Organizational Development

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

Separation Surgery for Recruiting Calls For Study before Scalpel

A few months ago I watched the story on NBC News of a brilliant team of surgeons in Peru separating conjoined twins. Operations of this type can result in losing the life of one or both of the twins when there are shared organs involved. This operation was successful because they were able to actually split their shared liver and both survived. If we consider a living business process like talent acquisition to be composed… Read More »Separation Surgery for Recruiting Calls For Study before Scalpel

Corralling, Conquering, and Cultivating Cynicism

When somebody accuses me of being cynical, it is difficult to keep that smirky smile from showing up on my face. I am one that takes pride in being somewhat on the edge of everything, so I wear that cynicism label like a badge of honor. Like all human actions, the correct use of a symbolically negative thing can add punctuation to an idea. Have you noticed that when ordinarily civil people use profanity it… Read More »Corralling, Conquering, and Cultivating Cynicism

Taming Rampant HRism

One thing I have learned from working in the HR arena is that Human Resources professionals are most definitely not a protected class. The HRism bias is alive and well. This is not another cynical rant that we don’t have a seat at the table or a lament that employees don’t understand what we do. This vital work is often a thankless job caught in the no-man’s-land between management thinking and employee’s thinking. There is… Read More »Taming Rampant HRism