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Human Capital Advisors offers this continually updated Resource Center for use by those interested in human capital issues in the workplace. The resources on this page are provided free of charge and can be accessed by the topics listed below:

  • The Human Capital Advisor © - Our highly regarded newsletter presenting thought-provoking pieces on contemporary issues related to human behavior in the workplace.
  • Articles and White Papers - written by leading experts in human capital management
  • Books that garner wide acceptance
The Human Capital Advisor ©
    • Slide Down the Right Side of the Bell Curve (5/15/2018)
    • Don't let your organization fall victim to the bell curve employee performance syndrome. We all know about the famous theory of population distribution that Drs. Herrnstein and Murray elucidated in their groundbreaking book, The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life. It has become part of our culture and lexicon.
    • The Road to CEO...A Winding One For Sure (4/16/2018)
    • Jack Welch famously identified three internal senior executives as finalist candidates to succeed him as CEO of General Electric. Using his talent assessment skills and guile, he set them up to compete for the top job.
    • Managing a Prima Donna (3/21/2018)
    • A dilemma which organizations often face is the outsized makeup of prima donnas - extraordinarily talented and extraordinarily ego driven.
    • Can Your Organization Play Big League Baseball? (2/28/2018)
    • Spring is quickly approaching and for sports fans, a sure sign of spring is the baseball term "pitchers and catchers report" which signals the formal beginning of Spring Training in Florida and Arizona.
    • 2018 Trends in People Management (1/23/2018)
    • New year, new challenges...and many continuing ones. What will the trends and recurring themes behind the headlines tell us about developing strategies and business plans? ...read more
    • Gratitude: A Cultural Value that Gives Back (12/12/2017)
    • End of year, wrap up projects, holidays, travel, shopping, stress...only a few of the words and phrases that consume us each December. One word we'd like to focus on is gratitude.
    • HR as a Strategic Function (11/28/2017)
    • Back in 2002 when HCA was founded, as we were completing our business model and preparing to launch, our final task was to come up with a name. After a few short discussions, it became clear that the name would include the term human capital...read more
    • This is a Great Place to Work (10/30/2017)
    • Any employer worth their salt would love to hear those magic words from their employees, whether it be to coworkers, friends and industry peers.
    • From For-Profit to Non-Profit: A Leadership Challenge (10/3/2017)
    • A challenge somewhat unique to our region, certainly more common than in most, is the movement of leaders from commercial enterprises to non-profits.
    • A Summer Think and Read (8/1/2017)
    • Noted 17th century English Philosopher Thomas Hobbes shared an appropriate view for this time of year. He said, "Leisure is the mother of philosophy."
    • Mentor or Coach - Make the Right Choice (6/27/2017)
    • "If I hadn't had mentors, I wouldn't be here today. I'm a product of great mentoring, great coaching...coaches and mentors are very important." A powerful statement from a leading global executive, Indra Nooyi, CEO of PepsiCo.
    • Imagined if Everyone Listened! (5/31/2017)
    • Well, that might well be the title of a novel but building a culture of listening in your organization does not have to be fiction...if you have the mindset and commitment to lead it.
    • Listening Part II (4/18/2017)
    • Listening is at or near the top of lists of the most important leadership traits. With this in mind, we are devoting a second issue of The Human Capital Advisor© to effective listening.
    • Lead Like a President (3/21/2017)
    • Recently, HCA Founder Ted Bruccoleri, who leads our Executive Advisory Practice, had the pleasure of attending lectures by two of our nation's leading US historians, Jon Meacham and Michael Beschloss.
    • Culture Change – Top Down or Bottom Up? (2/28/2017)
    • Culture. Employee Engagement. Performance. We've covered these topics from a number of vantage points in the past several issues of The Human Capital Advisor©. These critical elements of organizational success are impacted by many factors, including leadership at all levels, the performance management system utilized, compensation practices, as well as other elements of your "total rewards" programs. All are connected and all impact the "bottom line" of any type of enterprise or organization.
    • People. Our Business (1/24/2017)
    • The opening statement on our website simply states...People. Our business, your bottom line.
    • Giving Gives Back (12/13/2016)
    • In the spirit of the holiday season, we are again sharing our annual charitable giving newsletter.
