Let’s Shake the Tree

With the new year approaching, what better time to start challenging the status quo, questioning our collective assumptions and looking for a better way to do, well, everything?So I’m looking to this small (but growing!) cadre of like-minded HR visionaries to start shaking the HR tree and see what comes flying out.  Let’s change the […]

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The Fallacy of Lean and Economic Downturns

I’ve seen a lot of people who are concerned for their jobs, who have lost their jobs or who know their jobs are going away. Recently I had a discussion regarding my team’s function in the organization, and that we are secure because of the climate. When things go south, that’s when you really need […]

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A Lesson on losing from Election Day

Depending on your outlook, John McCain ran either a very shrewd and “mavericky” campaign, or an underhanded smear campaign (or somewhere in between, I suppose).  But there is no doubt that whatever your feelings on the man and the campaign, he spoke with an honesty and candor last night that is rarely matched in politics. […]

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Open letter to a young HR professional

Get out. Get out now. Get out of the HR world for a while. Go run a function, manage a line, balance a P&L. Got your degree in HR? Then you really need to go. Getting an HR degree? Think about changing your major. Non-HR degrees enter HR all the time. Very few HR degrees […]

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Why Don’t HR People Get Metrics?

I’m work with some very talented HR people, very good at what they do and very passionate about their jobs. But the one thing that I have found they all have in common is their lack of understanding or passion about identifying, driving and publishing metrics. I thought this might have been a limited scale […]

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The Two Deadly Words

The two most dangerous words I’ve heard in the office…. “We’re done!” It is said in a positive way. The Kaizen event week has ended! We cleared out our unused supplies for the 5S program! We finished our training class on managing employees! We’re done! We all know the truth, right? You’re never done. Not […]

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Protect and Promote your Practice

I worked this week with a great group of HR people in building and shaping process maps for the future of our HR function. They have the vision to see many places where centralization and technology can streamline services, reduce costs, empower employees and make the organization more responsive to employee needs overall. The problem […]

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Kaizen CBA Preparation

I had a request a few months ago to run a Kaizen event to prepare for an upcoming union negotiation. I had never used the tools and structure quite this way in the past, but it was a rousing success, and the team felt the output was a plan that would serve the best interests […]

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Who Needs Generalists?

As I start to pull apart the traditional idea of an HR department, the question I’m struggling with now is: What does a generalist do? Implement programs and policies someone else has written? Oversee the implementation of the work someone else does? Now, I’m not naïve enough to think there isn’t work that needs to […]

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And the hits keep coming…

*thump* That’s me, hitting my head on the wall. I need to set up new service on my Blackberry. So I drive to the mall on a Saturday afternoon to visit the company owned wireless store. Not a franchise, mind you, but an honest-to-goodness dealer. I wait my turn, then let them know what I […]

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