Future Friday: Hot jobs for HR people in the Future

With all the prognostications of people losing their jobs to robots in the coming decade people are wondering what jobs HR people will be able to hold. I have written several times, here, here and here, about the importance of the “human” component of our jobs. Recently Fast Company asked some futurists what they anticipated …

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Take Time for Conversation

  I read this line in a book about the future. The line was actually about providing space and time for creative conversation. I thought about that in other contexts and then came across Seth Godin’s blog post Never Enough. He said “There’s never enough time to be as patient as we need to be. …

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Five for Friday: Interesting Reading for the Forward-Thinking HR Manager

  Welcome. I am glad that you consider yourself to be a forward-thinking HR manager. As someone who likes to be aware of things beyond the realm of HR I like to read interesting items that don’t directly tie into HR but could information that might have some relevance at some point in the future. …

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Two Tips to Being a Better Listener

  Listening, really listening is probably the weakest skill for many managers. HR managers are no exception. Quite often while listening we are already formulating what our response is going to be and thus we do not hear the rest of what is said. Here are two tips that will make you a better listener. …

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Change and Communication

     I experienced an interesting intersection or convergence of thoughts from two things I read. They deal with change and communication. Change It is a truism that is often repeated in human resources circle. “Employees resist change.” Thus it is difficult for HR to institute change and to make change last. However, an interesting …

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One Key Tip to Giving Useful Feedback

We get and give feedback all the time. Sometimes it is solicited, sometimes it is not. Sometimes it is tied to a specific act, other times it covers multiple acts. Regardless here is the one key tip to giving useful feedback. “It starts with looking someone in the eye, with having a direct one on …

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How Do You Make Your Internal Message Go Viral?

Much of the activity of HR takes or should take lessons from marketing. One of the masters of marketing is Seth Godin. I would suggest you read him. In one of his posts, called Fade or Gain? he talks about the survivability of messages. What makes one message fade or another gain. One thing popped …

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HR Related Musings: Layoffs and Competition

This post today is based on some musing I did on two different posts I read. Of course I try to tie everything I read into human resources in some way, so you get the benefit (?) of my thoughts. So here are some HR related musings. The first piece is based on an NPR …

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