The HR Carnival

As I was reading through the posts that are in this issue of the HR Carnival they seemed to fall into two different catagories. I don’t know if it is the time of year that swayed my thinking (you know those resolutions that we name in January) or if they just fit. These posts seemed to fall into COMPANY GROWTH and PERSONAL GROWTH. Read through them and tell me what you think.


Up first in this catagory is Mary Ann Downey. Over at Talent Management she wrote about New Year, New Measurement Challenges. The reason for this in this season is the poor state of talent managment measurement.

Abhishek Mittal, at the Mumblr, asks the question Are You Just Running a Training Shop? To him “butts in the chairs” is not the proper measurement. (my language not his.)

Barbara A. Hughes uses a great analogy for proper company health and growth in To Prune or Not Prune? It’s Not Only for Gardens. Health, direction and growth are the key words. Barbara is a favorite read of mine. She is articulate and brainy. If you are not reading her you should be.

Dwane Lay, at Lean HR, teaches us how to apply Lean Six Sigma to HR in Transactional Lean. I could certainly stand to be leaner, what about you?

April Dowling, at PseudoHR, tell us about Bob. Bob is a great worker, a moneymaker for you, but you are going to lose him if you are not careful. Check out what she tells you to do at The Disengaged-Bob Theft.

Over at Profitability Through Human Capital, the Metrics queen, Cathy Missildine-Martin, reveals the answer to a question that puzzles many in HR, Where to Start in Metrics.

Jean Paul Isson, of Monster Worldwide, wrote Talent Strategies: How to Make Better Hires with Business Intelligence. If you are looking for a way to make the best choice before an offer is made, rather that waiting to after, then you may want to read up. 

One way of making your company better is to make it “GREEN“.  And more boards are demanding that. Laura Schroeder, at Working Girl, tells why HR should be concerned and gives us tips to get involved in her post Project Social: Why Should HR Care About Sustainability.

The hidden and secretive HR Fred,  tells us Why CFO’s don’t get HR. Heard that story before? Well he tells us why and then offers solutions on how we can overcome that. Good tips. Take a look at what he says.

Suzanne Lucas, the famous Evil HR Lady, gives us some pointers on how to decide Winter Storms: Should You Make Your Employees Come to Work? There is a lot of winter left, so I would read up on this one.

Tanmay Vora, at QAspire Blog, points out that when companies put new processes in place they don’t always workout. The company reacts to the failed processes and often the blame gets centered on employees. Tammy points out that there is more introspection that needs to be done and you Don’t Just Punish Them If They Don’t Comply.

Mike O’Brien, via a post on Human Resources Executive Online, tells us the story about the Swiss bank UBS and the riduculous 44 page dress code that they got rid of because of the ridicule the received. Read this absurd story in File Under: Too Much Information.

Prasad Kurian, writing at Simplicity at the other side of complexity, talks about how directing your attention at a symptom may not solve your problem in his post The Culture Lizard a tale about tails.

Wally Bock, leadership guru, tells us a very basic, yet extremely important story about leadership in When Sarah Comes Late at his Three Star Leadership blog. A brief but impactful story.

Our second leadership guru, Dan McCarthy, writing at Great Leadership, tells us why Without Integrity and Trust, Rewards and Recognition are Meaningless. How many of us have felt that someone has “cheapened” something by their actions and thus didn’t want to get the same reward?

The last entry in our Company Growth section comes from Naomi Bloom at In Full Bloom. She writes about HRM #EnSW Vendor Consolidation Fairy Tales.  I didn’t even realize that was a category of fairy tales. And I must admit I didn’t quite understand it, but apparently alot of people did give the comments. It will be getting a re-read from me.

Susan M. Heathfield, at the HR blog at, asks the question “Is It My Job to Fire Employees?” She gives us guidance on the role of an HR Staff.

Amit Bhagria, at Young HR Manager, talks about talent management. In fact he wants to know “Talent Management- Has Your Company “Got Talent?” He assumes the answer may be “no” so he offers suggestions on what you might be able to do to increase your talent.


