One may say that having superior and talented human resources is what it takes for a business to succeed. And it is undeniably true. Employing superior workforce is vital in delivering company's missions to bring about the best performance. Not only the highly educated, any leading firm in the market will need people who are talented, creative, and passionate about what they do.
You could get depressed reading this - we are inherently discriminatory and there's limited ways to tackle it! And given some of the news headlines right now should we lurch for the panic button? I would not dare enter the fray on our societal challenges, but any organisation that is not elevating the question of inclusivity is not thinking as strategically as it needs to, not simply for today but absolutely for the future.
Chances are you've heard about Netflix's much hyped and dubiously titled 'culture document'. With over five million hits, it's been described by Sheryl Sandberg as one of the most important documents to come out of Silicon Valley - ever. Those are fighting words. Or at least they would be, if anyone disagreed.
When you look at some organisations you see core principles cascading through everything they do. This tends to be more likely in a small or an entrepreneurial company but it doesn't have to be limited to here. It is undesirable from a brain perspective to have conflicting messages coming you from every direction.
Now, more than ever, leadership is not; a job description, a set of duties or a checklist of tasks, nor is it a set of theories or processes that individuals can simply implement. Leadership may incorporate these things, but it is also a set of behaviours - including: encouraging, challenging, inspiring and communicating (both in the sense of speaking and of listening).
Forced-ranking of employees means that all the employees within an organisation are compared or ranked against one another in order of performance. Then, using the statistical bell-curve specific numbers of employees are placed in categories ranging from: exceeds all expectations; exceeds expectations; meets expectations; partly meets expectations; fails to meet expectations.
The importance of your digital profile can't be overlooked. It can propel you into the stratosphere of cyberfame within minutes, as the two chaps above know well. More realistically, a complete, professional, grammatically-correct digital profile can give you a huge advantage when it comes to recruitment.
Michael O' Leary's decision to tackle Ryanair's reputation for poor customer service is a powerful reminder that culture is king when it comes to driving growth. The impact of the company's 'abrupt' culture has resulted in an intense battle to secure loyalty from both recreational and business travellers who expect great service as standard.
The well-publicised scandal at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust and the subsequent Keogh Mortality Review have put the topics of patient care and NHS culture firmly in the public domain. Almost every day we open the papers or switch on the news to yet another report on what's going wrong in the NHS.
This week, the leaders of the G8 countries - the UK, the USA, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Russia and Japan - are meeting in Northern Ireland for their annual summit. As host nation, the UK has set the priorities for the discussion: the assembled leaders will focus on Tax, Trade and Transparency.
Whether the economy is booming or stumbling along, taking charge of your career and planning your next step should always be a priority. You can't wait for your genius to be benevolently discovered - the bottom line is that no one is as interested in your career, your talents, your aspirations as you are.