Life is Short and Work is Personal

Most people spend too much energy trying to fit-in and not rock the boat, especially at work. We want to be accepted. Choosing authenticity (we call it Flying your Freak Flag) means abandoning the quest to be normal, and inviting yourself and others to accept you just as you are.

Work and Time

On February 13, 2013, in Futures, Heather Bussing, HR Trends, HRExaminer, Talent Management, Workforce Planning, by Heather Bussing
For most jobs, the work is about creating something, fixing something, or managing something. While all those things take time and energy, none is about spending the time itself.

Five Links: Talent and The Net

This week: hiring great engineers, an internet for manufacturing, internet 2012 in numbers, state of talent managers report, and meetAlex

Advancing the Gender Agenda: Three Reasons Companies Should Mean Business

“The competition for critical talent, including specialized skills and leadership, remains high. The reason is simple: the talent supply in key areas is not keeping up with demand, and companies must do all they can to boost that supply. ” – Kelly Cartwright

The Office is a Great Place for Fun and Games

“When adults have autonomy at work they might not focus on their normal tasks 100% of the time. That’s normal. Guess what? Using some of that autonomy for small doses of play at work actually facilitates productivity for most people. It represents a fun not-related-to-work break that stimulates healthy thinking.” – Todd Dewett

Rethinking Discrimination

On January 21, 2013, in Heather Bussing, HR Trends, Policies, Recruiting Strategy, Talent Management, by Heather Bussing
“As accessibility to information and data about everyone become ubiquitous, we need to rethink our approaches to equal opportunity, diversity, and discrimination.” – Heather Bussing

HRExaminer v.4.01

On January 4, 2013, in Big Data, HRExaminer, John Sumser, Talent Management, Weekly, by John Sumser
At it’s simplest, The Internet of Things is the idea that the heaviest users of the intenet will be things. As sensors (like RFID tags) get cheaper and smaller, they’ll be embedded in everything (and everyone). The stage is set for a moment in time where employees are in control of their own data that may be strategically important for the company. John Sumser’s post on the Internet of Things in HR will help thoughtful HR Professionals come to grips with the most important questions of the New Architecture of Work: Harnessing Employee Data.

SF in SF Stuff

On June 11, 2012, in HRExaminer, John Sumser, Reviews, Talent Management, by John Sumser
Given the opportunity to personify the stated values of the company, the SuccessFactors team choked and did what most organizations usually do.

Talent Communities

Rather than making things better, it’s fairly common for venbdors to use a FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt) strategy rather than actually developing something. By screwing around with semantics and turning intelligent conversation into a debate about the meanings of words, they derail innovation and disruption.

Project Staffing

On April 25, 2012, in HR Technology, John Sumser, Reviews, Talent Management, by John Sumser
Often, the real work of a company is expressed in small projects that are coordinated by project managers rather than first level supervisors. The internal project economy tends to run on reputation and political vectors rather than the HR preferred meritocracy.