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June 07, 2013

Centralized or Decentralized? That is the Question.

I often get asked by school district leaders and other friends in HR to explain the difference between centralized and decentralized organizations and which structure works best. While it is easy to distinguish the characteristics of each type of organization, neither approach is necessarily better ...

August 24, 2012

Changing Cultures: Adapting Business Principles to Meet Educator Needs

Culture is one of those things that all organizations say is important, but it is easily ignored or forgotten in the daily grind of running a business, non-profit, or school district.Building an environment where employees feel valued and engaged, however, is critical to an organization's success. T...

April 30, 2012

Organizational Structures and Organizational Change

Organizational change is complex. Success depends upon the extent to which the structure of the organization matches its practices, processes, people, measures, and messages. It is also important to understand the driving forces behind the need for change and the shifts that must occur for it to tak...

April 15, 2012

Using Value-Added for Improvement, Not Shame

Jim Mahoney, Executive Director of Battelle for Kids, a not-for-profit organization in Columbus, Ohio that works with states and school districts across the country to improve educator effectiveness and accelerate student growth contributed to this post. There is a cartoon that often circulates in...

March 08, 2012

Talent Managers as Change Managers: 6 Lessons Learned

This entry was written in collaboration with Battelle for Kids' Strategic Communications team. Effective change leadership is essential to implementing any educational-improvement initiative. However, many districts and states struggle with how to effectively communicate, build support for change,...

January 16, 2012

Talent Manager Suggested Reading

I spend a great deal of time reading, researching, and exploring new ways to integrate HR practices in schools. I have found that while there are numerous books written by human resource and talent management professionals, there are very few that focus specifically on HR in education. One of these ...

December 15, 2011

What Education Can Learn from the Failures of Business

I'm not one of those people who think all school district functions should be run like a business. (So don't shoot me yet!) The superintendent of a 10,000-student district and the CEO of a Fortune 500 company face very different challenges that can't all be addressed with the same strategies or tool...

November 29, 2011

Is HR Leading Change in Education?

Brad Power, a researcher at the Lean Enterprise Institute, recently wrote a blog entry on the Harvard Business Review website asking, "Why Doesn't HR Lead Change?" He explains that it is difficult to find HR people "who are active in helping their organization improve the way it works." According t...

November 14, 2011

New (Strategic) Face of HR

Human Resource departments across the country in business, non-profits and education are working to give themselves a makeover. HR offices were once known as "Personnel" departments before they morphed into "Human Resources" in the 1970s and 1980s. Now, a number of HR groups are changing names again...

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