As is becoming more prevalent, there are three emails in my inbox this morning, all with some post or webinar about “Big Data.”
TLNT is hosting a webinar titled Enabling Success With Big Data – Driven Talent Acquisition, Talent Management magazine has an article, Where’s the Value In Talent Analytics, and Chief Learning Officer magazine has The ‘Datafication’ of Learning.
Recently, LinkedIn published an article (Why We No Longer Need HR Departments) and a Spreecast (Is It Time To Fire Your HR Department?), both featuring Bernard Marr, described as a “best-selling author and enterprise performance expert.” The post had 19,000 LinkedIn shares, and 1,143 tweets as of 2 pm the day it was published. Read more…
“In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is King” — Erasmus of Rotterdam
I love quotes, but sometimes one comes across that you have not heard of and it is all too powerful. My interpretation is even someone without much talent or ability is considered special by those with no talent or ability at all.
I had a conversation a few weeks back from a young professional that I mentor. On her LinkedIn page, she listed herself as a “PR expert.” Two years into her career and she was already an expert. How did that happen? Read more…
Yesterday I read an article titled Why We No Longer Need HR Departments, and apparently I wasn’t the only one sucked in by the catchy title.
The article garnered more than 3,000 comments, and I surely didn’t read them all, but I read enough to be able to declare here that many readers, like myself, don’t think the author said much of anything.
Here’s the gist of what he said: HR is a stupid name. HR can’t effectively serve two masters. Basic HR functions can be outsourced.
Blah Blah Blah. Read more…
I just got through another fall conference season and I think I’m starting to pick up a few things and understand the game a little better.
I’m definitely not an “A” Lister or “B” Lister, and hell, I’m not even on the “C” List, but I like to think I’m a Top 10 “D” List Conference Speaking selection!
As you run around the circuit speaking, those A and B Listers will definitely give you some pointers. The C’s won’t, because they’re all high and mighty about how they’re no longer on the D List, so they kind of hold stuff close to the vest.
It’s a great education that spans much more than just your ability to go on stage and “Dance Like a Monkey.” The Conference Speaker education has to do mostly with human behavior and likeability. Read more…
I get asked a lot about the future of HR and I always say – if I’m not talking to someone totally uptight – that in about 10 years most of us will be replaced by artificially intelligent machines who don’t whine about money or appreciation.
That’s why I tend to limit my crystal ball gazing to about five years.
(For you doubters, I just watched a science show in which I learned that the biggest obstacle to robots replacing humans isn’t the ability to think or learn, it’s the ability to climb stairs! And between you and me, I think they’re gonna solve that one sometime over the next 10 years.)
So let’s look at the next five years and leave everything beyond that to the clever folks over at MIT. Here are seven (7) trends that are transforming HR as we speak, and by extension, how work is compensated. Read more…
“When you follow your passion, success will follow you.”
When I heard that statement, I looked up at the TV. Not really being a TV person, I normally leave it on for background noise.
As I gazed at the TV, I could not let that slogan go. The name of the company did not register but the phrase that they are using as their tag line did.
There has been a lot of chatter about finding your passion in life. As I talk to young people, it seems that everyone is on the hunt for something — whether it is a job or a career. Yes, people are looking and searching for that hidden treasure called passion. Read more…
“What do you do?” asked my airport shuttle driver (I’ll call him Ben).
“I work for an HR software company,” I answered.
He nodded. “HR, huh? I remember when I worked in Personnel.”
“Personnel.” That term got my attention — precursor to the “human resources” profession we know today. I asked Ben about his experience, and he told me about his days at Polaroid in the Boston area during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Read more…
I read an article the other day that advised employees to never tell a boss, “I don’t know.” Instead, the authors advised, the right response is: “I’ll find out right away.”
Well, any regular reader of career advice (I’ll plead guilty) knows that there is a lot of bad advice out there. A lot.
And while I wouldn’t consider the above to be the worst of the bunch, it’s close.
What’s so objectionable about saying “I don’t know,” if in fact, you don’t know? Read more…
The word “talent” gets thrown around rather easily in the HR community.
In fact, in some corners it’s become more of a catchphrase versus an actual focus. Because of that, the November HR Roundtable in Cincinnati decided to tackle this topic and give it the bones/context it deserves.
We started with the basics and built from there. Here’s where we began: Read more…
A few weeks ago, a young HR generalist reached out to me.
She works for a bank. Two chicks were at war with one another, of course, because we can’t fight institutional sexism until that bitch in the next cubicle gets hers first.
And you know the story behind the drama. There was a young man involved. Accusations were made via Facebook and Twitter. Pictures were pulled from Instagram.
Lots of sniping and gossip at the office. And one woman said to the other, “If you aren’t guilty, why did you block me on Facebook?” Read more…