The Productivity Blog

Retaliation: An Expanding Minefield
Retaliation has been much in the news recently as businesses across the U.S. struggle to understand the effect of last June’s unanimous decision...
Nine Keys to Performance Management
Any organization still seeking that one silver bullet that will revitalize its performance management (PM) system should forget about it, suggests...
Partners in Training: The Global Role of Unions
From a global perspective, the role of unions in training is inconsistent. Unions increasingly serve as useful training partners in some nations, but...
Leading amid Complexity
Attempts to apply complexity theory – also known as complexity science – to management is one of those long-term trends that never gains...
Getting the Green Light
When CEOs of major corporations are talking about how it pays to be green, you know that the term is no longer being relegated to the tree-hugging...
The Bigger Picture
Trends tend to connect with one another like pieces in a puzzle. Here’s a quick sketch of some major trends that stand out in recent studies and...
The End of Innovation?
Everyone knows that global innovation is increasing at a blistering pace, right? Well, maybe it’s not, suggests Jonathan Huebner, author of the...
On Shaking Things Up
No, it’s not just your imagination. The pace of change really is speeding up in organizations all over the world. At least, that’s the...
Asking the HR Practitioners
Among the best-kept secrets at the Human Resource Institute are our Practitioner Consensus Surveys. HRI conducts these short surveys on an almost...
Arrows in the Decision-Making Quiver
By now it’s become conventional wisdom that the business world has moved from the Information Age to the Knowledge Era. In the Information Age,...