When you start a section on personal growth there is no better place to start than from the perspective of a 1 year old. That is exactly what Benjamin McCall did. He normally writes at RethinkHR, but this one was published at the newly cristened Greater Cincinnati Human Resources Assocation blog and came to me via Jennifer McClure. Benjamin tells us HR- It’s Ok to Be Like a 1- year old. I really like the advice that it is Ok to poop in your pants.

Mark Stelzner asks us What Are You Afraid Of? Writing at Inflexion Advisors he helps us face some of the fears we may have while we are in meetings at work. Very interesting post.

At Talent Culture, Kevin Grossman talks about something that all good HR people should have, EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE.  He tells us its value in A Good Detective Knows Emotional Intelligence Trumps IQ- Just Ask My Dad.

Employment Stagnation? Four Warning Signs Not to Ignore is great advice from Lynn Dessert, who writes at Elephants at Work. If you have been around for any length of time this is good stuff to pay attention to. May save you from some pain and suffering. I liked the personal accountability plan.

Jennifer Miller, who writes at The People Equation submitted Are Your Workplace Traditions Like Grandma’s Roast? A story of how traditions get started. Jennifer also published a post at Women of HR, and it was submitted for the HR Carnival by Lisa Rosendahl. That post is entitled When Your Credibility Takes a Hit. It is a great lesson that all of us should read. I have a similar story (minus the being pregnant part) so this post resonated for me.

Steve Browne, writing at Everyday People, tells us about the little town he grew up in. One of those places where everyone knows your name and who your parents are. I lived in one of those too. My dad’s home town. For a year and then I was glad to be gone. But Steve points out that companies are like small towns and it valuable to see it that way. I agree. So read My Hometown and learn something valuable.

Ever watch a race where the guy in front keeps looking back and as a result it costs him? Pradeep Gupta, one of the writers at Talented Apps,  gives us a personal example of  Why Finishing is So Important.

Ben Eubanks, at UpStartHR, and recently named HR Person of the Year, gives us a lesson in Own Your Own Growth. It is obviously a lesson Ben has applied to his short HR career. I liked it because I believe it, perhaps you do too. No victim mentality with this man.

Paul Smith has some interesting advice to we HR bloggers. He tells us, at Welcome to the Occupation, Why You Should Stop Writing Your Blog. I have wondered if I should, as I am sure many of you have as well. But don’t be  put off by the title there is some good stuff in there too.

Judy Lindenberger, at the Lindenberger  Group blog (gee I wonder if she knows the boss?), asked Chris Ferdinandi, tech guru and blogger at RenegadeHR, if he loved his job. See his answer Do You Love Your Job? Maybe you will have similar reasons for loving yours.

Trish McFarlane, writer of HR Ringleader, educates us all with Using Google Media Tools To Manage Time and Information, and who could not use some lessons in that. I certainly can and will be referring to this post often. I may even have to take some lessons from her when she comes to Atlanta for HREvolution.

Shauna Moerke, the HR Minion, and the organizer of the HR Carnival schedule, tells us about the valuable experience she got from being on her high school debate team. She learned the value of “bullshitting” and says in BS and HR that it has served her well. It is indeed a valuable skill to have.

And lastly, taking a host’s priviledge, I will point you to a post of mine that got some attention from readers. I asked the question Can a Boss Be A Friend. There were a variety of comments, see if you agree with them and add your own opinion.

There you have the mid-January HR Carnival. Almost 30 posts that cover company and personal growth. Read these posts and follow this advice and it could turn out to be a very good year. Best wishes.

7 thoughts on “The HR Carnival”

  1. . Very interesting this blog about the carnival of human resources. I like how you grouped by themes all blogs; and reading the headlines, and also a part of articles, I realized that you were right. There are bloggers who write or analyze the company’s success and others that analyze aspects of personal development

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