Lessons of Petraeus Case Are Far From Clear

first_imgThere are some lessons that HR professionals can draw from the saga of Gen. David Petraeus, who resigned as head of the CIA after an FBI investigation found that he had an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. The importance of choosing leaders with integrity–and the realization that there is virtually no privacy when it comes to electronic communications–jump out as key takeaways for HR. However, how HR staffs can apply these principles in their day-to-day work isn’t cut and dried. And the scandal illuminates aspects of human nature that will challenge HR professionals for decades, researchers warn. Once being discussed as a potential presidential candidate, Petraeus managed military battles, his career and the news media astutely. Some have labeled him a narcissist, particularly in light of the Broadwell affair. Did Broadwell’s intense interest in Petraeus blind the general to his duties—his duties to his country, to his family, and even to his own best interests? Only he can answer. His departure from public service is unfortunate, given his talent. His damage to his family, and Broadwell’s damage to hers, are more significant and more lasting, I suspect. Had Petraeus worked for the private sector, and had the investigation begun with a tip to HR instead of a call to the FBI, how would the situation have played out? A lot differently, I believe. Broadwell wasn’t working for Petraeus or his organization, though she was an Army Reserve officer. All indications are that it was a consensual relationship free from harassment. When the affair was discovered, according to news reports, neither party denied it or tried to cover it up. This is not a Penn State or Catholic Church scandal. Reportedly, by leaving personal messages in the drafts folder of a Gmail account, the pair thought that their communications would remain anonymous. They didn’t. Even if Petraeus used a government computer to access the drafts folder, it’s not the most massive violation of HR rules—unless evidence shows that he revealed classified information. If you were the HR chief dealing with these discoveries in the private sector, what would you do? Fire Petraeus? For showing poor moral judgment? That might be a decision for the Board of Directors. For misusing e-mail? You’d probably give him a warning or make him take more training. The paramount takeaway for HR is that we need to understand a leader’s character before we hire him or her. Unfortunately, we often overlook character flaws because they can be embedded in otherwise desirable skill sets. Some of the most effective leaders in terms of business performance are narcissists—narcissists who often get themselves and their organizations into trouble, according to researchers Arijit Chatterjee and Donald Hambrick. They found that narcissism in CEOs is correlated with “strategic dynamism.” Two more researchers, Joris Lammers and Adam Galinsky, came up with another disturbing finding about power seekers: People with power break rules not just because they think that they can get away with doing so, but also because they believe that they are entitled to do so. Finally, researchers at the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia assessed more than 100 graduate students and concluded that the level of narcissism in the United States is increasing. Taken together, these studies suggest that preventing situations such as that of Petraeus and Broadwell won’t be easy. Men and women are going to cheat. They’re going to try to hide their affairs. The only “bright” side is that they’re going to find it ever more difficult to conceal the electronic evidence. How effectively HR manages situations such as the Petraeus affair will help demonstrate just how strategic the profession has become. Steve Bates is a freelance journalist and former writer and editor for SHRM. Any investigation of his e-mails would reveal many pages of discussion of baseball, gardening and troublesome editors. [Links to research noted above:]http://www.economist.com/node/15328544http://www.redorbit.com/news/health/1112461751/expensive-egos-narcissism/http://archive.sciencewatch.com/dr/fmf/2011/11julfmf/11julfmfChatET/last_img read more

