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Walter Mitty and HR Transformation

I've recently had this post published on the ASTD / ATD's gloabl HRD blog - HR Artistry on a Global Canvas - again supporting this November's Art of HR Conference.As well as describing th...



What Does “Having It All” Mean for HR?

Let’s face it.  There are a lot of women in HR.  There are also fewer women at the top, as with other professions.  When women do get to the top,... Get the Rest The post What Does ...



3 Updates: Sheri Sangji lab death; Chilean miners; Tesora Plant explosion

We've recently found interesting developments or updates on three stories that we've covered in the past: A settlement in criminal charges in the Sheri Sangji Lab death case; an in-depth ...


Future Friday: Being Human in a Machine Age

I have written a number of times about the importance of figuring out what is human about your job. Of course that means you have also figured out what it is about your job that can be re...


The Disastrous Consequences of Focus - A Case for Non-Peer Review?

I was given the opportunity to provide a keynote speech at this years ICOSE (The International Council on Systems Engineering) International Symposium in Las Vegas.  The focus o...


Be a Business Pirate – Friday Distraction

I get a kick out of the names people use to describe themselves. I’ve seen people refer to themselves as ninjas and jedis. Personally, Mr. Bartender and I are fond of pirates. We love the...


Don’t Mess With Employee Tips… or Investigation Finds Restaurant Used Tip Pool to Cover Business Costs

Big Texan Steak Ranch restaurant agreed to pay back $650,000 in minimum wage back wages and $150,000 in liquidated damages to 279 current and former wait staff following an investigation ...


System v. Talent: What Are You Recruiting For?

I’ve always been a huge fan of talent over system. I was never a system believer. My take was, give me the best damn talent, and I’ll kill your system... Get the Rest The post...


Kris Dunn says Dumb Device/Rich Cloud: Talent Philosophy in Apple Vs. Google Product Terms…

I saw this on the web today and thought it had a lot of application beyond the way Apple and Google ideate and develop products: “I’ve said before that Apple’s approach is... Get th...



Avoid the Professional Version of the “Freshman 15″

When many of us take our first jobs, they come with a lot of perks we’ve not yet experienced – an expense The post Avoid the Professional Version of the “Freshman 15...



How to Attract the Millennial Employees You Want: 5 Things Today’s Graduates Look for in a Job

Much has been said and written about the Millennial Generation, much of which is untrue or highly exaggerated.  This group has often been criticized for being lazy, entitled and self-obse...


Why calling the boss a “f**king a**hole” may be protected activity

Most bosses would probably react negatively to being told he is a “f**cking a**hole” to his face. In my book that would probably be a good reason to terminate the employee’s employment. I...


Join an HR Mastermind Group to Strengthen Your Corporate Culture

Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot about mastermind groups. The term “mastermind group” was originally introduced back in the early 1900s by Napoleon Hill in the book “Think and Grow Rich”. ...


Anthony Hilton as HR's Most Influential?

I met up yesterday with Arvind Hickman, Editor of HR Magazine, to talk about the Art of HR conference I’m organising, and will be chairing, and at which he’ll be  speaking at as well...


Thought Leader = What, Exactly?

I have a new pet peeve. I occasionally get messages from HR people looking to network or looking for opportunities.  That’s cool.  We all do that.  No big whoop.  But,... Get the Re...


Steve Boese debuts The Obligatory World Cup Post – #8ManRotation

Talent almost always trumps all - Despite some interesting and surprising ‘upsets’ in the early round matches, (the USA getting out of the ‘Group of Death’, the le...


Understanding how and when to praise determines how well it works

I came across an article written by Leigh Steere on 8 tips for effective employee praise. I found it to be a good set of tips for helping managers (and others) understand how to get the b...



Why Do Big Companies Give Such Horrible Service?

“Only the mediocre are ever truly comfortable.” -Paulo Coelho In my experience the bigger companies get, the worse their service becomes. Yes there are some notable exceptions...


Top 3 Organizational Bad Habits and How To Break ‘Em

Leaving the toilet seat up (in a house full of women).  Talking with your mouth full. Eating a dozen doughnuts at 2AM. Drinking too much. Sensing a pattern? Yeah, all... Get the Rest The ...


The CYA Report E64: Hobby Lobby Ruling

Welcome to The CYA Report, brought to you by Fistful of Talent. On today’s show we have JonHyman, Partner at Kohrman, Jackson and Krantz P.L.L and blogger at The Ohio Employer’s Law...