HRIntelligencer 2.07

On February 20, 2018, in HRExaminer, John Sumser, by John Sumser
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It’s hard to tell whether the pace of innovation is accelerating or the content marketing machines have gone crazy. Whatever the case, as users, buyers, and planners, we are faced with an enormous volume of contradictory material flooding our bandwidth.

This week, we illuminate the science of changing your mind, a nonsense blue sky proposal, a look at online courses in AI, Apple watch medical breakthroughs, planning for GDPR and resource-rich pointers to NLP and crypto.

The future of HR is illuminated in these stories.

Heightened roles in security, deeper understandings of credentials, crap-detection, mental agility and rapid deployment of new skills are just the surface of the disruption we face in HR.

As usual, this week’s links point you towards the future while eliminating the sizable amounts of fluff.


Big Picture
  • Mental Models: How to Train Your Brain to Think in New Ways. The essence of adaptation and agility is being able to modify your assumptions. This piece is worth circulating to staff and colleagues. This is what you want your team to be able to do.
  • Aworker: Disrupting HR with Blockchain. This impenetrable piece of jargon-weaving is the sort of crud that HR leaders must wade through on the road to the next iteration of HR. Beneath the massive quantities of fluff lies the unrealistic idea that resumes will be replaced with a tool that guarantees the accuracy of the data. Resumes are marketing documents ferchrissake.
HR’s View


Quote of the Week

“A mental model is an explanation of how something works. It is a concept, framework, or worldview that you carry around in your mind to help you interpret the world and understand the relationship between things. Mental models are deeply held beliefs about how the world works.

For example, supply and demand is a mental model that helps you understand how the economy works. Game theory is a mental model that helps you understand how relationships and trust work. Entropy is a mental model that helps you understand how disorder and decay work.

Mental models guide your perception and behavior. They are the thinking tools that you use to understand life, make decisions, and solve problems. Learning a new mental model gives you a new way to see the world — like Richard Feynman learning a new math technique.

Mental models are imperfect, but useful. There is no single mental model from physics or engineering, for example, that provides a flawless explanation of the entire universe, but the best mental models from those disciplines have allowed us to build bridges and roads, develop new technologies, and even travel to outer space. As historian Yuval Noah Harari puts it, “Scientists generally agree that no theory is 100 percent correct. Thus, the real test of knowledge is not truth, but utility.” from – Mental Models: How to Train Your Brain to Think in New Ways


Curate means a variety of things: from the work of vicar entrusted with the care of souls to that of an exhibit designer responsible for clarity and meaning. At the core, it means something about the importance of empathy in organization. HRIntelligencer is an update on the comings and goings in the Human Resource experiment with Artificial Intelligence, Digital Employees, Algorithms, Machine Learning, Big Data and all of that stuff. We present a few critical links with some explanation. The goal is to give you a way to surf the rapidly evolving field without drowning in information. We offer a timeless curation of the intersection of HR and the machines that serve it. We curate the emergence of Machine Led Decision Making in HR. 

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