    • Employee Engagement (11/14/2016)
    • One of the Beatles' greatest hits, recorded in 1964, is titled Can't Buy Me Love. Executives should be mindful of that title when viewing the performance of their employees and the manner in which precious funds are allocated to impact that performance.
    • TOTAL REWARDS (10/19/2016)
    • Are you spending your employee dollars wisely? When was the last time you stopped and thought about the meaning of the word "rewards?" It's a question HCA Managing Director Scott Coolidge often asks.
    • What Keeps You Up At Night?  (9/21/2016)
    • You've heard it before....consultants asking top executives like you "What keeps you up at night?" In our practice, we continue to observe a common thread woven within client concerns. Though masked as a multitude of business ills, poor communication is frequently the culprit that derails even the most well-conceived and sophisticated strategies and tactics.
    • "Top 10 Greatest Hits" from The Human Capital Advisor©  (8/11/2016)
    • Dear Clients, Business Colleagues, and Friends – We trust that you are having an enjoyable summer with the opportunity to relax and recharge your batteries. We've experienced and heard from many of you that this has been a very demanding, yet rewarding, business year. We suggest now is the time for all of us to take a breath and do some reflection!
    • The Board of Directors and the Executive Director  (6/28/2016)
    • On the surface, the relationship dynamics in the non-profit world between the organization's leader and the board should be pretty straightforward and mission focused. However, surprisingly, in many ways, the relationship is often more complex, complicated and nuanced than in a business entity.
    • The CEO and the Board: The Biggest of "Managing Up" Challenges  (5/31/2016)
    • Someone wrote in a recent article that for the CEO, working effectively with the Board is "the mother of managing up." Today we are going to drill down a bit on this comment. We will provide insights on ways the CEO can best use the board for the benefit of the company and its equity owners, as well as to advise the CEO independently of management, as a check and balance on key decisions and for the CEO's own professional development.
    • The CEO and the Board: A Most Complex Relationship  (4/20/2016)
    • Over the next several issues of The Human Capital Advisor, we will explore the nature of the Board/CEO/ED relationship from the perspective of both board members and the top executive. We'll offer input from several experts who will share their viewpoints, hopefully providing leaders with valuable "food for thought."
    • Creating a Learning Culture  (3/17/2016)
    • As we continue our New Year's resolutions, next up is employee development. Erik Linn is an entrepreneur and innovator who is also a product of the financial consulting industry. Beginning his career with Arthur Andersen, Erik learned the importance of training and development of people and an "incredible commitment to quality service," something for which Andersen was noted.
    • Getting on the Same Page  (2/25/2016)
    • In the January issue of The Human Capital Advisor, we discussed eight New Year's resolutions to encourage you to take on some of the more "easier said than done" business challenges your organization faces.
    • Resolutions for Your Organization and You for 2016  (1/19/2016)
    • A tradition as American as baseball and apple pie enters the thinking of most people at this time of the year. What resolutions can I make to improve myself, my lifestyle and my relationships
    • Giving Gives Back  (12/16/2015)
    • Organizational philanthropy has always been a winning activity for organizations large and small because of the good it does for the less fortunate. It comes in many forms - giving money, giving volunteer time or giving products or services.
    • Trust - The Life Breath of a Healthy Team  (11/16/2015)
    • Trust, for any organization, is vitally important. It's the essence of how you are perceived as an organization, as leaders, as employees, and as clients or customers. Honesty, consistency, and communication are building blocks. And it all starts with the CEO.
    • What Should - And Should Not - Be In A Performance Management System  (10/27/2015)
    • The performance management system is the most important part of an organization's human infrastructure. It's the mechanism by which leaders can steer the organization using people as a strategic asset. Read how the payoff can make a huge impact on productivity, and more.
    • A Dinosaur Facing the 21st Century  (9/23/2015)
    • While organizations are moving away from the traditional employee annual review process, this does not negate the need for fostering employee development or rewarding good performances. More frequent, regular communication is wanted. If you're thinking about changing your organization's feedback process, then you need to read this newsletter for tips on what to consider.
