The Week That Was

Celebrate the start of baseball season with these top five stories from for the week of a April 1.

1. Teach Employees to Stand Out From the Pack: Successful people don’t deny their impulse to differentiate; they embrace it, writes Talent Management columnist Marshall Goldsmith.

2. This Issue’s Special Report: Succession Planning: Talent leaders can earn that coveted seat at the table by adding teeth to executive-level succession planning. Talent Management editor Jeffrey Cattel has the story.

3. NYC the Best City to Recruit: For the second year, New York City is the lowest-risk city in the world for recruiting, employing and relocating employees, according to rankings released by Aon Hewitt, the global human resources business of Aon PLC.

4. The Death of the Paper Resume: For some employers, paper resumes are hopelessly out of date. Instead, they’re checking Klout scores and asking for resume submissions via Twitter, writes Talent Management editor Jennifer Kahn.

5. Moving Employees From ‘Have to’ to ‘Want to’: Showing respect and including employees in decisions are two ways to get them to want to come to work, according to blogger Aubrey Daniels.

In Other News …

Say goodbye to the office cubicle, according to a report earlier this week from The Wall Street Journal.

Once a staple of the corporate office, the cubicle is slowly vanishing from corporate offices, the Journal reports. Interestingly enough, Herman Miller Inc., the company that helped “spawn the cubicle craze,” as the Journal puts it, is leading the charge.

The company is one of many pushing organizations to move to more modern office layouts — such as the more open and collaborative spaces embraced by Generation Y.

Read the entire article here.

Also, The New York Times opinion page this week took issue with the billable hour model embraced by law firms, saying the system puts too much focus on time spent working and not enough on quality or substance of the work.

What’s your take?