The Week That Was

As the saying goes, April showers bring these top five stories from talentmgt.com for the week of April 7. I think I got it right.

1. Finding Success in Succession: Thanks to the availability of data and increased business benefits of leadership preparedness, companies are putting more heft behind succession planning. Talent Management editor Frank Kalman has more in this issue’s special report on succession planning.

2. HR Lagging on Building Analytics Skills: A majority of companies report no analytical capabilities when it comes to HR, according to a recent study. Talent Management editor Eric Short has more.

3. The Broadening Definition of Disability: New rules increase the number of people entitled to federal protections, and unknowing employers may find themselves in court. Talent Management editor Max Mihelich has the story.

4. Development and Succession: A Necessary MarriageTalent development from within makes succession planning more effective, writes Talent Management editor Frank Kalman.

5. The View From Behind the Workplace Flexibility Curve: If today’s professionals can’t find flexibility with your business, they’ll find it with another one. Talent Management blogger Allison O’Kelly has more.

In Other News …

More moms are staying home with their children, reversing a decades-long trend, according to a new report profiled in The Wall Street Journal this week.

According to a report from the Pew Research Center, in 2012, 29 percent of all mothers with children under age 18 stayed at home, a figure that has steadily risen since 1999, when 23 percent of mothers were stay-at-home. The share of stay-at-home moms had been dropping since 1967, when about half of all moms stayed home, the Journal reported Tuesday.

Read more here.

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Also, why LinkedIn Influencer and “Shark Tank” cast member Barbara Corcoran fires 25 percent of her sales force every year. Read here.