Could Dave Ulrich write a bad book if he tried? I don't think he could, and Ulrich's latest work keeps up his long trend of successful books that encapsulate the HR profession. HR from the Outside In: Six Competencies for the Future of Human Resources is Ulrich's latest work (co-authored with Jon Younger, Wayne Brockbank … Continue reading Book Review: HR from the Outside In (Dave Ulrich)
We all want talent in our organizations don't we? Just having inordinate amounts of talent and diversity does not guarantee innovation in any way. Leaders must find ways to harness and funnel the creative dissonance into something productive. Many leaders seem to recruit people just like themselves, because it is much simpler to manage like-minded … Continue reading Structuring Creativity
One of my favourite parts of my job is doing interviews. I've done about 500 in my career, and I still get a kick out of meeting people and learning about their life story. Some of these interviews have been terrible, but many have been exceptional. Some people just brighten my day; others make me … Continue reading Interviews: Appearances do matter, even for Millennials
Social networking’s vast usage has encouraged organizations to explore strategies to harness or use its power. 75% of major U.S. companies have a policy in place requiring their recruiters to check online reputational data. The most common online research involved search engines (78% of recruiters), social networking sites (63%) and photo and video sharing sites … Continue reading Recruiters use Social Networking sites, but Should They?
Is employee retention overrated? It almost sounds heretical for an HR guy to write that, but do we sometimes worry too much about retaining our employees in organizations? Hall et al (2001) describe the paradox of commitment where "people are most able to develop internal commitments and attachments when they have the free choice to … Continue reading The Paradox of Commitment
I love my job. It's diverse, eclectic, challenging, and difficult. But I love it and wouldn't dream of doing anything else right now. HR gets a bad rap in many organizations (probably for legitimate reasons), but I still think its an essential part of any organizational design. The worst part of my job is that … Continue reading The life of a HR Professional