Is HR a Profession?

Sitting around a lunch table the other day I got into a discussion with friends where the question was asked “Is HR a profession?” Part of the response to that question depends on how you define profession. The dictionary I referenced defined it this way: a vocation requiring knowledge of some department of learning or …

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HR Development: Making HR Better

Several blog posts in the last couple of days stimulated my thinking about talent, skills, job security and development of HR professionals. I recommend these three posts to you and then offer my own thoughts. These three great posts are: Want to Build a Winning Foundation? Don’t Forget HR Development by Kathy Rapp of hrQ, post …

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The Essence of Performance Management

In Collapse Jared Diamond writes “Businesses have changed when the public came to expect and require different behavior, to reward businesses for behavior that the public wanted, and to make things difficult for businesses practicing behaviors that the public didn’t want.” To me that is the essence of performance management. Read that same statement this way, in the context …

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