The art of the story: A #SHRM18 Interview with Alfredo Castro

Since the dawn of humankind, people have been telling stories. Stories provided for the preservation of traditions, myths, religions, histories, and even instructions. Storytelling is an integral part of our everyday life. Our children learn from the stories we read them at night. So why don’t we use storytelling to communicate at work? Alfredo Castro, …

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A #SHRM16 Preview: An Interview with Jeff Carpenter of Caveo

One of the many pleasures of being on the Blogging Team for #SHRM16 is the opportunity to talk to interesting people. As I perused the speaker list I came across the topic Aligning Learning and HR to Deliver Maximum Business Impact. Given the emphasis that SHRM puts on the HR competency of Business Acumen I …

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Future Friday: Looking Back to Look Forward

  Strategic planning often proves a challenge for companies, particularly smaller companies because often don’t know what tools to use. People are aware that they can create various scenarios of alternative futures and indeed looking at alternative futures can prepare you for what might occur. But just being aware of what might occur does not …

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5 Global Trends affecting Strategic HR at SHRM13: Future Friday

  One of the first sessions I attended #SHRM13 was a presentation by Gary Kushner. Gary talked about the 5 global trends affecting HR, a subject I always find interesting. It was one of the better sessions I heard. The 5 trends I don’t think any of my readers will find these trends to be …

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Future Friday: Nanotechnology and the Future of HR

I am sure most of you have heard the word “nanotechnology”. Most of you probably don’t really have any idea of what it really is, much less why someone in HR should be paying attention to it. I am here to tell you why. Definition Wikipedia (the font of all knowledge) defines nanotechnology this way: …

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Future Friday: Being Aware of Graduation Rates

One trend that all HR departments should pay attention to is that of graduation rates of high school seniors. After all that is where our future employees are coming from. This graphic gives you an idea of graduation rates across the majority of the states and five different race categories. Having this kind of information …

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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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Why It is Important for HR to Stay Up on Technology

  How many of you use a smartphone or a tablet to communicate with your employees? Still using email on a desktop? Well you are behind the times. Here is why it is important for HR to stay up on technology. Desktop computers have been left behind Here are some trends you to be aware …

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The Impact of HR

I have mentioned a number of times that it is important for HR to reach outside of its own area in order to get ideas and inspiration. I have suggested reading science fiction, and/or novels and/or biographies and/or business outside of HR. Thus I read Seth Godin on a regular basis and find much inspiration …

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How well do you know Your Company? Well enough to give the Tour?

One of the long-standing and ongoing complaints about HR is that we don’t know the company business. I have heard it, I am sure you have too. In classes we teach the importance of knowing your company and its business inside and out. But do you? Let me ask you the question, how well do …

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