Generations

Blog Soup – From the Archives of Make HR Happen v.10

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          This is a re-posting of five previous articles from Make HR Happen.           From the Greatest Generation To the Degraded Generation - We live in an age when everything and everyone must fit neatly into labeled buckets. There isn’t much room to wiggle out of the label planted on groups of people and if the term does not seem to fit we arbitrarily redefine the words. For… Read More »Blog Soup – From the Archives of Make HR Happen v.10

May I Have a Few Minutes of Your Time?

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There are lies, damned lies and statistics. ~ Mark Twain There are two kinds of statistics, the kind you look up and the kind you make up. ~ Rex Stout Statistics are used much like a drunk uses a lamppost: for support, not illumination. ~ Vin Scully There’s a sucker born every minute. ~ Unknown (incorrectly attributed to P. T. Barnum) If you are a marketing genius, here is some feedback for you… no charge… Read More »May I Have a Few Minutes of Your Time?

The Discrimination That Nobody Challenges

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                          If you know me or have read any of my blog posts, you probably are aware that I am a baby boomer citizen with a low threshold of tolerance for age discrimination. I have a reputation for challenging people who think that assigning an intelligence factor to generational differences is anything other than a myth. In polite company, most people agree with… Read More »The Discrimination That Nobody Challenges

You Don’t Know Anything (and Neither Do I)

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“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” ~ Socrates Scholars are fairly certain that Socrates never actually wrote anything. Most of the philosophical marvels we take to be Socratic wisdom were penned by his follower Plato who was 40 years younger than the aging philosopher. My how times have changed! Generational differences in 400 BC Greece apparently did not preclude students from respecting their elders. Learning at the feet of the masters… Read More »You Don’t Know Anything (and Neither Do I)

The Controversy Over Paying Dues

My intellectual and emotional maturity came about through reluctantly paying dues that someone else imposed as a standard. I was and still am a rebel. Paying dues is a concept that has different meanings to different people, but the dominant context is that no one can reach a level of excellence in their careers without following exactly in the footprints of those who went before them. Hogwash! Rebels with a cause can produce miraculous results… Read More »The Controversy Over Paying Dues