Future Friday: The Importance of Mental Models

  In trying to look ahead and anticipate events in your role as an HR futurist there are a number of steps that must be considered. Part of this is understanding your own organization and to understand your organization you must have an awareness of the mental models that rule organizational thinking. So let me …

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Time, Talent or Incentive? What Makes For the Best Employee?

We have all heard by now the 10,000 hour rule that was popularized by Malcolm Gladwell in Outliers. Here in my hometown of Atlanta, Georgia there is a plumbing company that even uses the concept in their commercials. They brag that all their plumbers have 10,000 hours of practice and thus they are the most …

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The Top Five Soft Skills Necessary for the HR Professional

I was interviewed the other day as an HR “expert.” Naturally I was flattered. I am a sucker for an ego play. They wanted to talk about what it is like to be in HR and what does it take to get there. There were a number of questions, and I will have the podcast …

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A Recruiting Scenario in the Near Future?

Based on some of the reading I have been doing I think this scenario may not be too far off in the future. This may be the future of talent acquisition and recruiting for some companies. The company is high tech and subsequently is experiencing the effects of the “talent shortage”. The talent acquisition pros in …

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Your Intelligence: Fixed or Fixable?

In his book Drive, Daniel Pink tell us about Dr. Carol Dweck, a psychology professor at Stanford University. She has been studying motivation and achievement for many years. He said that her signature insight is that “… what people believe shapes what people achieve.” I believe this too. I am not sure how signature this …

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The Troubled Economy: Lessons for HR

There certainly is no lack of news on the United States’ troubled economy. If you are in HR should you pay attention to what is going on? Most certainly because there are lessons for HR in what is occuring. My friend and fellow blogger Kris Dunn had a great post at The HR Capitalist  entitled 2 …

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Mental Models: Key to Success or Pathway to Failure?

For a recent lesson for a PHR preparation class I broke out my 1990 version of Peter Senge’s The Fifth Discipline and reread some of the information on his model of the learning organization. If you have ever studied for the PHR/SPHR you know that the components of his learning organization are systems thinking, personal …

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