Future Friday: Nine Critical Skills for the Future of HR, once more

In doing some reading about the workforce of the future I was reminded of this post I wrote in 2014. I think it is still very relevant.  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 …

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Future Friday: The employee experience and the future of the workplace

More and more stories are being written about “the employee experience” and the importance it has to the future of the workplace. In the book The Future Workplace Experience, Jeanne C. Meister and Kevin Mulchay discuss the employee experience. It is part of the 10 rules for mastering disruption in recruiting and engaging employees. Over …

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Future Friday: The Paradox of the Present and how it keeps us from seeing the future

As I have mentioned numerous times I do a presentation called 7 Steps to being a practical HR Futurist. I also teach the HR classes in which we include “environmental scanning” as one of the key skill sets needed by HR professionals. People nod and agree that it is important to pay attention to the …

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Future Friday: The future is in understanding people’s experiences

“Our ability to understand people’s experiences will be key to the future of our companies” so said Mike Walsh, the CEO of Tomorrow, a global consultancy on designing companies for the 21st century. For Walsh the workplace of the future is not one where people have been displaced, rather they are where data and culture …

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Future Friday: Is there a lesson in Pokémon Go for motivating employees?

The Pokémon Go craze is in the news practically every day. It is almost impossible to go anywhere without spying someone walking around trying to catch Mewtoo, Dragonite, Psyduck or one of the other creatures in the game. As I observe this behavior and how quickly it caught on it made me wonder if there …

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Future Friday: Have we forgotten about the future? Advice for HR professionals

If you read my blog on Fridays you know that I address the future of work and the future of HR. I embrace Futurism. I have developed a program to teach HR about becoming futurists. Why? I think it is critical to the success of business. That is why I read with interest Mike Montgomery’s …

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Future Friday: How to become a futurist

Next Thursday, May 12, 2016 I will be presenting at the THRIVE 2016 Annual Conference, in Las Vegas, NV. I join some of the industry’s top professionals for this powerful conference on strategic HR performance management. I will be presenting my presentation that I have done several times called “7 Steps to becoming a practical …

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Future Friday: The Independent Contractor will NOT rule by 2020

I and numerous other people have written about the “gig economy”, “free agent nation” or whatever you want to call it, numerous times. As we get into 2016, and 2020 is a mere four years away, the likelihood of there being a major shift in the direction of a high percentage of independent contractors seems …

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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: Beware the SWOT Analysis

Everyone has generally heard of the SWOT analysis where you look at your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. It is often recommended for new HR directors who are taking over new positions or departments. It is a look at your present situation and therein lays the danger according to one futurist. Think outside yourself Sheryl …

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