Who is responsible for your career?

I was reading an article that appeared in an online newspaper called Vox. The article, I spoke to hundreds of American men who still can’t find work, written by Andrew L. Yarrow, took the tack that many men are unemployed because of “society.” As I read the article example after example talked about men who …

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Message to the individual job seeker- If you can’t find a job it is your fault.

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a record setting number of jobs are available in the U.S., more than the number of job seekers looking. So if there are more jobs than applicants why are people not able to find work? Personal responsibility There are a lot of dynamics involved in why people are not …

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From the archive: A brief HR lesson from psychology

I am out walking around the streets of New York City today, so I am pulling this post from the archives.  Teaching in a class the other day we were discussion motivation, getting people to do things. The next day I was reading a book called The Wisest One in the Room by Thomas Gilovich …

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Future Friday: The future of learning is continuous learning and specific training

With advances in artificial intelligence, we are seeing changes in the way training is delivered. In Are Robo-Instructors The Future Of Corporate Training? author Josh Davis makes the statement: L&D professionals are rightly wondering whether they’ll soon be automated out of existence. After all, Google and YouTube are the de facto training departments for many …

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HR is not minding its own house

In the SHRM certification classes, we discuss the subject of succession and replacement plans. Yet a recent article by Valerie Bolden-Barrett in HR Dive, suggests that HR does not live up to what we are teaching others or preaching to our management teams. Many would leave tomorrow According to the article, 61% of CHROs would …

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Lessons from the genius of Leonardo da Vinci

Fair warning. This post has nothing to do with HR. It is all about personal improvement. I  just finished reading Walter Isaacson’s biography, Leonardo Da Vinci. This is a well-written book about a fascinating man. I knew he was a master and was considered a genius both in his time and especially in the present …

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Future Friday: The key to learning is unlearning – A Revisit

In one of my classes, the other day the students and I were discussing the final. I said that they need to remember that they were not being tested on their version of HR, but rather on SHRM’s version. That made me think of this post. So here again is a post about the wisdom …

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From the archive: Want improved performance? Instill a commitment to life-long learning

I have had a number of discussions on performance lately. I was reminded of this post.  I have done a lot of teaching in my career. I am now in my 18th year of teaching HR certification courses. I also conduct approximately 20 webinars a year on various HR subjects. If you are reading this …

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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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5 Tips on Educating Your Workforce without Spending Too Much: A Guest Post

Today’s guest post is from freelance blogger Helen Eagleton.  Your employees are one of your most critical assets, and well-trained employees are vital if you want your business to grow and thrive. Unfortunately, businesses often cut back on employee training to make ends meet, and this can have a detrimental impact on your company. The …

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