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A Multitude of Hope: A Novel About Rediscovering the American Dream

  

The inescapable choice that every American must now make: Podcast interview with Peter Weddle

Published on June 19 2012
 Peter WeddlePeter Weddle

We should not see ourselves as a "job seeker" or an "employee," but rather as a "person of talent."

Tracing the experiences of three laid-off professionals, A Multitude of Hope, by Peter Weddle, follows each person's search for employment as Baby Boomers. One of them is contacted by a secret online group of activists called Walden 4G. Its mission is to hack investment bankers and hedge funders and destroy their hold on America's workplace. As they put it, they practice "economic disobedience." Drawing on the self-reliance of Thoreau's Walden and the quest for an American utopia in B. F. Skinner's Walden Two, Walden 4G shows the three job seekers a different way forward-one that offers great potential but also requires great change. Each one of them is confronted with a stark choice: accept a familiar but diminished future or change themselves and reclaim the hopefulness of the American Dream.

Peter Weddle is the CEO of WEDDLE's, a specialty publisher in the fields of employment and leadership. He has written columns for CNN.com, National Business Employment Weekly, and the Wall Street Journal. He is the author or editor of more than two dozen books, including Work Strong and the WEDDLE's WizNotes series. He also serves as the executive director of the International Association of Employment Web Sites, the global trade organization for job boards.

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A Radical Transformation at Hertz

  

Podcast with Karl-Heinz Oehler, VP Global Talent Management, Hertz

Published on May 23 2012
 Karl-Heinz OehlerKarl-Heinz Oehler

Often we think that facts and intuition don't belong in the same conversation, but in reality, hard data and the "softer" side of human interaction continually come together in our decision making.  According to my guest today Karl-Heinz Oehler, Vice President, Global Talent Management of Hertz, this doesn't mean, however, that we can't apply rigor in how we evaluate all of these inputs. 

Oehler has pioneered leading-edge Global Talent Management strategies at Hertz Corporation. His responsibilities include: Talent Acquisition, Succession & High Potential Management, Performance and Career Management, Organizational Learning, Organization Development & Design, Human Capital Measurement, and HR Due Diligence and Post Merger integration.

At Hertz, Six Sigma approaches are being combined with innovation, creativity, and emotional intelligence to derive better analytics, insights and outcomes. 

5 Generations in the Workplace: What it Means for Companies, Recruiting, and Retention

  

A podcast with Jeanne Meister, The 2020 Workplace

Published on May 18 2012
 Jeanne MeisterJeanne Meister

By 2020 50% of the workforce will be Millennials

Jeanne Meister is an internationally recognized leader in creating innovations in the operation and management of an enterprise learning function. Jeanne's expertise spans the development of a best practice corporate university to the creation of innovative social networks for learning. Jeanne is a co-founder of Future Workplace, an organization with a shared vision for re-imagining the current state of corporate learning & human resources development and helping to prepare companies for the 2020 workplace.

Peter Clayton had the pleasure of meeting Jeanne at the recent HRPS Global Conference in New York, where her keynote presentation - and the topic of today's podcast - is the 5 generations that will be in 2020 Workplace.

Jeanne's newest book is titled The 2020 Workplace: How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop, and Keep Tomorrow's Employees Today, published by Harper Collins.

For The Betterment Of The People

  

A podcast with Tim Garrett, former CHRO, Honda of America Mfg.

Published on May 07 2012
Tim GarrettTim Garrett
While the future continues to change dramatically, one constant remains unchanged: what ensured past success will also secure future success regardless of the changing business dynamics, and that constant is people. A workforce that is committed to your company's success is a workforce that experiences mutual trust and respect with its management team.

In this Big Picture Channel Podcast on TotalPicture Radio, Tim Garrett, former chief people officer of Honda of America Mfg, offers his first-hand experience leading his people function in such a way that Honda successfully evolved in an ever-changing global competitive environment. During his tenure, Tim helped the company to remain the oldest non-union automotive manufacturer in North America. Tim is a keynote speaker at this week's HRPS Global Conference in New York.

Tim Garrett has over 33 years of hands-on practical experience in the HR/labor relations field. As the former CHRO for Honda of America Mfg., Garrett played an important role in the growth and success of the organization, which had over 13,000 associates and revenue exceeding $15 billion. With the rapid expansion of the global automotive industry and the fluid changes taking place, he helped guide Honda through numerous strategic changes to strengthen the competitiveness of the organization. He was able to achieve strong support from the associate workforce, who repeatedly rejected union organizing drives, by striking a balance between the needs of Honda and the associates. Tom currently serves as principal of Diversified Performance Solutions, a consulting company dedicated to helping companies become better, stronger and more competitive.

You Can't Afford "Unemployed Need Not Apply"

  

A Podcast with Ronald M. Katz, SPHR, Penguin Human Resource Consulting

Published on April 30 2012
 Ronald Katz, Penguin Human Resource Consulting LLCRonald M. Katz

If you missed Ron Katz's presentation at ERE Expo focused on the long-term unemployed, you're in luck! Ron joins us today for a special Big Picture channel podcast to present his argument for recruiting those who've been looking for a job for -- well -- way too long.

We all know how dire the unemployment situation is. Almost one third the nearly 14 million unemployed people in this country have been out of work a year or more. They describe themselves as the "ghosts of the workplace."

Ron Katz has worked with people on both sides of the interview desk; and feels recruiters, hiring managers and HR generalists are not doing enough to bring these talented people back to the workplace.

In this podcast, he'll help you to understand the special challenges and benefits when recruiting those labeled "long-term unemployed," including managers' reluctance to consider them - as well as applicants' distrust of corporate America.

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