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Yahoo's Consultant Ruse?

Magazine article Workforce Management

Yahoo's Consultant Ruse?

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In his Business of Management blog (www.workforce.com/wpmu/bizmgmt/), under the heading of Bringing in a Consultant to Do the Dirty Work, " editor John Hollon offered a fairly cynical view of Yahoo's decision to get advice from consultants Bain &· Co. on how the company could improve and accelerate its performance. Hollon wondered if the real reason for the engagement was just to rubber-stamp layoff decisions that had already been made. One pro-consultant reader commented:

"SOMETIMES THE 'tough' work of staff reductions is best left to outsiders in order to preserve the positive image of internal leadership. CEOs can then focus on coaching staff and communicating their vision of a better place that the company could reach. Are euphemisms rife in leadership and the consulting world? Without a doubt. But I happily accept this over the alternative, which is a dejected, demotivated and depressed workforce and community. Better to foster a unified, motivated and positive culture that strives for that new and better place . . . regardless of the risk of failure."

In another entry, Hollon wrote about the dismal economy and the rising unemployment rate - not as a statistic, but from the ground level in Fforida. A reader responded:

"As A JOB SEEKER in the state of Michigan (No.l in the nation in unemployment for well over a year), I know all too well die stress of not having a job. Luckily, I've been able to cobble together quasi-employment as a temp, but it's difficult to work week to week with no guarantee of how long my assignments will last. I've been on almost 30 job interviews this year, and I just keep plugging along. Someday, something permanent will pan out."

In one of Workforce Managementi/eatured blogs, the Human Capitalist (www.humancapitalist .com), blogger Jason Corsetto recapped advice that a Forrester Research consultant offered recently on talent management steps companies should take during a recession: Don't rely too much on outsourcing, use the slowdown to improve the team, get rid of low-performing employees, and another suggestion that will be music to the ears of many: "Cut training and development last. That resource is critical to success in the post-recession period. " One reader commented:

"I LOVE TO HEAR top executives say things [like that]. …

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