Talent Acquisition is More Than Putting Butts in Seats

For some time I’ve resisted the urge to excoriate a term that has been taking more prominent space in the lexicon of HR professionals. I’ve done so largely on the basis that there didn’t seem to be much harm in the emergence of new-agey alternative vocabulary among knowing professionals. I’ve ...

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Leaders and the “Little People”

As election season rolls around and campaigning for public office ramps up (does it ever leave?) most of us dust off the decision matrix by which we choose the candidates we’ll vote for. For some, it’s simply a matter of whether there is a donkey or an elephant next to the candidate’s name. ...

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The TSA and “Don’t Touch My Junk”… a Little less Pontification, a Little More Communication and (maybe) Imagination

Anyone who has taken a knowing breath and been within reach of a portal to the outside world this week has heard the howls of outrage over the TSA’s stepped up body scans and searches. Purportedly in an effort to discover weapons and explosives secreted on the human body, the agency has ...

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Get Some Crayons, Mr. President

In his best-selling book, “Beating the Street”, famed investment fund manager, Peter Lynch opined that people ought not invest in anything which “cannot be explained with a crayon.” His reasoning was that, if you can’t explain with something as blunt and simple as a crayon what a company does ...

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Are You Being Waterboarded at Work?

Today’s managers go thru life feeling as if their lips are wrapped around an information fire hose, a condition we refer to as “Data Waterboarding.”  Indeed, various sources have suggested that email volume alone has now reached a level of 100 billion messages per day worldwide, a ...

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Dr. J’s Prescriptions for Health Care Reform

Yesterday, at the conclusion of a routine office visit with my primary care physician, I asked for his opinion on the most important aspects of fixing our health care system. Actually, use of the word “system” is off the mark, because we really don’t have a health care system at ...

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Should Wal-Mart Be on Your Resume?

Our 1998 book, Contented Cows Give Better Milk, called attention to the substantial advantage in business outcomes achieved by companies with sensible leadership and employee relations practices. In it, we compared the difference in business results for a group of 6 companies with reputations ...

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Renaissance of the Part-Time Worker

Recent job reports suggest that, in addition to an 8.5% unemployment rate, nearly twice that number of people are at present “under employed”, as in working in jobs that are well beneath their skill level, or on an involuntary part-time basis. In the latter case, organizations can, and should ...

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Think Sustainable Employment Practices, Too

Much is being written and said these days about sustainability as it pertains to environmental, economic, and social activities. Because of an increasingly global arena, and factors such as overpopulation, the need to maintain commerce at a high level, lack of education and the like, achieving ...

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