My latest Articles

(Thought and Vigor, Fast Company, Talent Culture, Switch and Shift, and more)

  • Avoiding The Pitfalls Of Employee Engagement
    Employee engagement is ever more vital for modern businesses. As social media and big data make it easier for us to hunt out potential employees and try to lure them to work for us, so we face the growing risk of having our own best talent lured away… Read more
    Source: Talent CulturePublished on 2015-05-20By Mark Lukens
  • The Art and Science of Leadership
    Truly great leaders are both artists and scientists.... Read More» Read more
    Source: Switch and ShiftPublished on 2015-05-18By Mark Lukens
  • Forging a Unique Workplace Culture
    Trying to forge a workplace culture for your business can easily go wrong. A culture imposed from the top down can create resistance and disengagement as people feel that it has nothing to do with them. This is in part because such an approach misses… Read more
    Source: Talent CulturePublished on 2015-05-15By Mark Lukens
  • Human-centered Business Trends for 2015
    You might not know it from the way we sometimes talk, but business is all about people. In the spirit of keeping that in focus, here are some of the human-centered trends that we can expect to see in 2015. Customer, Customer, Customer British Prime M… Read more
    Source: Thought and VigorPublished on 2015-05-04By Mark Lukens
  • Three Principles Of Good Communication
    Communication is the bedrock of all relationships, whether professional or personal. Getting it right can be particularly hard in the workplace, where people with wildly different ways of thinking and talking are all heavily invested in the topics un… Read more
    Source: Talent CulturePublished on 2015-05-04By Mark Lukens
  • Why is Values Based Leadership so Powerful?
    The idea that business should be value driven is an increasingly influential one, and rightly so. The days when we could be content to make profit our only value, and when we could delude ourselves that that in itself was not a value judgment, are fa… Read more
    Source: Thought and VigorPublished on 2015-05-04By Mark Lukens
  • The Big Picture of Small Wages
    Low wages are an increasingly prominent subject of public debate. Whether it’s the movement for a living wage, debate over what the minimum wage should be, or attention paid to low-paid foreign workers and illegal immigrants, a link has been ma… Read more
    Source: Switch and ShiftPublished on 2015-05-04By Mark Lukens
  • Better Communication: Sharing Yourself
    There’s a repression that still runs deep in the way we communicate, even in our relatively open and liberated age. We fear that what we think doesn’t matter; that we are less right or less valuable in our opinions than the other people a… Read more
    Source: Talent CulturePublished on 2015-04-28By Mark Lukens
  • Why is Values Based Leadership so Powerful?
    Values let us step away from the world as it is and demand that it be better.... Read More» Read more
    Source: Switch and ShiftPublished on 2015-04-23By Mark Lukens
  • Learning from the Big Philanthropists
    We can’t all be giants in the world of social leadership, or great philanthropists providing millions to support the world’s poor. But we can all learn from people in these positions, and that learning is valuable if we want to provide so… Read more
    Source: Thought and VigorPublished on 2015-04-13By Mark Lukens
  • The Secrets To Building A Constructive Feedback Culture
    One of the most important parts of any company's culture is the way that feedback is given and received. Feedback on the shortcomings of a piece of work can be constructive, allowing progress and improvement. But it can also be destructive, undermini… Read more
    Source: Fast CompanyPublished on 2015-04-06By Mark Lukens
  • Unleash The Power Of Social Media Recruitment
    Social media is everywhere in the modern world. Its ability to improve communication and to compel our attention makes it one of the most powerful forces of the 21st century. This makes it incredibly useful to recruiters, but many have yet to unleash… Read more
    Source: Talent CulturePublished on 2015-03-26By Mark Lukens
  • Reversing The Polarity Of Recruitment
    We’ve all seen it in the cinema or on TV. That moment when the beleaguered starship engineer, asked to achieve things his machines were never designed for, declares that he’s going to ‘reverse the polarity!’ None of us, not ev… Read more
    Source: Talent CulturePublished on 2015-03-18By Mark Lukens
  • Engaging with data, engaging with people – the power of analytics in HR
    Analytics programs are one of the most powerful tools available to modern managers and HR professionals. Analysis shows that companies making good use of analytics and the big data pools now available to them can make improvements in productivity of … Read more
    Source: Thought and VigorPublished on 2015-03-16By Mark Lukens
  • Be your own hero
    Do you remember the first time you looked up at someone and said ‘that’s who I want to be?’ Maybe it was a character in a Saturday morning cartoon. Maybe it was a relative who spared you lots of time. Maybe it was the man in the ice… Read more
    Source: Thought and VigorPublished on 2015-03-12By Mark Lukens