#Nextchat: HR’s Role in Organizational Design

first_imgWhat’s a Twitter Chat?  by Mary Kaylor, Joe Jones, Ashley Miller and Lindsay Northon Three Tools for Twitter Chatscenter_img The role of the HR professional continues to change, but one thing stays the same: Human capital management remains the key differentiator for organizational growth and success. One of the keys to effective human capital management is organizational design. Organizational design (OD) focuses on identifying and creating the right human structure within the organization and identifying the right competencies, knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics required in each part of that design. Although it can be difficult to find and hire talent, it can be an even greater challenge to build an organizational structure that will ensure that people with the right skills and competencies are working in the right jobs and teams now and in the future.HR’s Role in OD and the Challenges Many challenges exist regarding HR’s role in organizational design. Owning a significant organizational design effort from creation to implementation takes a lot of time, and most HR departments don’t have the resources to commit to this. Additionally, many HR departments lack the expertise necessary to build an organizational design plan. In the SHRM Online article Research: It’s Not a Four-Letter Word, SHRM Director of HR Competencies Joe Jones points out, “HR is no longer a simple art form. It is more science than art, rooted in well-planned, well-executed and actionable HR research that results in an improved organization, not a dusty report on a shelf that no one reads.”An Ongoing EffortConducting a critical evaluation of how your organization is structured is not something that should be undertaken every five years. Organizational design must become an ongoing initiative and a core HR function. In the blog post Data Driven Organization Design—Q&A, Concentra CEO Rupert Morrison says that “The modern day organization is under increasing pressure to adapt quickly to changing markets and disruptive organizational events such as mergers and restructures as well as changes in working habits with digitally engaged, mobile workforces. This means people need to shift their perspective from seeing OD as a one-off activity to a continuous process required to hone and improve performance over time.”OD TechnologyOrganizational design no longer means a list of names on a spreadsheet or the creation of a simple hierarchical chart. New HR technology can deliver powerful modeling tools and data that allow HR leaders to better visualize the people, skills and competencies in their organization.  It has also become more precise. Instead of doing major restructuring, many companies are opting to focus on smaller slices within the organization—or micro-design—by looking at more agile clusters of jobs and functions that allow for easier monitoring and faster transformation when challenges or opportunities arise.Regardless of the challenges they face or their level of involvement in this process, HR professionals can strengthen their proficiency in the HR competencies necessary to make greater contributions toward organizational design efforts.How are you handling organizational design at your organization? Please join @shrmnextchat at 3pm ET on August 17 for #Nextchat with special guests SHRM Specialist, HR Competencies, Lindsay Northon (@HRCompetencies); SHRM Senior Specialist, HR Competencies, Ashley Miller (@Miller843); and SHRM Director, HR Competencies, Joe Jones (@josephajonesphd). We’ll chat about HR’s role in organizational design and how human capital management strategies can be more cohesive with organizational design efforts. Q1. How does your organization approach organizational design, and how is HR involved? Q2. How involved should senior leaders outside of HR be in organizational design planning? Which ones should be involved and why?Q3. In what areas are organizations most likely to make errors with organizational design planning?Q4. How or in what areas can HR use micro-design to make their organizations more agile?    Q5. What specific data or analytics are most important to an organizational design plan? Q6. What HR competencies should HR professionals strengthen to be more effective in organizational design?   Q7. How can HR ensure that talent management strategies are aligned with their organizational design efforts?  Q8. What role do competency models play in organizational design?last_img read more

