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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How to be a Better Innovator

Someone wrote me the other day asking my opinion on HR and innovation. She said she did not see that HR had much room to innovate in today’s business world. I responded to her and I told her I thought there was room to be more innovative in HR. So here are some tips on …

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A Tool for HR in a Changing World

  At the SHRM 2012 national conference I had the opportunity to hear Tom Brokaw (see this post.) One of the many things he said that made an impact on me was “We can’t be a coach potato anymore to be an active citizen. You have to become aggressive about getting your news.” In reflecting …

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The Art of Foresight: A Tool for HR in a Changing World

If you have read HR Observations for any period of time you know that Futurism is a frequent topic. I have written about it here, here, and here as examples.  The title of this piece came from a special report published by the World Future Society called The Art of Foresight: Preparing for a Changing …

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Look Backwards to Get to the Future

I have mentioned several times that I am interested in futurism, meaning forecasting trends, looking at possible future events, just exploring what the future may look like. I am especially interested in applying this to the field of human resources. To that end I do a lot of reading and, as I have also mentioned …

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8 Steps to Thinking Creatively: Overcoming Paradigm Paralysis

I have mentioned before that I am reading Futuring: The Exploration of the Future by Edward Cornish. It is absolutely chocked full of great ideas and information. In Chapter 10 he talks about Inventing the Future. Well to “invent the future” you have to think creatively. To provide some guidance on this Cornish tells about the work of …

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