This week, we explore how to motivate the people who carry out your strategy, hear from adult learning experts about reversing the skills gap, learn which five areas HR leaders are investing in for 2020, and share three ways to improve your talent management programs.  

This week’s growth quote:

The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we stand as in what direction we are moving.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Execution Is a People Problem, Not a Strategy Problem

HBR

The strategy is one thing, execution is another. If you’d like to bridge the gap between planning and doing, this article explains how to motivate those employees who make an outsize impact. In a nutshell, targeted coaching and sharing information about obstacles will take you far.

Redefining the Role of the Leader In the Reskilling Era

McKinsey

Adult learning leaders share techniques that managers can use to help employees adopt new skills at a rapid pace. Spoiler alert: Empathy and humility are key, as is creating a safe space where people can learn and spotting skills gaps before it becomes a crisis.  

3 Steps to Unsticking Your Performance Management Process (and Making it Something Employees Actually Value)

Betterworks

Performance management programs get a bad wrap because companies are stuck with outdated practices, like annual reviews. Taking time to understand what employees really want, giving continuous feedback, and training managers to engage with their team are three steps that would make a world of difference. 

Gartner Report Sets Out Top 5 Priorities for HR Leaders in 2020

Gartner

As we enter the next decade, HR leaders weigh in on their priorities for the 2020s. Employee experience programs, upskilling, change management initiatives, and ways to close the talent gap all go under the lens. 

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