Colleges and universities need to create an effective onboarding experience for new presidents to help them understand campus culture, form relationships with key stakeholders and know what's expected of them, writes Katherine Haley, the former president of Gettysburg College and Whittier College. Such steps can help a new president "gain traction" and increase their chances for success, she notes in this commentary.
Jon Christiansen, co-founder of Insights and Outcomes, identifies eight mistakes employers make that can lead employees to quit. Christiansen outlines how to avoid each of the situations, which range from putting people in the wrong roles to lacking transparency with employees.
Some simple advice such as "Don't respond until you've slept on it," holds lessons for academic leaders, writes Matt Reed, vice president for learning at Brookdale Community College. Other tidbits leaders should heed, he writes in this blog post, include, "It's not about you," and "Emails can be subpoenaed."
David Komlos and David Benjamin of Syntegrity have devised a formula for selecting diverse, efficient and effective teams from across your organization "based on their role, perspective, knowledge and expertise." Talent isn't necessarily in short supply, they argue, but the trick is selecting and assembling the right talent in the right place and time.
Chief HR officers can attract more technology talent by developing a positive brand, making sure jobs offer competitive salaries and benefits, and giving candidates a good experience, according to Gartner research. "Attracting technology talent isn't an HR problem; it's a business problem," says Gartner executive James Atkinson.
Collaboration between HR and IT has become more important as employers rely on data to help make decisions, including in recruiting, writes Susan Insley, vice president at VMware. "IT expertise is essential in simplifying how candidates apply for roles, how responses are generated, how invitations to interview are issued, and more," she writes.
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