Wherefore Art Thou HR?

On April 30, 2009, in All, Futures, HR Trends, Industry Analysis, John Sumser, JohnSumser.com, by John Sumser
Wherefore Art Thou HR? (April 30, 2009) This story starts with an article called “Mincing Words” that I published over on RecruitingBlogs.com. The piece begins with the idea that our language for the profession and work of HR is damaging. Laced with descriptors of slavery and the ownership of people, the language (Human Capital, People […]

090428 Media Death Links

On April 28, 2009, in All, Daily Links, Futures, HR Trends, John Sumser, JohnSumser.com, by John Sumser
Thought For The Day: Marriott Corp.’s recent decision to stop delivering the paper to hotel guest rooms won’t affect the numbers until the next reporting period Today’s links paint a picture of the abrupt end of about 80 years of specialized prosperity for the newspapers. Immense fortunes were made and lost by the moguls who […]


Extremophiles (April 22, 2009) In a world of writers and verbal intellects, Eileen Clegg is a visual thinker. She is a prototypical Renaissance person with broad interests and deep networks. The seasoned newspaper reporter (10 years at the Santa Rosa Press Democrat) spent an additional chunk of her life working at the Institute for the […]

090420 Extremophile Links

On April 20, 2009, in All, Daily Links, HR Trends, John Sumser, JohnSumser.com, by John Sumser
Thought For The Day: “In response to economic threats, staff reorganizations, cuts and new hires are usually based on past performance rather than on an understanding of which people will guide the company to success in difficult times.” – Eileen Clegg How Extremeophiles Thrive in Impossible Conditions: Lessons for Business from Nature’s Super-Survivors Extremophiles are […]

090410 HR Issues Links

On April 10, 2009, in All, Daily Links, HR Trends, John Sumser, JohnSumser.com, by John Sumser
Thought For The Day: Free content does not mean low value, no matter what the expensive content providers say. Glen Cathey Responds To ERE Post Claiming Risk For Low Cost Training It was an odd article in the first place. In the internet era, the high cost providers got together and dissed the low cost […]

Sustainable Workforce

Sustainable Work  Force (April 07, 2009)  Over the course of a decade, Kevin Wheeler has compiled a massive contribution to the HR – HCM – Recruiting Industry. Relentlessly travelling the world, he always finds time to head home for ERE. I bumped into him very briefly last week. To paraphrase James Brown, “Ain’t no dog, […]

090407 Population Links

On April 7, 2009, in All, Daily Links, HR Trends, John Sumser, JohnSumser.com, Talent Management, by John Sumser
Thought For The Day: On the far side of the recession is a demographic problem. The red ink of a greyer future The financial times says that the cost of caring for our aging population will dwarf any burden created by this downturn. Great charts for visualizing the aging phenomenon. Must read. Population Research Institute While  […]

Relocation Trends

Relocation Trends (April 07, 2009) This is a really good time to figure out the future of your workforce. The downturn changes a lot of things. If you’re still at your desk (and lots of folks in HR are gone), start wondering and planning. After this is all over, we’re going to be living in […]

Just Work

Just Work (Mar 26, 2009) There’s an emerging movement. It’s something like the slow food movement as it applies to work. Slow food is an antidote to fast food. It’s a part of the Slow Movement which features websites like  Slow Planet. Slow is not about doing everything at a snail’s pace; it’s about working, […]