Environmental Scanning Is More than Reading a Magazine

    In the effort to educate HR professionals on being strategic we talk about the skill of environmental scanning and the value of understanding what impacts our organizations on a day-to-day basis so we don’t get caught with our pants down. (If you don’t know what that last phrase means… click here.) Last week …

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High Impact HR is in Your Future

  If you have been reading me for any time you know that I often write about “futurism” and the fact that I would like to be a “futurist.” We here is a prediction for you, there is high impact HR in your future, IF (and that is a big IF) you learn how to …

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An Update on Why What Happens in the World is Important to HR

On February 7th I wrote a post on Why What Happens in the Wordl is Important to HR. The overthrow of the government in Egypt had just started and I told you that you needed to pay attention because it was going to be impacting your company and your job. I said that the instability …

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Why What Happens in the World is Important to HR

How many of you in HR have been paying attention to the riots on Egypt? How many of you have been considering the impact it may have on the United States? How many of you have been considering the impact it may have on your company? Well the answer shoud be ALL OF YOU! If …

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Strategic HR: Demographics Alert

For many of you this may have gone unnoticed. For some of you your thought may have been “that is interesting” or “I am not surprised.” If you are a strategic HR person your thought should have been “What impact will this have on our employee base? How will this impact our HR system as …

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Strategic Knowledge: Hidden Unemployment and Its Impact

I taught a SHRM prepartion class on Saturday to a new group of students. The first module discussed in the prep course is on Strategic Managment. Part of this discussion centers around environment scanning and one of the areas that all good HR pros should pay attention to is what is currently happening with the current workforce. …

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Key Factors in Strategic Decisions: Decisiveness, Timeliness and Risk

I just finished a brief article written for the McKinsey Quarterly by Anne Mulcahy, the chairman and former CEO of Xerox. They had asked her to reflect on strategic decision making. One of the points she made in her article dealt with timeliness of decisions. She said “Decisiveness is about timeliness. And timeliness trumps perfection. …

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A Strategic Planning Alert: The Changing Face of America

One of the tasks all strategic HR pros are assigned is paying attention to demographics. This is a major part of the “environmental scanning” that needs to be done if you wish to be proactive in your HR. Well here is a major tool that everyone should download The Brookings Institution Report. The report on …

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Seven Steps to Being Proactive: Lessons from Great Explorers

HR folks often complain about how they have to spend all their time being “reactive” and have little opportunity to be “proactive.” Ever heard that? Ever said that? Yeah, right me neither (said with tongue-in-cheek.) SHRM has addressed that in the SPHR educational section of the learning system. They talk about the importance of being forward …

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