HR Insights

HR Insights, HR Management

Tim Sackett’s HR 101: HR Strategy For Dummies (Yes, It’s Pretty Simple)

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If there is one thing I hate in HR, it’s when I hear other HR Pros try and make HR seemingly overly complicated.

Look, we aren’t launching the Space Shuttle, we’re only trying to get good people to come and stay at our organizations. It’s not rocket science, it’s people science, and it’s probably less science and more common sense.

In fact, we could call your HR strategy, People Sense! But, that’s sounds like a bad HR tech company name. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Shocker – Sometimes, Aggressive Employees Aren’t Very Nice

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A few days ago, my eye was caught by an article titled, Why They Rejected the Best HR Candidate They’d Ever Interviewed — The Shocking Truth Revealed!

Well, naturally I wanted to know the shocking truth about why someone wouldn’t hire a phenomenal HR pro.

It turns out (spoiler alert) that this stellar candidate (‘Taylor”) blew his last interview when he showed a disdainful attitude toward “Wade,” a slow-moving, slow talking, unfashionably dressed, gray-hair vestige of the organizational old guard bearing an indeterminate job title. Read more…

HR Insights, HR News & Trends

Are You Ready For the Coming Decade of Change and Innovation?

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I used to love that little Volkswagen Bug, the “Love Bug” named Herbie that many early Gen Xers like me remember vividly.

Herbie was the do-good little car with a mind of its own, a driverless car that helped Dean Jones win many races and save the day. Over and over again. Movie after lovable movie.

However, someday in the near future, fleets of driverless cars may displace millions of paid drivers in the global marketplace — not the “Herbien” vision of buddy work I remember from my childhood. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Tim Sackett’s HR 101: The Worst HR Advice I Ever Gave Someone

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A few days ago this thought came to me: “What is the worst advice I’ve ever given anyone?

Usually in a case like this, the first thing you think of, is usually correct! In my case, I came up with a number of things right away, none of which really seemed like the worst advice, and more of me making fun of what other people think is “good” advice.

Here’s a sample: Read more…

HR Insights

How Good Are You, and How Much Good Is Your Company Doing?

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When you hear the word “good,” what do you think of? How do you define it?

The natural inclination is to describe “good” as the opposite of “bad,” but independent policy advisor Simon Anholt has another definition – “good” as the opposite of “selfish.” And that’s the definition he uses in his new Good Country Index.

Watch this brilliant TedX video given by Mr. Anholt for more details. It’s well worth your time. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

You Want to Work In HR? Are You Ready to Change the Status Quo?

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I am meeting more people these days who want to work in HR and I usually ask them why – not because I don’t think it’s a good idea, but because HR’s role and it’s true potential for impact is misunderstood.

Usually the answers are admirable. like “I really like helping people,” or “I want to help businesses figure out how to treat staff better,” or something along those lines.

But most HR people will tell you that sometimes we don’t make people happy — and that’s not a bad thing. Read more…

HR Insights, Talent Management

How to Find the Smartest Employee (and Learn to Leave Them Alone)

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I couldn’t sleep the other night, probably because of the 14 Diet Dews I had throughout the day, but I had an epiphany while staring at the ceiling in the dark.

I figured out a way for HR Pros to find the smartest employee in their company! It isn’t a complex algorithm or a set of cognitive assessment tests; it’s a simple matrix – but it’s very effective.

Now, you might be asking yourself: “Why do I need to find the smartest employee in our company?Read more…

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Real Power? It Doesn’t Really Come From a Job Title

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What is power?

One way Merriam Webster defines power is “the ability or right to control people or things.”

When applied to the workplace, I usually think of power as defined another way by Webster — the “ability to act or produce an effect.”

Without power, formal or informal, we can’t get things done. However, whether formal or informal, power has to be real to be useful. Read more…

HR Insights

Ignite HR 2014: The Conversation Is the Change

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Given the importance of conversation, it makes sense that the final Ignite HR presentations from May’s HR Reinvention in Omaha is about the needs and benefits of workplace conversation.

In fact, one might say that a presentation on conversation is the perfect way to wrap up this series and remind you one more time of  the benefits of the unique Ignite HR format — five (5) minutes, 20 slides and exactly 15 seconds per slide, max.

As this presentation points out, although we are technologically connected, we’re often personally isolated too, so there are many benefits of conversation we really need to consider. Read more…

HR Insights

Ignite HR 2014: Easy For Gandhi to Say

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We’re rapidly coming to the end of our Ignite HR presentations from May’s HR Reinvention in Omaha, and I think you’ll agree, it’s been an interesting mix of subjects and insights.

Part of it, of course, is the unique Ignite HR format — five (5) minutes, 20 slides and exactly 15 seconds per slide, max — but another part is the very diverse areas that the speakers found to dig into.

Today’s presentation is pretty much defined by this message that caught my eye and has a prominent place in my notebook from the conference: You must be the change you wish to see. Read more…