses to human capital challenges in strategic workforce planning, workforce readiness, diversity & inclusion, talent management, strategic human resources, employee engagement, leadership development or human capital analytics.

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How Organizations Build Highly Engaged Teams: A Closer Look at Quicken Loans

Join this lively podcast where Robin Erickson, PhD, Principal Researcher, interviews KimArie Yowell, Vice President of Talent Development at Quicken Loans about how they engage their teams. Quicken Loans has a unique approach to engagement that is clearly successful as they’ve been named to FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” for the last 16 years. Learn how the Quicken Loans “isms” provide the foundation for a diverse and dynamic culture.  

20mins

23 Apr 2019

Rank #1

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Leveraging artificial intelligence in your coaching practice

The practice of coaching continues to evolve as a development strategy to support leaders and their teams in chaotic business conditions. Artificial Intelligence may be a tool to complement your practice and draw insights into the effectiveness of your coaching efforts across a large group. Learn about an innovative use of AI in coaching and how we can enhance our coaching work for the benefit of the leaders and the enterprise.

26mins

28 Mar 2019

Rank #2

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A Conversation with Dave Ulrich

What three words characterize the HR profession today? How is that different from what you might have expected in your role as a leading Human Capital practitioner? And, how have you handled disruption in this profession? Please join us for our first in a series of Conversations with…... These podcasts will include a discussion with the leader of our Human Capital Center, Dr. Rebecca Ray, and recognized experts in the Human Capital area. Each installment of the series will feature a different thought leader . During our first program of this series, Rebecca will be speaking with renown HR management expert, David Ulrich, a University of Michigan professor at the Ross School of Business, author, speaker, management coach and management consultant. 

35mins

14 Apr 2019

Rank #3

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Leading teams through a crisis

This pandemic is fundamentally changing the way teams operate and communicate. To be effective in a crisis environment, team leaders require different skills to maintain worker engagement and productivity in a remote setting, make decisions quickly, and communicate effectively. In fact, working from home is the new reality for many US workers and may lead to wider adoption of virtual teams following COVID-19. Prior to this crisis, remote work was a growing but still limited part of the workforce. Only about 3.4% of employees in the US worked primarily from home in 2018. The scale and scope of the current situation, with organizations of thousands of employees transitioning to virtual teams in a very short time, are unprecedented. Research by The Conference Board has identified 12 behaviors of highly engaging leaders. As we strive to keep employees engaged during the COVID-19 crisis and afterward into the recovery phase, these 12 behaviors are good reminders of how to best lead virtual teams.

26mins

5 May 2020

Rank #4

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Engagement and Reward Strategies to address COVID-19 Challenges

COVID-19 has rapidly impacted all aspects of work. But as the response moves away from addressing the initial shocks of the impact new questions arise: How can employee engagement efforts be maintained in this new world of work? And How do we tailor our comp and ben practices to best help our workers? Human Capital researchers Amanda Popiela, Amy Ye, and analyst Calvin Rong discuss their recent researcher on COVID-19, examining how leading organizations are responding to the crisis and changes.

27mins

28 Apr 2020

Rank #5

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It is Possible to Avoid Layoffs: If You Can’t, Conduct Them Compassionately

Businesses are struggling during this extremely volatile period resulting from the global COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the current economic conditions, many organizations have started various cost-cutting measures, and layoffs are often one of the first. In this podcast, researchers from The Conference Board discuss two recent reports on COVID-19 and layoffs: Finding Innovative Alternatives to Layoffs, with eleven cost-saving alternative measures to help organizations avoid laying off employees. The other report is Conducting Compassionate Layoffs – for organizations in survival mode, to make layoffs less painful and damaging in both the short and long term, The Conference Board suggests employers take seven actions to conduct layoffs more compassionately. Both reports are available to the public, along with the remaining reports in the Human Capital Management during COVID-19 series found at COVID-19 Pandemic Resources & Support for the Human Capital Community. And if your organization has found a creative alternative to layoffs, please email Robin Erickson, PhD, Principal Researcher at robin.erickson@conference-board.org.

