Articles tagged 'HR values'

HR Insights

Ignite HR 2014: Easy For Gandhi to Say


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…

HR Insights

Ignite HR 2014: Horribly Valuable Lessons From Pee Wee (Not Herman)


As a very, very long week mercifully comes to an end — that’s what spending five (5) days in Florida at the SHRM annual conference does to you — it’s probably time for an Ignite HR presentation that is a little bit different.

What’s that you say? Isn’t Ignite HR already different enough?

Well, yes — you would be right. The Ignite HR format of five (5) minutes, 20 slides and exactly 15 seconds per slide, max, IS very different, but most of the presentations featured this week on TLNT from last month’s HR Reinvention in Omaha have been HR or talent management focused. Read more…

HR Insights

Ignite HR 2014: The Day Integrity Died


Did you know that integrity is the opposite of hypocrisy?

I didn’t, but I learned that at HR Reinvention in Omaha last month, and I got it from the Ignite HR presentation by Janyne Peek Emsick titled The Day Integrity Died.

It was another presentation that seemed particularly suited for the Ignite HR format – five (5) minutes, 20 slides and exactly 15 seconds per slide, max — and that’s not always true. Some topics, or perhaps I should say “some people,” just aren’t able to focus their thinking into a tightly managed format.  Read more…

HR News & Trends

SHRM Orlando Day 2: On HR Gaining influence and Today’s Tech Revolution


New York Times columnist and best-selling author Tom Friedman was the big draw on Day 2 of the Society for Human Resource Management’s 66th annual Conference & Exhibition on Monday, but I actually thought that SHRM Board Chair Bette Francis had a message that was a lot more relevant to the thousands of HR people here in Orlando.

That’s not meant to take anything away from Friedman’s talk, which was timely, relevant, and a little but scary (more on him in a bit).

Yes, Friedman was good, but the message Bette Francis delivered before Friedman’s keynote was a lot more pointed — that increasing HR’s workplace influence is a challenge that all human resource professionals must be willing to face. Read more…

HR Insights, HR Management

Getting Beyond the Echo Chamber: Selling the Value of HR Outside of HR

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“I’m fine, thanks. I’m enjoying in my major. Actually, I love HR. Thanks for your attention. If I need help, I will let you know.”

This note from a student at one of the universities here in the Middle East, someone who is majoring in HR. He reached out to me over LinkedIn, and in my response, I told him if he needs me in any way he should feel free to reach out.

As I was responding to that note, I smiling thought of my upcoming lecture at the University of the Emirates in Dubai where I will be a guest lecturer to the class of students that are working towards their Bachelor of Science in HR. I was invited by the dean, Dr. Singh, who I met on a panel she chaired at a recent conference in Dubai. Read more…

HR Insights, Rewards & Recognition

Casey Kasem’s Message: You’re Only as Good as the Person Next to You

Casey Kasem

Before online services and iPods became our preferred methods of listening to music, radio was king, and Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 countdown show was the nation’s official playlist.

Kasem not only presented the weekly Top 40 hits, he engaged the listener with trivia, anecdotes, long-distance dedications, and a sincere passion for the art form that has set the standard for every disc jockey that came after him. He recently passed away at age 82, and there has been an outpouring of kind words from those who were inspired by him.

Casey Kasem’s final sign-off from his last broadcast in 2009 has been widely publicized since his death, serving as a nice goodbye to the man with the golden voice: Read more…

HR Insights

How Do You Keep “That New Job Smell” as Long as Possible?

New car smell

I was on the phone with a friend of mine last week talking about his new job.

He had all that passion you hear from folks who just start a job! Everything is new, it’s cool, it’s fun, it’s engaging.

He said it’s like “that new car smell,” you want to be able to keep it as long as possible.

He’s right. He’s a pro, he gets it. He’s experienced enough to know the new job smell, like your car, doesn’t last forever. Read more…

Classic TLNT

Work-Life Balance: A Bad Concept That Ignores The Real Problem

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Editor’s Note: Sometimes readers ask about past TLNT articles. That’s why we republish a Classic TLNT post every Friday.

Work-life balance is one of those concepts I love to hate.

Here’s why: The notion of work-life balance is artificial at best, and at worst, it’s a false way of describing a very serious problem that exists in our workplaces.

Work is part of life — no work, no money, and no money, no food or roof to live under or (insert other necessity of survival here).

Work and life aren’t separate; they never have been. Read more…

Culture, Leadership

What Happens When a Workplace Culture Is Built on Lies?


A friend and I were talking the other day about unethical business practices and why companies get away with them, even when the bad behavior is an open secret among staff, community partners, and Board members.

Well, it’s really not that hard to imagine why — those who would be inclined to speak up are fearful of losing their jobs, many others just don’t care, and still others are only too happy to play along, as they benefit from the questionable deeds.

It’s pretty simple, actually. Read more…

Culture, Leadership

Building The Big T — Why It’s Critical That You Can Trust Your Team


How do you develop the level of trust in your employees that’s required to inspire productivity and empowerment? I believe it starts with self-awareness.

If your organization suffers from low productivity, don’t automatically blame your employees; take a look at yourself first.

If you don’t trust your people to do their jobs well, ask why. Did you make poor choices when you hired them? Are you still learning how to maximize their skills and abilities? Read more…