Two Ways to Enhance Your Power in HR

  There is an ongoing struggle for respect in HR. We read about it, we hear about it, we talk about it amongst ourselves and we envy those that we perceive have it. We often wonder what we can do ourselves to get that respect. Here are two ways to enhance your power in HR …

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Tuesday Report on the SHRM Atlanta Conference: Credible Activistism and Mobile Employees

The 20th Annual SHRM Atlanta conference is rolling along on it second day. The sessions continue to be good. I added a session earlier on Being a Credible Activist delivered by Vicki Hess of Catalyst Consulting. Vicki is has a professional speakers certification and it shows in her delivery. Smooth, engaging and interactive. More importantly …

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The HR Ratio Or "How Many Employees Does It Take to Screw Up an HR Department?"

Ok, ok, I know this title made some of you bristle with outrage. But calm down, it was more to get your attention. What is the proper HR-to-Employee Ratio is a question frequently asked by people new to HR. Sometimes it is even asked by people not so new to HR. And if you ever …

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Who Is HR's Customer? The Correct Answer Will Improve Your Performance

In any HR class I have taught I have always asked this question. “Who is HR’s customer?” The answers given vary, but usually include the CEO, the employees, the supervisors, the managers, or some combination of these. Occassionally, but not often enough, someone comes up with what I think is the right answer. To me the ultimate …

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Have a VOICE in HR and Use It: Being a Credible Activist

I had the very good fortune to spend a day, yesterday, with professor, author, consultant, and HR thought guru, Dave Ulrich. (Of course there were another 200 people there as well). He had a long “conversation” with us about the field of HR and what it takes to be an HR professional today. He talked …

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Strategist or Steward?

I had the opportunity to hear Dr. Robin Lissak of Deloitte Consulting present on Influencing Top Leaders. I even Tweeted on the presentation and got some good response to those tweets. So I thought a post was in order. Lissak talked about the disconnect between CEOs and CHROs (Chief HR Officer) in what was seen …

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From The CEO: It Is All About Talent

WorkForce Management online published an article last week entitled What the CEO Wants From HR. The article starts with the statement “At successful large companies, interaction between the CEO and the chief HR executive revolves around building and maintaining the very top layer of corporate leaders—and little below that.” The article goes on to say …

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