Are you paying attention to graduation rates?

An article published in The New York Times, republished in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, talked about the rising graduation rate of high school students. The Department of Education announced that the graduation rate for the 2013-14 school year was above 82%, the highest ever recorded. The Obama administration hailed this and said that is expanding the …

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Three pieces of environmental scanning for HR professionals

One of the important aspects of being an HR professional is that you are aware of the world around you. Having been in that role I know that in reality it is tough to do the ENVIRONMENTAL SCANNING that is necessary to fulfill this obligation. We get so caught up in the day-to-day work of …

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Four Ways to do Environmental Scanning

    If you have read my material on Futurism you know I have mentioned the subject of environmental scanning before. For those of you unfamiliar with this topic environmental scanning is the ongoing year round process of looking for trends and events that may have implications for your organization. It is paying attention to …

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Strategic HR Alert: CIVETS The New Players on the World’s Stage

One to the key skills the HR professional is supposed to have today is that of being an “environmental scanner.” In other words you are paying attention to the things in the world that may have some impact on your company. Obviously since we are in a global marketplace today understanding what is happening on …

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Environmental Scanning Is More than Reading a Magazine

    In the effort to educate HR professionals on being strategic we talk about the skill of environmental scanning and the value of understanding what impacts our organizations on a day-to-day basis so we don’t get caught with our pants down. (If you don’t know what that last phrase means… click here.) Last week …

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How to Stay Current in HR When You Are Not Currently In HR

  I attended an HR dinner meeting the other night and was sitting at a table with a former student of mine who mentioned she was attending the meeting despite the fact that she was out of HR for the time being and had no immediate plans to return. (She was enjoying her opportunity to …

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Obsolescence will eat your lunch.

Friend and fellow HR blogger Ben Eubanks posted the following point in a blog post entitled 4 Things Great HR Pros Know. He said “Obsolescence will eat your lunch.” That was his fourth point. The other ones are good too, but I will let you read those. I am going to talk about this one. …

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How to be a BETTER STRATEGIC Thinker

General George S. Patton once said “If everyone is thinking alike then somebody isn’t thinking.” I think a key trait of the truly STRATEGIC human resources professional is to be a nonconformist in a conformist role. That to me is the essence of “thinking outside the box.” But to be able to do that you …

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Looking at the Future: Some Predictions for 2012

This is number 801 on this blog and at the end of the year it is about next year. One of my favorite “futurists” is Joyce Gioia who writes the Herman Trend Alert. I have selected several of her prognosications to post some excerts of here today. So here is Looking at the Future: Some Preditions …

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Great Posts In HR: Five for Friday December 9th

I am ending the week with some great posts in HR that I have read that I think you should as well. So here are Five for Friday December 9th. First up is Stephanie R. Thomas at the Compensation Cafe. She is a consistently good writer that tackles the difficult subject of compensation. In Pricing …

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