Cultural Fit be Damned! Hire the Whacko!: Revisited.

There is an article in the Wall Street Journal that says “employers should be aware of the dangers of hiring for cultural fit.” There are dangers of hiring everyone to fit into the culture. It makes the company homogeneous and that costs in creativity and innovation. Sometimes you have to ignore the fit and that …

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Future Friday: Creativity is the key to survival

A friend of mine who owns an IT company made a comment on Facebook the other day on the future of robots replacing humans. He said he thought that people replaced by robots would be able to find a job in fields building robots until the point robots started making robots. Then he said people …

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A Lesson in Quickly Establishing a Culture

As you might expect when you have a number of HR speakers talking to audiences of HR professionals the topic of “culture” might be a common topic. SHRM13 was no exception. There were several lessons on but I want to talk about one lesson in particular about how to quickly establish a culture. Tying innovation …

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How You REALLY Create Jobs

  I had an opportunity to attend a portion of Dreamforce 2012 in San Francisco last week. It was informative, fun and energizing. Most of all it was a lesson in how you REALLY create jobs. Some background For those you who are not familiar with Dreamforce it is the annual conference for Salesforce.com, a …

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Fostering Innovation

Ever had a great idea? Ever had that Eureka moment when an innovative idea just popped into your head? Most, if not all of you, will say “yes.” However, writer Steven Johnsonsays that is not really the way it occurs. In his new book Where Good Ideas Come From he explores innovation and the creation …

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Leadership Reading to Start the Week

Jason Seiden hosted the Leadership Carnival that was posted August 6th. I had the good fortune to be selected to have a post published. But there are also some excellent pieces on leadership and management dealing with: Performance evaluations Innovation Lack of respect Non-communication How to talk to a CEO Creative genius and much more. …

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Human Resources, Creativity and Innovation.

About a month ago I attended the un-conference of HRevolution, which is a gathering of some of the most creative people in human resources. I am not quite sure why they let me attend, but I was happy I did. This group of people is trying to work on ways of “re-inventing” the field of …

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Five Great Reads In HR and Management

Here are five great blog posts in Human Resources and Management to read to end your week. They are five that I feel we can all learn from. First up is on from Wally Bock. I read Wally’s posts because Tom Peters reads Wally’s posts. His post on Drive Out Fear gives a lesson that …

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Innovation in HR: Doing Something Old Better

Another good posting by Valeria Maltoni of Coversation Agent. Her blog title was “Sometimes Innovation is no More Than Doing Something Old … Better”. She gives several examples of what she means: Apple’s new thin notebook computer, same computer, just thinner Google as the search engine of choice instead to the old powerhouse Altavista MS …

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"Sheepwalking"

Seth Godin, marketing guru, has a very interesting blog entitled Sheepwalking. He says “I define “sheepwalking” as the outcome of hiring people who have been raised to be obedient and giving them a braindead job and enough fear to keep them in line.” He indictes schools and companies for teaching and hiring compliant, mechanized people. …

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