How to Decide If Agile Innovation Is Right for Your HR Team

This post is brought to you from my friends at SocialMonsters.org If your company is looking to adopt agile methodology practices, you’re not alone. Almost a quarter of all IT teams now employ an agile approach at scale, according to a recent Forrester survey. Agile innovations are appealing, because they empower companies to have a …

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Is HR the wrong department for innovation?

Think about your typical HR department or typical HR person. Does the word innovator come to mind? For most of you probably not, it doesn’t for me. HR is often more concerned with the status quo or the best practice. HR is more concerned about not breaking the rules, after all HR is the keeper …

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How to be a Better Innovator

Someone wrote me the other day asking my opinion on HR and innovation. She said she did not see that HR had much room to innovate in today’s business world. I responded to her and I told her I thought there was room to be more innovative in HR. So here are some tips on …

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HR Carnival: Exceptional Workplaces

Have you ever wondered what it takes to have an exceptional workplace? Well now you can find out. The folks at Insight Performance are hosting the HR Carnival for the first time. They wanted to have blogs with the theme of “EXCEPTIONAL WORKPLACE”. Of course they got some good contributions. Contributors included: Ben Eubanks, of …

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Social Media Usage as a Knowledge Creation Tool

I was having a discussion with a group of HR people the other day on the value of social media in the workplace. The group ran the gamut from “totally on board” to “don’t see the value of it” to “just plain afraid of it”. It is no secret of my point of view on …

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Facing Reality: A Lesson from Drucker

One of my favorite books is The Daily Drucker. The February 2nd entry is entitled Facing Reality. It is taken from his book called Managing in Turbulent Times, published in 1993, the wisdom is still very sound. In this excerpt he makes the comment “To manage in turbulent times, therefore, means to face up to …

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Welcome to the Company, Oh By the Way You Will Be Fired in Four Years

It has been announced that the new Revel Casino in Atlantic City is trying out a new concept in employment. This new concept is called “term limits.” They are hiring employees for the casino, which is still under construction, and basically they are telling them their jobs will only last four to six years at …

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Unlimited Vacation: Will It Work For Your Company?

I think most if not all employees would love to work for a company where they had unlimited vacation. What a great benefit, it would certainly make it easier to recruit employees. More and more articles are appearing in business magazines and blogs touting unlimited vacation time. The question is, will it work for your …

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Fostering Innovation

Ever had a great idea? Ever had that Eureka moment when an innovative idea just popped into your head? Most, if not all of you, will say “yes.” However, writer Steven Johnsonsays that is not really the way it occurs. In his new book Where Good Ideas Come From he explores innovation and the creation …

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The Art of Foresight: A Tool for HR in a Changing World

If you have read HR Observations for any period of time you know that Futurism is a frequent topic. I have written about it here, here, and here as examples.  The title of this piece came from a special report published by the World Future Society called The Art of Foresight: Preparing for a Changing …

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