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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Mommas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Lawyers

Imagine if you will what it would be like if roughly 40% of a nation’s primary deliberative rule-making body was comprised of HR professionals? Or, retired Air Force generals?  Just let your mind run with that for a second. Continuing with that thread, why should we expect a better result by ...

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You Know My Name… Use It

Twice in the last month when approaching the hostess stand at specialty restaurants inside high end hotels, I’ve been greeted immediately not by the words, good morning, hello, or anything like that, but by a request for my name and room number. In each case, at the end of the meal, I was asked ...

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On Shirley Sherrod… Mr. Vilsack, What Were You Thinking? Where the Hell Was HR?

Somewhere southeast of Chattanooga my jaw undoubtedly dropped open as I listened on XM radio to the emerging details of the saga of Shirley Sherrod, who this week got the bum’s rush from her position with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. While driving on I-75 en route to the ATL, a route ...

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Rent-a-Dummies vs. Fully Engaged, Responsible Team Players

In a prior life as a corporate HR executive, I was known on occasion to use the term “rent-a-dummies” in reference to temporary agency help. My use of the term had a lot more to do with the no strings, obligations, or loyalties nature of the relationship than any IQ disparagement. Still, it was ...

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