26mins

21 Apr 2020

Rank #6

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International Women’s Day - Each for Equal: A conversation with Raashi Sikka

Join Sarah Bond, Diversity and Inclusion in Business Council Director, in conversation with Raashi Sikka, Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Uber across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In this podcast to mark International Women’s Day 2020 Raashi talks about the importance of risk taking, being open to opportunities and the value of honest conversations in forging her own career path, and about the shift in mindset and culture on diversity and inclusion taking place in Uber.

25mins

23 Mar 2020

Rank #7

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What’s Next for Employee (Resource) Groups?

Employee (Resource) Groups – also known as employee networks, affinity groups, or business resource groups – have been a core component of companies’ diversity and inclusion strategy for decades. Yet, many organizations still struggle with business alignment and with keeping employee-group initiatives sustainable over time and across different regions of the world. Join our researchers as they explore current and future trends to understand “what is next” for employee groups, as well as share insights from leaders across different industries and global regions on: How are employee groups evolving in the diversity and inclusion space and across regions? How are employee groups’ strategies, goals, and activities changing in response to new workforce and workplace trends? How do employee groups foster inclusion across multiple identities and with allies? Report Summary link: https://www.conference-board.org/publications/whats-next-for-EGs-ES

31mins

11 Mar 2020

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International Women’s Day - Each for Equal: A conversation with Annette Stube

Join Council Director Anne Stevens and Sustainability guru Annette Stube in a fascinating and insightful discussion on being a role model, lessons gained from a highly successful career and some advice and thoughts for emerging leaders. With a focus on sustainability and leadership, Annette shares some of her innermost hopes, ambitions and desires for the world. A discussion not to be missed!

34mins

10 Mar 2020

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Engaging Men – Getting to Gender Balance in the Workplace

If we are serious about achieving gender balance in the workplace, we need to make sure that men are actively engaged as partners with women. However, there is some evidence that men are becoming less inclined to support these efforts. Why does it matter? And if it does, why and what can we do about it? Join us for an insightful discussion between Anne Stevens, Council Director at The Conference Board and her guest Graham Sparks, an expert on gender balance and inclusion in the workplace

23mins

3 Mar 2020

Rank #10

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Navigating without a Map? Introducing our Global Human Capital Benchmarking Service

During radical global transformation, human capital is business capital. To give organizations competitive, actionable intelligence to inform their workforce strategies, we are introducing The Conference Board Human Capital Benchmarking Service, the first global, cross-functional tool to assess metrics and practices against your most valuable asset: your people. Hear from Dr. Rebecca Ray, EVP, Human Capital, The Conference Board, and Karen Ganzlin, Chief Human Resources Officer, TD Ameritrade, as they discuss this new offering. Learn more at Human Capital Benchmarking

18mins

12 Feb 2020

Rank #11

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How is AI Transforming Talent Acquisition?

Today, approximately 80 percent of AI-powered HR solutions address talent acquisition (TA) issues. AI technologies can increase the efficiency of recruitment processes, improve employment branding, bolster recruitment marketing, improve the hiring experience for both candidates and hiring managers, optimize sourcing, and enhance the quality of the candidate pool, all while driving down costs and streamlining boring and repetitive tasks. In this podcast, The Conference Board Researchers Robin Erickson, PhD, and Amy Ye discuss how AI can elevate the TA function and drive business results. To help TA professionals respond to a new work environment with various AI tools,  they also reveal the impact of AI on the roles and skill sets required for this function and identify common issues and concerns with employing AI technology in TA. Robin and Amy both share recommendations to help organizations ensure successful implementation of AI in TA.

25mins

5 Feb 2020

Rank #12

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Viral Contagion? Implications of China’s Coronavirus Outbreak for Global Business

The World Health Organization has declared the novel coronavirus outbreak an international public health emergency, acknowledging that the virus now represents a risk beyond China. How can organizations prepare for and manage the potential impact of this fast-moving, deadly outbreak? What are the short and long-term economic implications? How can companies respond to a major health outbreak from various functional perspectives? In this timely podcast, Ataman Ozyildirim, Senior Director, Economics & Global Research Chair, The Conference Board, sits down with leading experts to discuss these and other critical issues. Participants include: Rebecca Ray, Executive Vice President, Human Capital, The Conference Board; Erik Lundh, Senior Economist, The Conference Board, and an expert on the China economy; Denise Dahlhoff, Senior Researcher, Consumer Research, The Conference Board; and Craig Carroll, Executive Director, OCR Network, and a global expert on corporate reputation.

