The Importance of Storytelling In HR and Business Retold

I came across an article this morning in Forbes called What Are The Top 10 Soft Skills For The Future Of Work? written by Adi Gaskell, a self-identified “Free range human”. One of the top 10 skills he discussed was storytelling. He felt that this was particularly important in the technology-laden future. I agree with him! I think …

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5 Ways to Tear Down Department Silos and Unify Your Organization

Today’s post is brought to you by my friends at SocialMonsters.org.   Silos and turf wars can cost your organization precious time and money. But the effects can be compounded even more when departments are at odds with one another and lack the proper tools to adapt to a fast-paced, ever-changing workplace. Output then gets …

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From the Archive: So What? Improvement through questions

Timeless advice never gets dated. For that reason I am republishing this post from December 2015. As you are preparing for 2017 you may want to consider this advice. I try to improve myself all the time because, frankly, I need it. For this reason I am reading Think Smarter by Michael Kallet. The subtitle …

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What is confirmation bias and how to overcome it?

Have you ever had a situation where you looked at some data and it confirmed what you thought? Or you were interviewing a candidate that belonged to the same sorority you belonged to and she was just as bright as you expected her to be? Or the millennial employee you have is just as spoiled …

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Fake it until you make it

Everyone has those days at work when they just don’t really want to… be sociable, be happy, be friendly, be interested…(fill in your term), but you have to. This is especially true in HR. People come seeking advice and you have to be interested or show concern. You have to attend a meeting and you …

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One easy step to solving your cross-functional problems

Being in HR can potentially be an isolating experience, if you let it. As a result of this isolation problems of communication can develop resulting in work not getting done, goals not being achieved or solutions not being developed. Management guru Tom Peters offers a simple solution to this. He says DO LUNCH. In his …

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Five things that annoy your employees

Last Saturday I was at a reception for the opening of a new office for my financial advisor. One of the people that I was chatting with brought up the subject of things that upset customers. He said he had read a great article on five things that annoyed customers. I immediately thought customers equals …

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Tech Tools Are Transforming the HR Profession

This post provided by SocialMonsters.org The Society for Human Resource Management reports that HR management is turning into a technology-based profession. Advances in technology have made many manual processes more streamlined, or in some cases, made them disappear altogether. Take the handwritten employment application, for example. Many employers have gone to a completely online employment …

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Future Friday: Advice for Future HR Professionals

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a5mq0TQQ4PI[/youtube] A friend and colleague, Bill Ramsey, asked me the other day what I would tell a high school senior, who had expressed an interest in human resources, about what they should be doing to prepare for a career in HR. He thought I would be challenged by this since I write about future HR. …

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Two Ways to Enhance Your Power in HR

  There is an ongoing struggle for respect in HR. We read about it, we hear about it, we talk about it amongst ourselves and we envy those that we perceive have it. We often wonder what we can do ourselves to get that respect. Here are two ways to enhance your power in HR …

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