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To Poach or Not to Poach Talent? It’s Just Un-American If You Don’t

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Before we get right in and answer this question, let’s all get on the same page.

What is “Poaching?” Wikipedia defines it this way:

Poaching has traditionally been defined as the illegal hunting, killing or capturing of wild animals, usually associated with land use rights.”

It can also be a cooking term, like “Poached Eggs” or “Poached Salmon,” but that’s not what we’re talking about. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Yes, Dad’s DO Have It a Lot Easier in the Workforce

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Max Shireson, the CEO of mongoDB, turned in his resignation this past week.

That announcement in itself isn’t really that big of a deal, CEOs turn in resignations every day. The reason he turned in his resignation is huge. I’ll let him tell it in his own words from a letter he sent to mongoDB’s workforce:

Earlier this summer, Matt Lauer asked Mary Barra, the CEO of GM, whether she could balance the demands of being a mom and being a CEO. The Atlantic asked similar questions of PepsiCo’s female CEO Indra Nooyi. As a male CEO, I have been asked what kind of car I drive and what type of music I like, but never how I balance the demands of being both a dad and a CEO. Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

Is the Classic Job Description an Endangered Species?

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Several leading business journals recently have declared the job itself, as a vehicle for packaging work, to be on the endangered species list .

Commenting on the same phenomenon, Charles Savage describes “the rigor mortis of the industrial era” where the division of work and managerial supervision represented “structured distrust.” As the industrial era is replaced by the knowledge era, he predicts, both jobs and managers will be gone. Thus, making the need for the position description redundant.

While, this is, admittedly, a fairly radical stance, the Academy of Management Executive concurs: Read more…

Culture, HR Insights

A Message From the Mountaintop on the Value of Work-Life Balance

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“Work efficiently during office hours and leave on time. Give the required time to your family, friends, and get proper rest. 

Value has a value only if its value is valued.”

I came across parts of this speech the other day and was floored by its simplicity. The main object of my excitement in reading this was that it came not from someone down in the depths of the organization, but from the CEO of a major company.

In other words, it came from on the top of the mountain. Read more…

HR Insights

Remembering the People You Meet on the Road to the Hall of Fame

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The NFL’s annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place last weekend, and seven players were given a bronze bust and the coveted golden jacket during an extra-long ceremony in Canton, Ohio.

The ceremony ended around midnight thanks mostly to the inductees’ speeches, prompting Class of 2014 member Michael Strahan to quip that he and his fellow players should be considered for the 2015 class. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

The Real Value of Bad Bosses? They Make You Appreciate the Good Ones

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Remember when you were younger and you wanted to be older?

Remember how your mom/dad/aunt/grandma/trusted adult told you, “This is the best time of your life! Don’t rush it!

Remember how you didn’t quite believe that, but now that you’re a little (or a lot) older, you realize maybe there was some truth to what your mom/dad/aunt/grandma/trusted adult said? Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

HR Neutrality: Everybody Seems to Hate It – Except, of Course, HR

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There has been a ton of press around “Net Neutrality” lately.

Net neutrality is the concept that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, and modes of communication.

Companies like Comcast stand to make a lot of money based on how federal regulators decide how to treat net neutrality. If regulators find in favor of ISPs (Internet service providers) they can start charging more for faster Internet access, basically creating the haves and the have nots of the Internet – or the “fast lane” and the “slow lane.” Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

Why It’s Good For You (and Your Company) When You’re an Energizer

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Whether you affect people positively or negatively does not just influence what people think of you and their willingness to help you.

It also profoundly influences how valuable you are to your employer. It has a huge effect on whether you are seen as a “player” or relegated to the sidelines.

This assertion is based in part on the research conducted by the University of Virginia’s Dr. Rob Cross and his associates. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Splitting HR? No, It’s About Infusing It With an Operational Mindset

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Here we go again.

In the July-August 2014 Harvard Business Review, author Ram Charan writes that It’s Time to Split HR. He proposes two totally different units – one that handles “administration” which he says would be primarily compensation and  benefits. It would consist of “HR practitioners” and would report to the CFO.

The other would handle leadership and organization, report to the CEO, and be staffed by rotating high potential operational leaders.

Sound familiar? Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

HR Is a Lot of Things, But It’s Not Exactly Rocket Science

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I hear one thing over and over from people who read my stuff or see my presentations:

It’s not rocket science.

I take that as a compliment. I’m not trying to “wow” anyone with my big brain. I’ve never been known for being the big brain type. I’m the common sense, straight-forward type.

HR and Recruiting, to me, shouldn’t be hard and complex. It should be simple and easy to understand. Read more…