    • Here Come the New Grads  (8/24/2015)
    • Here come all the Millennials...and they are shaking up the workplace status quo. They are young, productive and talented. See how they view the world differently, what's important to them and how you, as an organization, can develop them.
    • A Culture of Excellence  (6/29/2015)
    • See how a Washington, DC area business has established a corporate culture that is one of the best in its class worldwide, and how and why it strives to be even better.
    • Take Your Employees to the Next Level of Success  (5/26/2015)
    • CEOs, focus on your employee team to get to the next level. Learn how you can better define your company's culture to reward your employees and your business.
    • Taking Control of Your C-Suite Quest  (4/27/2015)
    • Women leaders need to communicate and take charge of their destination goals. See what you can do to pave your way to the C-suite.
    • Women in the C-Suite: What CEOs Can Do  (4/6/2015)
    • CEOs can be a big influence and motivator in helping women rise to the top.
    • It's Still Lonely at the Top....and Getting Lonelier  (2/23/2015)
    • It's tough at the top. As a CEO in this ever-changing and fast-paced world, you may find yourself needing an advisor to help you with an outside perspective.
    • Executive Presence  (1/28/2015)
    • Do you have that "x" factor called Executive Presence? Self-confidence, communication, leadership, behavior, and more......see how you can improve to master the art of executive presence.
    • Executing a Successful Coaching Project - A 7 Step Process (Part II)  (12/11/2014)
    • You've learned that coaches can be valuable. Now see how the coach and executive sessions are structured and how they are evaluated.
    • Executing a Successful Coaching Project - A 7 Step Process (Part I)  (11/21/2014)
    • A coach can be a valuable asset to any organization. This newsletter, and Part II to follow next month, will help guide you and your organization through the process to executing a successful coaching engagement.
    • Coaching to Win the Long Game  (10/27/2014)
    • Leadership coaching is a skill. See how these coaches can be a valuable asset to your organization and review several situations as to why you might want to learn from one. And they are not only for the C-level exec.
    • Change, the Only Constant  (9/16/2014)
    • It can be lonely at the top. CEOs need to develop and manage their executive team and the CEOs also want advice and guidance and answers.
    • Next: Developing Your Future Leaders  (8/11/2014)
    • Great leaders, leaders, managers...we give some advice on how to develop your organization's people into future leaders.
    • Crossing the Hiring Goal Line  (6/24/2014)
    • Reference preparation and reference checking, along with background checks, are important tools in the recruiting process. There's a lot to learn. See how and why.
    • Questions: Your Power Tools in Interviews  (5/28/2014)
    • Learn about behavioral-based patterns during interviews and how the appropriate questions are crucial to getting the hire right.
    • Conducting a Winning Interview - Part 2  (4/16/2014)
    • Take a look at some best practices for an interview to help you through the process. Skill + fit are key.
    • Conducting a Winning Interview - Part 1  (3/18/2014)
    • How just 15 minutes preparing for an interview can save your organization valuable time and money.
    • Getting the Hire Right  (2/24/2014)
    • Finding the right people is not an easy task. Know and understand some of the underlying principles that make the hiring process so important to your organization.
    • Knowing the People Around You  (1/28/2014)
    • A great leader knows how to manage down and up. Here are ways of making sure you know who you're dealing with.
    • Leaders: Born...and Bred  (12/11/2013)
    • Learn the attributes of great leaders....and how your organization can benefit from using certain assessment tools to transform good leaders into great ones.
    • CEO, Know Thyself  (11/12/2013)
    • It's important for CEOs to know their strengths and weaknesses and how to change perceptions when necessary...
Articles and White Papers
Books
  • Leadership
  • Management
    • 12: The Elements of Great Managing by Harter and Wagner
    • First Break All the Rules by Buckingham and Coffman
    • Carrots and Sticks Don’t Work: Build a Culture of Employee Engagement with the Principles of RESPECT by Paul Marciano
  • Team Building
    • Leaders East Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t by Simon Sinik
    • Building Better Teams – The Harvard Business Review
    • Team Turnarounds: A Playbook for Transforming Underperforming Teams by Frontiera, Leidl, Kouzes, and Posner
    • Help the Helper: Build a Culture of Extreme Teamwork by Pritchard and Eliot
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