Breaking News in the Industry: August 5, 2016

first_imgNew Chip Card Security Flaw FoundA new flaw has turned up in the chip-based cards on offer in the US. According to new data released by researchers at NCR, credit card thieves can apparently rewrite the magstripe such that the card looks to be chipless when run through a card reader machine — even though such machines should kick back the swipe and tell the user to insert the chip. This means fraudsters can continue to clone magstriped EMV cards and find them useful.The hole is made possible, according to reports, because retailers are not encrypting their transactions as part of their EMV upgrade. “There’s a common misperception EMV solves everything. It doesn’t,” noted Patrick Watson, one of the researchers. The new flaw adds another line to retail’s ongoing list of complaints about EMV. The NRF has complained that the expensive upgrade ($25 billion) has done little to make retailers safer since unencrypted transactions are essentially just as hackable as they’ve ever been. [Source: PYMTS.com] Shoplifting Case Helps Identify Possible Child AbuseWhat started as a shoplifting investigation ended with a mother being arrested for investigation of child abuse and her two daughters taken into state custody. About 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, an officer was called to a convenience store on a report of a possible shoplifting, said Salt Lake police detective Cody Lougy. The officer found a 10-year-old girl who had taken something, and noticed that the girl “had a swollen face from her ear to the bottom of her jaw and was bleeding from the ear,” according to a Salt Lake County Jail report. The girl told the officer her mother, Lucinda Escobar, 30, had beaten her with a belt that had “large circles” on it, and used a second belt to wrap around her neck and “repeatedly punched and slapped the victim in the face while pulling the belt,” the report states. The girl also said she had been beaten with a phone cord on another occasion, according to police. The girl was taken to a local hospital to be checked out for “multiple injuries,” Lougy said.- Sponsor – As investigators questioned the girl, they learned her 5-year-old sister, who was still at home, had been beaten with a belt that same day. Officers found the 5-year-old who repeated what her sister had told detectives, according to the report. Escobar was arrested for investigation of intentional child abuse and reckless child abuse, in addition to child endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia. A methamphetamine pipe was found in the apartment in an area where the children’s clothes are kept, police say. [Source: DesertNews.com]Ex-Officer Should Serve 2 1/2 Years for ManslaughterA jury recommended 2 1/2 years in prison for a white former police officer convicted of voluntary manslaughter on Thursday in the shooting death of an unarmed black man who had been accused of shoplifting. The ex-officer, Stephen Rankin, shot 18-year-old William Chapman in the face and chest outside a Walmart store last year after a security guard called police to go after the young man. No video recorded the actual killing, and testimony conflicted on the details of what happened. But most witnesses said Chapman had his hands up, and prosecutor Stephanie Morales said the officer could have used non-deadly force.The officer “brought a gun into what is at worst a fist fight,” Morales told the jury, which deliberated for nearly two days before returning its verdict. Rankin, 36, faced one to 10 years on the manslaughter conviction. Morales asked jurors to give him the maximum, while defense attorney James Broccoletti argued that no amount of jail time would bring Chapman back to life. A judge will formally sentence Rankin on Oct. 12. The judge doesn’t have to follow the jury’s recommendation, but can’t increase the penalty.Rankin, who was fired from the Portsmouth police force after being indicted, had already killed another unarmed suspect, four years earlier, and many in the mostly black city of 100,000 saw his trial as a chance for accountability as police shootings continue around the country. [Source: NewsOn6.com]Four Men Face Racketeering Charges for Selling Counterfeit Denver Broncos MerchandiseFour men face racketeering charges after they allegedly sold counterfeit Denver Broncos football merchandise at the Mile High Flea Market in Commerce City for nine years, officials say.The defendants all surrendered to law enforcement officers and were released on $20,000 bail each. The four allegedly sold the NFL gear between Nov. 14, 2006, and Nov. 10, 2015, according to a news release by Sue Lindsay, Young’s spokeswoman. David A. Thompson, special agent in charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Denver, said the investigation uncovered an international counterfeit network. “This investigation uncovered hundreds of thousands of dollars in money wired to China to finance these counterfeit products and more than 20 shell companies furthering this illegal activity,” Thompson said in a news release. “Not only do these counterfeiting organizations produce inferior merchandise, which is sometimes dangerous, these counterfeits also hurt legitimate businesses in the United States, which can hinder job growth and support criminal organizations around the world.DHS agents seized $68,000 in counterfeit NFL merchandise from the Miskos’ booth at the flea market on Jan. 10, 2015. The charges allege that the operation purchased more than $868,000 in counterfeit merchandise from China beginning in 2006 until late 2014 for sale in the Denver area, Lindsay’s news release says. All four defendants are charged with operating a criminal enterprise of trademark counterfeiting in violation of the Colorado Organized Crime Control Act. [Source: DenverPost.com]Winona Ryder: “Shoplifting Conviction was a Blessing in Disguise”Actress Winona Ryder insists her 2001 shoplifting arrest was not “the crime of the century” some media outlets suggested it was. The Beetlejuice star was convicted of attempting to steal items amounting to $5,500 from Beverly Hills department store Saks Fifth Avenue, and now almost 15 years on, Winona can reflect on what she was going through at that time, and believes her criminal record was a blessing in disguise.“Psychologically, I must have been at a place where I just wanted to stop,” she told Porter magazine. “I won’t get into what happened, but it wasn’t what people think. And it wasn’t like the crime of the century! But it allowed me time that I really needed, where I went back to San Francisco and got back into things that… I just had other interests, frankly.” After taking a few years off following her conviction, Winona returned to acting with a new sense of passion and purpose. [Source: Belfast Telegraph] Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

VMworld – Intel’s online booth – check it out.

first_imgFor the event next week @ VMWorld we have created a virtual booth, check it out here: Intel Virtual BoothAlso follow Hank Lea as he explores vmworld and blogs about the event.last_img

