Future Friday: Nanotechnology and the Future of HR

I am sure most of you have heard the word “nanotechnology”. Most of you probably don’t really have any idea of what it really is, much less why someone in HR should be paying attention to it. I am here to tell you why. Definition Wikipedia (the font of all knowledge) defines nanotechnology this way: …

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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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How to be a BETTER STRATEGIC Thinker

General George S. Patton once said “If everyone is thinking alike then somebody isn’t thinking.” I think a key trait of the truly STRATEGIC human resources professional is to be a nonconformist in a conformist role. That to me is the essence of “thinking outside the box.” But to be able to do that you …

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A Miracle Drink for HR

In the January 24th issue of the Wall Street Journal there was an interesting article entitled An Energy Shot for the Brain. (Sorry no link, I actually read the paper version.) Since it caught my eye I read it and thought “Hmmm I know a lot of HR people that could use an energy shot for …

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A Model for Strategic Thinking

In their recent book, That Used to Be Us, Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum describe a strategic method that I thought might have some application to businesses and HR departments. The United States Air Force designed a strategic doctrine called the OODA loop. It stands for “observe, orient, decide, act.” It was used by pilots …

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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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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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The HREvolution: An Interview with Trisha McFarlane- Part I

On May 7th and 8th a group of Human Resources and Recruiting “thought leaders” will meet in Chicago to discuss the future of the profession of Human Resources. This will not be an academic conference with names like Ulrich in attendance. This meeting is billed at an “Un-conference” and includes names like McFarlane, Eubanks and …

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Strategy Alert: Too Few Workers and Union Activity

Here are some strategic tidbits to start your week off. First, I am sure you heard that Craig Becker was given a recess appointment to the National Labor Relations Board. If you are not sure why this is important read my post NLRB Nominees: Loading the Dice in Favor of Labor Unions. If you consider …

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Qualities of an MBA in HR? Why Not??

The Tuesday, September 30th issue of the Wall Street Journal had a section ranking Executive MBA programs. One of the articles was entitled Are They Worth It? An inset listed the most important skills that an EMBA program should have, according to those surveyed. The list read: Strategic thinking/planning Ability to work across multiple functional …

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