Three Generations of HR

I work with three generations of HR professionals. There are people over the age of 45 who feel as if they’ve changed human resources. Sure, HR has a bad reputation. But Josh Bersin and Dave Ulrich would approve of their new HR practices. In fact, screw Josh and Dave. A lot of their ideas are…

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Imposter Syndrome

Back in the day when I was a newbie blogger with a good URL and an accidental audience, a friend offered a smart piece of advice. Quoting Kurt Vonnegut, he said, “Be careful who you pretend to be.” Whenever I think I know something, and whenever I’m about to present myself as an expert on…

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I’m Not Good at Being Surprised

I’m getting ready for my trip to Orlando where I’ll be running with Rob Lowe (or something like that). I’ll do my best not to cause any trouble. The primary purpose of my trip is to host a segment of the WorkHuman agenda called “Big Ideas Cocktail Reception.” There are five great speakers who will be giving…

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The HR Lifecycle Needs to Change

When I teach teams about implementing cool and new ideas in their human resources departments, we always look at the HR lifecycle. It goes something like this: Sourcing/Recruiting/Compensation Negotiations Onboarding/Benefits Learning/Development Talent Management Performance Management and Recognition Retention and Succession Management Off-Boarding and Knowledge Management Baked in there are the efforts required to keep labor costs…