Keys to Victory: Ginebra-Meralco Finals series

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ It’s going to be a battle of adjustments and creativity with both coaches known to stick to a system. With both sides evenly matched, Cone and Black would have to figure out a way to gain the slightest advantage in what promises to be a series to go the distance.Great wall of GinebraAs if Ginebra’s small-ball tactic last season wasn’t dangerous enough, Cone unearthed a scheme opposite of that with the return of Greg Slaughter.With the Cebuano giant back in the fray, the Gin Kings have toyed with their roster and at times, unleashed a killer frontcourt five with a guard joining Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, Justin Brownlee, and Joe Devance on the hard court.It shouldn’t come as a surprise, too, that Ginebra is second in the league in rebounds with 55.19 boards per game and first in blocks with 7.75 rejections per outing.Expect the Gin Kings to make the most of their strength and pound the ball down low.Bombs away BoltsHow do you counter that size advantage? Meralco’s way is drawing those bigs to the outside.The Bolts have capitalized on the power of the three-ball, topping the league with their 37-percent clip, much to Black’s delight.Baser Amer, Jared Dillinger, and Reynel Hugnatan have been fearless in hoisting those long balls, but Meralco’s arsenal just got deeper with the additions of Ranidel de Ocampo, Garvo Lanete, and Mike Tolomia, all of whom are ready to light it up once their hands wax hot. For the second year, Ginebra and Meralco meet anew in what promises to be a slam-bang clash for the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup championship.Last time these two met, fans were treated to six tightly-contested affairs–which were settled by five points or less and which ended in an Justin Brownlee’s buzzer-beater three that gave Ginebra the crown.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingA year after, the Bolts and the Kings— with same faces and new additions in their line ups—are ready for war again and it would be interesting to see how different things turn out this time.Here are INQUIRER’s keys to victory for this best-of-seven series. LATEST STORIES Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Now the biggest challenge for the Bolts is consistency in making their shots.All the small thingsWhat makes Ginebra’s league second-best offense work is its efficiency on the floor with its 46.10-percent shooting.Going 50.25-percent from two and 34.87-percent from three, the Gin Kings have been making the most of their shots.But with a series likely to decided on a couple of points, every basket matters, and that’s Ginebra’s achilles heel. The Gin Kings are the league’s worst free throw shooting team, going 64.29-percent from the charity stripe despite hoisting a league-high 434 free throw attempts.Meralco, on the other hand, have been diligent in capitalizing on those free points, going 73.02-percent from the 15-foot line to pair with its 44.68-percent field goal shooting.While a freethrow may just be a point, in a series expected to be down the wire at all times, these small things matter the most for each team.The sixth manIt’s been well-documented how the raucous crowd influence Ginebra games in the past.The Gin Kings have admitted how the audience have helped them get out of danger, while players from the other side also bared being a bit rattled by the rowdy crowd. Can we call it a rivalry now?ADVERTISEMENT And with Game 1 set at Quezon Convention Center in Lucena, as well as Games 5, 6, and 7, if necessary, scheduled at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, expect the troves of ka-barangays to come out and support their team.However, Meralco import Allen Durham shared that after his team’s runner-up finish last year, the Bolts are more than ready to tune that noise out.“The crowd is not going to be a factor,” he confidently said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Pasaol reminds Pumaren of ‘joyous’ PBA great Meneses No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Coaching chess matchIt’s easy to assume that series going down as offense-versus-defense, given the Gin Kings’ high-octane style against the Bolts’ grindhouse system.After all, Ginebra’s been averaging 103.7 points per game versus Meralco’s 98.19, but the Bolts are only allowing opponents to 89.8 markers per outing against the Gin Kings’ 98.8.But looking past that gives us a meeting of the minds as two of the most decorated and highly respected mentors in the league today engage in a coaching chess match.Tim Cone, seeking for ring no. 20, and Norman Black, who’s in search for his ninth title, square off anew for only the second time in the championship stage, with the first, of course, being last year’s duel.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Miocic, Cormier set to defend titles at UFC 220

first_imgBeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Stipe Miocic (17-2) looks to set a UFC heavyweight division record with a third straight successful title defense when he fights Francis Ngannou (11-1). The 31-year-old Ngannou hasn’t needed to go beyond the first round in any of his last four bouts and has never gone past the second in his 12 pro fights. Ngannou fights just seven weeks after his stunning victory of Alistair Overeem at UFC 218.Daniel Cormier (19-1) defends the light heavyweight title against Switzerland’s Volkan Oezdemir (15-1).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingUFC held its fifth card at TD Garden, the first since 2016, and the company said the arena was sold out. Thunder thump Cavs, keep LeBron shy of 30,000 points LATEST STORIES UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, left, taunts Volkan Oezdemir, right, during their weigh-in the night before their Ultimate Fighting Championship bout Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Boston. UFC president Dana White stands between the fighters. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)BOSTON — UFC is back in Boston.The top MMA promotion returned to TD Garden Saturday night with the heavyweight and light heavyweight belts on the line on the same card for the first time since 2003.ADVERTISEMENT PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH View comments ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more