19mins

4 Feb 2020

Rank #13

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A Conversation with... Nabeel Ahmad

Join us for a lively conversation with Dr. Nabeel Ahmad about the intersection of business, technology, and learning -- three rapidly changing,  interconnected topics. Nabeel is a Distinguished Principal Research Fellow at The Conference Board's Human Capital Center and a Partner at Rose Rock Dynamics, a learning strategy consultancy.

36mins

12 Dec 2019

Rank #14

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A Conversation with... Anna Tavis

Join us for a lively conversation about performance management with Anna Tavis, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor of Human Capital Management at New York University. According to the recent 2019 Job Satisfaction report from The Conference Board, only 33 percent of employees are satisfied with their performance reviews; yet this process is a strong driver of job satisfaction. Additionally, many organizations are in the midst of changing their performance management processes. In this timely podcast, Anna tackles some tough questions: Why is it so hard for companies to figure out performance management? Are there true success stories? Where should this transformation start? And what is the future of performance management?

27mins

5 Nov 2019

Rank #15

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Higher Expectations: How Organizations Engage with Social Change Issues

The public prominence of social change issues is influencing how many organizations operate. The challenge for organizations is to determine the costs and benefits, and thus the overall impact, of taking a stand on the social change issues that affect customers, employees, owners, and the communities in which they operate. Simply put, social change issues matter to organizations because they matter to many of their employees and customers, both of whom affect overall profitability. Join Robin Erickson, PhD, and Amanda Popiela as they discuss their latest research report focused on how organizations approach social change and the choices they have when they decide to do so. They will also share the findings of an online survey with over 500 respondents and interviews with 10 executives at global organizations.

21mins

20 Sep 2019

Rank #16

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A Conversation With... Chester Elton

Join us for a conversation with Chester Elton, author and co-founder of The Culture Works. Chester is co-author of the New York Times and #1 BusinessWeek, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling books All In, The Carrot Principle and his latest, The Best Team Wins. More than 1.5 million copies of his books have been sold in more than 50 countries. He has been called the “apostle of appreciation” by Canada’s Globe and Mail, “creative and refreshing‚” by the New York Times, and a “must read for modern managers” by CNN. In 2017 Global Gurus research organization ranked him as #15 in the world’s top leadership experts and #10 in the world’s top organizational culture experts, and he is a member of Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 Coaches (MG100), pay it forward project.

34mins

29 Aug 2019

Rank #17

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A conversation with… Jack and Patti Phillips

A Conversation With... features a discussion with the leader of our Human Capital Center, Dr. Rebecca Ray, and thought leaders in the Human Capital field. In June, Rebecca will be speaking with renowned HR experts, Dr. Jack Phillips, Co-Founder and Chairman, and Dr. Patti Phillips, President and CEO, of ROI Institute Inc.

45mins

6 Aug 2019

Rank #18

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How analytics can boost the ROI of your company's learning investments

Companies invest millions in learning programs, platforms, and content. Yet many have no systematic way to evaluate the pay-offs.  Learning analytics is a rigorous process that helps organizations align learning with business outcomes and evaluate its impact.  Find out how to make it an essential management tool―much like financial reporting, sales forecasting, and market research—that supports decision-making and business performance. 

29mins

29 Jul 2019

Rank #19

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Talent Mobility: How companies can have the right talent at the right place and time

Today’s technology, and the data it produces, are vital enablers of more flexible and personalized approaches to talent, providing a closer fit between business objectives and the individual skills and aspirations of its workers. This podcast discusses the emergence of total talent mobility—an expansive and holistic approach that helps organizations achieve both talent and business purposes in a volatile, hypercompetitive environment. Specifically, it identifies the top 10 strategic purposes of talent mobility, the primary barriers to some purposes, and the best practices to alleviate those challenges.

35mins

22 Jul 2019

Rank #20