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By Pavitra Menon, Senior Consultant - Organizations must develop systems that promote fairness and consistency in all decisions related to people because without them productivity and morale will plummet. In addition, ensuring fair and consistent practices will most likely keep organizations from unintentionally breaking the law.

What gets in the way of being fair?


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

HR Without HR, Part 4: Employing Fair, Consistent, and Rigorous Practices

By Louisa Hackett - The following is a continuation of a previous blog post introducing the Five Questions Driving Organizational Effectiveness.

Strategic plans come in many shapes, serve a variety of purposes and always take time. ..

Thursday, September 08, 2011

How Answering a Few Questions Can Make Your Organization More Effective

By Louisa Hackett - What makes an organization effective? Sure strong managers, high performing staff, visionary leaders, sufficient resources and up-to-date technology all play a part. But a critical element, maybe the most critical, is clarity of purpose. Without knowing fundamentally what an organization is striving to accomplish and for whom, the chance to have the most effective programs is lost and muddled, diffuse programming can follow. ..

Thursday, September 01, 2011

5 Questions Driving Organizational Effectiveness

 By Jean Lobell - The talk about succession planning tends to be fraught with some anxiety, some confusion, and some misconceptions. My experience is that this can be avoided or at least minimized, if we got clear about three things:  ..

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Three Key Issues In Succession Planning

By Pavitra Menon - As managers, how often do you feel like you just do not have the “right” staff to help move the work forward? And by “right”, managers mostly allude to job performance. This is a very frustrating and stressful situation to be in as a manager because if you do not have staff performing adequately and sharing the workload it means YOU end up doing it all.  A lot of the work I do with clients deals with situations where managers and staff just don’t seem to be able to work it out.  ..

Monday, April 04, 2011

Do I Have The “Right” Staff?

These “do’s” and “don’ts” were developed for government grant proposals, but work well in most grant situations. ..

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Proposal Writing Tips for Government Grants – Part II

These "do’s" and "don’ts" were developed for government grant proposals, but work well in most grant situations. ..

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Proposal Writing Tips for Grants – Part I

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