Decision Making

Consultants – Part 4: When Not To Engage

Hiring external expertise to solve problems means making a major commitment to select and utilize this specialized resource. It is not inexpensive. On the occasions where internal consultancy will work just as well, there is probably a greater need for careful consideration before committing resources. Just because such a decision would be utilizing assets already onboard doesn’t mean that it is a sunk cost.  Any diversion of resources from daily operations requires an expenditure of… Read More »Consultants – Part 4: When Not To Engage

Job Search Reality Check (Part 5 of 5) – Truly See Yourself

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As the old saying goes, advice is cheap. When we are on an unknown path, and there are no clear direction signs, we look to one of two types of people to help out: Those who have walked this path before and those at the end who know what lies ahead. Unfortunately, the logic behind this is flawed. The previous path walkers can only tell you the obstacles that they encountered and cannot possibly predict… Read More »Job Search Reality Check (Part 5 of 5) – Truly See Yourself

Reviewing This Week on Make HR Happen – Fringes Make Things Different

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When Barack Obama was a candidate for President of the United States, he uttered a comment that may well be his defining moment; like JFK’s “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country,“ or FDR’s “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” His went like this: “Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are… Read More »Reviewing This Week on Make HR Happen – Fringes Make Things Different

Redefining the Fringe

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The fringe elements of our society can be identified with characteristics that are on the tails of just about every bell shaped distribution curve. We make assumptions either consciously or subconsciously that we are the “normal” case and people not like us are measured according to where we think we lie on that curve. We get excited about new ideas that always seem to spring from somewhere along the fringes. We sometimes are terrified by… Read More »Redefining the Fringe

Value of the Fringe

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From the time you decided to burst forth from the womb you started on a course that would inevitably expose you to the fringe. Mommy and Daddy protected you from bad people, but your very being is quite different from them even though genetically you may carry some of their physical characteristics. Every person capable of thinking, growing, and experimenting needs the fringe to expose them to the tails of a normal distribution curve of… Read More »Value of the Fringe