#NEXTCHAT: HR Leadership in the 21st Century: He Said -- She Said

Quite often, we get stuck in quicksand in the human resources profession while we endlessly gaze at our navels and debate whether we are in the Strategic vs. Tactical, or the Traditional or Cutting-Edge camps. We read, we discuss, we talk…but at the end of the day it becomes the ACTION we take, as individual practitioners and leaders, that can define HR for now and the future.

There are a number of authors, academicians and pundits who write about the human capital space. In June of this year, the group of Dave Ulrich, Jon Younger, Wayne Brockbank and Mike Ulrich released...


"The Attractive Classmate Phenomenon" - 3 quick considerations before jumping to mobile...

Nothing is hotter in the tech blogosphere these days than mobile.

After all, there are currently more mobile devices on planet earth than humans. People are even buying fakes, as status symbols.

And increasingly, these mobile devices are replacing existing platforms. In fact, 60 percent of smartphone owners would even like to handle their Election Day ballot on their phone. [1]

Companies are pouncing on this trend and the opportunity it brings. And for good reason.

Sharlyn Lauby, in her We Know Next article on a similar topic, notes that “according to mobiThinking,...


One Important Question for Leaders

Can you do for others that which you have not done for yourself?

This is a critical question when we think about the health of our organizations and cultures.

As a leader or manager:

  •  if you aren’t living up to your own potential and working in a job that is deeply satisfying to you, can you credibly help others to do it?
  •  if you aren’t invested in your own development, can you convince others that they should be?
  •  if you aren’t living your values, can you expect others to align to any values?
  • ...

Workplace Neuroscience: How the Brain Works at Work

Change is hard especially at work and studies now show that because we are reluctant to change we are also programmed to fail.  In 1995, seventy percent of all major changes in an organization failed.  In 2008, we are still sitting at a thirty percent rate of success.  The rise of importance and use of change management as well as tactics, strategies, and theory hasn’t changed a thing.
As humans we are reluctant to change.  We yearn for instant results, and that is purely the fault of evolution.  Except that evolution can be used against...


#NEXTCHAT: The Consumerization of IT

The consumerization of IT is rapidly evolving the technology we use at work. Social, mobile and video technologies have dramatically changed the way hiring professionals source and recruit candidates. As competition for top talent remains at an all-time high, companies like Ongig are making it easy for recruiters to harness candidates-friendly technology to create a more engaging candidate experience.

Meanwhile, despite efforts to establish HR as a more strategic business partner, it remains a largely tactical function for many organizations. Some say consumerized IT could be the catalyst HR needs to evolve into the strategic role they’ve...


Inheriting a Complex World

One of my new go-to resources is the IBM’s Global CEO Study. It surveys over 1,500 global business leaders about the business and work on topics of concern and trends for the future. You can download this year’s survey here.

Last year, I was very impressed that IBM’s research included for the first time a companion study from students about their views on inheriting this complex world we’re living in.  Very cool!

This is the conversation that needs to be happening.  We need to move beyond presentations that do little more than just put generations...


"How can I keep the white girl?"

The title of this post is comprised of the seven poorly-chosen words from a Vice President of Operations at a Detroit casino right before the casino terminated a white employee for allegedly botching supervision of a dealer card shuffle.

What do you think? Do we have a live race-discrimination claim? Oh yeah, we do! Details after the jump, as well as thoughts on employers who strive to maintain racial balance in the workplace... 

Kimberly Ondricko, a white female, worked her way up through the ranks of the MGM Grand Detroit over several years...


What do these 'Big Trends' mean for HR?

I admit it, I am a total mark for Business Insider.

A superb mix of business, tech, culture, politics, economics, sports, celebrity gossip - all delivered with bludgeon-like ridiculous volume probably running upwards of 100 posts each day.

Recently BI ran one of their guaranteed to generate a ton of page views slideshows that actually drove me to click through all (70!) distinct pages. Titled 'The US 20: Twenty Big Trends That Will Dominate America's Future', it was just the right blend of data,...


My Love/Hate Relationship with Training Activities

Training activities.  Classroom participation events.  Facilitated group learning exercises. Whatever.

Often, something designed to provide an “a-ha” moment to workplace learners ends up creating discomfort, dismay and even distress.  In an attempt to make training FUN (with a capital F!!) group facilitators require attendees to play BINGO or pass oranges with their chins or do art projects.  I’ve been there and done that – on both sides of the equation (mea culpa).

While an employee who is a creative or conceptual thinker may very much enjoy participating in such a learning environment, Mr. Practical and Ms. Reflective...