Future Friday: The Paradox of the Present and how it keeps us from seeing the future

As I have mentioned numerous times I do a presentation called 7 Steps to being a practical HR Futurist. I also teach the HR classes in which we include “environmental scanning” as one of the key skill sets needed by HR professionals. People nod and agree that it is important to pay attention to the …

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Future Friday: Can you develop the skill of envisioning the future?

On the way to work have you ever thought about a conversation you are going to have later in the day? You thought about how it would likely go, but then also thought of another direction or two the conversation could take? If you have then you have the beginning skill of what it takes …

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Future Friday: Have we forgotten about the future? Advice for HR professionals

If you read my blog on Fridays you know that I address the future of work and the future of HR. I embrace Futurism. I have developed a program to teach HR about becoming futurists. Why? I think it is critical to the success of business. That is why I read with interest Mike Montgomery’s …

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Future Friday: Can you tell the difference between Fads, Micro Trends, Macro Trends and Megatrends?

I came across an article in the Australian newspaper Herald Sun titled Reading Trends a must have skill.  In the article scientist Stefan Hajkowicz said that the ability to read major global trends will make or break businesses in a highly competitive environment. He went on to give some examples of things that will have …

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Future Friday: The end of retirement?

I was reading an article in The Guardian about the five ways work will change in the future. The first four ways dealt with workplace structures, the increasing use of Artificial Intelligence, the increasing use of freelance labor and the increasing use of workplace monitoring. They are all subjects I have written about before in …

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Five Trends Shaping the Future of Work

I am away this week at an IBM #NewWaytoWork conference as an invited “Influencer” for my work writing about the future. For this week I am going to highlight a view posts that discuss some of the issues of mobility that we will be discussing at the conference. Originally posted in September 2014, this post …

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Supermobility

I am away this week at an IBM #NewWaytoWork conference as an invited “Influencer” for my work writing about the future. For this week I am going to highlight a view posts that discuss some of the issues of mobility that we will be discussing at the conference. At the conference we will be talking …

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Republication of 7 Steps to becoming a practical HR Futurist

Today I am presenting at the SHRM-Atlanta conference in Atlanta. I will be presenting on Seven Steps to Becoming a Practical HR Futurist. Hopefully I will see you there. If not, I am republishing a blog post that covered this topic. The more I read the more it becomes apparent to me how important an …

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Future Friday: How to distinguish between Fads, Micro Trends, Macro Trends and Megatrends

In my sessions on 7 Steps to being a practical HR Futurist I tell people that they need to be watching trends in their industry and in their targeted employee population. In the HR literature we talk about the necessity of paying attention to trends in demographics, economics, and legislation. I was reading an article …

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Future Friday: Will your HR technology cost you employees?

I helped a client with a survey. One of the things that was clear from the responses was that the employees considered the HR technology to be “clunky”.  In fact many of them tried to use it and then gave up. They would resort to paper or email to get what they needed from HR. …

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