Future Friday: Just in time for holiday shopping a practical application of cognitive computing from IBM

I have mentioned a couple of times that I have the good fortune of being a designated futurist for IBM, which by the way is a volunteer position. As such I have been exposed to some of the work that IBM is doing with their super computer Watson. Just the other day I got a …

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Future Friday: The future of work is all about collaboration

The idea of collaboration has been around for a long time. The word is derived from the Latin work collaborare, which meant to work together, even more basically com (meaning together) and laborare (meaning as you would expect work.) It has both positive and negative meanings. In war time being a collaborator is not considered …

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Future Friday: The future worker is a contractor or is it?

A great deal has been written about the future of work in what has been called the “on-demand” or “gig” economy. The use of independent contractors has been deemed to be the way of the future. It appears however, that not everyone is bought into the concept. Contractors who considered themselves employees have filed lawsuits …

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Events and Trends in Employment Legislation

I wanted to make you aware of some of the things that are going on in employment legislation around the country. This list is by no means the only things that are going on but they are ones I found interesting. Federal level activities First up, are the changes in the Fair Labor Standards Act. …

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Republication of 7 Steps to becoming a practical HR Futurist

Today I am presenting at the SHRM-Atlanta conference in Atlanta. I will be presenting on Seven Steps to Becoming a Practical HR Futurist. Hopefully I will see you there. If not, I am republishing a blog post that covered this topic. The more I read the more it becomes apparent to me how important an …

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From the archive- Future Friday: 6 Signs you are an HR Futurist

I am on vacation this week so I am dipping into the archives and reposting some popular posts. This one hit a note with readers and was heavily retweeted. Do you recognize yourself here at all? It was originally posted on September 6, 2013. I borrowed the inspiration for this post from a post by …

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Future Friday: Nine Critical Skills for the Future of HR

In 2011 Thomas Frey wrote an article about Eight Critical Skills for the Future. He applied these to the world in general. It was an interesting article and naturally I started thinking in terms of human resources. I have borrowed and expanded this list and specifically applied it to the HR department. Here are the …

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Future Friday: One Big Reason Predictions are Important

“Imagine a future.” To me those are important words for every HR professional to keep in mind. That process can help you anticipate, plan and create a better world for yourself and your company. But how do you do that? Let me explain. Situational Futuring Futurist Thomas Frey wrote an interesting essay on a tool …

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