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Leadership and Change

By Dennis Published: February 17, 2010

This comes from the International Public Management Network Listserv.

For anyone interested in the role of leadership in economic growth and development, you may wish to take a look at a new paper from the World Bank Institute (WBI) that links theories of leadership and organizational change in the context of development, and offers a new analytical framework for improving our understanding of how leadership actions create space for change and reform.

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Regional IPMA HR Conference

By Dennis Published: February 16, 2010

Arrangements are now underway for the 74th Annual IPMA-HR Central Region Conference at the Madison Marriott West in Middleton Wisconsin.   Mark your calendars for June 6-9, 2010.

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Sustaining a Paradigm Shift through Sustainability

By Dennis Published: February 12, 2010

A quick book review of The Sustainability Revolution: Portrait of a Paradigm Shift by Andres Edwards, from new Society Publishers. If you are wondering what the Sustainability fad is all about, then this is a good starting point. Sustainability seems to be all around us, and shouted by every business and group, and this book explains why. One of the best features is his inclusion of a large number of examples of sustainability statements.

Whether you want to call this a primer, a survey, or a basic introduction, I found it to be an excellent starting point. It is a quick read, I am a fast reader and it took me around an hour, but there is a lot of information packed in the book, especially at the price point offered by the publisher. It is a real value.

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Leading Global Change - Book Review

By Dennis Published: February 11, 2010

This is a quick book review of Strategic Learning and Leading Change by Stephen John, from the Elsevier New Frontiers in Learning Series. John's book has a lot of positive aspects. This is basically the story of a global company undergoing significant changes, and the role HR plays in shaping such changes. HR leaders undergoing such challenges may find some inspiration and some practical advice in the book.

Strategic Learning is basically a book built around a case study. The case study, which appears in the middle of the book, is probably the strongest aspect. I give high marks to Chapter 3, Strategic Learning and Leading Change, Chapter 4, Globalizing Pharma, and Chapter 8, Reinventing Human Resources.

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Track HR Research

By Dennis Published: February 10, 2010

Just cannot get enough HR research. Are you interested in HR findings but just need an easy way to track research?  Alison Mallard has set up a site where she has students review recent research. You can find it at - It is a great site if you want to keep up on the research literature, but do not have the time to go through all the journals.

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OFCCP Report

By Dennis Published: February 9, 2010

The OFCCP is a federal agency that enforces employment discrimination laws for those organizations receiving federal funds. The Center for Corporate Equality (CCE) has released its annual report summarizing enforcement results developed by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) on their equal employment and affirmative action requirements. The report, A REVIEW OF OFCCP ENFORCEMENT STATISTICS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2008, offers a detailed analysis of the agency's fiscal year 2008 enforcement results that resulted in $67,518,982 in back pay and annualized salary and benefits for 24,508 American workers who had been subjected to unlawful employment discrimination. In addition, this report includes a comparison of enforcement results from FY 2007 to FY 2008. The in-depth results of this analysis provide useful information about OFCCP's enforcement programs that the agency does not make publicly available. The report is available on CCE's website at

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NEO Public Sector HR Group

By Dennis Published: February 8, 2010

There is a local chapter of IPMA-HR in Northern Ohio. They currently meet quarterly at various locations in and around northern Ohio. Cost of membership starts at $25 per year and is tiered based on the number of eligible employees in your agency. If you have questions about this group, you should contact:

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Where Have I Been and Calvin and Hobbes

By Dennis Published: February 1, 2010

I realize it has been awhile since I blogged. I was exploring other outlets including twitter and Facebook. I was also doing some investigation into the whole problem of googling for employment information and how it impacts communication outlets including blogs. But I am back.

Creativity has always intrigued me, especially the psychology of creativity. One of the best sources of easy data on creativity is comics. Few comics have had the impact of Calvin and Hobbes. An interesting interview with the creator of Calvin and Hobbes appears in the Plain Dealer,

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