Monthly Archives: January 2014

AMERICAN CEOS’ VIEW OF HUMAN CAPITAL: ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT

In its research report, The Conference Board CEO Challenge 2013, American respondents ranked concerns about operational excellence, government regulation, customer relationships, and innovation above challenges related to human capital (human resources). This fifth-place ranking is the lowest among CEOs surveyed around the world. Let’s think about the role of human resources in all of this:… Read more »

THE TOP THREE TRAITS OF OUTSTANDING LEADERS

According to the 2013 Inc. 500 CEO survey, the top three attributes of outstanding leaders are trustworthiness, sincerity, and a capacity to inspire. This survey can be viewed as a self-prophecy. Perhaps this is how most of the CEOs view themselves. Of course, they see themselves as trustworthy, sincere, and inspiring. But is that how… Read more »

POOR TIMING FOR A TERMINATION

The California case, Rope v. Auto-Chlor System reinforces the futility of an employer trying to terminate an employee so as to avoid liability. Plaintiff Scott Rope informed his employer at the time of his hire that he planned to donate a kidney to his physically disabled sister. He had requested to be given leave to… Read more »

EDITOR’S COLUMN: Think For Yourself

You either choose your story for yourself or let others choose it for you. As Don Miguel Ruiz reminded us: we can become domesticated into our stories. This means that they’re often not of our own making. As I say, they are gifted to us. Often these stories are so familiar to us that we’re… Read more »

KEEP THAT RENTAL CAR INSURED

You’re at the airport car rental counter to find a convertible for the weekend — for business, of course. “No problem,” says the sales rep. But before handing you the keys, she asks if you’d like additional Physical Damage coverage. This leaves you with a problem: Should you pay the extra money or trust your… Read more »

INSURANCE COMPANY RATINGS: SO WHAT?

It’s a tough marketplace and a rough economy. Corporations that everyone assumed were rock solid have suddenly been shown to be paper tigers. Could it happen to your insurance company? A proven way to checking out the financial health of your current or prospective insurance company is to ask for its Best’s Rating. A.M. Best… Read more »

THE ABCS OF KEY-PERSON INSURANCE

The chances are that your company relies heavily on one or two people – such as a partner, operations manager, or foreperson – whose knowledge, expertise, or overall contributions are essential. If death put this person out of the picture, where would you find the financial resources to keep you up and running? The answer:… Read more »

CONSTRUCTION FIRMS SEE LINK BETWEEN SAFETY, EMPLOYEE WELLNESS

More construction companies are stressing the relationship between workplace safety and employee wellness initiatives, Says Rik Kunnath, executive chairman of Pankow Management Inc. (San Francisco), “Among a lot of companies, there’s a growing awareness that for workplace safety programs to really affect behaviors, there needs to be a culture of deep concern for the well-being… Read more »

WORKER SAFETY ESSENTIAL AS CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY REBOUNDS

A resurgent construction industry needs to do a better job of keeping workers safe. That’s the bottom line of a recent report by Marsh Risk Consulting. Based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the study, “Building Safety and Leadership in the Construction Industry,” notes that the industry’s 2012 fatality rate increased to… Read more »